Job Interview Questions

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Questions About You

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What are your two best points?
  3. What are your two weakest points?
  4. What are three things you want to change about yourself?
  5. How do you handle conflict?
  6. Explain your leadership/research/volunteer experiences.
  7. What extracurricular activities are you engaged in?
  8. Which of your college courses interested you the most?
  9. Where do you see yourself in five/ten years?
  10. What do you do in your spare time?
  11. Why did you choose your major?
  12. In which campus activities did you participate?
  13. What do you do to relieve stress?
  14. What course was most academically challenging for you?
  15. If you were to start over, what would you change about your education?
  16. What job related skills have you developed?
  17. Who are the three most influential people in your life?
  18. Describe your greatest accomplishments.
  19. How do you feel about working in a structured environment?
  20. How do you feel about working overtime?
  21. How do you feel about travel?
  22. Do you consider yourself successful?
  23. Describe your dream job.
  24. What kind of person would you refuse to work with?
  25. What is more important to you: the money or the work?
  26. What do you expect from your supervisor?
  27. Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?
  28. Are you a self-starter?
  29. Describe yourself in one word.
  30. When you are working on a team, what role do you usually play?

Questions About Your Career Goals/Job Experience

  1. What experiences do you have in this field?
  2. What do co-workers say about you?
  3. How would your co-workers describe you?
  4. What are your career goals? How will this position help you achieve your goals?
  5. What have you done to keep yourself knowledgeable of current trends/theories, etc. in this field?
  6. Why did you leave your last position?
  7. Why do you want to change positions?
  8. What you like best/least about your current position? 
  9. Define success. Define failure.
  10. Tell us a time that you succeeded/failed at your job.
  11. Why do you believe you have the ability to undertake the study and work involved in graduate school?
  12. If you are not accepted, what will you do?
  13. Tell me about your experience in this field. What was challenging? What was your contribution?
  14. How do you intend to finance your education?
  15. What is your philosophy regarding this profession?
  16. What is your concern about the profession?
  17. Are you a team player?  Provide an example.
  18. Have you ever had to discipline an employee?  If yes, how did you handle the situation?
  19. Have you ever had to fire someone?  How did you feel about it?
  20. Have you ever been asked to leave a position?
  21. What would you like to improve professionally about yourself?

Questions About the Company/Positions

  1. Why did you choose to apply for this position?
  2. Why should we choose you over other candidates?
  3. What can you offer us?
  4. What do you know about our company?
  5. Do you prefer a large or small company?  Why?
  6. Why do you want to work for this company?
  7. Explain how you would be an asset to this company?

Current Issue/Scenario Questions

  1. Give an example of a situation in which you provided a solution for an employer.
  2. Give an example of a time in which you worked under a deadline pressure.
  3. How would you handle a situation where you were having a problem with your supervisor?
  4. If you were having problems working with a co-worker, what steps would you take to fix it?
  5. Tell me about a time that you made a mistake on the job.  How did you correct it and what did you learn from the experience?
  6. How would you handle a situation where a co-worker received credit for work that you did and did not correct the fact that he was not the person that should be receiving the recognition?