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25 Entry Level Interview Questions
Question 1 of 25
Why do you have an interest in this profession?
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Now is an excellent time for you to share your passion and knowledge about the career path you have chosen! Interviewers want to hear about how you became interested in the field. Maybe you volunteered at an animal shelter and realized you wanted to become a vet technician. Sometimes we learn that we want to get into a career field through the experience of others, and their stories. Whatever your answer, be sure to emit passion and excitement for the role, company, and overall career path.

Answer Example
"I used to work customer service in a call center. My favorite part of the job was talking to customers and helping them solve their problems. I learned that I'm good at communicating on the phone and I liked building relationships. I started researching other careers where I could use these skills which is where I discovered the field of recruiting. I am excited to apply my skills and interests to this junior recruiter position with your agency."
Admin Example
"My penchant for organization, planning, and executing events are my biggest drivers towards carving a successful career in administration. My end goal is to become an Executive Assistant to a company president with some event planning mixed in. My sister is an event planner and EA, and her job seems incredibly satisfying."
Manager Example
"I have always been the type to take charge, troubleshoot issues, come up with solutions, and then implement them. I knew from a young age that being a leader was in my blood. I need training, of course, and some mentorship in the area. With those tools, I know I will be a proactive and fair manager."
Marketing Example
"To be completely transparent, I was unsure of what I wanted to major in when I arrived at college. I was in a first-year general studies program when my advisor recommended taking a personality assessment to help give me further guidance. My creative side was always apparent to me, but after learning that I also had a penchant for project management, I learned about options that combined the two. This assessment helped guide me to my interest in a career as a content manager."
Retail Example
"Being around the public, meeting new people, and assisting them, are all tasks that interest me. I have worked in customer service based roles before, and I enjoy it. There is variety, and the learning opportunities never cease. Whether it's new upselling techniques, memorizing the features, and benefits of a new product, or merchandising for the new season, there is always room to learn."
Sales Example
"I am a talker, a relationship builder, and an infinitely curious about people and business. My inquisitive nature will lend itself well to a career in professional sales because I want to get to know people and their needs. I have had a side business on eBay since I was thirteen, selling vintage comic books. The high when I sold something was exhilarating. I love the thrill of the chase and want that feeling on a daily basis."
Teacher Example
"Both of my parents were successful teachers and, for that reason, I have always seen this career path as the best option for me. I saw how happy it made my parents and I always wanted a career as fulfilling as theirs."
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Question 2 of 25
Referring to the job description, what will be your favorite part of this job?
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The interviewer wants to hear that you are looking forward to learning and growing in this new position. Talk about what excites you! Share how this position will challenge you and help you improve as a new professional in your industry. When you first read the job posting, which aspect drew the most enthusiasm from you? Discuss this aspect and then draw a line for the interviewer to how you will excel.

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"I am looking forward to gaining more experience in this industry, and I am excited to apply my post-secondary education in a more structured corporate environment. I believe that your company is an industry leader where I can successfully grow my career."
Admin Example
"I am sure I will like most aspects of this role, but what I see as most attractive is the ability to support cross-functional and cross-departmental teams."
Manager Example
"There are many facets that I think I will love about this role. The one that sticks out most to me is that it offers me the ability to expand my technical knowledge while leading a dynamic team."
Marketing Example
"After reading through your job description, and looking at the client portfolio on your website, I think the most interesting aspect is going to be getting to know your wide range of clients and their needs. I look forward to the variety of your projects."
Retail Example
"I am very excited about the internal sales contests that you mentioned in your job posting, as well as the ability to earn commission and merchandise bonus based on my performance. These aspects of the role speak to my competitive side."
Sales Example
"I am a huge fan of research, so I believe that my favorite aspect of this business development role will be to research potential businesses to contact, and building a strong call list."
Teacher Example
"Hands down, my favorite part of this role is going to be sparking the creativity in my young students by using music and dance in the classroom. Young minds learn best when in motion, and I look forward to introducing them to this way of learning."
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Question 3 of 25
Are you a leader or a follower?
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Despite being newer to your career, you can still consider yourself a leader. You may not have held a significant leadership role; however, the interviewer is referring to your character and nature as a leader vs. practical experience. Robin Sharma says 'Leadership is not about a title or designation. It's about impact, influence, and inspiration. Impact involves getting results; influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work.'

With that said, keep in mind that it is not a negative thing to be a follower. You may not be the person to take charge of a situation or command a room, and that is okay! A good follower is good at following directions and working hard to accomplish tasks. Rodger Adair says, 'A follower shares in an influence relationship among leaders and other followers with their intent to support leaders who reflect their mutual purposes.' A follower is an incredibly vital role to play.

Both have great qualities. Depending on the role, it may be more critical for you to instigate solving problems and creating innovative solutions, or it may be more important to get the work done. Share some of your strengths to show you have qualities in both categories.

Answer Example
"My role as a leader or follower depends on the situation. I am good at listening and following directions, but I am also great with people and working as a team to solve problems. I would say I have qualities of both, and I know I would rise to the occasion if given a leadership opportunity."
Admin Example
"I prefer to be a leader when it comes to my projects at work. I am a take-charge type of personality; however, I am easy to coach and mentor as well."
Manager Example
"I can be either a follower or leader. I am fluid based on what is appropriate for the situation. I want to be a successful manager which means taking note of the words of my team but being a strong enough lead that I can implement the required steps to get to the end goal."
Marketing Example
"I will say that I am both a leader and a follower, taking my stance as it's appropriate in each situation. My leadership skills and skills as a follower both utilize my great abilities as a listener, problem-solver, and innate supporter of others."
Retail Example
"At this point in my career, being just out of high school, I would say that I follow the lead more often than I take the lead. I am a sponge and ready to learn from those more experienced than I. With that said, I can be a leader when the time is right."
Sales Example
"Growing up, I was always the captain of my sports teams, leader of the debate club, and in University - a tutor to struggling students. I naturally take on a leadership role, but I do know when to take a step back and learn from others."
Teacher Example
"As a teacher, I will most certainly be a leader. I need to take the lead in the classroom and show my authority in ways that are kind yet express to my students that I am the alpha. With that said, I can be a follower in situations involving my personal life. For instance, I volunteer in my spare time which requires me to take direction from others."
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Question 4 of 25
How do you feel about working evenings and weekends while you amp up your career?
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When you are new to your career, you will often have to put in a 10X effort to grow your career and work your way up the rungs in your new organization. The interviewer wants to see that you are willing to put in the work that it takes. This added effort may mean studying in the evening while you train in your new position. Maybe it means getting the less desirable shifts at first. Whatever efforts are required, show the interviewer your willingness to make it happen.

Answer Example
"I am fully prepared to work the overtime hours required to make me excellent in this job. I am excited to be joining the workforce and plan to make an impact through a solid dedication level."
Admin Example
"I am willing to do what it takes to excel in my career. I am not afraid of hard work and if that means working evenings or weekends then, game on!"
Manager Example
"I will wholeheartedly put in what it takes to get properly trained. I know that at the start, I will be required to put in many hours of overtime and I am certainly willing to do so."
Marketing Example
"My creative mind never shuts off so you will have my full investment of time whenever you need it. I am available to work on special projects on the weekends, and will work in the evenings to ensure project deliveries and more."
Retail Example
"Evenings and weekends are fine with me. I will take as many hours as you will offer me. I am a hard worker and understand the importance of overdelivering at work."
Sales Example
"I can assure you that you wouldn't have to ask me twice if the time came for overtime work. I know how to exceed expectations and understand that working evenings and weekends may be a part of that."
Teacher Example
"Evenings and weekends will be required of me for many years to come. I want to ensure that my best foot is forward in my new career as an educator. I will certainly do what it takes to succeed here."
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Question 5 of 25
If you were hiring for this job, what qualities would you look for in a candidate?
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Question 6 of 25
Why did you choose your major?
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Question 7 of 25
Which school subject did you struggle with the most?
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Question 8 of 25
Which school subject did you enjoy the most?
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Question 9 of 25
Why did you choose the University that you attended?
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Question 10 of 25
Tell me about a time when you went out of your way to help someone.
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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.
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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: 12/03/2015
Last modified on: 08/19/2018
Question 11 of 25
Have you ever had a mentor?
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Question 12 of 25
Name the top skill you learned from your education.
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Question 13 of 25
Why are you ready to enter the workforce now?
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Question 14 of 25
What extra-curricular activities interest you?
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Question 15 of 25
Have you ever volunteered?
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Question 16 of 25
Tell me one thing you are most proud of.
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Question 17 of 25
Is there anything you would like to add before we wrap up?
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Question 18 of 25
Referring to the job description, what will be your least favorite part of this job?
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Question 19 of 25
How would a coworker or a close friend describe you?
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Question 20 of 25
How will this position help you in your career?
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Question 21 of 25
Tell me about one of your goals. How are you working towards it?
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Question 22 of 25
How has your education prepared you for this career?
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Question 23 of 25
Why do you want to start your career with us?
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Question 24 of 25
Do you have an off-the-wall dream job?
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Question 25 of 25
What was the most difficult aspect of your post-secondary education?
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