Interview Questions: Work History

 

What were your expectations for the job and to what extent were they met?

Interviewers will often ask what you expected from your last job when you were hired.  Be prepared to answer this interview question:

"What were your expectations for the job and to what extent were they met?"

There isn't a perfect response to this question. A good response includes a discussion of what you expected when you took the job and give examples of how the position worked out for you. If the job didn't meet your expectations, it's fine to say that. Although, focus on the job itself, not the company, your boss, or your co-workers (if they were a problem). Be careful how you answer and don't focus too much on the negative, but on the highlights of the job.

When you respond, be detailed. Anticipate the question and prepare some examples to share with the interviewer in advance. For example, if your job involved managing patient accounts, discuss the specific responsibilities you had and any process improvements you developed. If training and opportunities for professional development were available to help you achieve your goals, talk about that too.