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25 Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on August 19th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 25
Why do you have an interest in this profession?
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How to Answer
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.

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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.

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.

Question 4 of 25
How do you feel about working evenings and weekends while you amp up your career?
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How to Answer
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.

Question 5 of 25
If you were hiring for this job, what qualities would you look for in a candidate?
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How to Answer
The interviewer would like to see the level of insight you have when it comes to the company's needs for this role. It is a safe bet to pull from any characteristics mentioned in the job posting or job description. Make sure to keep company culture in mind when you answer, and be prepared to display to the interviewer how you match these qualities.

Some of the top qualities that an interviewer may be seeking include:

- Accountable
- Trustworthy
- Loyal
- Self-motivated
- Resilience
- Problem-solver
- Analytical
- Creative
- Social media & tech savvy
- Strong business sense
- Willpower

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Writers for Entry Level Answers and Questions

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
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: 12/03/2015
Last modified on: 08/19/2018

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