Resumes, Letters & Interviews

Questions THEY like to ask


  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.


  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?


  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?

Behavioral Questions Accounting Firms Like to Ask

  1. Criticism Q: Please provide an example of constructive criticism that you've received and what you changed going forward as a result.
  2. Communicating Q: Communicating is an important part of our business, so tell us about a time that you had to communicate with a person who was difficult to communicate with.
  3. Conflicting Personality Q: Working in teams is a critical part of our job—you have to learn to interact well with a variety of personalities—so give me an example of when you were in a group project and had to interact with group member that had a conflicting personality.
  4. Time Management Q: In your personal life and during your work experience and education, what time management skills have you developed that have allowed you to find an even balance?
  5. Research Q: The ability to research is critical to our job, so give me an example when you had to research something, including the process you went through and the ultimate outcome.
  6. Bad Grade Q: Tell me about a time that you received a bad grade on a school assignment and how you dealt with the situation. 
  7. Hostile Environment Q: Please describe situations where you had a difficult conversation or hostile environment—how did you deal with the situation and what did you learn from it?
  8. Regret Q: Describe a significant regret and what you learned from it.
  9. What You Do for Fun Q: What do you enjoy doing? Not enjoy doing?
  10. Last Job Dislikes Q: What about your last job didn't you like?
  11. Commitment Q: What does overall commitment look like to you?
  12. Convictions Q: What convictions do you live by?
  13. You in Three Words Q: How would you describe yourself in three words?
  14. Difficult News Q: Tell me about a time that you had to communicate difficult news.
  15. Disappointed in You Q: Tell me about a time you've been disappointed in your performance? What did you do in response?
  16. College Major Q: Tell me about your process of considering different majors/career paths.
  17. Communication Style Q: Describe a time at work or school when you had to modify your communication style or approach based on your audience.
  18. What You're All About Q: Tell me something about yourself that is not on your resume that you believe defines you and what you are all about.
  19. Disagreement Q: Have you ever had a disagreement with a co-worker and how did you resolve it?
  20. Stood Up to Boss Q: Tell us about a time in which you stood up to/corrected a superior.
  21. Coaching Q: Discuss ways you have coached or mentored others, or helped others to accomplish their goals.
  22. Natural Role Q: What is your natural role in a group setting? When have you had to step out of that natural role?

Questions gathered from an article on View original article here.