Types of Interview Questions
Interviewing styles vary from interviewer to interviewer. Some employers may use a very structured format in which all applicants are asked a standard list of questions, and others are more comfortable with a more free-flowing conversational style or a combination of styles. Be prepared for variations.
Types of Questions:
Directive: Normally Clear and Specific
What was your most challenging college course?
Be honest and back up your answer with reasons.
Don't wait for the employer to ask "why?"
Non-Directive: Open-Ended and Less Structured
Tell me about yourself.
This might be a good time to launch into your one-minute commercial.
Hypothetical: Case Scenario, Problem Solving, or Issue-Centered
Describe how you would handle _________.
With these questions you have to think on your toes.
Just remember to use your best problem-solving skills.
Very common type of interview question designed to assess how you respond in specific circumstances. Visit our entire section on behavioral interviewing.