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The Interview
Interview Questions You Should Expect

Question Areas


About Your Qualifications

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • How do you think someone who knows you well would describe you?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • Tell me the contribution you can make to the organization.
  • Tell me about a professional assignment you've handled.
  • Tell me about your school experiences.
  • What was your most rewarding college experience?
  • Describe your most meaningful work experience.
  • How do you think someone you have worked with would describe you?
  • Why are you the most qualified for this position?
  • Do you have supervisory experience?

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About Your Ability To Be Effective In The Work Environment

  • Why do you want this job?
  • What do you know about this company?
  • What kind of work environment makes you feel the most comfortable?
  • How do you determine whether or not you want to work for a particular company?
  • How are you a team player?
  • Do you work well under pressure?
  • How do you handle conflict?
  • Name a major problem you encountered and describe how you dealt with it.
  • How competitive are you?
  • What do you expect from your supervisor?
  • What qualities should a successful manager demonstrate?
  • Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and subordinate.

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About Your Career Goals

  • What are your long term career goals? How are you preparing to achieve them?
  • What career rewards are most important to you?
  • How do you spend your spare time?
  • What are your salary requirements?
  • Are you willing to relocate?

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Welcome To The Real World!

Here are some tough questions employers ask that are specifically designed to determine your career potential:

  • Why did you choose (name of school)?
  • Why did you want to major in (name of major)?
  • What course did you like to most? The least?
  • What things did you learn in school that you could use on the job?
  • Do you think your grades adequately represent your abilities?
  • We have hired people from your school before, but they have not worked out. What makes you different?
  • What problems did you see in your school? How would you go about changing it?
  • Tell me about your accomplishments that show you have initiative and a willingness to work.

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Difficult Questions

  • Have you ever had a boss you disliked? Why did you dislike him/her?
  • How would someone that dislikes you describe you?
  • Tell me about a group you participated in that was having problems:
    • What was your role?
    • How did you handle it?
    • What was the outcome?
    • What would you have done differently?
    • How could the group have improved its performance?
  • Tell me about a time when you experienced a failure and how you reacted to it.
  • Tell me about a time when you were under considerable pressure to meet one or more goals.
  • Describe a problematic situation at work and how you resolved it. 
  • Give me an example of how you are a risk taker.
  • If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
  • How are you  motivated?
  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Give a one sentence positioning statement of yourself.
  • How do you decide what to do first on a new project?
  • How did you handle a situation where you did not agree with something your boss asked you to do?
  • What did you like about your last job? Dislike?
  • What would you like to be doing five years from now?

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The Stress Interview

  • Would you like to have your boss's job?
  • Sell me this computer you see on my desk.
  • Why should I hire you when I could fill this job within the company?
  • Why weren't you working for so long?
  • Describe a situation where your work was criticized.
  • Your resume shows that you were with your last company for a number of years with limited increase in rank or salary. What can you tell me about this?

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For Career Changers

  • Why do you think you would like this kind of work?
  • How do you expect to become proficient in those areas you are unfamiliar with?

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Tell Us About Yourself

This is one of the most difficult questions to answer, but yields you the greatest opportunity. Do not give a long autobiographical lecture; rather, just organize your thoughts around why you are interested in and qualified for the job.

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Do You Have Any Questions For Us?

Always answer yes and be prepared to have some. Otherwise, you'll appear to be disinterested. It is important to ask questions that show a response to what you have learned from the employer. Avoid trying to sound scripted. Here are some examples:
 

Advancement

  • Can you tell me how success in this position is measured?
  • How do you encourage your employees to keep current with professional developments in the field?
  • Can you describe your training program for me?
  • What is a typical career path for someone who has been in this position?
  • What is the time frame for advancement?
  • What is the retention rate for people in this position?
  • Does the company tend to promote from within?

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Responsibilities

  • Tell me about a typical day on this job.
  • What is the most challenging aspect of this job?
  • Who would I work with most closely?
  • How often can I expect to relocate?

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Being On A New Job

  • What is the most challenging aspect to this job for someone who is new to the company?
  • What will the new (job title) have to accomplish in the next six months? 
  • What are your expectations for newly hired employees?
  • What qualities do newly hired employees possess?
  • How would you describe a typical first assignment?

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More About The Company

  • Why is the position open?
  • What are your major projects for the coming year?
  • What is the structure of the department where the position is located?
  • What is the work environment like?
  • What are the company's strengths and weaknesses?

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