Sample Interviewer Questions
Practice answering the tough questions.
- 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 writtenand 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?