5 Common Questions in an Entry Level Interview

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Written by: Caroline Turner

Interview Question #1: How would you define success?

When a company or organization asks you how you define success in an interview, they are looking for an answer that aligns with their organization. It is essential to research the company or organization’s mission statement and goals. If your goal of success lines up with theirs, you have a better chance to stand out compared to the other interviewees. Make the answer is unique and unrehearsed. While it is essential to prepare for the interview, it is important to sound genuine. It is also important to be honest. In addition to tying in the company or organization’s values, also discuss your own. Find a way for the two to intersect with one another.

Interview Question #2: What is your biggest motivation?

Since you are fresh out of college, the interviewer will want to make sure your motivations are lined up. Transitioning from a student to a full time employee can be a difficult process, so it is important to let them know what motivates you. It may be a personal goal, a lifetime passion, or a striking interest. Either way, the interviewer will want to know if you will be motivated enough to get the job done effectively. To read more about how start your motivation now, click this link: https://www.sophisticatedprofessional.com/uncategorized/5-ways-to-stay-motivated-during-your-senior-year/.

Question #3: Do you work well with a team?

In the professional world, working with a team is unavoidable. Not only is it important to answer this question effectively, but it is also important to present yourself as a team worker. Integrating this aspect into other questions will also separate yourself from other interviewees. Show the interviewer that you are capable of working with a team while also being a team leader.

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Question #4: What accomplishments of yours have made you the proudest?

A key tip to be prepared for this question is to bring in a few samples that you are proud of. If your portfolio is online, email them the link before the interview! Showing physical work that you are proud of will allow you to back up your word. Elaborate on what makes you proud of your work and the steps you took to accomplish it.

Question #5: What is your greatest weakness?

This question seems to be the toughest, especially in an entry level interview. You do not want to make yourself look poorly, but it is important to be honest. Everyone has weaknesses, but it is important to back it up on what you are doing to improve it. For example, if you are a procrastinator, explain what you are doing to complete tasks in a timely manner.

Feeling more prepared for an interview is important, and a confidence boost can be key in an entry level interview.