Questions and answers in a job interview

Common and unpredictable questions in an interview, prepared or spontaneous answers. Preparing your job interview in this regard will be essential to convey confidence in the dialogue and to achieve optimal results. The objective of the interviewer will be to obtain as much information as possible about your professional profile, personality and work conduct.


It will depend on the job position we choose, to get an idea of ​​the type of questions they will ask us. With greater responsibility in the position, the interview will be longer and with a great variety of questions asked in different ways to consolidate the information. Here I propose a series of questions that may facilitate the preparation of your answers:

  • Questions related to your studies or training (I will refer to university training, but these are questions that can be applied to any training, middle and upper grades, Baccalaureate, etc.): Why did you choose this career? Was the first choice career studied? What were your favorite subjects? Tell me about any experience that has marked you in your college days? Did you have a representative position in your student days (course delegate, etc.), do you have any good or bad memories of your student days ?.
  • Questions about your previous job : Why did you stop working in your previous company? Why do you want to change companies or jobs? What functions did you perform? How was your relationship with your old boss? colleagues? What was the most unpleasant situation that you had to live in the company? Were you able to cope with that situation and how? Was there an important decision that you had to make? how was your relationship with them?
  • Questions about the job new you are applying for : why do you want to work in this company? What attracts you the most about the position you are applying for? Would you work on weekends? If you are still in another company, how Would you organize the change to come to this ?.
  • Questions related to salary or salary : what salary do you aspire to? How much would you like to earn in this job? Are economic reasons the reason for your job change?
  • Questions about your assessment or suitability for the position : Could you indicate three virtues or three defects that you have? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Why do you think we should hire you for this position of work? What elements make the difference between you and the other candidates? Could you define yourself with 5 adjectives? Could you sell your candidacy in a one-minute message?
  • Personal questions : Are you married? Do you have a girlfriend? What are your personal projects in the short or medium term? Do you smoke? What do you spend your free time on? Do you have a hobby or hobby? What do you usually do on weekends? What is the last book you have read? What did you think of it? Do you like movies? What is your favorite movie or series?
  • They will tell you if you have any doubts or questions related to the interview you have had. You could ask the following questions: why is the position available? What are the main objectives or goals of the vacant position? Are there promotion possibilities in the company? What expansion plans does the company have?



  • Be positive: the first thing you should convey in an interview is the attitude of a positive person with expectations. Your answers should always refer to the positive side of a situation, you know, that of the glass half full or half empty. Your answers must refer to all the good things that it has brought you, for example your old job, even if you know that you want to leave it because you are fed up with your boss or routine work !! of new challenges and wanting to expand your professional and social networks. I warn you that positivity is a way of approaching life, your day to day, therefore start practicing it now! this way it new will be much easier and more spontaneous to be able to transmit it in an interview.
  • Never speak badly of your former bosses or colleagues : even if you are very fed up with your boss or your colleagues, never!, Speak badly of them. You are aware that perhaps it is the reason why you want to change jobs, but you must apply positivity and transfer responsibility to yourself: I want a change to develop in other fields, to expand my professional networks, etc. Speaking badly about the people around you makes the interviewer think when it is his turn to give your negative opinion!
  • Take care of your words and organize your answers : You must use a language appropriate to the job you are applying for. Never make references to buzzwords, sayings, or even swear words, regardless of the job. Leave the technical words for the technical answers, so you will avoid giving an image of arrogance or a person who thinks he knows everything. Do not divert your answers to your ground. Organize and be concrete, answer what they are really asking you. If you don’t know the answer, rather than beating around the bush, be honest and say that you can’t answer that question because you don’t know what it refers to.
  • Do not be surprised by any questions : there will be jobs in which they want to measure your capacity for self-control, your character or simply your ability to get out of an embarrassing situation. All questions have an end, so do not bother or be surprised by any of them. Just meditate for a few seconds on your way of dealing with it and give whatever information you deem appropriate. For example, if they ask you how often do you have intimate relationships with your partner? Clearly the interviewer is not interested in the content of your answer, but your reaction is. To a question like this you can answer slowly and calmly that you have a satisfactory and harmonious life as a couple and not go into any more details.
  • Don’t be desperate : even if you don’t have a job, never be desperate to get the job. Think that you only want to show what you are worth in that interview and if the position really is for you, it will be !!!
  • Don’t overdo it : Eliminate the exaggeration in any answer. Always everything in its proper measure !. Not by exaggerating, your image will improve. Remember that the interviewer usually asks an important question in different ways and you won’t even notice it.
  • Security and experience : In some jobs no previous experience is required, but in the vast majority of them, interviewers want to know how you handle similar positions and how confident you are. To new do this, if you do not have great experience in the position, you will have to prepare this interview in advance. Read about everything that has to do with the position you are applying for and about the company in general. For example, if you apply for the teaching position in a school, find out about the last approved curriculum, the typical difficulties with students of that age, the forms of curricular planning, etc.
  • Show your achievements with humility : “Iism” will have no place in a job interview. The interviewer does not want a self-centered person who talks endlessly about their accomplishments. You want someone with experience and the ability to recognize teamwork.
  • Take some time to think about a difficult answer : if you answer each question automatically and prepared, you can come off as impulsive and not very spontaneous at the same time. When faced with a difficult question, take your time! You want to give the best answer and also demonstrate control of the situation.
  • Admit not knowing certain answers : no matter how old or experienced we are, we don’t have to know all the answers. Especially if you are a young new person with little work experience, it is well seen that you admit that there are things or situations in which you have not yet had the opportunity to be or experience. Of course, if you do not know a basic technical question related to the position, not knowing the answer will be a very negative thing!

I hope that with this list of questions and possible basic answers, you have enough material to prepare for a job interview. Any questions, you can consult me ​​!!, Greetings.

Carmen Alza Millie, Psychologist.