Job Interview Questions

The following activities provides key job interview questions and will help teens consider, prepare for, and actively practice the essentials for a successful job interview.  Print this out and have the student fill out the first section on “Ten Tips” – then, in the second section, “Practice Job Interview,” have them sit with a partner and practice the interview.  This rehearsal will help them get comfortable and confident when the time comes for a real interview.

 

How to conduct yourself in the interview, and then follow up after to get the job.

Top Ten Tips for a Successful Interview: key job interview questions

To succeed at any job interview, you should:
Prepare for the interview, Conduct yourself well in the interview, Follow up after the interview.

Here are the top 10 ways to succeed. Describe why you think each of these are important.

1. Prepare by thinking about what questions you might get asked

 

 

2. Prepare by writing down the questions you want to ask

 

 

3. Be clean, dress well, and present an attractive appearance

 

 

4. Arrive at the interview 5 minutes early

 

 

5. Introduce yourself, use a firm handshake, maintain eye contact

 

 

6. Listen, show interest, nod, ask questions, be engaged, SMILE

 

 

7. Ask your list of questions and take notes

 

 

8. Ask about the next steps and agree on follow up (who will call whom, and WHEN?)

 

 

9. Shake hands, thank them, and repeat the agreement on follow up

 

 

10. Follow through on the agreed follow up, on the agreed day

 

 

BONUS: Write and send a thank you letter or email.  

 



Peak Mastery Job Interview Questions

 

This practice interview and job interview questions will help you get comfortable with preparing for an interview and answering questions in the interview.  Find a partner and take turns interviewing each other. One of you is the “Manager” and one is the “Candidate.” Do all the following in order, swap roles, and do it again.

Decide what job you’re interviewing for.  Choose one of these or invent your own:

  • Laborer at a local lumber yard.
  • Office assistant at an insurance company. Food preparer at a restaurant.
  • Youth guide at a day camp for young kids.
  • Other:

For the job you selected, the Candidate should write three questions to ask during the interview:

1.

2.

3.

 

During the interview, the Candidate must remember to do all of the following:

•     Introduce yourself, use a firm handshake, and maintain eye contact

•     Listen, show interest, nod, ask questions, be engaged, and SMILE

•     Ask your list of questions and take notes

•     Ask about the next steps and agree on follow up (who will call whom, and WHEN?)

•     Shake hands, thank them, and repeat the agreement on follow up

 

The Job Interview Questions

1. Tell me about your past job, volunteer, or work experiences.

 

2. What skills do you have that qualify you for this job?

 

3. How will you get to and from work each day?

 

4. Tell me about a time when you had to work really hard.

 

5.  Manager  – think of three questions that relate to the job you selected above, then ask the questions:

A. Question:

Answer:

B. Question:

Answer:

C. Question:

Answer:

 

6. What are your interests or hobbies?

 

 

6. Why should we hire you for this job?

 

 

7. Why do you want this job?

 

 

 

After doing these practice job interview questions, the Manager will rate the Candidate on their performance for the skills below: 

  1. Introduce yourself, use a firm handshake, and maintain eye contact

[  ]  Good              [  ]  Fair               [  ]  Poor

  1. Listen, show interest, nod, ask questions, be engaged, and SMILE

[  ]  Good              [  ]  Fair               [  ]  Poor

  1. Ask your list of questions and take notes

[  ]  Good              [  ]  Fair               [  ]  Poor

  1. Ask about the next steps and agree on follow up (who will call whom, and WHEN?)

[  ]  Good              [  ]  Fair               [  ]  Poor

  1. Shake hands, thank them, and repeat the agreement on follow up

[  ]  Good              [  ]  Fair               [  ]  Poor