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Common Interview Questions

Common questions asked by employers:

Personal Questions
Tell me about yourself.
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
What have you done that shows initiative?
How do you react to criticism?
How would your friends describe you?
Describe your ideal job.
Define success. Define failure.
What can you offer us that someone else can't?
Who are your role models and why?
What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
What kind of people do you enjoy working with?
What types of people annoy you?
How do you spend your spare time? What are your hobbies?
Talk about a time when you had trouble getting along with a professor/ co-worker/ supervisor. How did you handle it?
Tell me about a leadership role you have had. What makes a good leader?
Where do you want to be in five years? Ten years?
What are you proudest of in terms of your accomplishments?
What extracurricular activities are you involved in?
What type of a work environment are you seeking?
Why should I hire you?
How could you contribute to our organization?
Describe your ideal manager/supervisor.
How do you spend your free time?
What are your short, medium and long-term goals?
How do you react to criticism?
Tell me about yourself. How would you describe yourself?
What are your long and short-range career goals?
What are the most important things you are seeking in a career?
What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
Cite some examples of your ability to be a team player.

Education and Experience Questions
Why did you choose the college you attended?
Why didn't you go to college?
Can you summarize your educational background for me?
Do you think you received a good education? Why or why not?
Why did you choose the major you did?
What courses did you like the most? The least?
Describe your study habits. How do you balance study with personal life?
In which campus activities did you participate?
How do you spend college vacations?
What extra-curricular activities are you involved in? What have you gained from those experiences?
Have you plans for furthering your education?
If you could start college over, what would you do differently?
Tell me about a class in which you were part of a study group. What role did you play?
Did you work while going to school? In what positions?
Tell me about the most satisfying job you ever held? The least?
Have you had any work experience related to this position?
What kind of work interests you the most?
Have you had any supervisory experience?
Have you ever quit a job? Why?
Give an example of a situation where you provided a solution to an employer.
Give an example of a time when you worked under deadline pressure.
Have you ever done any volunteer work? What kind?
How would a former supervisor describe your work?
Describe a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty to get the job done.
Describe a time when a team member came to you for help. What was the situation? How did you respond?

Career Ambition Questions
Why have you decided to change jobs?
Why are you looking?
Why did you leave your previous positions?
Why did you choose this career field?
What type of position are you looking for?
What qualities does a successful manager possess? does a successful team player possess?
What do you know about opportunities in your field?
What are the most important rewards you expect from your career?
What kind of challenge are you looking for?
What do you think determines a person's progress in a good company?
How do you determine or evaluate success?
What are your ideas on salary?
What salary are you looking for?
How much money do you hope to earn five years from now?
What personal characteristics are necessary for success in your field?

Company / Organization Questions:
What do you know about the position you are applying for?
What do you know about our industry?
Why do you want to work for this organization?
What do you know about our organization?
Do you prefer large or small companies? Why?
How do you feel about working in a structured environment? A non-structured environment?
What do you think it takes to be successful in a company such as ours?
In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our company?
How long would you expect to work here?
Are you willing to work overtime?
Are you willing to work flextime?
Are you willing to go where the company sends you?
Are you willing to relocate?
What type of work environment are you most comfortable with?
Why do you think you might like to live in the community in which our company is located?
Why should I hire you?

Closing Questions
When could you start work?
Is there anything else I should know about you?
Do you have any other questions?

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