Frequently Asked Questions By Employers:

The following questions are intended to provide examples of some of the kinds of things you may be asked to discuss in employment interviews. You may find it helpful to practice both asking and being asked these questions. By assuming both roles, you may gain experience in representing yourself and get a feel for the employer's perspective. Pay attention to the kinds of things you react positively or negatively to, the degree of comfort you feel with tone and content of your responses, and the manner in which you are representing yourself.

  1. What are your long range and short range goals and objectives? When and why did you establish these goals? How are you preparing yourself to achieve them?
  2. What specific goals, other than those related to your occupation, have you established for yourself for the next 10 years?
  3. What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
  4. What do you really want to do in life?
  5. What are your long range career objectives?
  6. How do plan to achieve your career goals?
  7. What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?
  8. Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?
  9. Which is more important to you, the money or the job?
  10. What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  11. What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
  12. How has your college experience prepared you for a career?
  13. Why should I hire you?
  14. What qualifications do you have that make you think that you will be successful in your chosen field?
  15. What do you think it takes to be successful in an organization like ours?
  16. In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our organization?
  17. Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and those reporting to him or her.
  18. What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
  19. If you were hiring a graduate for this position, what qualities would you look for?
  20. What led you to choose your field of major study?
  21. How do you work under pressure?
  22. In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
  23. What have you learned from participating in extra-curricular activities?
  24. Do you think your grades are a good indication of your academic achievement?
  25. In what part-time or summer jobs have you been most interested? Why?
  26. Why did you decide to seek a position with this company?
  27. What do you know about our company?
  28. Are you seeking employment in a company of a certain size? Why?
  29. What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?
  30. Are you willing to relocate? Do you have a geographical preference?
  31. Are you willing to travel?
  32. What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
  33. What have you learned from your mistakes?
  34. Can you take instructions without feeling upset?
  35. What men and women have influenced your life most and why?

Sample Questions for You to Ask:

  1. What type of orientation or training do new employees receive?
  2. What are the possibilities for professional growth and promotion?
  3. What are some of the department's ongoing and anticipated special projects?
  4. Can you describe a typical workday in the department?
  5. What do employees seem to like best and least about the company?
  6. How often are performance reviews given?
  7. Where are the other locations of plants, stores, or sales offices?
  8. When may I expect to hear from you?
  9. What is the next step of your search process?