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Sample Questions

Interviewers often will be looking for three things in an interview: 1) your answer to their questions; 2) how well you can organize your thinking; and 3) how well you express yourself. By reviewing and practicing sample interview questions you will be able to better prepare yourself for your actual interview. Have a clear grasp of your experiences, practice how to best present your strong qualities, and play down your weaknesses to insure a good interview. Here are some sample interview questions:

Personal Assessment

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What adjectives would you use to describe your personality?
  3. I have an extra hour and it’s my first visit to the area. What should I see?
  4. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  5. Has your work ever been criticized? How do you react to criticism?
  6. What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
  7. What kind of people do you enjoy working with?
  8. What satisfies you; bothers you; motivates you?
  9. What do you like to do in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
  10. What kind of work interests you the most?
  11. What was your most significant accomplishment in your last position?
  12. What were you doing during the period of time not covered in your resume?
  13. Can you tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult customer or client? How did you handle it?
  14. Describe a situation in which you and a co-worker had a disagreement. How did you resolve it?
  15. Have you ever stolen anything from a company?
  16. Tell me about a time when you felt that you went above and beyond what was expected.

Education

  1. Can you summarize your educational background for me?
  2. Why did you decide to attend the school you did?
  3. What courses did you like the most? The least? Why?
  4. Why did you major in ___________?
  5. How did you finance your education?
  6. Do you feel you have received a good education that has prepared you for a full-time job?
  7. Why did you not complete your degree?
  8. Do you have plans for furthering your education?

Career Goals and Plans

  1. What type of position are you seeking?
  2. What are your short-term and long-term goals? How are you preparing to achieve these objectives?
  3. Why did you decide to enter this career field?
  4. How did you first become interested in this field?
  5. What are your career goals for the next 5 years?
  6. What kind of challenge are you seeking?
  7. What was the biggest career mistake you’ve ever made? What have you learned from this?
  8. How do you determine success? How would you evaluate your personal success?

Company/Closing

  1. Why do you want to work for this organization?
  2. What do you know about our company?
  3. What section of our organization are you most interested in working for?
  4. How long would you expect to work here?
  5. What type of work environment are you most comfortable with?
  6. Are you willing to relocate?
  7. Do you prefer working for large or small organizations? Why?
  8. Why should we hire you?
  9. What are your salary expectations?
  10. When could you start work?
  11. Do you have any questions for me?

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