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Top 15 Entry Level Interview Questions

Question 1 of 15
Why do you have an interest in this profession?
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Question 2 of 15
Referring to the job description, what will be your favorite part of this job?
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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."
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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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."
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."
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."
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."
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 15
Have you ever volunteered?
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Did you know that, according to LinkedIn research, 1 in 5 hiring managers prefers to hire candidates with volunteer experience? This question is an excellent opportunity to discuss how you are involved in your community and commit time to helping others. If you have volunteer experience, you have a leg-up on other candidates. Many non-profit organizations have a long onboarding process with background checks and references required so if you need to gain volunteer experience pronto, here are some options for a quick turnaround: - Raise money for a cause, like the Red Cross - Donate blood on a regular rotation or organize a blood drive - Have a craft or bake sale to raise funds for a charity close to your heart - Run in a charity race where financial pledges are required - Advise high-school and University students on a crowd-sourced advice platform like CareerVillage - Write articles for non-profit organizations, for free - Sponsor a business owner in a third world country using a platform like Kiva.org - Volunteer at your church camp - Clean up a local park - Volunteer to tutor a student - Foster animals for a rescue society
Specific Career Examples
Admin Example
"I currently volunteer every Saturday at the local animal shelter. I help to organize adoption applications and also screen the applicants. It feels great to help out, and it melts my heart when we make a perfect pet-parent match."
Manager Example
"In my extra time, I put a lot of work into my home. I am quite handy with power tools, believe it or not. Currently, I am finishing the basement of my home into a basement suite, to make it an income suite. Have you ever completed a home reno project? It's quite satisfying work!"
Retail Example
"I was a cheerleader all through high-school and have continued my passion for dance now that I have graduated. I take Zumba, Tap, Jazz, and Hip-Hop classes most weekends. It's a great way to stay active. Have you ever been to XYZ Dance Studio? They offer a free introductory class on Sunday mornings."
Marketing Example
"Martial arts is a passion of mine, and I am currently a brown belt. If you are not familiar with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, it's an incredible workout both physically and mentally speaking. I train approximately four hours per week."
Sales Example
"I have a range of interests that include going to the museum, the theatre, and seeing a variety of art shows. Many of my friends are performers, so I get out a few times a month to support them and their craft. Have you been to a theatrical performance lately?"
Teacher Example
"At the moment, I am continuing my education. I take online coursework towards my Masters' degree in Education. For that reason, most of my spare time is spent studying. The rest, I spend dining out with friends. I am a foodie, for sure. Have you been to any great restaurants lately?"
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Question 4 of 15
Are you a leader or a follower?
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"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."
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.
Specific Career Examples
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."
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."
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."
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, so to speak. 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 5 of 15
Tell me one thing you are most proud of.
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"I am the first University graduate in my family. When I completed my degree, my family threw a huge block party to celebrate! It felt amazing and is still one of my biggest drivers. My dad worked two jobs to put me through school, and I plan to be the best I can be in my career, to make him proud."
Share an achievement that makes you proud! Try to think of one that demonstrates some of the skills and strengths that would make you an excellent candidate for the job. Your accomplishment could be graduating from high school with honors or getting a scholarship into the college of your choice. Maybe you made a difference in someone's life by volunteering. Think of a way you made a significant impact or share a goal you worked hard to achieve.
Specific Career Examples
Manager Example
"My greatest accomplishment was being the youngest employee to be promoted to a manager position in the history of my current company. I worked hard for this and am proud that my dedication to leadership coursework paid off."
Sales Example
"My greatest accomplishment is building my sales book to over 300 accounts. When I started my first sales gig, I was at zero. I worked very hard to build and sustain those relationships."
Marketing Example
"I am most proud of my GPA! I graduated with a 3.7 GPA while working part-time. This accomplishment required a great deal of dedication and long nights from me, but they were 100% worth it."
Retail Example
"I was awarded employee of the month in my first month at my very first job out of high school! I always knew that my work ethic was stronger than most, but the affirmation of this was very motivating."
Teacher Example
"I am most proud of the fact that I am interviewing for a teaching job at the same high school which I graduated! Talk about full circle! One other achievement that I am proud of is my volunteer work as an assistant coach for our district's soccer team. The kids were a lot of fun to work with and, although we didn't keep score, it was a great opportunity for me to be a mentor while promoting health and physical activity."
Admin Example
"I am very proud of being self-taught in QuickBooks and Sage. It took me some time and dedication, but I watched every possible online tutorial and YouTube video until I knew I would test at an Intermediate level."
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Question 6 of 15
Is there anything you would like to add before we wrap up?
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Question 7 of 15
Referring to the job description, what will be your least favorite part of this job?
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Question 8 of 15
How would a coworker or a close friend describe you?
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Question 9 of 15
How will this position help you in your career?
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Question 10 of 15
Tell me about one of your goals. How are you working towards it?
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Question 11 of 15
How has your education prepared you for this career?
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Question 12 of 15
Why do you want to start your career with us?
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Question 13 of 15
Do you have an off-the-wall dream job?
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Question 14 of 15
What was the most difficult aspect of your post-secondary education?
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Question 15 of 15
What extra-curricular activities interest you?
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User-Submitted Interview Answers

Question 1 of 15
Why do you have an interest in this profession?
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My desire to help people both in person and or by phone email etc.
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I already work with piping as a facility and utility plumber. I'm ready to take my skill set to another form of pipe works trade.
Question 2 of 15
Referring to the job description, what will be your favorite part of this job?
Question 3 of 15
Have you ever volunteered?
Question 4 of 15
Are you a leader or a follower?
Question 5 of 15
Tell me one thing you are most proud of.
Question 6 of 15
Is there anything you would like to add before we wrap up?
Question 7 of 15
Referring to the job description, what will be your least favorite part of this job?
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The work shouldn't divide unequally among the team member.
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I do not dislike anything about working. I love to work and give it my all.
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Like most human beings, I enjoy time off but if a person dislikes their chosen career perhaps they should make a change, I will admit there are going to be frustrating situations, issues and people but those moments will pass. It is our responsibility to learn from these events, not dwell on them.
Question 8 of 15
How would a coworker or a close friend describe you?
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Honest, dependable, loyal, a great listener.
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I would hope I would be described as a ethical, honest, intelligent and hard working individual, a person who can be counted on any hour of the day.
Question 9 of 15
How will this position help you in your career?
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I think this is just start of my carrer and it will take me to new heights.
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First, I will have work experience in the technologies we're discussing. I will learn more advanced aspects of these technologies. I will be able to do more, and be a better mentor and advisor, and the latter are among my biggest job satisfactions.
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Most folks want to earn a high salary immediately. I was raised that in order to advance in life you usually need to start at the bottom of the ladder. One must first attend kindergarten and then work towards their diploma from that starting point.
Question 10 of 15
Tell me about one of your goals. How are you working towards it?
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To join AIF for once... Or I get a chance to fly a fighter plane.
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At work: to be respected enough to be consulted on major technology decisions and choices. To write the code that colleagues like to work on. personal. To know I can retire comfortably and with a satisfying relationship.
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I want to take my wife to New Zealand or Scotland, two places she really wants to visit.
Question 11 of 15
How has your education prepared you for this career?
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Not that much.. Its only they give me hint about that and it was enough to change flame into fire.
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Exposure to C#/ASP.NET with an instructor who has deep experience. In general I have learned general web programming (front end) on my own.
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This trade has nothing to do with the subject of my major, Perhaps the most important thing college prepared me for was to meet deadlines.
Question 12 of 15
Why do you want to start your career with us?
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I think for fresher its good to join here ... And as a developer its good here I can learn many things here.
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I scanned Craigslist one day looking for "entry/junior C#". I then went to the company website and saw it was a local company that had an interesting mission that had, at least in part, a service component.
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NAS Lemoore is closer to my home than Fresno, where I had been working since 1996. I was actually forced to make a career change due to the recession of 2008 and pipefitting was the trade I fell in to.
Question 13 of 15
Do you have an off-the-wall dream job?
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I would love doing prepare for AFCAT to join airforce.
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Professional gambler or accountant.
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I don't really know. What I learned in 2008 is my options became very limited due to my age. I quickly learned what "overqualified" meant as my job search was often met with rejection.
Question 14 of 15
What was the most difficult aspect of your post-secondary education?
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I think maths class was difficult to attend most of time.
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Formal logic, because the people who did the best in class had a certain level of math-nerdism that I didn't have. Numerical analysis - same thing. Database component of C# classes, because I had zero background in DBs before that (I am rectifiying that now).
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The least challenging. It is easy to get bored and lose interest if the course material does not draw you in and force you to give all of your effort to learn, absorb and excel.
Question 15 of 15
What extra-curricular activities interest you?

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