Tell me about yourself?
Why did you leave your last job?
What is your greatest weaknesses?
What do you know about this company?
How many times have you been asked these in the last 5 years? Except maybe the last question, probably not many times. This is not how interviews work anymore. These questions do not tell an employer anything about a candidate. These are redundant. So there is a huge chance that you will not be asked any of these during an interview.
Interviews of this century are more focused on the position that you have applied for. Job-specific questions are what you will be subjected to. While interviewers will want to know all about you and your strengths, they will probably not ask outright. These questions will be hiding in other questions. Hence, you have to prepare well before you appear for an interview.
Specific interview questions depend on what your job will eventually be. If an employer needs a technologically savvy candidate, he will ask him about the different computer programs that he can handle. If there is physical work involved, an employer will need to know how agile you are.
For a payroll coordinator position, here are some sample questions that you might be asked:
Working as a payroll coordinator means that you have to be constantly organized. How do you do this?
I make sure that all the information that I need to process payrolls and additional payments is kept in one place, so that I do not need to keep looking for things. I have specialized folders for each type of data that I need so I know exactly where to look.
What are special pay items? Are they processed in the same manner as regular payroll?
Special pay items include incentives, bonuses, overtime and compensation. They are certainly not processed in the same manner as regular payroll. Each special pay item is separately calculated and adjusted.
How would you handle a situation where you have made a mistake in calculating an employee’s payroll and are subjected to scorn from him or her?
I am a stickler for accuracy. However, some mistakes are inevitable and if such a problem arises, I will calmly explain why it happened and apologize for my mistake. I will also make it my priority to correct the mistake, even if I have to put in extra hours.
How familiar are you with employment laws that regulate employee pay?
I have studied and understood the Fair Labor Standards Act thoroughly, so I am quite familiar with minimum wage, overtime, commissions, and wage garnishments and record-keeping and reporting.