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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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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.

Answer Example
"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 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
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!"
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."
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."
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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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, 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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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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Creators of Entry Level Answers and Questions

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: 12/03/2015
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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Question 11 of 15
How has your education prepared you for this career?
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Why do you want to start your career with us?
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Do you have an off-the-wall dream job?
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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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