Career Action Center

Frequently Asked Interview Questions

  • Tell me about yourself. (Usually asked as the first question.)
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • How would your former boss (or co-workers) describe you?
  • What do you know about our organization?
  • What questions do you have?
  • What kind of salary are you looking for?
  • Tell me about a conflict you had with a co-worker and how you handled it.
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What can you bring to this job to make a contribution?
  • Tell me about a time your work was criticized.
  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • Describe your software skills and level of expertise.
  • What would be your ideal job?
  • Why did you choose to return to school in this field?
  • What are your long-term career goals?
  • Tell me about a time you had to work under a lot of stress.
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • How have your studies prepared you for this job?
  • Do you like to work as part of a team or alone. Why?
  • What motivates you?
  • Tell me about a problem you solved in a creative way.
  • When have you had to tell people things they did not want to hear?
  • What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made in your career?
  • Tell me about a time you had to be flexible in your work.
  • What did you learn at school that will be useful on the job?
  • Please tell me what you did on your last job.
  • Tell me about a time when you...
    • …dealt with a difficult customer and how you resolved it.
    • …came up with a creative solution to a problem.
    • …were bothered by the actions of a co-worker.
    • …handled a project that came out well.
    • …really had to remain flexible.
    • …worked effectively under a great deal of pressure.
    • …were particularly effective at prioritizing tasks and meeting deadlines.
    • …had to tactfully but forcefully say things others did not want to hear.
    • …identified potential problems and resolved the situation before the problems became serious.
    • …were able to gain commitment from others to really work as a team.
    • …built rapport with someone under difficult conditions.