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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:
- Tell me about yourself.
- What adjectives would you use to describe your personality?
- I have an extra hour and it’s my first visit to the area. What should I see?
- What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
- Has your work ever been criticized? How do you react to criticism?
- What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
- What kind of people do you enjoy working with?
- What satisfies you; bothers you; motivates you?
- What do you like to do in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
- What kind of work interests you the most?
- What was your most significant accomplishment in your last position?
- What were you doing during the period of time not covered in your resume?
- Can you tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult customer or client? How did you handle it?
- Describe a situation in which you and a co-worker had a disagreement. How did you resolve it?
- Have you ever stolen anything from a company?
- Tell me about a time when you felt that you went above and beyond what was expected.
- Can you summarize your educational background for me?
- Why did you decide to attend the school you did?
- What courses did you like the most? The least? Why?
- Why did you major in ___________?
- How did you finance your education?
- Do you feel you have received a good education that has prepared you for a full-time job?
- Why did you not complete your degree?
- Do you have plans for furthering your education?
Career Goals and Plans
- What type of position are you seeking?
- What are your short-term and long-term goals? How are you preparing to achieve these objectives?
- Why did you decide to enter this career field?
- How did you first become interested in this field?
- What are your career goals for the next 5 years?
- What kind of challenge are you seeking?
- What was the biggest career mistake you’ve ever made? What have you learned from this?
- How do you determine success? How would you evaluate your personal success?
- Why do you want to work for this organization?
- What do you know about our company?
- What section of our organization are you most interested in working for?
- How long would you expect to work here?
- What type of work environment are you most comfortable with?
- Are you willing to relocate?
- Do you prefer working for large or small organizations? Why?
- Why should we hire you?
- What are your salary expectations?
- When could you start work?
- Do you have any questions for me?
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