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Experience and Qualifications

Interview questions about your "experience and qualifications" are important to the interviewers because these questions help to see who you are and whether you're a good fit with the organization.

Listed below are a few of the possible interview questions related to "responsible" that you may be asked in the interview.  Review each interview question below to prepare yourself for the interview.

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Job Interview Questions

Notice how small changes in the interview questions will change your answer.  Possible follow-up questions are noted with a bullet.  Use our mock interviews based on actual job listings and interviews for more interview practice:  

  1. Tell us about yourself.
    Focus on the aspects of your experience that apply specifically to the position that you're applying for.  Start with the experience that most closely matches the position.

  2. How are you qualified for this job?

  3. How does your experience qualify you for this job?

  4. What is the most difficult assignment you have had?

  5. What accomplishment on the job are you the most proud of?

  6. What significant contributions have you made to the operation of your work group?

  7. What makes you more qualified than the other candidates?

  8. Tell us about your qualifications for this position.

  9. What steps have you taken in the past two years to improve your qualifications?

  10. Assume that you are a candidate in the coming general election.  Tell me why you are the best candidate in the field.


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What if a person has years of experience, but no college degree to back it up?

There are many reasons why an employer might make a degree a requirement for hiring.  One is a belief that essential training is received in college...writing, communication, technical skills.  Second, the employer may want to upgrade its staff and believes hiring college grads.  Third, to maintain salary levels and promotional grades, a college diploma is often used to demarcate different levels.  A diploma is often used to 'graduate' from clerical to administrative.

That said, what to do?  Have you purposely not gotten a degree or was it simply not available to you?  Not everyone can attend college...but college is becoming what a high school degree used to be a requirement, even if it does not give the holder the practical experience someone like yourself may possess.

You need to make a strong presentation of your practical skills and first-hand expertise.  You might consider taking classes...many schools offer life credits for your practical experience so you would not have to start at the beginning.  You may enjoy this educational process.  Lastly, you will probably have more success with a line manager...someone who actually does the work...rather than HR/Personnel.  HR typically looks for the check-off points in a resume or in an interview, seeking to exclude or include individuals who pass the stated requirements.   Line managers, however, typically look for potential and practical experience.   You might try directing your resumes to these people.  If you can pass the gatekeeper, you will have a better shot.  The question you might ask is "Why is a degree essential to the position?" and have strong responses to counter their stance.

Here are more tough interview questions and situations answered in the Complete Interview Guide:

  • With all your experience why would you want to take an entry position job?


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