Common Interview Questions

Practice answering common interview questions like these before you walk in to a job interview.

Interview Practice Questions

Tell me something about yourself. This is the most frequently asked question in interviews. Always be prepared to summarize your background as it relates to the position for which you are interviewing. It is a wonderful opportunity to sell yourself and you should look forward to this question. Tell the interviewer where you plan to start. You may want to go back to high school if you feel it is relevant, or start with college. Briefly comment on items highlighted on your resume.

Please give me your definition of a…<position you are interviewing for> Research the job description ahead of time.

How long are you planning to stay with us? Indicate that you intend to stay as long as you are still contributing and growing.

What are your strengths? Your strengths may be your leadership experience, your academic achievement, your career commitment, your relevant experience, or personal traits such as motivation and dependability. Don't be afraid to repeat or emphasize items on your resume or items that may have already been discussed in the interview.

What is your biggest weakness? Be honest, but end on a positive note. Turn a negative into a positive or explain that it is something on which you are actively working to improve.

What important trends do you see in our industry? Keep it to two or three trends. Research will help on this one; you can find industry information on the Internet.

Why are you leaving your present job? Never speak negatively about your former manager or company. You want more opportunity to advance, more responsibility and challenge.

What is your greatest accomplishment? Be as specific as possible—cite the number of people you supervise, your sales percentages, the money you saved your previous company, programs created, awards, etc.

How do you work under pressure and with deadlines? Assure the employer by providing relevant examples.

Do you prefer to work alone or on a team? State your preference, but indicate what you are capable of doing. Honesty is best.

Describe your personality? Mention traits that a reference would confirm. Highlight your positive attributes.

How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our company? Cite an example of how you learned quickly in a previous job and state that you will do the same in the new position.

What are your short and long term goals? Be sure to indicate that you would like to improve your skills and that you intend to remain employed there for a long time. Your answer should be relevant to the position. Do not indicate that you want the interviewer’s job.

Why do you want to work for our organization? This is your opportunity to demonstrate what you know about the organization from your research. Reasons might include the reputation of the organization or department in terms of products or service; the company's rapid growth, or positive information you have received from employees or previous interns of the organization.

Tell me what you learned from your internship/professional practice experience. If you have a related experience category on your resume, be prepared to spend the majority of the interview on this topic. Be ready to give more detail on your responsibilities. Discuss what you learned and observed, and how you grew professionally. Give examples of what you accomplished. Relay positive feedback given to you by co-workers and supervisors. Education majors may want to develop a professional portfolio.

What are your salary expectations? Research salary ranges on the Internet. Give a range of what similar positions pay and one based on your skills and experience.

Why should we hire you? Give concrete examples of your experience, knowledge, abilities, and skills.