Resumes, Letters & Interviews

Questions THEY like to ask

Personal

  1. Tell me about yourself.
    Note: This is a job interview, not a psychological or personal interview. The interviewer is interested in the information about you that relates to your qualifications for employment, such as education, work experiences and extracurricular activities.
     
  2. Why did you choose to interview with our organization?
    Note: Not having an answer is a good way to get crossed off the candidate list, and is a common pet peeve of interviewers. Research the employer before your interview; attempt to find out about the organization's products, locations, clients, philosophy, goals, previous growth record and growth plans, how they value employees and customers, etc.

  3. What can you offer us?
     
  4. Of which three accomplishments are you most proud?
     
  5. What motivates you most in a job?
     
  6. Why should we hire you rather than another candidates?
    Note: Stress what you have to offer the employer, not how nice it would be to work there or what you want from the employer.
  7. Where do you want to be in five years?
    Note: The interviewer is looking for evidence of career goals and ambitions rather than minutely specific descriptions. The interviewer wants to see your thought process and the criteria that are important to you.

Education

  1. Why did you choose your major
  2. If you were to start over, what would you change about your education?
  3. Do your grades accurately reflect your ability?

Experience

  1. What did you enjoy most about your last employment? Least?
  2. Give an example of a situation in which you provided a solution to an employer.
  3. How do you think a former supervisor would describe your work?

Career Goals

  1. Do you prefer to work under supervision or on your own?
  2. What other types of positions are you considering?
  3. How do you feel about working overtime?
  4. Do you prefer a small or a large organization?