The Four Types of Interview Questions and Answers That Will Help You Get Hired!

Freddie Adams

During an interview, all companies want to know about you, and the best way for them to learn about you is to ask you questions. All of the questions are based on four different types of core competencies. Once you’ve mastered these types, you’ll be able to easily modify your responses regardless of how they ask the questions.

Fundamental Knowledge

Employers will ask questions to determine your basic skill level for the job you’re applying for. They would develop in response to the following factors.

– How well you understand their questions and respond – listening and speaking abilities Here are some pointers to help you get through this one as it progresses through the interview.

  • Use a tone that is moderate but full of energy.
  • If you’re not sure how to pronounce a word, simply substitute it for one you already know how to pronounce.
  • Avoid using filler words such as “yes,” “uhm,” “so,” and “like.”
  • When you’re thinking of an answer, try not to sigh.
  • When thinking, avoid looking up.

– Your ability to perform basic job functions. This will vary according to the level, from entry to executive.

  • They will ask questions about reading, writing, and arithmetic at the entry level.
  • For a mid-level non-management position, they will inquire about your experience with common software platforms such as Microsoft Office, Excel, and Word.

Thinking Capabilities

When interviewers inquire about your thinking abilities, they want to know how you solve problems, make decisions, and how creative you are in problem solving. They will generally ask a lot of open-ended questions. Make a few of these available for the interview and practice, practice, practice. Here are a few resources to assist you.

– Consider a time when you were working on a project and had several options for solving a problem. Walk us through your decision-making process. What was the end result?

  • Make certain that your response is relevant to the job description.
  • They will look for evidence that you are eager to learn and grow as a professional.
  • They are less concerned with the outcome and more concerned with understanding your process and the manner of thinking involved in making the decision.

– Describe the procedure you used to select the college you attended.

More suited to entry-level employees or interns. Check to see if you’ve thought of everything and walk them through the steps. Make it a compelling story.

Okay, I saved the best for last. Everyone will want to know if you are a good fit for the organization. It is critical to conduct research on the company to ensure that you will be a good fit for the position. Examine the following questions and always ask yourself, “Is this me?”

– Tell me about a time when you had to collaborate closely with a coworker who was difficult to work with. What exactly did you do?

  • Take stock: we’ve all worked with people we didn’t like or who were difficult to work with, but we had to make it work. Maintain a positive attitude and ensure a positive outcome.

– Can you tell me about a time when you had a disagreement with your manager or supervisor?

  • Let’s be honest. We don’t always like our manager or the way he or she works. What steps do you take to make this work?
  • Check to see if your reference can speak to this.
  • Show how you resolved problems or conflicts with your peers, as well as how you developed effective relationships with your supervisors.

Consider this article on effective job interview questions for employers. It will help you understand what employers are looking for.

Best wishes for your job search! Remember, if you need help practicing for an interview, our flash coaching services might be just what you’re looking for!