Interview Questions to Expect

Listed below are a series of practice interview questions for the entry level candidate. Most of these were compiled from The Northwestern Lindquist-Endicott Report by Victor R. Lindquist, formerly at the Northwestern University Placement Center, Evanston, Illinois

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. Why did you choose this college and how did you arrive at this decision?
  3. What factors did you consider in choosing your major?
  4. Of the courses you have had at college which courses have you enjoyed the most?
  5. Describe how your favorite course has contributed your career interests?
  6. What is your GPA? How do you feel about it? Does it reflect your abilities?
  7. Since you have been at college, what is it that you are proudest of?
  8. How have you changed personally since starting college?
  9. What has been your greatest challenge?
  10. If you could change a decision you made what would you change and why?
  11. Why did you choose the campus involvement / activities you did? What did you gain? What did you contribute?
  12. Describe a leadership role of yours and tell why you committed your time to it.
  13. In a particular leadership role you had, what was your greatest challenge?
  14. Give me an example of an idea that has come to you and what you did with it?
  15. Give me an example of a problem you solved and the process you used.
  16. Give me an example of the most creative project that you have worked on.
  17. What work experiences have been most valuable to you and why?
  18. Tell me about a project you initiated.
  19. Describe the project or situation that best demonstrates your analytical abilities.
  20. While in college what is the toughest decision that you have had to make?
  21. What have the experiences on your resume taught you about managing and working with people?
  22. Tell me about your most difficult decision and how did you go about making it?
  23. How have your educational and work experiences prepared you for this position?
  24. What types of situations put you under pressure, and how do you deal with pressure?
  25. Give me a situation in which you failed, and how you handled it.
  26. Why are you interested in our organization?
  27. What type of position are you seeking?
  28. What industry besides this one are you looking into?
  29. Why have you chosen this particular profession?
  30. What interests you about this job?
  31. What challenges are you looking for in a position?
  32. What makes you think you can handle this position?
  33. What can you contribute to this company?
  34. Why should my company be interested in you?
  35. What goals have you set for yourself? How are you planning to achieve them?
  36. What is your most significant accomplishment?
  37. To what do you owe your present success?
  38. What motivates you?
  39. What turns you off?
  40. What three words would people who know you well use to describe you?
  41. If I asked people who know you for one reason why I shouldn't hire you what would they say?
  42. Of the hobbies and interests listed on your resume tell me which is your favorite and why?
  43. When you take on a project do you like to attack the project in a group or individually?
  44. Describe the type of manager you prefer.
  45. What are your team-player qualities? Give examples.
  46. Tell me about a team project of which you are particularly proud; describe your contribution to that project.
  47. Describe a situation where you had to work with someone who was difficult. How did you handle it?
  48. What type of work environment appeals to you most?
  49. With which other companies are you interviewing?
  50. What characteristics do you think are important for this position?
  51. Why do you feel that this company will be a career for you rather than a job?
  52. Name two management skills that you have.
  53. What characteristics are most important in a good manager? How have you displayed one of them?
  54. We are looking at a lot of great candidates; why are you the best person for this position?