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January 16th, 2009
60 Popular Interview Questions For a Job Seeker

Below is a list of 60 interview questions for a graduate/job seeker, you will absolutely be ready for any job interview if you know the right answers to these questions:

  1. How would you describe yourself?
  2. What specific goals, including those related to this role, have you established for your life?
  3. How has your university/college/past experience prepared you for a business career?
  4. Please describe what a typical day in the office is like for you.
  5. What influenced you to apply for this role?
  6. At what point did you choose this career?
  7. What specific goals have you established in your career?
  8. What will it take to attain your goals, and what steps have you taken toward attaining them?
  9. What do you think it takes to be successful in this role?
  10. How do you determine or evaluate success? Give me an example of one of your successful accomplishments.
  11. Do you have the qualifications and personal characteristics necessary for success in this job?
  12. What has been your most rewarding accomplishment?
  13. If you could do so, how would you plan your career differently?
  14. Are you more energized by working with data or by collaborating with other individuals?
  15. How would you describe yourself in terms of your ability to work as a member of a team?
  16. What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
  17. Given the investment our company will make in hiring and training you, can you give us a reason to hire you?
  18. Would you describe yourself as goal-driven and why?
  19. Describe what you’ve accomplished toward reaching a recent goal for yourself.
  20. What short-term goals and objectives have you established for yourself?
  21. Can you describe your long-range goals and objectives?
  22. What do you expect to be doing in five years?
  23. What do you see yourself doing in ten years?
  24. How would you evaluate your ability to deal with conflict?
  25. Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor or instructor? How did you resolve the conflict?
  26. Tell me about a major problem you recently handled. Were you successful in resolving it?
  27. Would you say that you can easily deal with high-pressure situations?
  28. What quality or attribute do you feel will most contribute to your career success?
  29. What personal weakness has caused you the greatest difficulty in school or on the job?
  30. What were your reasons for selecting this company?
  31. If you could change or improve anything about you, what would it be?
  32. How will the academic program and coursework you’ve taken benefit your career?
  33. Which college classes or subjects did you like best? Why?
  34. Are you the type of student/person for whom conducting independent research has been a positive experience?
  35. Describe the type of boss that has created the most beneficial working experience for you.
  36. Do you think that your grades are an indication of your academic achievement?
  37. What plans do you have for working here?
  38. Before you can make a productive contribution to the company, what degree of training do you feel you will require?
  39. Describe the characteristics of a successful manager/worker.
  40. Why did you decide to seek a position in this field?
  41. Tell me what you know about our company.
  42. What type of attitude/behaviour do you dislike in a team?
  43. Do you have a managerial style preference?
  44. How do you deal with stress?
  45. Would it be a problem for you to relocate?
  46. To what extent would you be willing to travel for the job?
  47. Which is more important to you, the job itself, the company or your salary?
  48. How would your former manager or colleague describe you?
  49. Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses.
  50. Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way?
  51. Describe an instance when you had to think on your feet to extricate yourself from a difficult situation.
  52. Give me a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem.
  53. By providing examples, convince me that you can adapt to a wide variety of people, situations and environments.
  54. Describe a time when you were faced with problems or stresses that tested your coping skills.
  55. Give an example of a time in which you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.
  56. Describe a time when you had to use your written communication skills to get an important point across
  57. Give me a specific occasion in which you conformed to a policy with which you did not agree.
  58. Give me an example of an important goal which you had set in the past and tell me about your success in reaching it.
  59. Describe the most significant or creative presentation that you have had to complete.
  60. Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.



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Catherine Adenle
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