Sample Interview Questions

PERSONAL

  • How would you describe yourself?
  • Of which three accomplishments are you most proud? Why?
  • Who are your role models? Why?
  • What makes you angry on the job and how do you handle it?
  • How do you define or evaluate success?
  • What characteristics do you value in people?
  • What three words describe you best?
  • Where do you see your career in five years and what are your goals to reach them?

EDUCATION

  • Why did you select your major?
  • Did you participate in campus activities? If so, what did you learn from the experience?
  • Do you think your grades accurately reflect your ability? Why or why not?

EXPERIENCE

  • What job related or transferable skills have you developed?
  • Did you work while attending school?
  • Give an example of a situation in which you proposed a solution to an employer? How did you propose it and what was the result?
  • Describe a time when you were part of a team and faced resistance from a co-worker that impacted your productivity? How did you handle the situation and what was the result?
  • Describe an unpopular decision you had to make but made it anyway. What was the result?
  • What was the most difficult decision you have had to make on the job? What was the situation? What made it difficult? What factors or variables did you consider? What was the end result? 
  • Describe what you enjoyed the most and the least at your last job? Why?
  • Give an example of a time when you worked under deadline pressure? How did you handle the stress and did the assignment get completed in time?
  • Describe an unhappy customer and the situation? What skills did you use to turn the situation around so that they left happy and wanting to come back?

COMMUNICATION

  • Have you had the opportunity to present in front of a group? How large was the group? Do you feel comfortable presenting? What constitutes a favorable and successful presentation?
  • Give an example of a time when you had difficulty communicating your thoughts clearly to another person or group. What were the situation and the message you were trying to convey? What did you do to get your point across more clearly and what was the outcome.

DETAILS

  • Describe a project at work or in school in which you had to keep track of details while still managing the big picture? What tools did you use to stay on track?

DRIVE

  • Describe a situation that motivated you to work hard to meet an objective? What method and skills did you use to meet the goal? Were you successful?

To be sure you are prepared to adequately answer these and other questions, arrange a meeting and a mock interview with a career counselor to be prepared to clearly give relevant answers. Remember “The Best Interviewee Gets the Job, not necessarily the Best Candidate”.

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