The Psychology Behind Interview Questions

Why do you want to work?

The employer asks this to find out:

  • If you have a good attitude toward work
  • If you have recognized responsibilities to your family and other people
  • If you want work to be an important and permanent part of your life

Why do you think you would like to work here?

The employer asks this to find out:

  • If you are really interested in this particular company and if you have done your research
  • If you have a general understanding of what the company does
  • If you have a positive attitude towards the company

Why did you decide to go into this field of work?

The employer asks this to find out:

  • If you have a real interest in this particular kind of work
  • If you have made a decision based on a good deal of thought

Why do you think you are qualified for this job?

The employer asks this to find out:

  • If you have confidence
  • If you have a realistic attitude about your abilities
  • To give you an opportunity to explain special qualities you have that might qualify you for this job

What are your professional goals over the next 3-5 years?

The employer asks this to find out:

  • If you have energy and ambition that will benefit the company
  • If you will most likely stay with the company for a significant period of time
  • If you are serious about personal growth, education and development

How have previous employers treated you?

The employer asks this to find out:

  • If you have positive attitudes and loyalty toward your employers
  • If you have had positive previous experiences
  • If you can be trusted with confidential matters

How do you get along with your co-workers?

The employer asks this to find out:

  • If you can compromise
  • If you are cooperative
  • If you are able to relate to others

How do you feel about working overtime or on holidays?

The employer asks this to find out:

  • If you are willing to make sacrifices for the company if necessary
  • If you are really dedicated to the job
  • Your general overall attitude