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Can You Select the Correct Answer for These 5 Interview Questions

We have written extensively about interviews in our previous blogs. Think you know all there is to know? Let's test your interview knowledge with a few multiple-choice questions! See if you select the correct answers by checking the solutions and explanations at the end. (Don't worry, we won't count this quiz toward your final average.)

Sample Interview Question #1: Why Are You Currently Seeking a New Job?

  1. I hate my current boss! He is such a micromanager and never trusts me to do anything right without constantly looking over my shoulder.

  2. The company I work for is terrible and I don't agree with the decisions that upper management makes.

  3. I am seeking a new role that will provide me with exciting challenges and growth opportunities.

Sample Interview Question #2: I See You Have a 3-Year Job Gap. Can You Explain?

  1. That is none of your business.

  2. You see, I left work because I was having a medical issue that included an enlarged big toe. It comes back every few weeks and becomes an issue. I can show you if you would like to see it.

  3. At the time, I was facing a medical issue, but it is now resolved, and I am eager and excited to return to work.

Sample Interview Question #3: Yes or No, are you familiar with Java?

  1. Yes.

  2. Yes, you see I am an expert in Java. I have taken 6 classes and use it every day in my work. I would love to explain to you why it is better than any other option. Here are my 5 reasons ......

Sample Interview Question #4: Yes or No, are you familiar with Java?

  1. I am an expert at C++

  2. Hmmm. I might be. I am trying to think. Java? Hmmmm.

  3. No. But, I would love to learn!

Sample Interview Question #5: Do You Have Any Questions for Me?

  1. No, I can't think of any.

  2. Yes, does this company offer any opportunity for growth in this role?

  3. Yes, how old are you, and how many kids do you have?

Bonus #1 How Do You Address A Question You Don't Know the Answer to?

  1. Would you be willing to re-state that question for me?

  2. Can I think about it for a minute?

  3. Can we return to this question later?

  4. I honestly don't know the answer to that question.

Bonus #1 The Interviewer Says, "We Are Done With the Interview. Thanks for Coming in!" What is Your Response?

  1. Thanks for interviewing me! Take Care!

  2. Thanks for interviewing me! What are the next steps in the process and when should I expect to hear from you?

  3. Can I text you tomorrow for an update?

Handshake after an interview

Interview Question Answers and Explanations:

  1. The best answer is #3. Refrain from making negative statements about your previous employer or boss. Instead provide a short, honest answer focusing on what you are moving towards instead of what you are getting away from.

  2. The best answer is #3. Yet again, it is best to provide a concise, honest answer. And, if you can alleviate any concern they might have that you will need to leave the workforce again, do.

  3. The best answer is #1. Hiring managers have told us they don't like it when interviewees try to take over the interview and talk on and on. They have a certain number of questions to get through in a short time period. So, if they ask a yes or no question, just answer yes or no. If they want more information, they will ask a follow-up question.

  4. The best answer is #3. You don't want to lie or try to evade the question. Just be honest!

  5. In this case, #2 wins. Don't ask inappropriate questions (age and # of kids) but do be prepared with your own questions so you appear engaged in the process. Here is a great blog on this topic if you need ideas: Still Unsure of What Questions to Ask the Employer in the Interview?

  6. For Bonus #1 - All four answers are great answers. If you are stumped, take a deep breath and then consider using one of those four answers to move forward with the interview.

  7. For Bonus #2 - We suggest #2. You want to leave the interview knowing what the next steps are and when you should hear from the hiring manager. This lets you know when it would be OK to reach back out to check in! We don't advise texting with the hiring manager, however. All communication should be professional, so any follow up should be through email or a phone call.



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