Common Interview Questions

Below are some common interview questions. It’s a good idea to think about how you would respond to each of them prior to an interview, keeping in mind the position you’re applying for and the details of the job posting.

Common Interview Questions

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your strengths? Weaknesses?
  • What do you know about our organization?
  • What do you look for in a job?
  • Why are you leaving your current job? What was wrong?
  • How do you cope with stress on the job?
  • What did you like least/most about your last job?
  • What did you like least/most about your last boss?
  • Why did you choose a major in?
  • Do you work well under pressure?
  • What are your three most important accomplishments so far?
  • What would you do if…? What if that did not work?
  • How would someone you work with describe you?
  • What percentage did you contribute to financing your education?
  • How will your major strengths help you in this job?
  • Why do you want to work for this organization?
  • How do your subordinates get along with you?
  • What kinds of people attract you? Annoy you?
  • Tell me about a time that you identified a problem and took it upon yourself to solve it without being asked.
  • Can you take instructions without feeling upset or hurt?
  • What have you done that shows initiative and willingness to work?
  • Tell me about a situation in which you have had to adjust to changes over which you had no control? How did you handle it?
  • What are your short-range and long-range goals?
  • According to your definition, how successful have you been so far? Why?
  • Tell me what skills you have that lend to this type of work?
  • Discuss a time when your integrity was challenged. How did you handle it?
  • What steps do you follow to study a problem before making a decision? Why?
  • What is the most difficult situation you have faced?
  • Explain your role as a group/team member?
  • What kind of books/magazines do you read?
  • What salary do you expect, if we offer this position to you?
  • Do you have any questions for me?

You can also use Big Interview to practice answering interview questions. Watch Getting Started with Big Interview for help using the tool. Watch Big Interview – Interview Advice Videos to learn how to locate relevant videos within Big Interview, which are categorized by theme and provide interview tips and advice. For additional help, access the Big Interview Student Guide.

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