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What Questions Might I be Asked During an Interview

Start with the list below. While you need not memorize mechanical answers to each question, do be prepared with responses that demonstrate self-awareness and advance preparation.

  • What are your long range and short range goals and objectives?
  • When and why did you establish these goals?
  • How are you preparing yourself to achieve them?
  • What specific goals, other than those related to your occupation, have you established for yourself for the next ten years?
  • What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
  • What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?
  • What do you expect to be earning in five years?
  • Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?
  • What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • How do you think a friend, professor or supervisor who knows you well would describe you?
  • What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
  • How has your college experience prepared you for this particular career?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • What qualifications do you have that make you think that you will be successful in this career?
  • How do you define success?
  • What do you think it takes to be successful in an organization?
  • In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our organization?
  • What qualities should a successful manager/supervisor/financial planner/teacher/etc. possess?
  • What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?
  • Describe your most rewarding college experience.
  • If you were hiring a graduate for this position, what qualities would you look for?
  • Why did you select your college or university?
  • What led you to choose your field of major study?
  • What college subjects did you like least? Why?
  • What college subjects did you like best? Why?
  • If you could do so, how would you plan your academic study differently? Why?
  • Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree?
  • Why are your grades low?
  • Do you think that your grades are a good indication of your academic achievement?
  • What have you learned from participation in extracurricular activities?
  • In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
  • How do you work under pressure?
  • What jobs have you enjoyed most? Least?
  • Describe your ideal job.
  • Why did you decide to seek a position with our organization?
  • What do you know about our organization?
  • What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
  • What criteria are you using to evaluate the organization for which you hope to work?
  • Do you have a geographical preference?
  • Are you willing to relocate? Travel?
  • What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
  • What have you learned from your mistakes?
  • How do your skills relate to our needs?
  • Tell me about your most difficult course or professor.

One more point. Employers know that candidates have access to dozens of books and pamphlets that list questions commonly asked during interviews. For that reason they expect candidates to respond with well thought out, articulate answers to their questions. If you just skimmed the above list this time, make time to read it more carefully before your interview.

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