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17 Direct Interview Questions

By: Rachelle Enns

Question 1 of 17
What challenges are you looking for in a position?
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How to Answer
A perfect employment fit needs to go both ways. Just like the interviewer needs to know that they like you, they want to see that you love them back! Mention a few of the challenges that you are looking for in your next position and be sure to tie them into the duties and responsibilities mentioned in the job posting, or job description.

A challenge you may be looking for could be:

- Learning a new software program
- Leading a bigger team than you currently do
- Higher sales quotas
- A larger sales territory
- A larger client base
- A more prominent range of products or services
- Stepping into your first leadership role

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Question 2 of 17
What concerns do you have about working in this position or for this organization?
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How to Answer
Keep your concerns light. The interviewer needs to know if there is anything on which you need clarification. Always have a question or two prepared for the end of your interview and make sure they are insightful, rather than surface thoughts.

Concerns could include:

- What was the biggest struggle for the previous person in this role?
- What do you expect to be the biggest hurdle for me, if hired?
- What do you expect to be the biggest challenge for the company this year?

Question 3 of 17
Why did you leave your last job?
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Some interviewers will ask this question in a more round-about way, and others are much more direct. The point of the inquiry is for the interviewer to understand the circumstances surrounding the exit. Perhaps you were terminated, left without notice, or relocated and could not stay. The interviewer also wants to know that your reason for exiting your role will not happen again with their organization.

You should always have a rehearsed statement that includes an honest and unique reason for every position on your resume. 'The role was no longer a fit' is NOT an answer that will fare well. Neither is a vague reply like, 'There was no room to grow.'

If you do not have a rehearsed answer, you are at risk for speaking too long, too much and saying something that you will regret later. It's amazing what might come out of your mouth when you are nervous! Keep your answer neutral, never speak poorly of anyone, and end your response on a positive note.
Question 4 of 17
Are you willing to travel?
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How to Answer
If the position in question requires travel, it will likely mention in the job posting. If you applied, knowing that some trips were needed, then - of course, you are okay with travel! But before blindly agreeing to any travel, you can ask the interviewer the percentage of travel expected in the role. Be sure to clarify day trips versus overnight travel. If you have limitations, this is the time to bring those up.

Question 5 of 17
Do you have any plans for continued education?
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How to Answer
The interviewer would like to know if you are planning to complete some higher education. If you are, it is essential that you express your desire to work in tandem with your classes. The concern of the interviewer is that you will be hired, trained, and then want to leave your job to go back to school full time.

Some organizations will offer tuition support or a reimbursement program for their employees who wish to continue their education. If they do provide this type of perk, you can indeed show interest but make sure that your continued education aspirations are related to the industry and job. If you are an accountant at a firm, you want to avoid saying that you would like to take courses in zoology.

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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 02/09/2011
Last modified on: 02/13/2019

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