Interview Questions

Every interviewer is different.

Some stick to the traditional interview questions, and others get a little more creative in order to get to know you. I once had an interviewer ask what I like to do for fun. Based on my response, they were trying to see if I enjoy being around others, if I’m adventurous, and a fun person to work with!

If the response to this type of question is “Ummm I don’t know” or “I like to watch TV” they may get an impression that you are reclusive or don’t enjoy being around others. Neither of these are good traits for an office environment.

Here are some common questions you may be asked in an interview:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your strengths/weakness?
  • Why do you want to work for our company?
  • I see on your resume you have experience in _________, can you tell
  • me more?
  • Tell me how your time at [your school] has prepared you for this position.
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • Tell me about a time when you were challenged and had to come up with a solution.
  • Tell me about a time where you demonstrated leadership.
  • Tell me about a past failure and how you overcame it.
  • When can you start?
  • Do you have any questions for me/us?

Things an interviewer CAN’T ask you about:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Race/ethnicity or country of origin
  • Religion
  • Disabilities
  • Marital/family status or if you are pregnant

It’s a good idea to write out your answers to the typical interview questions ahead of time. This way, when you’re asked them in the interview you already have a pretty good idea of what to say and you aren’t caught off guard or stuck when you try to respond. Practice answering them out loud as well. If you feel comfortable asking your roommate to do a mock interview, do it! The career center is also a great place to practice interviewing.

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