Frequently Asked Interview Questions

Questions about yourself:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. How would you describe yourself?
  3. How do you think a friend or professor who knows you well would describe you?
  4. What are your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?
  5. What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
  6. What have you learned from your mistakes?
  7. How do you react under pressure?
  8. In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
  9. What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
  10. Do you think that your grades are a good indication of your academic achievements?
  11. How do you determine or evaluate success?
  12. What are the most important rewards you expect from your career?
  13. Which is more important to you, the money or the type of job?
  14. Why have you selected this career?
  15. What are your interests outside of school and work?
  16. What qualities do you admire most in others?
  17. What new skills have you developed over the last year?
  18. Describe the last time you failed. How did you deal with it?
  19. What is the last book you read for pleasure?
  20. What special qualifications do you have for this position?
  21. What volunteer work do you do or have you done in the past?
  22. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Questions about your background and future plans:

  1. Why did you decide to attend Lawrence University?
  2. What led you to choose your major?
  3. What college subjects do you like best? least?
  4. If you could change one thing about your academic background, what would it be? Why?
  5. Describe your most rewarding college experience.
  6. What have you learned from participation in extra-curricular activities?
  7. Tell me about your part-time or summer jobs.
  8. What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
  9. What percent of your college expenses did you earn?
  10. What would you like to change about your Lawrence experience?
  11. What would you like to be doing five (ten) years from now?
  12. What are your long and short-term goals?
  13. How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
  14. How will this position fit in with your long-range career goals?
  15. What are your geographic location preferences?
  16. Do you have plans for continued study?
  17. How would you describe the ideal job for you?
  18. With what other organizations are you seeking employment?
  19. When have you worked as part of a team?
  20. What is your GPA? How do you feel about it?

Questions about the organization with which you are interviewing:

  1. What do you know about our organization?
  2. Why did you decide to seek a position with this organization?
  3. What do you think it takes to be successful in an organization such as ours?
  4. Why do you think you might like to live in the community in which this organization is located?
  5. What salary do you expect?
  6. How long do you intend to work for this organization?
  7. What interests you about our product or service?

Additional questions:

  1. Are you willing to spend time as a trainee?
  2. Will you be willing to relocate?
  3. Are you willing to travel?
  4. Do you prefer to work with others or by yourself?
  5. Describe the relationship you would want with your supervisor.
  6. What qualities should a successful manager possess?
  7. Why should I hire you?
  8. What qualifications do you have that will make you successful?
  9. What do I need to know about you that has not been discussed in this interview?

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