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Commonly Asked Interview Questions

Know how to answer these and you'll be ahead of the game!


These are some of the most common interview questions...practice answering them with a friend!

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • How would a close friend describe you?
  • Are you creative?
  • What do you consider to be your major strengths?
  • What do you consider to be your weaknesses?  (Indicate your actions to correct them!)
  • What was the most difficult situation you have faced?  How did you react?
  • What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?  Why?
  • Give an example of a time when you took the initiative to work.
  • Think of a crisis situation where things got out of control?  Why did it happen and what was your role?
  • If you had your life to live over again, what would you do differently?
  • What are you short and long range goals?  When and why did you establish these goals and how are you
    preparing yourself to reach them?
  • Describe your most rewarding college experience.
  • Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?
  • Why did you select your college or University?
  • What college subjects did you enjoy the most?  The least?  Why?
  • Do you think your grades are a good indicator of your college achievement?
  • Do you plan to continue your education?
  • Tell me about your extracurricular activities?
  • Did you hold any positions of leadership in any organizations?
  • What have you learned from your participation in extracurricular activities?
  • How has your college experience prepare you for a professional career?
  • If you had the chance to repeat your college career, what would you do differently?
  • What past jobs have you held?  What job did you enjoy the most?  The least?  Why?
  • How would you describe the ideal job for you following graduation?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • Why did you seek a job with this company?
  • What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • If you were hiring a graduate for this position, what qualities would you look for?
  • What do you think determines an individual's progress in a company?
  • What qualities do you prefer in a boss?
  • Give an example of when you have gone the extra mile.
  • Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and those reporting to him/her.
  • In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
  • What kind of rewards are most satisfying to you?
  • How do these rewards affect the effort you put into your work?
  • How important is communication and interaction with others on the job?
  • What is your typical role as a group member?
  • Do you have a geographical preference?
  • Are you willing to relocate?
  • How do you feel about working overtime?
  • What is your attitude toward overnight travel?
  • How would working evenings affect you?
  • Are you willing to spend at least six months as a trainee?
  • What kind of salary do you expect in five years?  Ten years?
  • What position do you expect to have in five years?  Ten years?
  • What can you do for us that someone else cannot do?
  • What special characteristics should I consider about you as a person?
  • How long will it take you to make a contribution?
  • What are your top three skills?