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Entry Level Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your next job interview, here are 25 interview questions and answers for an entry-level position.

Entry Level was written by and updated on August 19th, 2018. Learn more here.

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Why do you have an interest in this profession?

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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List of 25 Entry Level Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1.

    Why do you have an interest in this profession?

      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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      1st 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."

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      Admin

      "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."

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      Manager

      "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."

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      Marketing

      "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."

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      Retail

      "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."

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      Sales

      "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."

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      Teacher

      "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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      Community Answer

      "I also had a interest in construction and design work, which is why I choose Civil Engineering as my major in school. From my internship experience I got to see a little bit of how this industry works and enjoyed it. I have also taken elective classes like construction estimating and project management that have piqued my interest."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      You're off to a good start! I recommend filling out your response with more personalization. Try to show the interviewer more about you and your personal drivers. What initially piqued your interest in this industry?

  • 2.

    What was the most difficult aspect of your post-secondary education?

      How to Answer

      Share a challenge you experienced in one of your classes or training courses. Maybe the class was challenging because the subject was not related to any of your strengths. Math and science courses might be tricky for you, or perhaps the professor was a real challenge. Focus on what you did to overcome the situation, rather than placing your attention on the issue.

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      1st Answer Example

      "During my clinical rotations, I had a complicated patient. Her condition was stable, but she was very demanding and needed a lot of attention. I had not yet learned how to correctly divide my time between patients, giving each one the attention and care they needed, while drawing a professional line with my time. Unfortunately, the charge nurse seemed to enjoy watching me struggle versus helping me. This situation was eye-opening and toughened me up a bit when it comes to being firm with patients who are unreasonable with their needs."

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      Admin

      "While earning my Administration Professionals Certificate, I struggled the most with the module on accounting software. I have never taken any finance courses which meant that learning accounting jargon was the first hurdle for me. I did well in the end; however, that section took the most brain power!"

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      Manager

      "I have worked in smaller organizations but did not have a lot of knowledge of large corporations and their structure. I found my organizational development course to be challenging, and mind-opening as well. Lessons and projects surrounding retention approaches such as stress reduction programs, and wellness initiatives were much more in-depth than I expected. I learned a great deal!"

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      Marketing

      "To be completely honest, I always thought marketing was fun and creative. I pictured a bunch of creative types working in the Facebook office, wearing plaid and laughing over expensive lattes. I was in for a rude awakening in my first semester! Learning the foundations of advertising, social media algorithms, and buyer behavior was a lot more technical than I expected. With that said, I loved it and graduated top of my program."

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      Retail

      "The most difficult thing for me was the level of homework and study time required while also balancing my job at Best Buy. I had always worked while going to high school, but College was a different beast to tackle. I had to reduce my hours to make time for my studies."

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      Sales

      "The most difficult part of my education was my Statistics course. I am a numbers person when it comes to certain things, but my strength is not in formulas, for example. I overcame this challenge by hiring a tutor. I ended up with an A, but it was the result of a lot of work and studying."

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      Teacher

      "The biggest challenge I faced while completing my Bachelor's in Education was finding an appropriate placement for my internship. I lived in a small town at the time and had to relocate to a nearby city temporarily due to lack of opportunity in my community. I am thankful that I leaped to move for an opportunity because I met some amazing teachers who are more than willing to give me a reference for my first full-time teaching job."

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      Community Answer

      ""ยข The biggest challenge was my applied econometric dissertation which looked at the relationship between inequality and economic growth because it was the first time that I took the theory that was taught and had to apply it to a real-world topic. I relished this opportunity to leverage data, after a few weeks of analysis and drawing key insights, I knew that analyze data was something that I was passionate about."

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      Good! Can you add more detail about why applying theory to real-world situations made it challenging? How were you able to overcome the challenge?

  • 3.

    Do you have an off-the-wall dream job?

      How to Answer

      Aside from your current career goals, the interviewer would like to know what you would do if driven by passion only. If nothing mattered: money, career stability, location, education- what would you want to do for a living?

      This question gives you the opportunity to talk about your other interests and passions. The only way you can answer this incorrectly is by not answering it at all! Sometimes interviewers ask questions like this to get to know you aside from the data on your resume. If you secretly always wanted to be an acrobat but knew it wasn't the best option to run away with the circus, this is a great time to share!

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      1st Answer Example

      "I do have an off-the-wall dream! I have always wanted to see my photography published in National Geographic, as a world-renowned nature photographer. Now, being an accountant, I do not see this as a dream that aligns with my career choice in any way. With that said, I do spend the weekends hiking and taking photos. You never know - maybe I will retire in 40 years and chase this dream then."

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      Admin

      "If I could choose something completely different, without concern for responsibilities, I would have pursued being a dancer. I was heavily involved in ballet from the age of three, up until a couple of years ago. It's a cutthroat industry, and when I needed to work to support my big family, I did choose to give up dance. With that said, I do not regret anything."

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      Manager

      "If I had to pivot my career, without concern for anything, I would pursue becoming a motivational speaker. I thoroughly enjoy the coaching aspect, which also relates to a career in management. I love the idea of spending time helping others learn to tap into their talents."

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      Marketing

      "When I was a kid I wanted to be a dolphin trainer. Okay - so I have no idea what that would entail, likely a Ph.D. in Marine Biology but I would dream about swimming with dolphins and teaching them tricks. For now, I will stick with booking a dolphin tour on my next vacation."

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      Retail

      "My crazy dream would be to be a major fashion designer like Alexander McQueen! I want people to line up to pay copious amounts of money for my scarves and footwear. How amazing would that be? I have a sketchbook that I doodle ideas in, in my off time. It's a fun hobby for me."

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      Sales

      "My biggest dream is to earn a great amount of commission over the next ten years, save a major portion of it, and go to Zimbabwe to fund the building of a new school in a rural area. My father, a construction worker, would spend his summers building homes and schools in the third world, with a charitable organization. I want to work hard to that I can continue his legacy."

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      Teacher

      "I often think about creating a new curriculum specifically for students with Rett Syndrome and other disorders that affect children verbally. My niece has the disorder, and she benefits greatly from the use of technology and sign language; however, my sister found it impossible to find a public school to support this way of learning. My niece is currently home-schooled by a private teacher trained in these methods. I want her to have the experience of public school one day."

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  • 4.

    Why do you want to start your career with us?

      How to Answer

      Think about the aspects of the organization that stood out to you when you noticed the job posting or heard about it from a friend. If you're like most job seekers, you might be applying for five to ten jobs a day! Before your interview, refresh yourself on some of the perks of working for this company. Compliment the organization by talking about something that impressed you, like their values or their involvement in the community. You can find a lot of the information you need online, so do your research and be honest about what you like about the organization.

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    How has your education prepared you for this career?

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      If you have work experience, focus on how your coursework and training has made you successful so far. If you are interviewing for your first position, you can talk about how your education will help you to be successful in meeting specific job requirements outlined in the company's job posting.

      Assure the interviewer that you have the skills and the training to fulfill these duties, and exceed expectations. Some of the skills we learn throughout our education are helpful for any situation. People skills and team-work will help you to interact with your new coworkers. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills will help you to analyze information, notice details and deal with severe problems on the job.

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    Tell me about one of your goals. How are you working towards it?

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      If the interviewer asks you any general questions about goals, try to focus your answer on something career-oriented. You can incorporate a personal twist but always bring it back to your career goals. Achieving your goal could teach you a new skill and give you valuable experience. Demonstrate that you are proactive and willing to take action to reach your goals.

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    How will this position help you in your career?

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      Think about your goals for your new career. Consider where you would like to end up in the next three to five years. This position may be an entry-level role, but it could help you obtain the skills you need to get to where you want to go. Talk about what you are excited to learn in this job. Before your interview, review the job description and make a mental note of the skills you already have and the ones you would like to cultivate!"

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    How would a coworker or a close friend describe you?

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    Referring to the job description, what will be your least favorite part of this job?

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      This question is an opportunity for you to discuss a little more in depth about how you might handle some of the challenging aspects of the role. All jobs can have frustrating moments. To show you have some knowledge of the difficulties you may encounter, share one hesitation you may have, related to the job posting or job description.

      If this is your first time in the workforce, you might not know all of the different problems to anticipate in the job or industry. If you're not sure, ask.

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    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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    Is there anything you would like to add before we wrap up?

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      Modern interviews are more conversational in approach, so always be prepared for a question like this. When the interviewer opens the discussion, this is the perfect opportunity to clarify any issue that you feel you did not answer as clearly as you could have. You should always have at least one inquiry in mind for the interviewer as well. Be prepared to talk about an accomplishment or strength you haven't already shared to prove your value.

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    Tell me one thing you are most proud of.

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      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 to 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.

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  • 13.

    Are you a leader or a follower?

      How to Answer

      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.

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    Have you ever volunteered?

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    What extra-curricular activities interest you?

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      The types of extra-curricular activities that you choose to give your time to will tell the interviewer a great deal about you and your personality. Make sure to keep your answer appropriate. Holding the title of 'Beer Pong Champion' isn't what the interviewer is after. Perhaps you volunteer on the side, spend a lot of time with your little brother, take pottery classes, or are taking sommelier courses. This question is one that you can ask in return if you want to build further rapport with your interviewer!

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    Why are you ready to enter the workforce now?

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      Since you are new to your career, the interviewer would like to know why the timing is now right for you to start looking for a job. Perhaps you just finished your post-secondary education or were traveling after graduation. Whatever your situation, give the interviewer a good idea of why you are now ready to get to work!

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    Name the top skill you learned from your education.

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      If you have a post-secondary degree, the interviewer would like to know what your biggest takeaway was from that experience. Often, when you are newer to your career, interviewers will lean on your post-secondary career when digging for answers on your character and work ethic. If you do not have any formal post-secondary education, you can rely on any volunteer experience, work abroad experience, internship, or even high school or organized sports.

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    Have you ever had a mentor?

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      There are many benefits to having a mentor, and many interviewers will look highly on a candidate who has the foresight to realize that there is a massive benefit to having a mentor.

      Some benefits to having a mentor include:

      - Gaining someone else's years of knowledge in a short amount of time
      - Advice on your weaknesses from someone that you trust
      - The opportunity to learn new ways of thinking
      - A positive experience to mention on your resume or cover letter
      - Broadening your network

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    Tell me about a time when you went out of your way to help someone.

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      The interviewer would like to see that you have a natural inclination to help people. If it is too hard for you to think of an example off the top of your head, this may be a red flag to the interviewer that you are not a team player. Mention a time as recent as possible, and remain brief. Discuss the situation, what you did to help, and what the result was. Keep your example professional and related to work, volunteer, school, or athletics.

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    Why did you choose the University that you attended?

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      The interviewer would like to know if the school that you attended was your first pick. Be prepared to discuss what attracted you to your particular University. If you had another first choice, you could also explain why that school was so highly enticing to you. Keep your answer positive and brief.

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    Which school subject did you enjoy the most?

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      The interviewer would like a quick glimpse into the types of topics that you enjoy. Generally speaking, the classes that you do best in are likely the ones you enjoyed the most, and perhaps are your area of expertise. Allow the interviewer to get to know you, your interests, and strengths.

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    Which school subject did you struggle with the most?

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      Just as learning your best classes will help the interviewer understand your areas of strength; learning of your areas of weakness will help the interviewer to see where they may need to offer additional support and training. Having areas of weakness is okay. Don't put yourself down; rather discuss how you are planning to improve your skills in that area.

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    Why did you choose your major?

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      The interviewer would like to understand better the thinking behind your post-secondary major. Explain what you chose, and what the leading factors were behind your decision. If you are not happy with your choice, try to remain positive and merely state that you feel there may have been better choices for you in retrospect.

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    If you were hiring for this job, what qualities would you look for in a candidate?

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      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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    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.

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