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Top 25 Entry Level Interview Questions
List of Entry Level Interview Questions
  1. Why did you choose this profession?
  2. What do you think you will like about this role?
  3. How do you handle stress?
  4. What is your availability?
  5. What is your greatest accomplishment so far?
  6. Why did you leave your last job?
  7. What questions do you have for me?
  8. Is there anything you would like to add before we wrap up?
  9. Give me an example of a problem you solved. How did you approach it?
  10. Tell me about your favorite aspect of your training.
  11. What do you think you might dislike about this job?
  12. How would a coworker or a close friend describe you?
  13. How will this position help you in your career?
  14. What are your salary requirements?
  15. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  16. What was the most difficult part about your training or education?
  17. Tell me about yourself.
  18. If you couldn't work in this field, what would you do instead?
  19. What do you know about our organization?
  20. Why did you choose our organization when applying?
  21. How did your education prepare you for this career?
  22. What challenges are you looking for in this position?
  23. How would you describe your passion for this organization and industry?
  24. Tell me about one of your goals. How are you working towards it?
  25. Are you a leader or a follower?
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Elisabeth Walter
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Rachelle Enns
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Rachelle Enns
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Question 1 of 25
Why did you choose this profession?
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Both of my parents were in this profession 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.
I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my life when I got to college, so my advisor recommended taking a lot of unrelated intro level classes. I really enjoyed this class, and my teacher was inspiring. I knew quickly that I would continue down this path.
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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.
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My desire to help people both in person and or by phone email etc.
Question 2 of 25
What do you think you will like about this role?
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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.
I hope I will like all of it, but what I see as most attractive is the ability to work on cross-functional teams.
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Question 3 of 25
How do you handle stress?
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I am accustomed to working high stress jobs. If I find that I am deep into a stressful situation, I will take a minute to take a few breaths and reassess my progress.
I handle stress very well. I keep very detailed 'to-do" lists and project files. I also communicate regularly with my coworkers and teammates.
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Question 4 of 25
What is your availability?
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I am available to work most days, and can be flexible on evenings and weekends. I do have a personal obligation on Wednesday evenings; however, that is my only scheduling restriction at this time.
I am available weekdays, first shift preferable. Third or second shift could be discussed. I don't have regular availability on the weekend, but can work occasional shifts, when needed.
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Question 5 of 25
What is your greatest accomplishment so far?
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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 paid off.
My greatest accomplishment is building my sales book to over 300 accounts. I worked very hard to build and sustain those relationships.
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Question 6 of 25
Why did you leave your last job?
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I had a great 4 years with Company XYZ but it was time for me to move onto more challenging and lucrative opportunities.
I left my last job when we relocated here from Colorado.
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Question 7 of 25
What questions do you have for me?
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Is there any reason why you wouldn't offer me this position? I would like to address any hesitations you may have.
I would like to know if I am still on your list of potential hires? I know you may have more people to interview, but I would like to know if I am still in the running.
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Question 8 of 25
Is there anything you would like to add before we wrap up?
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I feel that this interview has gone well and I would like to ask if you feel that I would be a great fit for this position? Is there anything you would like to ask me or something that I can clarify for you?
I have really enjoyed this interview and I feel that I am leaving with an even greater desire to work here. I hope to hear from you soon.
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Question 9 of 25
Give me an example of a problem you solved. How did you approach it?
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I analyzed the situation, made a list of possible solutions, then made a pros and cons list of each solution.
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Question 10 of 25
Tell me about your favorite aspect of your training.
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I enjoyed LEAN and Kaizen training. I always considered myself a "neat freak" and that just added more fuel to my fire.
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My favorite ahh its kind of difficult to say ... Bcoz most of subjects were my favourite but most intresting subject is data structure.
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Calculus. It forced me to pay attention to detail while grasping the formulas that are pertinent to the pipe trades industry.
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C#/.NET, because the way it was structured, the students had to mostly teach themselves (which I had been doing anyway with respect to C++, the Web, and programming in general). It gave me a lot of confidence that I could find the answer to most any question.
Question 11 of 25
What do you think you might dislike about this job?
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I would never want to enter into a job thinking that there are things I would dislike. However, as a realist - I understand that there may be situations that I don't particularly enjoy. If I had to choose a particular part of the role that I may dislike it would probably be the customer dispute resolution. I am confident in my abilities with dispute resolution but I don't particularly love it.
Every job has duties that are not the most enjoyable. I try not to focus on that. But, if I had to guess, I would say the paperwork. Paperwork is always tedious, but necessary.
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The work shouldn't divide unequally among the team member.
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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.
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I do not dislike anything about working. I love to work and give it my all.
Question 12 of 25
How would a coworker or a close friend describe you?
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I believe my coworkers would describe me as dedicated, trustworthy and kind. When you call my references I strongly believe that they will say the same things about me. I am a proud employee and promise to be a great brand ambassador for your company.
They would tell you that I am fiercely loyal, trustworthy and fair. At least they better, lol.
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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.
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Honest, dependable, loyal, a great listener.
Question 13 of 25
How will this position help you in your career?
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This position, and company as a whole, will help me in my career by offering the strong growth potential that you do. I am really excited about the opportunities presented here.
This position is right in line with my aspiration of managing. In my current role, I am an accounting clerk, this is a step up a financial analyst, and beyond that I want to be a controller.
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I think this is just start of my carrer and it will take me to new heights.
2.
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.
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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.
Question 14 of 25
What are your salary requirements?
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In my next position, I would like to see a fair increase from the salary I am currently earning. I am currently earning a base salary of $75K/year.
Salaries can be negotiable, but I do not want to decrease my pay. This position is a bit of a lateral move, but I do bring some new skills to it, so I would like a small increase, maybe 10% above where I am currently.
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Just I can expand it on my expenses..
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I am already aware the starting salary is $21.65, which is a bit more than I earn now. Needless to say, If I am selected for this position I will definitely be receiving a pay raise.
3.
Salary commensurate with the going rate for our location.
Question 15 of 25
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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In 5 years I would really like to see myself in a leadership based role. I would like to expand my industry related education a little bit as well.
I would like to be leading my department. I do not need to have a large team, but I think that I have good leadership skills, and I would like to train the next generation of workers.
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As a success software developer.
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In five years I see myself as a Work Leader, and possibly Supervisor within NAVFAC-SW.
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Advisor to CTO. Mentor and advisor to peers in one or more areas that I have depth in. Continuing to broaden areas I know at least a little something about.
Question 16 of 25
What was the most difficult part about your training or education?
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The most difficult part of my education was my Statistics course. I overcame this challenge by hiring a tutor. I ended up with a A but it was definitely the result of a lot of work and studying.
The most difficult thing for me was the level of homework and study time required. I had always worked while going to high school, but I had to reduce my hours to make time for studying.
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I think maths class was difficult to attend most of time.
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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.
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Formal logic, because the ppl 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).
Question 17 of 25
Tell me about yourself.
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I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Communications and Marketing from UBC in 2009. Since then, I have been actively making my way to a leadership role in social media marketing. I am an energetic and positive person, ready to make a difference in a growing organization.
I am a seasoned financial analyst with 10 years of experience. I got my bachelors degree in Finance, then eventually went back for a master's degree. I have worked my way up in my field, and plan to continue my progression.
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I am punctual. I am detail oriented. I believe I must give 100% of myself. I am reliable. I am honest. I am trustworthy. I am dependable. I am the person you're looking to fill this position.
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Although I'm a good writer, I've always been good with math and logic. I tried playing music professionally in my early 20s, but I could not find a niche I was really comfortable with. I remember enjoying computer programming (what little I did) as an undergrad, so I investigated CS graduate education and decided to go for a master's. I got a job with HP right out of grad school and stayed there for 20 years (mostly in CA). I came back to CO in 2001 for family reasons, and having taken early retirement, I was able to just manage my investments and do volunteer work. Thanks to listening to tech podcasts, I got the itch to program again, and started rebooting myself in late 2013 ...
Question 18 of 25
If you couldn't work in this field, what would you do instead?
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If I could choose something completely different, without concern for responsibilities, I would have pursued being a dancer. With that said, I do not regret anything about my career path thus far.
I would probably become a consultant or an adult education teacher. I like helping others and meeting new people.
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I would love doing prepare for AFCAT to join airforce.
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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.
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Professional gambler or accountant.
Question 19 of 25
What do you know about our organization?
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I have researched your company online and really like what I see so far. I know that you are very focused on your customers while still keeping a great investment into your employees. Your workplace culture seems open and communicative which is exactly what I am looking for.
I did some research online and really appreciate your innovations in automobile safety.
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Its an organization providing mobile app development and web based development.
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I know NAVFAC-SW has a responsibility to ensure the fleet is always at mission readiness. No matter how small or large it is NAVFAC-SW's charge to complete all tasks in a timely manner so the fleet and it's personnel are able to perform their duties with minimal down time or distraction.
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You make software for government, especially the legislative side, and provide visibility for citizens into the workings of government/legislators.
Question 20 of 25
Why did you choose our organization when applying?
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I chose to apply to your organization because I have a few friends who work for you and they have amazing things to say. Reputation is everything and your industry reputation seems really great.
I chose to apply because the position is perfect for me, and I believe that our interests are aligned.
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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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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.
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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.
Question 21 of 25
How did your education prepare you for this career?
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I actually had some very good teachers who explained the reality of working to me. Learning all the required readings is not enough to prepare you for the real world.
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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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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.
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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.
Question 22 of 25
What challenges are you looking for in this position?
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I have been looking for a leadership position within a progressive organization for some time now. In addition to taking on new leadership challenges, I would also like to expand my knowledge in sales ad social media marketing. I think this role encompasses all of those desires.
I am looking forward to the challenge of transferring my skill set to a new industry.
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Not so much.. M happy with that.
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Admittedly, I am not in my 20's anymore, so I do question the longevity of how my body will react to physical labor. However saying that, I often outlast and outperform a lot of the newer and younger employees who've come on board.
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Will it offer the variety I need? Obviously there are peaks and valleys in any job. Will Agile beat/trump that principle? In the past I have had to look to my personal (hobby) programming to keep myself excited about programming.
Question 23 of 25
How would you describe your passion for this organization and industry?
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My passion for this industry is pure and I plan to stay in this industry for my entire career. I believe my passion for your organization is transparent as I have been completely engaged through the interview process.
I enjoy working with kids, so this industry will always be high on my list.
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Industry: there is always more to learn, not only tech specifics but also how the things I use every day actually operate. Org: working in tech is a privilege, but it's an added privilege when the organization has a mission that contributes to making our world a better place.
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I am proud to say I work for NAVFAC-SW at NAS Lemoore. I enjoy my job and my co-workers, most of the time. When asked what type of work I do I gladly explain what I do without falsely glorifying or making exaggerated comments about my employment.
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Yes I am passionate abut this job and organization.
Question 24 of 25
Tell me about one of your goals. How are you working towards it?
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One of my goals has been to secure employment with a company that offers tuition reimbursement and encourages continued education for their employees. I would like to complete my degree through evening and weekend courses while working full time. I believe that this position will help me to get there.
I have a goal of being a supervisor in 5 years. I am working toward that goal by taking a supervisory skills course and shadowing leaders in my industry.
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To join AIF for once... Or I get a chance to fly a fighter plane.
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I want to take my wife to New Zealand or Scotland, two places she really wants to visit.
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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.
Question 25 of 25
Are you a leader or a follower?
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I prefer to be a leader; however, I am easy to coach and mentor as well.
I can be either. I want to eventually be a leader, but I know that I have to earn that right by being an excellent follower.
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