A “strong working knowledge of Excel” is a concept that means different things to different people.
Because Excel is so versatile, different skill sets are required for various job titles and mission objectives.
Everyone has a list of skills they think make for a proficient Excel user. These lists are as diverse as the people compiling them.
In a job interview scenario, the skills one offers may or may not line up with the skills needed for the offered position.
Being as well-rounded and experienced with Excel is the best way to show you are the best candidate for a position as well as, if you are the interviewer, identifying the best candidate.
Based on an earlier survey of XelPlus viewers, I asked interviewees what questions they were asked during their job interview regarding Excel. Along with that, I requested input for questions asked by interviewers regarding desired skills in specific industries where Excel is heavily used.
Many of the submissions were predictable and common, while others were quite surprising.
This post will explore the most common questions asked during job interviews as well as some surprising questions you will want to be prepared for in your upcoming interview.
Also, if you are tasked with interviewing someone and you need to assess their Excel skills, you can use this post as inspiration for questions.
Either way, both interviewer and interviewee should be well-versed in all these areas of Excel.