Are requests for interview questions for specific jobs on-topic?

Is it limited only to software-related jobs, or could everyone ask for specific interview prep questions for the job they happen to be seeking?


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The Workplace is not for software-related jobs only. Kindergarten teachers, plumbers, dentists, construction workers, and astronauts should all be welcome here. (And I'll bet some of them would have fascinating workplace questions. :-) )

That said, questions about specific jobs are off-topic, and IMO questions about job-specific interview questions are similarly off-topic. As jmort253 notes in his answer, sometimes these can be reworked into broader questions that are on-topic, which is welcome.


We try to put these on hold as quickly as possible, but if they're modified, they can lead to great questions. It's a matter of digging a little bit to get at the deeper question. In these instances, we can help by asking clarifying questions in the comments to tease out more details, which hopefully would be different than merely listing possible interviewing questions.

In this case, I pointed the asker to the Six Guidelines of a Good Subjective Question:

Constructive subjective questions:

  1. inspire answers that explain “why” and “how”.
  2. tend to have long, not short, answers.
  3. have a constructive, fair, and impartial tone.
  4. invite sharing experiences over opinions.
  5. insist that opinion be backed up with facts and references.
  6. are more than just mindless social fun.

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