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Free Interview Questions

Listed below are more typical interview questions.  Practice makes perfect.  As you review the questions below, think about the answers that you would give to the employer.  If you are not sure what to say, visit with your Career Services office for help.


1.    Tell me about yourself….

            a. creative….give examples

            b. analytical…describe a situation

            c. leader….give example

            d. good manager…support person….give an explanation

2.    What did you enjoy most about your last position?

3.    What did you like least?

4.    What is your greatest strength?

5.    What is your greatest weakness?

6.    What two or three accomplishments in your life have given

       you the most satisfaction?

7.    How would you describe the ideal job?

8.    What motivates you?

9.    How did you find out about this opening?

10.  Are you willing to travel?

11.  Are you willing to relocate?

12.  Why should I hire you?

13.  Do you have a resume?

14.  Do you have a reference list?

15.  What kind of work are you looking for?

16.  What can you do for us that someone else can’t?

17.  How did you do in school?

18.  Where do you expect to be in 5 years?

19.  What do you think of your supervisor?

20.  What does your supervisor think about you?

21.  What do your peers think about you?

22.  Describe a situation where your work has been criticized.

23.  How long would it take you to make a contribution to our


24.  Do you know anything about the company?

25.  I’ve interviewed several people with more experience than

       you.  Why should I hire you?

26.  You’re over qualified and wouldn’t be happy in this position,

       would you?

27.  Why did you choose your field of work?

28.  How do you spend your spare time?

29.  What is your management philosophy?

30.  What is your______________philosophy?

31.  What characteristics make a good manager…support…

       sales…etc. person?

32.  Do you prefer working with others or by yourself?

33.  What kind of boss do you prefer?

34.  Can you take criticism without getting upset?

35.  If you were an animal which one would you be and why?

36.  What hours are you available?

37.  What are the characteristics of a truly effective leader?

38.  Describe the work environment that you most prefer.

39.  What would you call an ideal work team?

40.  What would you have done differently in your last position

       to be more effective?

41.  Describe your 5-year career plan.

42.  Describe a typical day and how you spend your time.

43.  What is the worst communication problem that you have  


44.  How do you prepare for _____________________


45.  How can you tell when someone is listening/not listening

       to you?

46.  Give examples of

            meeting deadlines….

            working under pressure…

            improving a system or procedures…

            evaluating skills…

47.  How do you set priorities and organize your work day?

48.  Give an example of how you anticipated problems and 

       influenced new direction.

49.  What do you do in your current job that is not covered in

       your job description?

50.  How do you handle disappointment and rejection?

51.  What new ideas have you taken to a supervisor in the last

       6 months?

52.  How do you motivate people?

53.  What role do you usually play in a meeting?

54.  How do you identify problems?

55.  What sources of information do you use to keep abreast of

       problems or innovations?

56.  What are your interests outside of work?

57.  What do you expect in this position that you were not getting

       in past jobs?


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