Sample Interview Questions

Tell me about yourself.

Talk about your experience, education, skills and accomplishments. Keep it concise. Do not talk about your childhood.

Why do you want to work as a … ?

Talk about the interesting details of the job and why they fascinate you.  Show your enthusiasm for the career you have chosen.

What skills do you have?

Name skills that are relevant to the job. Be able to back up each skill with an example of when you used the skill.

Tell me about your current (or last) job.

Talk about the people, the variety, environment, etc.

What did you like the most about your last (or current) job?

Do not criticize the job! Talk about activities and skills that could transfer to a new job.

Tell me about your education or training.

Explain how these prepared you for the job.

Did you enjoy school? Why or why not?

Show an interest in learning. If you only liked a few subjects, talk about how they helped you. Employers want people who will learn new skills off and on the job.

Which courses did you find the most difficult? Why?

Do not blame it on the instructor! Discuss positively how you handled the class. This shows problem-solving skills.

How were your grades in the program?

If your grades were below average, demonstrate that you still learned the material and would be able to handle the job. Be able to back this up.

Did you join any school activities? Why or why not?

Activities show that you are a social person, that you enjoy being part of a group and that you work well with others. If you did not become involved, give examples of how you work well with others – maybe you volunteer at church or work part-time, raise a family and go to school.

Have you ever been fired from a job? Why?

If you have been fired, do not deny it. Explain the situation as positively as possible and what you learned.

What will your manager say when give notice that you’re leaving?

Explain that you will be missed. Don’t give the impression that they will be glad to be rid of you.

Did you ever have a disagreement with your boss or co-worker?

If you did, find the middle ground and state how you resolved your differences.

Give me an example of a problem you faced and how you solved it.

The interviewer wants to see how you handled obstacles and decided on a solution. Think of something work or school related.

What was your greatest failure?

Admitting a failure shows maturity. Show how you learned from the situation.

What is your greatest weakness?

Find a reason that can turn into a positive or is easy to overcome. Are you a poor speller? Work too many hours?

Do you like working alone or in a group?

Explain that depending on the task, you feel comfortable with either. Try to give specific examples from your past jobs.

Who are your heros?

Think about this one. Your response tells an employer a lot about your personality and values.

What would you like to ask me?

Have a prepared list of job related questions.