By practicing interview questions, you'll become more familiar with your own qualifications and will be well-prepared to demonstrate how you can benefit the employer. Take time to review the common interview questions below and think about your response to each question.

Sample Traditional Interview Questions:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • How would a friend or professor describe you?
  • What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
  • What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
  • Why did you select your college, the university, or your major?
  • What do you know about our organization?
  • Why do you want XYZ position with us?
  • What are your career goals?

Sample Behavioral Interview Questions:

  • Tell me about a time when you had to resolve a difference of opinion with a co-worker, customer, or supervisor. How do you feel you showed respect?
  • Describe the way you handled a specific problem involving a person with differing values, ideas, and beliefs in your current/previous job.
  • Tell me about a time you went above and beyond the call of duty in order to complete a task.
  • Give me an example of a time when you did not meet a deadline. How did you handle it?
  • Describe the most significant or creative presentation or idea that you developed or implemented.
  • Tell me about a tough decision you made. What steps, thought processes, and considerations did you take to make that decision?
  • What have you done in your present or previous job that goes beyond what was required?
  • Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to approach things your way.
  • Tell me about a course, work experience, or extracurricular activity in which you had to work closely with others. How did it go? How did you overcome any difficulties?
  • What are three effective leadership qualities you think are important? How have you demonstrated these qualities in your past or current position?
  • Give me a specific example of a time when you had to address an angry customer? What was the problem and what was the outcome? How would you assess your role in defusing the situation?

Sample Case Interview Questions:

  • How would you redesign an ATM machine to make it more user-friendly?
  • We’ve seen a lot of consolidation in the pharmaceuticals industry over the last ten years.  What factors do you think drive this activity?
  • The Star Trek transporter has just been invented.  Spell out some of the effects on the transportation industry.
  • How many Delta airplanes will take off in the next hour in the United States?
  • A restaurant owner is setting up a new restaurant and is making a decision on the facilities to place in the restrooms for customers to dry their hands.  Initial research suggests that he has three options – paper towels, roller towels, and hot air dryers.  He needs to decide today.  What should he consider in his decision making process?

Common Questions to Ask Employers:

  • How much travel will be involved in the position?
  • How would you describe the work environment? Company culture?
  • What type of training program or orientation does a new employee receive?
  • What are the immediate challenges and objectives facing the individual in this position?
  • What is the typical career path of someone in this position?
  • What are the next steps in your search process, and what is your hiring timeline for this position?
  • Can I provide you with any additional information to assist you in your hiring decision?