Sample Interview Questions
Your goal during an interview is to convince the employer that you are the best candidate for the job. In order to accomplish this, you must be able to clearly and articulately convey that you have the specific skills and strengths for which the employer is looking. The best way to increase your likelihood of effectively responding to interview questions is through advanced preparation. Before an interview, you should prepare your responses to standard interview questions and practice speaking them out loud. If you can, do a mock interview with a Steinbright staff member or with family or friends. Below are some frequently asked interview questions that you can refer to while preparing for interviews.
- Tell me about yourself.
- What are your long-range career goals? Short-range goals?
- What specific goals, other than those related to your career, have you established for yourself?
- What do you really want to do in life?
- Do you prefer working with others or by yourself?
- Would you prefer a large or a small company? Why?
- What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
- How do you spend your spare time?
- In what kind of a work environment are you most comfortable (structured, unstructured, etc.)?
- Why did you select Drexel University?
- Why did you choose your major field of study?
- What courses do you like the best? The least? Why?
- Do you think your grades are an accurate indication of your academic achievement ?
- Do you have a geographical preference? Why?
- Will you relocate?
- Do you have plans for continued study and obtaining an advanced degree?
- What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?
- Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?
- How is college preparing you for your career?
- What qualifications do you have that make you think you will be successful in your career?
- Why should I hire you?
- What do you hope to learn on this job?
- What three things are most important to you in your job?
- What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?
- What have you learned in your other jobs that you think will help you to do this job well?
- Why did you apply for this job?
- What do you know about our company?
- Why are you interested in working for our company?
- After reading the job description, what do you think will be the most challenging aspects of the job for you?
- How do you think you can add to the company?
- What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
- What have you learned from participation in co-curricular activities?
- What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
- Describe your most rewarding college experience.
- Describe your most recent group effort.
- Tell me about the time you met the most opposition when proposing a plan of action.
- Describe a situation that best demonstrates your ability to get things done through others.
- Describe a time when you were faced with problems or stresses at work that tested your coping skills. What did you do?
- Describe the most significant written document, report, or presentation that you've completed. Do you have an example of oral communication skills?
- Describe a time when you were confronted by a difficult task-related problem and how you solved it. Did you ever have to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done?
- Give an example of a time when you did not have enough information to do your job. What steps did you take?
- Tell me about a specific occasion when you conformed to a policy even though you did not agree with it.
- Give an example of when you were able to build motivation in your co-workers or subordinates.
- Have you ever had a confrontation with someone? How did you handle the situation?
- Describe the most creative work-related project you have completed.
- Give an example of a time when you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.
- How would you describe the ideal job for you?
- What have you learned from your mistakes?
- Have you ever been in a leadership role? Please explain the situation.
- Are you involved in any extracurricular activities?
- How do you work under pressure?
- What types of people seem to "rub you the wrong way"?
- Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and subordinates.
- What type of supervisor would you like to have?
- Give an example of an important goal you had to set and your process in meeting that goal.
- If a friend or professor were asked to describe you, what would he/she say?
- How do you define "success"?
Questions for the Interviewer
Most interviewers will conclude by asking "Do you have any questions for me?" The interviewer will expect you to have questions prepared and will use these questions to gauge your interest in and understanding of the job. Asking thoughtful and specific questions about the job and company will demonstrate to the interviewer that you are serious about the position. Conversely, if you do not ask questions you appear uninterested.
Also keep in mind that the interview is your opportunity to learn more about the position in order to determine if it is a good fit for you. Be sure to ask questions that will enable to you fully understand the scope of the job, so that you can make an informed decision about working for the company.
Avoid asking questions regarding salary, benefits, vacation or anything else that makes you appear to be more interested in what you can get from the company than what you can offer them. Also avoid questions whose answers you could have easily found for yourself if you had put any effort into researching the company.
The following list contains appropriate questions for candidates to ask in the initial job interview. This list is by no means exhaustive; you should develop your own questions during the course of your research on the company. Ask specific questions based on your research of the company: growth plans, competitors, new products and research, etc.
- What type of training programs do you have?
- How long is the training period?
- What does the training consist of?
- How and when will my performance be evaluated?
- What can I do between now and the start of the position so that I am prepared to hit the ground running?
- What is unique about your company?
- Can you describe the company's basic management philosophy?
- What is the organizational structure above and below this position?
- Do you hire co-op students from cycle to cycle?
- What percentage of your co-ops become full-time employees upon graduation?
- In your opinion, why is this a good place to work?
- What has your career progression been within this company?
- If I excel in this job, would I have the opportunity to increase my job duties and responsibilities?
- What would make an employee stand out as "exceptional" in this job?