Some Typical Questions You Might Be Asked in an Interview

Remember that the employer has to determine at this time which candidate is best suited not only for the actual duties of the position, but how well the candidate will fit into the existing scheme of personalities and organizational goals. The questions the employer will ask are designed to give the information needed for a final decision. If adequately prepared, the interview will be your best opportunity to secure the position offered.

1. What are you short-and long-term goals? Where or how does this position fit into your goals?

2. How do you plan to achieve you career goals?

3. What do you see yourself doing five years from now? Ten years? How much do you expect to be earning?

4. What are the most important rewards you expect from you career?

5. Why did you choose this career?

6. What are you strengths and weaknesses?

7. Tell me about yourself (your "professional self," not your personal self).

8. What motivates you to put forth your best effort?

9. Why should I hire you?

10. Why do you want to work for this organization? What do you know about our organization?

11. In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our company?

12. Describe your most rewarding experience or accomplishment.

13. How has your college experience prepared you for your career?

14. What led you to choose your college major?

15. What were your favorite college courses? Least favorite? Why?

16. What jobs have you held? How were they obtained? Why did you leave your previous job?

17. What jobs have you enjoyed the most? The least? Why?

18. What training or qualifications do you have for a job like this?

19. What do you think it takes to be successful in an organization like this?

20. What kind of people do you most like working with? What type of supervisor?

21. What qualities should a successful manager possess?