Last Updated: 21 Nov 2020


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Traditional Interview Questions

Some top traditional interview questions, from ResumeEdge.

  • Tell me about yourself
  • Tell me about X previous job
  • What did you most enjoy about your last job?
  • Why did you leave your last job?
  • How would your colleagues or supervisor describe you?
  • What do you think of your previous manager?
  • How would you describe an ideal working environment?
  • What about this job attracts you? What is unattractive?
  • What can you offer us that other people cannot?
  • How long do you see yourself with us?
  • Where do you see yourself in ten years?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • How do you deal with criticism?
  • How do you deal with authority?
  • What is the riskiest thing you have ever done?

Quintessential Careers also has a set of questions.

  • What are your long range and short range goals and objectives?
  • What specific goals other than those related to your occupation, have you established for yourself for the next ten years?
  • What do you see yourself doing five years from now? Ten years from now?
  • What do you really want to do in life?
  • What are your long range career objectives?
  • How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
  • What are the most important rewards you expect in your business career?
  • What do you expect to be earning in five years?
  • What did you choose the career for which you are preparing?
  • Which is more important to you, the money or the type of job?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • How do you think a friend or professor who knows you well would describe you?
  • What motivates you to put forth you greatest effort?
  • How has your college experience prepared you for a business career?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • What qualifications do you have that make you think that you will be successful in business?
  • How do you determine or evaluate success?
  • What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours?
  • In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our company?
  • What qualities should a successful manager possess?
  • Describe the relationship that should exist between the supervisor and those reporting to him or her?
  • What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
  • Describe your most rewarding college experience?
  • If you were hiring a graduate for this position, what qualities would you look for?
  • Why did you select your college or university?
  • What led you to choose you field or major study?
  • What college subject did you like best? Why?
  • What college subject did you like least? Why?
  • If you could do so, how would you plan your study differently? Why?
  • What changes would you make in your college or university? Why?
  • Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree?
  • Do you think that your grades are a indication of your academic achievement?
  • What have you learned from participating in extra-curricular activities?
  • In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
  • How do you work under pressure?
  • In what part-time or summer jobs have you been most interested? Why?
  • How would you describe the ideal job for you following graduation?
  • Why did you decide to seek a position in this company?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
  • Are you seeking employment in a company of a certain size? Why?
  • What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?
  • Do you have a geographic preference? Why?
  • Will you relocate? Does relocation bother you?
  • Are you willing to travel?
  • Are you willing to spend at least six months as a trainee?
  • Why do you think you might like to live in the community in which our company is located?
  • What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
  • What have you learned from your mistakes?


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