Answer this question by rating yourself on a scale of 1 to 10.
Typist Interview Questions
How strong is your punctuation and grammar?
Answer this question by rating yourself on a scale of 1 to 10.
"I would rate myself 9/10 having regard to grammar, and 10/10 having regard to punctuation."
In your latest performance review, what did your employer have to say about the quality of your work?
Always review the job posting before an interview to familiarize yourself with the personality traits the employer is seeking. Answer this question by mentioning some of the familiarity traits listed on the job posting by providing an example in a professional setting.
"My former employer said that I am a highly meticulous individual and a very hard worker. I always review my work at least twice before submission."
Are you experienced in shorthand typing?
Always review the job posting before the interview to familiarize yourself with the duties involved and preferred qualifications for the successful incumbent.
Answer this question by mentioning whether you have such experience to demonstrate you are indeed the perfect candidate for the job by virtue of your previous experience - and the company(ies) you worked for.
Should you not have such experience, emphasize you are a quick learner and that you have a willingness to train.
"I unfortunately do not have any experience in shorthand typing. However, I am a quick learner and have a strong willingness to train."
What duties are the easiest and the most difficult for you to perform in a Typist capacity?
The interviewer wants to determine your boundaries. It is important to demonstrate you can manage anything that comes your way.
Always review the job posting before the interview and keep it closeby at the time of the interview. Provide example of easy and difficult duties on the job posting, and how easily you will be able to manage both. Provide example of the successful performance of these duties in a previous position where you had Typist duties (i.e., the position does not have to officially be "Typist"), if you have any.
What are your short term goals?
Answer by telling the interviewer about your short-term goals, however by ensuring your goals are related to the position and company you applied for.
Should your short-term goals significantly differ from the position or company, the interviewer may assume you will leave eventually the position if hired, for a better opportunity at another company, should one presents itself. As a result, you may be instantly disqualified.
"In 2 to 3 years from now, I would like to have grown within the company and having established myself as an expert. I hope to eventually move up the ladder and become a Manager or Team Lead within the department. I wish to commit to my employer and contribute to the company's success."
How do you prioritize your work when you have multiple deadlines to meet?
Tell the interviewer about your organizational and time management skills.
"I use a calendar to be reminded of upcoming meetings and deadlines, as well as daily/weekly to-do lists, by prioritizing the most important duties, to ensure I am on top of things. I review and amend my lists every morning, throughout the day, and in the afternoon before leaving for the day."
Tell me about a time where you had to take on a leadership role. Did you enjoy it and if so, why?
Tell the interviewer about your leadership or team management experience, should you have any, in a professional, volunteer, or educational capacity (alternatively).
Should you have none, mention that you are more than willing to gain leadership skills and would love to take on a leadership role - and why you are a good leader.
If the interviewer asks such a question, it is likely that the position entails leadership duties - current or future, which will most of the time already be outlined on the job posting. As such, he/she will assume you applied to this role upon having adequately read the job posting, and that you have an interest in leadership/team management and/or some sort of leadership/team management experience.
Try to provide an example related to the position/industry you applied for, as much as possible. If you cannot do so, provide any example by telling the interviewer you are positive your skills will easily be transferable.
"I lead a team of individuals in a volunteer capacity when working as (X position title) for (X organization). In this role, I was responsible for 10 sales representatives and (X further related responsibilities). I realize this particular experience is not related to this position, however the team management skills acquired in this role will highly benefit me in this position at your company. I thoroughly enjoyed taking on a leadership role as I love leading team members to success."
What is your greatest strength and how will it help you to be a successful Typist?
Answer by telling the interviewer what your greatest strength is, related to the position you applied for. Ensure to mention how this strength will contribute to your success in this role.
"My greatest strength is that I am extremely meticulous. I also always review my work at least twice before submission to superiors or colleagues to ensure that my work is accurate."
What do you know about our company?
Tell the interviewer about your knowledge of the company you applied for. It is imperative to always conduct your due diligence before an interview by reviewing the job description, company website and social media pages to familiarize yourself with the company and work involved. It is also important to show the interviewer you did not apply to the advertised position simply because you are looking for just any job, but that you wish to work for this company specifically.
"I reviewed the job description and website before this interview and know you are a company specializing in (X services you noticed on the company website). I am particularly excited about (X programs/initiatives) that I saw on your (website/social media pages) as I (X reasons you are excited about these programs/initiatives, such as passion or similar initiatives undertaken in school or volunteer capacity)."
Why are you the best candidate for us?
Ensure to review the job description before the interview to familiarize yourself with the personality traits or profile required for this role. Answer this question by outlining a few of the listed qualifications that you also possess, making you the best candidate for this role.
Alternatively, mention your top qualifications and qualities which will ensure your success in this role.
"As you can see on my resume, I have the required educational qualifications, holding a bachelor's and master's degree in X, as well as years of relevant experience. I furthermore am a hard worker, a team player and work tirelessly."
What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve in that area?
Tell the interviewer what your greatest weakness is, however by ensuring that this weakness can be a strength in this position.
"I am a very hard-worker and find hard to stop working at the end of the day, resulting in numerous long days at the office. To improve in that area, I did my best to do lists every morning by prioritizing the work that needs to be done by the end of the day, and the following tasks that are not as urgent. Doing this significantly improved my time management skills and made me more productive at work."
Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Typist?
Tell the interviewer what motivated you to apply for this position.
Answer this question by mentioning, e.g., how passionate you are about this field and why.
"I wish to work as a Typist because (X reasons) and as I am highly meticulous and detail-oriented, I know I am in the right field."
How do you handle pressure and stressful situations?
Tell the interviewer about your stress management skills and ability to work under pressure.
"I thrive under pressure and always remain calm in stressful situations. I sincerely believe that exercising on a regular basis significantly helps me stay calm in stressful situations."
How do you stay organized?
Tell the interviewer about your organizational skills in a work environment by providing an example of your capabilities. Provide an example in a professional or volunteer capacity, or alternatively in a university setting.
"I believe excellent organizational skills are essential to successfully perform in any position. For example, if I have to perform numerous duties in a short period of time, I need to know how to prioritize and meet the respective deadlines. I will use lists to keep track of upcoming duties and a calendar to keep track of deadlines."
Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it prepared you for this position.
Tell the interviewer about your post-secondary education by mentioning knowledge and/or experience acquired throughout your studies, such as courses taken, group projects, and so on.
"As you can see on my resume, I graduated from the (X university) with a bachelor's degree in X. Throughout my studies, I acquired advanced typing knowledge, such as (X courses). I furthermore gained some hands-on experience while working on projects such as (X projects that helped you develop typing skills)."
Name 3 vital skills that all Typists should have mastered.
How many words per minute can you type?
Have you ever worked as a Typist for larger firms? If so, walk me through your typical tasks and tell me which you enjoyed the most.
Tell me the programs and software that you are best versed in. What is your level of proficiency in each?
Do you prefer copy typing or audio typing, and which method do you consider your strongest?
What are your long term career goals?
Tell me about your punctuality and attendance record in your most recent position.
If a co-worker called in sick, thus doubling your workload for the day, how would you react?
Are you multilingual? If so, what is you strongest language?
Much of your work as a Typist will include working with spreadsheets. Do you have beginner, intermediate or advanced Excel skills?