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Interview In Depth Questions Index

Matt & Nan DeLuca, authors of the best sellers "Best Answers to the 201 Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions" and "More Best Answers to the 201 Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions, answer your  tough questions.  For more possible interview questions and answer tips, review the questions in the Interview Question Bank  

job-interview.net offers the followings guides for immediate download:



  1. The first interview happened at my university.  What goes on in a 2nd interview?
  2. How do I handle questions about my grades or requests for my transcripts?
  3. I am currently going through the interview process for a summer internship.  I wanted to know how honest should I be during an interview.
  4. It's my first job.  What can I do/say to convince the interviewers I will be able to handle the job despite my lack of experience?
  5. You have a degree.  Don't you think this position is a bit below your capabilities?


  1. What makes you think your management experience in the military will transfer over as experience in the civilian workforce?
  2. I am married to an Air Force officer and as such I move once every 3-5 years.  I dread the questions, "Why did you leave your last job" and "Where do you see yourself five years from now".  Are there any tactful or positive ways that I can tell a prospective employer that I won't be with them for the next election?


  1. How can I ask the interviewer to negotiate (my salary), after the fact that I have already given him my price?  The interviewer acted as if the figure I gave was more than what he had in mind.
  2. What do you expect your starting salary to be?
  3. I will need to take a step back in salary. I don't know how to handle the question " What is your current salary"?


  1. What are is the Situation Task Action Results (S.T.A.R.) method?
  2. What is the proper way to ask for relocation packages and interview fees?
  3. How do you explain why you are now returning to work after many years of child rearing?
  4. How would a person deal with questions as to why they might have been off work due to a previous injury?
  5. I have a job interview and my baby is due in three weeks.  The company does not know that I am expecting.
  6. I have just been released from jail.   Any suggestions about interviewing with a felony record?
  7. I have been employed as a temp  with different companies.  How do I answer the question, "Why have I had so many employers in the last two years?""
  8. I am a female seeking a job in a male-oriented profession.  How do I show the interviewer that I am not afraid to get my "pretty, clean hands dirty"?
  9. What is a women's dress code for interviewing?
  10. What steps can I take to increase my effectiveness in a telephone interview?


  1. If hired, how soon will you be able to start work?
  2. How do you explain being terminated from your last position particularly when that position gave you the skills that you'll need to succeed in your career field?
  3. What do I say if I don't want a prospective employer to contact my current employer?
  4. What if a person has years of experience, but no college degree to back it up?
  5. What is the best way to "close" an interview?
  6. With all your experience why would you want to take an entry position job?


  1. After an interview, when do I write a thank you letter?
  2. Do I send a follow-up thank you letter after a second interview?
  3. How long after the interview before I call to see if I have been hired?  What do I say or ask?
  4. How much follow-up is enough?  I have sent follow up letters and have made numerous follow up calls to a start-up firm.
  5. When do you notify a prospective employer of nonrefundable vacation plans?


Here's a listing of the questions, click on the question to review Matt and Nan's expert analysis.

  1. Describe a challenging work issue you had to face, and how you dealt with it?
  2. How do you handle conflict?
  3. If you were on a merry-go-round, what song would be playing?  If you were going to be an animal on the merry-go-round, what would you be?"
  4. In what way do you think you can contribute to our company?
  5. Tell me a story.
  6. Tell me about a time when you tried and failed.
  7. Tell us about your analytical skills.
  8. What are some of the things you find difficult to do?
  9. What are your short and long term goals?
  10. What can you add to what we have already asked you that should make us want to hire you?
  11. What does "customer service" mean to you?
  12. What do you wish to gain from our company?
  13. What do you know about our company?
  14. What do you think the employee's responsibilities are to the company?
  15. What is your biggest weakness?
  16. What motivates you?
  17. What things make a good team member?
  18. Why do you feel we should hire you for this position?
  19. Why do you want to change jobs?
  20. Why do you want to leave this job after only four months?


  1. How do you deal with an unhappy or frustrated employee?
  2. What are the attributes of a good manager?
  3. You have an exemplary employee who suddenly starts coming in late. How will you handle this situation? 

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