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Asked by TENILLE on May 1, 2017

How many questions will I be asked during an interview? What makes an interview successful? Which type of questions should I prepare to answer?

Answered by Kimberly , Hiring Expert at Emerson, on May 3, 2017

Great question! It's always best to be as prepared as possible. You can count on being asked why you're applying for the position and what do you know about the company. Those are easy to answer as long as you do a little research about the company prior to interviewing. You may be asked to give examples of situations you encountered in previous positions. For example: Tell me an example of how you handled an uncomfortable situation with a co-worker. Or: Explain how you would arrive to a common ground with a group of employees with different ideas. Interviewers are looking to see how you answer questions in addition to your answers.  Each interview is different.  It is safe to ask when an interview is schedule about the structure of the interview and how many people you will be interviewing with.
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Answered by Ellee, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on May 3, 2017

Hello! The number of questions that you will be asked during an interview will depend on the company, the length of the interview, and the person you are interviewing with. If the interview is an hour long, there will be more time for questions as opposed to a half hour long interview. You should be prepared to answer questions about yourself, your education, your past/present work experiences, and any extracurricular or volunteer work you completed. You may also be asked why you want to work for their company versus others. If the interview is behavioral based, meaning the interviewer asks “Tell me about a time when…” questions, be sure to utilize the BAR (Background, Action, Results) or STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Results) method. This will ensure you are capturing necessary details in the answer you provide. Be sure to review the job description prior to your interview so you can highlight your qualifications that match the role during your answers. You will have a successful interview if you are confident, well prepared, and are able to answer questions in a more conversational way, rather than sounding rehearsed. Interviews can be stressful, so be sure to relax, breathe, and be confident with yourself.

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Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on May 9, 2017

The amount of time you have with your interviewer will determine how many questions will be asked. It's hard to say which questions you will receive because it depends on the position. Know that your interviewer is trying to form an understanding of what you have accomplished, what you are capable of, and how this will benefit the company through this particular role. Below are some of the more common interview questions that you should review and prepare responses for. Always be sure to customize the answers to reflect your experiences, strengths and values. An interview is successful when you are communicating these three aspects respectfully and confidently so that your interviewer has a clear understanding of your career and how it aligns with the position.


  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why do you think you would be a good fit for this role?
  • Why did you leave your last position?
  • What kind of position are you seeking?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Describe a time when you had a conflict with a colleague.
  • Can you work under pressure and meet deadlines?
  • What is the least favorite job or duty that you have had in the past?
  • What was your favorite job or duty in the past?
  • How do you handle criticism or constructive feedback?
  • Give me an example when you have been part of a team or group.
  • Tell me about a time when you did not achieve your goals.
  • Describe for me a situation where you faced a challenge or obstacle?
  • What would you do if the priorities on a project you were working on changed suddenly?

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Answered by Rachael, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on May 11, 2017

It is difficult to put number on how many questions you may be asked in an interview, as each company and interviewer may have different set of questions and interview styles. To ensure a successful interview, being prepared is the best thing you can do. I would reccommend driving to the interview site in advance to determine how long it will actually take and get familiar with the parking lot area. Being 15 minutes early is considered "on time", as you may need to fill out an employment application or other documents when you arrive. You should be prepared to talk about everything on your resume, including some stories about your work experience that isn't on your resume. You would certainly stand out among the other candidates if you conducted research on the company, but also on their competitors. Try to find information about the company that isn't readily available on their website. Bring questions pertaining to the job, but stay away from questions that involve compensation and benefits. The interviewer may ask you questions outside of the normal behavioral type, such as "If you were a color, what color would you be?" or "If you could meet someone from the past, who would it be and why?", just to learn more about how you think on the spot and get a better understanding of your interests and personality. With regard to behavioral questions, they will ask you to describe a situation from your past, what you were tasked with, how did you take action, and what was the result. You should try to apply this "STAR" (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to any question they ask you, so you can answer it effectively and completely. The key take away for the interviewer is to see how you performed in the past, as it is an predictor of how you will respond in the future. I hope this is helpful. Good luck on your future interviews!

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