Top 25 IT Help Desk Interview Questions and Answers

Service Desk Interview Questions

Here are Help Desk interview questions and answers for freshers as well as experienced candidates to get their dream job.

1) How important is customer service for you?

The whole business depends on the customer service, and if you are at the help desk you are holding an important position to help the customer in best possible way.

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2) Do you really think that company or organization really needs a helpdesk?

The key to run company effectively is that the resources are available and operational all the time, especially if it is an IT company.  Helpdesk is necessary as it makes sure that resources are available for customer and also operational reasons.

3) How important IT skills are in help desk service and how you keep yourself updated with those skills?

To process your work quickly computer skills are very important these days. Computers not only make your work easy but also save your time and energy. I use internet, online books and other educational resource to upgrade my IT skills.

4) How you deal with the frustrated customer?

The first thing a help desk person must do is to try understanding the customer, also try to avoid the conflicts or any such things that disturbs the customer. Then you can confront with each other and try to solve the problem.

5) What are the three abilities of an ideal help desk person?

  • Ability to listen others
  • Ability to present your thoughts clearly
  • To be patient especially in a tense situation

6) What motivates you for the help desk assistant job?

I like to communicate with people. Help desk assistant job is a type of job where you continuously interact with people and help them to solve their problems.
Help Desk Interview Questions
Help Desk Interview Questions

7) Imagine if there is a customer who does not understand your language then how will you help him/her?

I personally think that to help someone, language should not be barrier. Anyhow if you cannot help him out then the best thing would be to make him understand with the sign language (obviously when seeing the customer physically). Over a call, you can use google translate or similar tools to communicate with customer.

8) What is your worst experience so far as a help desk assistant?

Try to give answer where you had a minimum conflict or misunderstanding with the customer, and then explain how you had solved the problem.

9) Are you flexible with the weekend’s job?

As far as I get another day off in place of weekend, I don’t have any problem in doing weekend Job.

10) How do you respond when you do not know the answer?

When you do not know the answer, tell the customer straightway that you don’t know the answer instead of hitting around the bush.  And ask them to wait till further assistance provided by your colleague or supervisor.
Service Desk Interview Questions
Service Desk Interview Questions

11) What is the best thing you like about your job?

When you bring smile on tense face of your customer by helping them and by solving their problems, it is the best thing that I enjoy during job. So, customer satisfaction is the best thing that I like most in my job.

12) How would you rate your problem solving skills?

This is a common question asked for help desk jobs, so again it is a personal question, and you can rate yourself on number 1 to 10 / 10.

13) How you face the criticism?

Answer to this question will judge your level of patience, they want to check how positively you can take your criticism and how you deal with them without losing your temper.

14) How good are you at solving problem on phone?

Solving problem face to face is different than handling them on phone. To convince your interviewer that you have an ability to solve the problem you can put an example of any previous incident where you have solved the customer problem on phone easily.

15) Are you a team-player?

This question is generally asked to check whether candidate is capable of working under different circumstances and with different people.  As help desk associate has to constantly deal with different people of different departments, and to work with them smoothly and efficiently teamwork is very important.

16) How you deal with a customer who is on the phone and refuses to calm down?

Such situation is very common in a helpdesk job. This question is again put in-front of you to check your ability how you face the stressful situation.

17) Tell me one thing that you don’t like about your job?

Give your answer in brief and avoid telling something that related to customer service. If you want to say something that you don’t like than you can mention that long queue of customers waiting for their turn is something you don’t like.

18) How you will organize your work schedule?

Based on the priority, I will schedule my work and assignment accordingly.

19) In a situation where caller did not understand what you are explaining, what you would do?

First I will repeat the question and try listen to the customer and if the customer is annoyed and is not ready to listen what you are saying, the best thing is to transfer the call to supervisor or another assistant.

20) Please tell me some of the task that you had performed in your previous company?

Explain him about your job responsibility in previous job citing few examples of customer handling and solving their problems.

21) If the customer is not satisfied with your service do you analyze your mistake or just move on to another customer?

Help desk associate responsibility is to give a satisfactory solution to their customer, and if the customer’s problem is not solved then a follow up needs to be taken till the problem is not solved.

22) What is the difference between helpdesk and service desk?

A helpdesk ensures that the customer’s problems are resolved in a timely fashion. The service desk is a single point of contact between customer and company, where all the information regarding the company’s service are delivered.

23) What experience do you have as a help-desk associate?

Speak about the experience that is related to your position, tell them what are the responsibilities that were involved and also explain what additional thing you were doing like managing call or using any software. If you don’t have experience, you don’t have to worry, you can tell them you are a fresher.

24) What are the new help desk techniques you think would be helpful to improve the service?

IT and computer knowledge would be an additional assets for an helpdesk associate, and even company can take a help of computer software to minimize the workload and to communicate with the customer effectively.

25) What is the recent skill you have learned that can be helpful for help desk position?

If you have done anything then you can mention to the interviewer like attending a seminar on mass communication, or any computer course. But it is still ok if you haven’t done related to position.


  1. Thank You Sir For This Information

  2. Avatar yogita khatri says:

    Thanks a lot Sir,

    It help me for prepairing myself for service desk profile.

  3. “hitting behind the bush” haha love it!

    Joking aside, these answers are extremely informative, thank you.

  4. Some of these answers sound amateur. Will you get a Help Desk without having any experience? Almost 98.9% No!
    In the U.S a Help Desk is 9 out of 10 times related to workig in the IT department.. Not one IT question in these 25? For sure a fail.

    1. These are general questions more for an HR interview. No one is going to be asked all 25 but you should expect to get a few of these questions in an HR interview. One you’re past HR you’ll get an interview with IT.

      Helpdesk is an entry level IT job. Experience helps, but lots of people get their first experience in a helpdesk job. Good problem solving skills, the ability to follow directions, and good customer service skills are the general requirements.

  5. Avatar hardik patel says:

    hi i m complete my 10th , 12th and 3 year diploma so i can elligible for ibps clerk exam that require graguation.

  6. Hi, I need to know some examples for servive desk, single point of contact yu have mentioned, is it something like company delivers the product and giving support for tat product is it something like that.. Please guide me

    1. Avatar Kimberlyn says:

      Service desk
      Making sure that the customer understands or gets what they came for. All aspects.
      Help desk
      Finding answers or solutions for customers

  7. Avatar Anand Gandhi says:

    Really Very help full information, thanks a lot

  8. Avatar Sione Samlal says:

    Very Helpful Interview tips.

  9. Very informative and helpful.

  10. sir, do you have question and answer for it servicedesk job?

  11. This is really helpful, thank you somuch. I’ve learned somuch from this article

  12. please upload help desk resume for experienced ,it will be helpfull to me.
    I don’t know how to write pls help me


  13. Avatar Nermin Essamaldin says:

    Thanks a lot it was so helpful

  14. This has enlighten me as a first timer service desk applicants your content is more informative.

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