Interviewing; Answering and Asking Questions


Typically Asked Questions

Your Education

  • Describe your educational background.
  • Why did you attend __________University (or College)?
  • Why did you major in _____________?
  • What was your grade point average?
  • In what college activities have you participated?
  • What subjects did you enjoy the most? The least? Why?
  • What leadership positions did you hold?
  • How did you finance your education?
  • If you started all over, what would you change about your education?
  • Did you do your best in school? If not, why not?

Your Work Experience

  • What were your major achievements in each of your past jobs?
  • Why did you change jobs before?
  • What is your typical workday like?
  • What functions do you enjoy the most? Why?
  • Which job did you enjoy the least? Why?
  • Have you ever been fired? Why?
  • What type of management style do you prefer?

Your Career Goals

  • Why do you want to join our organization?
  • Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
  • Why are you looking for another job?
  • Why do you want to make a career change?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What do you want to be doing five years from now?
  • What qualifications do you have that make you feel you will be successful in your chosen field?
  • What could you contribute to our company to make it more successful?
  • How do you define success?
  • What are your short-range and long-range career goals?
  • When will you be ready to begin work?
  • How do you feel about relocating, traveling, working overtime, and spending weekends in the office?
  • What salary range are you anticipating?

Your Personality and Other Considerations

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your major weaknesses? Your major strengths?
  • What causes you to lose your temper?
  • What do you do in your spare time? Any hobbies?
  • Do you consider yourself a leader or a follower? Why?
  • Do you prefer working with others or by yourself? Why?
  • How well do you work under pressure? In meeting deadlines?
  • What types of people do you prefer working with?
  • If we were to contact one of your references/supervisors, what would they say about you?
  • What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
  • Tell me about an event in your life that has really challenged you?
  • How do you respond to criticism?
  • Describe how you have or would respond to an unethical situation.
  • What do you consider to be your most significant accomplishment? Why?
  • What are the three most important priorities in your life?