Things to Expect in a Job Interview

Published August 17, 2018

At one point in life, you will have to undergo a job interview. A lot of people are investing on education and training seminars to either establish a business of their own or to make it at the top of their career ladder. This has been a trend over the last years.


If you want to know what to expect in a job interview, here are a couple of things to know. Also, the answer to what should you do when your employer asks for personal information can be found here. So read on and be ready to make the best impression on your appointment.

Your employer can ask you for credit reports. This may catch you off guard but don’t worry as a credit report is different from your credit score. You may be asked for a credit report, this will show a record of your lending and financial transactions. Your eligibility to borrow which depends on your credit score is off limits to them unless you would insist to tell them.

You may be asked if you are fit to do the job. Sometimes, your employer will ask you to take a medical exam or medically related questions to know and gauge if you are fit to do the job. However, this does not mean that you will be asked to give them all your medical records. As long as it is related to knowing if you can do the job safely and properly, they can ask questions away.

You may be asked for your W-2. Your employer has the right to know how much you were being paid for your previous work. Therefore, they can ask for your W-2. However, this will still be upon your discretion. The only factor here is that they can refuse to hire you legally if you decide not to give it when they ask.

You may be asked about your criminal record. For the safety of your employer, they have the right to know whether you were convicted for a specific case. This is to let the employer know if your record and history can go well with the job. At this point, they are given the freedom to use this in making a decision on whether to hire you or not.

You may be asked about drug consumption or history. Employers are given the right to ask for a drug testing. This is because they are to protect life, health and property of the entire company. This lets them know if you are safe and capable of operating normally at work.

Now that you know what to expect in an interview, you can watch out and prepare for these aspects. It is always good to be truthful in interviews. It is also good to know the scope of the questions they can ask you. Your right to privacy should never be compromised and in case it happens, you can seek legal actions to resolve it. With this guide, you are now ready to take on your interview.

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