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Online Workshops: The Art of Interviewing

Sample Interview Questions

Questions Frequently Asked by Interviewers

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your career goals?
  • Are you interested in getting an advanced degree?
  • Are you interested in doing research?
  • Why are you interested in us? What do you know about our company?
  • Why do you think you would like to work in our company?
  • What type of work do you want to do?
  • What do you think you can contribute to our company?
  • What can you tell me about your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What do you do well? What don’t you do well?
  • Tell me about your current and previous employers.
  • Why did you leave (or want to leave) your employer?
  • What do you think of your last (present) boss?
  • What do you think would be an ideal job?
  • What were the best and worst aspects of your last (present) job?
  • Are you interested in a training program?
  • Why did you choose your field of special study?
  • Are you willing to travel? To relocate?
  • How do you handle stressful situations?
  • What is your academic average?
  • What subjects have you enjoyed the most? Least?
  • What extra-curricular activities did you participate in?
  • How has your education been financed?
  • What can you tell me about your background and experience?
  • What type of past work experience you have done did you like best?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • What salary are you looking for?
  • Which of your accomplishments in the past three months has given you the most satisfaction?
  • What would you like to be doing five years from now?
  • If you were offered the position today, how would you respond?

Challenging Interview Questions from a Student’s Perspective

  • Who was the most difficult person you had to deal with?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Describe a problem with a co-worker and how you dealt with it.
  • Describe a mistake that you made on a previous job and how you resolved it.
  • What has been your biggest conflict?
  • What is my mission statement?
  • How would your best friend describe you?
  • What three phrases/words describe you?
  • What has been your greatest challenge?
  • What de-motivates you?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • What are you looking for in an employer?
  • What motivates you at work or school?
  • Describe your ideal work environment.
  • What was the toughest business/educational decision you ever had to make?
  • How has your college experience prepared you for your career?
  • What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?
  • Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and those reporting to him/her.
  • What qualifications do you have that make you think you will be successful in your field?
  • How do handle stress in your life?
  • What are your short and long range goals?
  • What do you do if you have a personality clash with a supervisor?