Part-Time Job Interview Questions and Answers

What you should ask and what you're likely to be asked

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These are some typical interview questions you may be asked when applying for a part-time job. In addition to questions about your skills and abilities, you will also be asked about your availability and preferred work schedule.

Review the questions you will most likely be asked, consider how you'll respond and be ready with a list of your own questions to ask the interviewer. For help with the latter, see below for some suggested questions.

Common Part-Time Job Interview Questions

  • What days/hours are you available to work? - Best Answers
  • Do you have any activities that would prevent you from working your schedule? - Best Answers
  • Would you prefer full-time employment to part-time if a job were available? - Best Answers
  • Why do you want this job? - Best Answers
  • What are your salary expectations? - Best Answers
  • How would you describe the pace at which you work? - Best Answers
  • How do you handle stress and pressure? - Best Answers
  • Are you overqualified for this job? - Best Answers
  • Have you ever had difficulty working with a manager? - Best Answers
  • What are your goals for the next few years? How do you plan to achieve these goals? - Best Answers

Questions to Ask the Interviewer for a Part-Time Job

One of the final questions you may be asked during a job interview is, "What can I answer for you?" When you're interviewing for a part-time job, it's important to clarify with your interviewer the number of hours per week you can expect to work, as well what your weekly schedule will likely be.

If you're juggling other responsibilities (like school and a family) around your work schedule, it's important to have a sense of what the expectations of the employer will be if you were to be hired.

Take the time to ask questions that will clarify the job, schedule, weekly hours, flexibility, and whatever else you need to know to determine whether the job is a good fit for what you're looking for.

  • How many hours per week are available?
  • How many hours per day is the typical schedule?
  • Are weekend or evening hours required for this position?
  • Is there any flexibility in the schedule?
  • How far in advance is the schedule posted?
  • What kinds of projects would I be working on?
  • If I'm offered this position, how soon would you like me to start?
  • How many part-time people do you employ?
  • Is this a position that has always been part-time?
  • Would there be an opportunity to work full-time in the future?
  • Will I have the opportunity to interview with the supervisor of this position?
  • Is there a full-time person here, with similar duties, who I would be working with?
  • What are the responsibilities of this position?
  • Can you describe for me a typical day in this position?
  • How would you describe your company's management style?
  • How many part-time employees does this company employ?
  • How many full-time employees does this company employ?
  • Is there opportunity for growth within the company?
  • How many applicants are you interviewing for this position?
  • How many employees work in this position?
  • Who does this position report to?
  • What kinds of performance reviews are done?
  • What qualities would you like to see in a person in this position?
  • What are some of the challenges in this position?
  • What do you think is the best part of this position?
  • What do you think is the most difficult part of this position?
  • Do you have any additional questions for me?
  • When should I expect to hear from you?