Sample Interview Questions

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Sample Interview Questions

  • Tell me about yourself (your background, interests, etc.).
  • Why do you feel you are qualified for this position?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What qualifications do you have that will make you successful in the field?
  • What college subjects did you like best/least? Why?
  • Do you think your grades are a good indication of your academic achievements?
  • How much effort did you put into your course-work?
  • Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree? Why?
  • How has your college experience prepared you for a career?
  • What have you learned from participation in extracurricular activities?
  • What are your skills (i.e., leadership, organizational, interpersonal, language, technical, etc.)?
  • Have you had previous experience in supervising a staff or other individuals?
  • What is your supervisory and or management style?
  • Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and an employee.
  • Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing? How did you choose it?
  • In your present or last position, what aspects did you like the most/least?
  • How would a previous employer, professor, or friend describe you?
  • Why did you decide to seek a position with this organization?
  • What do you know about our organization?
  • What do you think it takes to be successful in an organization like ours?
  • What contributions can you make to our organization?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest strengths/weaknesses?
  • What accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
  • How do you work under pressure?
  • How do you handle criticism?
  • Tell me about a situation where you had to convince someone to see your point of view.
  • Talk about a situation where you had to deal with someone who was being difficult.
  • Tell me about a time where you had a major disagreement with an employer and how you handled this.
  • Describe a time when you had to deal with the public. Who was involved? What did you do? How did those involved respond?
  • Tell me about your most challenging leadership role. What was your role in the group and what was the result?
  • Give me an example of an important goal which you have set and tell me how you reached it. What steps did you take?
  • Describe a situation that required you to do a number of things at the same time. How did you handle it? What was the result?
  • Describe a situation where others you were working with disagreed with your ideas. What did you do?
  • If you and another co-worker are working together and you end up doing a majority of the tasks and getting half of the credit, how would you handle it? What would you do?
  • What are your long-range and short-range goals, personal and professional?
  • What do you see yourself doing five/ten years from now?
  • If you were hiring someone for this position, what qualities would you look for?
  • What do you feel this position should pay?
  • What additional information can you tell me, that we haven’t covered so far, that would make you the ideal candidate for this position?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What questions do you have about this company, the position, or anything related?

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