Student Part-Time Job Interview: Practice Questions

If you are trying to get a student part-time job, you will most likely have to go through the interview process. When you do this, there is a good chance that the interviewer will ask you at least a few questions that are commonly asked in interviews. Here are some common practice questions for this type of job interview.

"What did you like and dislike about your previous job?"

When answering this question, try not to be too negative. Come up with a few things that you did like even if it was not your favorite job. You could say, for example, "I enjoyed being able to set a new quarterly sales record for the company during my first year. However, I did not feel challenged enough in my job after I reached a certain point. The tasks that were assigned to me were things that I did not enjoy once I had mastered them."

"What are your greatest strength and weakness?"

When answering this type of question, you want to try to be humble, but at the same time, you want to tell the interviewer what you are good at. You also do not want to be too hard on yourself. In fact, try to turn your weakness into a strength if possible. A sample response is "My greatest strength is that I always take pride in my work and do it to the best of my ability. My greatest weakness is that I am always interested in getting everything right, so I sometimes check my work two or three times. However, I have implemented a system that has helped get the majority of projects done right the first time." 

"Why do you want a part-time job?"

In many cases, the interviewer will be interested to know what you will be doing other than working at the part-time job. Since you are a student, you can take this opportunity to tell him about your educational goals and what type of coursework you will be engaged in. For example, you could explain, "I would like to get a part-time job so that I can have enough time to complete my educational requirements at the university. I did not feel that working a full-time job would provide me with enough time to get my homework done and attend classes. I will be taking 15 credit hours in pursuit of my business management degree at the local university."

"What interests you about this job?"

Some employers will want to know why exactly you chose to apply to their companies. When an interviewer asks this, you can try to relate your job skills to the requirements that were posted in the job listing. Many times, the company will put certain job requirements in the listing when they publish a job opening. You can take this opportunity to show that you know what is required of you and how it relates well to the skills that you bring to the table.

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