Traditional interview questions tend to be straightforward questions that focus on your personality, preferred ways of interacting with others and how you would handle hypothetical situations. Traditional interview questions enable the interviewer and job candidate to establish a rapport and to get to know each other in a less stressful environment than behavioral interviews or case interviews.

Preparing for a Traditional Interview

  • Answer the question directly. If the interviewer asks what you believe about a current event, state your beliefs clearly and concisely.  Resist the temptation to ramble.
  • Even if the interviewer does not ask for specific examples of your behavior, do it anyway. To strengthen your answer, provide an example of your behavior in a relevant situation.
  • Ask questions and be conversational if it seems natural. Interviews that feel more like conversations can be positive as long as you remain professional and on topic. Explain why your skills, values and experience align with the position and company.
  • Common 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?

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