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Common Interview Questions

We've compiled a list of common questions employers might ask you during an interview. Practice answering the following questions while preparing for your interview:

  1. Tell me about yourself: Interviews commonly begin with the employer asking, “Tell me about yourself.” Employers are looking for a short summary of who you are as a professional. Focus on your work experiences, education, and skills and how these relate to the position.

  2. What are your long-range and short-range goals and objectives?

  3. What do you see yourself doing five years from now?

  4. Why did you choose this career direction?

  5. Why are you interested in this position?

  6. What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

  7. What specific skills do you have that relate to the job?

  8. How would others describe you?

  9. What experience have you had in connection with this type of work?

  10. How has your college experience prepared you for this position?

  11. What led you to choose your field of major study?

  12. What have you learned from participation in extracurricular activities?

  13. What kind of work environment do you prefer? Working by yourself or with others? Why?

  14. In your opinion, what are the top three trends in this field today?

  15. How well organized are you?

  16. How do you work under pressure?

  17. What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?

  18. What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?

  19. Describe a relationship that should exist between a supervisor and subordinates.

  20. Who was your best boss, and why?

  21. What do you know about our organization, company, agency, etc.?

  22. How do you spend your spare time? What are your non-work activities?

  23. What salary are you expecting to make?

  24. What are two effective leadership qualities you think are important? How have you demonstrated these skills in a past or present situation?

  25. Will you relocate? Does relocation bother you?

  26. Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree?

  27. What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?

  28. What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours?

  29. If you were hiring a graduate for this position, what qualities would you look for?

  30. Do you think that your grades are a good indication of your academic achievement?

  31. What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?

  32. Tell me about a time when you had to create something new, or look at something from a different perspective.

  33. What areas in your career are you interested in further developing?

  34. Can you give an example of a time you worked in a team?

  35. Why should I hire you?

Questions You May Want to Ask the Employer

  1. Where do you see this company five years down the road?

  2. What would be my key responsibilities?

  3. Can you describe a typical day?

  4. To whom would I report? Will I get the opportunity to meet that person?

  5. Who had the job before me? What was his or her reason for leaving?

  6. What would my first project be?

  7. What type of training is needed for this position?

  8. How much travel, if any, is required?

  9. What opportunities do you offer for professional development of your employees?

  10. What makes your firm different from its competitors?

  11. How is the current department organized?

  12. Why is this position not being filled by someone from within the company?

  13. Is there a formal evaluation system?

  14. What characteristics does a successful person have at your company?

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