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Common Interview Questions

Although you can't anticipate the exact questions you will receive, three are several question types you should expect in an interview. The following list can help you prepare.

Personal Questions

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Walk me through your resume.
  • What short and long-term goals have you set for yourself, and how do you plan to achieve them?
  • What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What is the most important lesson you've learned in or outside school?

Education Questions

  • Why did you choose your major?
  • How have your studies helped you prepare for this position?
  • What has been your favorite or least favorite course, and why?

Questions about the Company

  • Why  are you interested in this organization?
  • Why are you the best person for this position?
  • What challenges are you looking for in a position?
  • What do you expect from a supervisor?

Questions about your experience

  • What are your team-player qualities? Give examples.
  • What is your approach to handling conflict? Solving problems?
  • Describe a leadership role of yours and tell why you’ve committed time to it.
  • What work experience has been the most valuable to you?
  • What was the most useful criticism you received, and who provided it?
  • How did you decide which extracurricular activities to join? What did you gain from these experiences?
  • What types of situations put you under pressure? How do you deal with the pressure?

Behavioral Questions

  • Describe the project or situation that best demonstrates your analytical skills.
  • Describe a situation where you had a conflict with another individual and how you handled it.
  • Give an example of a problem you solved and the process you used to arrive at the solution.
  • Describe an idea that you developed and implemented that you felt was particularly creative or innovative.
  • Tell me about a difficult decision you have made.
  • Give an example of a situation in which you failed and how you handled it.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to persuade another person to your point of view.
  • Tell me about a project you initiated.

Sample questions to ask the employer

  • According to the job description, you’re looking for candidates with strong analytical abilities. Can you tell me how your employees use these skills in specific projects or everyday work?
  • From researching your company website, it seems you’re seeking candidates who will make long-term contributions. Could you give me an idea of some short- and long-term growth opportunities at your company?
  • What is the work environment like here?
  • What does a typical day or week look like?
  • What are typical assignments for new employees?
  • How has {business trend or current event} affected your work?
  • Can you outline a typical career path in your organization?
  • How does the organization support professional development and ongoing training?
  • I understand the core values of your company to be {example}. How do you assess a candidate’s fit with these values?
  • What are the short- and long-term strategic directions of the organization?
  • What do you like most about working here?
  • Can you tell me about your hiring process and timeline?