Do you have an e-learning job interview coming up and want to feel prepared? If so, you’ve come to the right place! One of the best ways to get ready is to practice answering some common questions before the big day. That way you’ll arrive feeling confident, comfortable, and in control.

So, what questions should you practice answering? Let’s dive into seven prompts that e-learning candidates get asked the most—and how interviewers expect you to respond.

#1: Can you tell me about yourself?

This is a classic interview question—no matter what industry you’re in. That’s because it’s an easy way to transition into the interview and give candidates an opportunity to introduce themselves. But there’s no need to go into your entire life story here. The interviewer just wants to hear a summary of your professional experience and qualifications and how those skills relate to the job. Whatever you decide to share, keep it concise.    

#2: Why do you want to work here?

It’s a fair question. People take pride in the company they work for and want to know if you share in that passion. This question gives the interviewer some insight into how much you know about the company, its culture, and its values. So, make sure you research the company beforehand so you can truthfully answer why the company and role appeal to you.

#3: What’s your typical e-learning process?

Since the e-learning creation process can vary with each company, the interviewer wants to know how you typically approach new projects and what instructional methods guide your work. This also gives them more insight into whether you know all the steps involved in designing an e-learning course. Some companies also don’t have all the resources to fill an entire team, so knowing how involved you are in each step can give them a better picture of your capabilities and what you can bring to their team.   

#4: What tools are you comfortable using?

The interviewer wants to know what applications you’re comfortable with. Often, the programs that are required for the position are listed in the job description. Sharing your proficiency with these applications lets them know you can quickly adapt if hired. But what if there’s a program you’re unfamiliar with? Try to obtain a free trial before the interview to determine if you can comfortably use it and to show your willingness to learn new tools. And don’t forget to mention any other programs that would help you create quality courses.  

#5: Have you ever disagreed with a subject matter expert? If so, how did you resolve it?

We all know that subject matter experts (SMEs) play a critical role in the e-learning process. But despite their importance to your projects, interviewers are also aware that their different perspectives and priorities can sometimes cause tension in the working relationship. Interviewers want to know you’re honest—so saying you’ve never worked with anyone challenging might not seem plausible or could make you come across as inexperienced. Whatever example you share, make sure it has a positive outcome so the interviewer knows you can work with different types of personalities.  

#6: What do you consider to be your greatest weakness?

Here you are trying to put your best foot forward, and now you have to talk about how terrible you are at something. But this question is actually more about turning a negative into a positive. The interviewer wants to see that you’re self-aware enough to recognize a skill or experience gap but determined enough to overcome it. Share something you’ve worked on or are currently working on that shows you take initiative in your professional development.  

#7: Why should we hire you?

Sometimes this question takes the form of “Why should I hire you over other candidates?” Obviously, you don’t know who else has applied, but the real reason interviewers ask this is to hear what you think makes you the best fit for the position. Don’t give a vague answer such as “I’m a hard worker.” They want to know what’s unique about you and how your specific skill set would complement their team. 


These are just a few of the questions you can expect to be asked in e-learning job interviews, so don’t stop here! Do more research and find out what else interviewers ask. And then, practice out loud so you can respond with confidence when it’s time for the actual interview. Just make sure you’re not responding with general answers that anyone could say. The main goal is to be personable and memorable so the interviewer knows who you are.  

Looking for more ways to prepare for your e-learning job interview? Check out these helpful resources for more ideas! 

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