You’ve successfully landed interview – score! So your resume and cover letter must have worked well, and the employer wants to meet you. They’ve read about your qualifications, but the interview is where you want to prove that you can work well in their environment.
Part of acing an interview is preparing examples of your previous achievements, as well as your attitude and your goals. Listed below is a list of common interview questions that you should be prepared to answer.
- Tell me about yourself.
- What motivates you?
- What are your strengths?
- What would you identify as your weaknesses?
- Why did you leave your last position?
- Why are you seeking employment with our company?
- What can you tell me about our company?
- What can you do for us that other candidates can't? / Why are you the best candidate for the job?
- Why should we hire you?
- Tell me what skills you have acquired that would help you be successful in this position.
- How has your education prepared you to be successful in this position?
- What was the last project you led, and what was its outcome?
- How would your professors/boss describe you?
- Describe your main duties when you were in ________ position.
- What was your favorite task in ________ position?
- Which job/tasks have you liked least/best? Why?
- Give me an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work.
- Give me an example of a time that you had to work under enormous pressure. What was the outcome?
- Can you describe a time when your work was criticized?
- Have you been on a team where someone was not pulling their weight? How did you handle it?
- What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?
- How do you handle working with people who annoy you?
- If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be and why?
- Tell me about a time where you had to deal with conflict on the job.
- Describe a difficult task and how you handled it.
- If you were at a business lunch and you ordered a rare steak and they brought it to you well done, what would you do?
- What's the most difficult decision you've made in the last two years and how did you come to that decision?
- Describe how you would handle a situation if you were required to finish multiple tasks by the end of the day, and there was no conceivable way that you could finish them.
- What (animal/color/superhero) would you be and why?
- What are your long range and short range career goals? How will you achieve these?
If you’re lucky enough to still be on a college campus, check out their career center to get interview tips and tricks. Our Johnson Career Center offers interview practice as well as review of resumes and help finding jobs and internships.
So before your next interview, make an appointment with the Johnson Career Center.