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Common Interview Questions

What do you know about our company?   

  1. Why did you choose our company?
  2. Tell me about yourself.
  3. What are your career goals?
  4. Where do you expect to be in your career within five years? Ten years?
  5. What are your educational goals?
  6. What future training do you plan in connection with your career goals?
  7. What do you know about the position I'm interviewing you for?
  8. Why did you attend _____________ university?
  9. Why did you major in ____________?
  10. What subjects did you enjoy the most? The least?
  11. If you had to do it all over again, what would you have changed about your college education?
  12. What types of extracurricular activities did you participate in during college?
  13. I noticed you worked for the student newspaper. Can you tell me about your work? What did you do?
  14. What leadership positions did you hold in college?
  15. Did you work while also attending college? Full-time? Part-time?
  16. How does your degree prepare you for working as a _____________?
  17. If you had a choice of three one-week training programs to attend, which ones do you feel you would benefit the most from? Why?
  18. How much time do you spend each month keeping up with new developments in your field?
  19. What do you normally do during your summer breaks?
  20. What are two things you would like to improve about yourself?
  21. Describe your typical workday.
  22. Do you ever lose your temper?
  23. How do you deal with stressful situations?
  24. How well do you work under deadlines?
  25. What will you bring to this position that another candidate won't?
  26. How do you feel about working with superiors who may be less well educated, intelligent, or competent than you?
  27. Do you prefer working with others or alone?
  28. How do others view your work?
  29. How do you normally deal with criticism?
  30. Do you consider yourself to be a risk taker? Could you give me examples of risks you've taken in previous jobs?
  31. Do you consider yourself to be someone who takes greater initiative than others?
  32. Are you a self-starter? Could you give me examples?
  33. Why should we hire you?
  34. What really motivates you to perform?
  35. Why do you want to leave your present job? Why did you leave your previous jobs?
  36. How important is job security?
  37. How long do you expect to stay with our company?
  38. How do your present career goals differ from your career goals 10 years ago?
  39. What would be the perfect job for you?
  40. What skills, experience, and training do you have that make you qualified for the job?
  41. What other positions have you had that qualify you for this position?
  42. What are you particularly good at in your present position? Why?
  43. How well do you communicate in writing and orally? Give me some examples of this.
  44. Can you meet deadlines? If so, give me an example.
  45. What would your boss say about you?
  46. What motivates you?
  47. What volunteer work do you do or have you done in the past?
  48. What awards or honors have you received?
  49. What are your hobbies?
  50. What do you do in your spare time?
  51. Have you ever traveled? If so, where?
  52. If your career demanded it, would you be willing to relocate for advancement?
  53. Do you know about other countries and cultures? If so, which ones?
  54. What are your salary requirements?
  55. What specific goals, other than those related to your occupation, have you established for yourself for the next 10 years?
  56. What do you really want to do in life?
  57. How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
  58. What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?
  59. How much do you expect to be earning in five years?
  60. Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?
  61. Which is more important to you, the money or the type of job?
  62. How has your college experience prepared you for a career?
  63. Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and their subordinates.
  64. If you were hiring a graduate for this position, what qualities would you look for?
  65. What led you to choose your field or major study?
  66. What college subjects did you like best? Why?
  67. If you could do so, how would you plan your academic study differently? Why?
  68. What changes would you make in your college or university?
  69. Do you think your grades are a good indication of your academic achievement?
  70. What have you learned from participation in extracurricular activities?
  71. Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree?
  72. How do you work under pressure?
  73. In what part-time or summer jobs have you been most interested? Why?
  74. What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?
  75. Do you have a geographical preference? Why?
  76. Are you willing to spend at least six months as a trainee?
  77. Why do you think you might like to live in the community in which our company is located?
  78. What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
  79. What have you learned from your mistakes?
  80. How would you respond if you had spent a long time planning a project and your supervisor told you to drop it and start a new project? (How do you handle a sudden change of plans?)
  81. What would you say to a co-worker who suggests a way to improve the work process that you know won't work? (How do you relate to others?)
  82. How did you prepare the most successful presentation you ever gave? (How do you communicate orally?)
  83. What do you think was the best business writing you ever did, and why do you think so? (How do you handle writing tasks?)
  84. How would you handle the problem of a team member not doing his or her share of the work? (How do you work as a team member?)
  85. If you could take a class or attend a seminar, would you do so, and what topic would you choose? (How open are you to learning?)
  86. How would you react if you tried an innovative solution to a problem and it failed? (Do you think creatively?)

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