Sample Interviewer Questions

Practice answering the tough questions.

Sample questions an interviewer might ask you:

  • Tell me about yourself.
    (Practice one- and two-minute versions—this is your sales pitch!)
  • What are your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?
    (Any weakness must have a solution in progress)
  • Why are you interested in this position?
    (You had better know what the position entails)
  • What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
    (This may show your perseverance)
  • What career goals have you set? Where do you see yourself in five years?
    (Not just using us, are you?)
  • What do you know about our organization, and why did you choose it?
    (Research before the interview to answer this!)
  • If you could begin college again, what would you do differently?
    (Show new insights and growth)
  • What experiences have prepared you for this position?
    (Give very specific examples)
  • What do you value most in your working experience?
    (Every job has taught you something valuable)
  • What is your philosophy of business
    (or teaching, nursing, management, etc.)?
  • Are you interviewing with other employers?
    (Only with employers like this one for jobs like this one)
  • Why did you choose to get your degree at Adelphi?
    (Answer should relate to programs and opportunities, not the location)
  • What future training do you plan to have that will further your career?
    (Some employers value this, some don’t)
  • What was your most significant contribution during your last job or internship?
    (Better think about this)
  • What do you do in your spare time?
    (You are an interesting person, right?)
  • What activities did you pursue in college?
    (Mention sports, jobs, volunteering, good grades, etc.)
  • Do you belong to any community organizations?
    (Good ways to acquire related skills)
  • What is your management style?
    (Think about your own experiences and do some research)
  • Are you willing to travel as part of your job?
    (Be flexible, but don’t say yes if you absolutely won’t)
  • Would you be willing to relocate if your employer required it?
    (It might be necessary in your field)
  • Do you speak any foreign languages?
    (This would make you valuable to most employers)
  • Tell me about your computer skills.
    (You should have some; but if not, start learning now!)
  • Tell me about reports you have written and how they were received by your
    supervisor or professor.
  • How did you choose this as a career?
    (Personal story is OK here—”Don’t know” won’t do)
  • Which of your previous jobs have you liked the best? The least?
    (Never disliked any job or person)
  • What was the most difficult decision you have ever had to make?
    (Other than choosing a college?)
  • How would you value a company or a stock?
    (Yes, practice the technical questions also)
  • If a clock says 3:15, what is the angle between hour and minute hands?
    (A brainteaser or stress question)

Sample questions you might want to ask the interviewer:

  • Could you describe the typical career path for this position?
  • What would you consider the most important aspects of this job?
  • To whom will I report?
  • What are the skills and attributes you value most for someone who is hired for this position?
  • If hired, how would I get feedback on my performance?
  • Where have successful employees who previously held this position progressed to within the company?
  • Could you describe a typical day or week in this position? The typical client or customer?
  • What are the major responsibilities of this position?
  • What do you see as the key challenges facing a person in this position?
  • What are the current major goals of the organization?
  • What is your timeline for filling this vacancy?
  • This organization recently _______ (use your research here). How is this affecting the organization?
  • What are the greatest strengths of this organization or company?
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