Connecticut Department of Labor
  Home About Us FAQ News and Notices Contact Us
Unemployment Benefits On-Line Job Seekers Employers Labor Market Information Directions/Office Information


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?

return to question areas

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.

return to question areas

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?

return to question areas

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.

return to question areas

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?

return to question areas

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?

return to question areas

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?

return to question areas

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.

return to question areas

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:


  • 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?

return to question areas


  • 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?

return to question areas

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?

return to question areas

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?

return to question areas | The Interview

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

Home | Home | Send Feedback
State of Connecticut Disclaimer and Privacy Policy. Copyright 2002 - present year