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Data Entry Job Interview Questions

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When applying for a data entry position, it's wise to go over various questions that the employer will ask in an interview. These questions range from the fairly simple to more in-depth and complex. Answer these questions ahead of time so that you won't fumble during the real interview.


The interviewer for a data entry position will ask about your experience in the field. If the question is broad, such as "What is your past experience with data entry?" you have plenty of options for your answer. If you have previous experience with entering data, list the last few jobs where you've done this.Tell the interviewer what type of data you've entered in the past. Give answers that pertain specifically to the position that you are applying for. If you know the new position requires you to type with both letters and numbers, explain that you can type fast using the number pad on the keyboard as well.

Strengths and Knowledge

The interviewer will also ask about your strengths in data entry. If you have an incredibly fast typing speed, this is the time to say so. Inform them about the different types of data entry you've done. You might say, "One of my strengths is that I'm used to both entering data as it's being given and entering data quickly off of a printed form." Giving a response with actual information about your skills shows the interviewer that your strength is something the company can use and that you are willing to go beyond what is necessary for the job.


An employer may also ask, "What are your weaknesses?" You may take this as a general question about your personality, but it would be best to do a spin on weakness to answer regarding the specific job. Spin your weakness into a strength. Tell the interviewer that your weakness is that you sometimes take on too much work even if you already have a heavy workload or that you might sometimes take longer to complete a task because you check and recheck your work meticulously. This "weakness" will show them that you have a drive and determination above most others.

Interest in Data Entry

An interviewer will also ask why you are looking for a job in data entry. The employer wants to find out if you're serious about the job or if you plan to leave in a couple of months. Relate your answer to your personality and let them know why you're a good fit for the position. Explain how you process data in a quick and efficient way, and bring up any computer skills. Say something like, "I've always loved computers and, because I can type quickly, it just made sense for me to make a career out of it."


Laila Alvarez has been writing professionally since 2002. She has written for Houston Community Newspapers and "L.A. Zoo View," "North O.C. Magazine," "Perpetual Phlegm" and other magazines, newspapers and websites. Alvarez has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from California State University-Fullerton.