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Examples of Questions Asked by Employers

  1. What are your long range goals; when and why did you establish these goals; how are you preparing yourself to achieve them?
  2. What are your short-term goals?
  3. How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
  4. What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
  5. What do you really want to do in life?
  6. What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?
  7. What do you expect to be earning in five years?
  8. Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?
  9. Which is more important to you, the money or the type of work you do?
  10. What do you consider to be your greatest strengths?
  11. What do you consider to be your major weaknesses
  12. How would you describe yourself? Tell me about yourself.
  13. How do you think a friend or professor who knows you would describe you?
  14. What motivates you to put forth your greatest efforts?
  15. How has your college experience prepared you for a career?
  16. Why should I hire you?
  17. What skills, experience, and training do you have that qualify you for the job?
  18. What qualifications do you have that make you think you will be successful?
  19. How do you determine or evaluate success?
  20. What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours?
  21. In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our company/organization?
  22. What qualities should a successful manager possess?
  23. Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and those reporting to him or her.
  24. What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
  25. Describe your most rewarding college experience.
  26. If you were hiring a college graduate for this position, what qualities would you look for?
  27. Why did you select your college or university?
  28. What led you to choose your field of major study?
  29. What college subjects did you like best? Why?
  1. What college subjects did you like least? Why?
  2. If you could do so, how would you plan your academic study differently? Why?
  3. What changes would you make in your college or university? Why?
  4. Do you have plans for continued study? An advance degree?
  5. Do you think that your grades are a good indication of your academic achievement? Do they reflect your potential for success?
  6. What have you learned from participation in extra-curricular activities?
  7. In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
  8. How do you work under pressure? Give an example.
  9. In what part-time or summer jobs have you been most interested? Why?
  10. How would you describe the ideal job for you following graduation?
  11. Why did you decide to seek a position with this company?
  12. What do you know about our organization?
  13. What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
  14. Are you seeking employment in a company of a certain size? Why?
  15. What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?
  16. Do you have a geographical preference? Why?
  17. Will you relocate? Does relocation bother you?
  18. Are you willing to travel?
  19. Are you willing to spend at least six months as a trainee?
  20. Why do you think you might like to live in the community in which our company is located?
  21. What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
  22. What have you learned from your mistakes?
  23. Tell me about your greatest risk-taking experience.
  24. What is the toughest decision you have had to make?
  25. What is your most humbling experience?
  26. What is your definition of leadership and how would you apply it to your campus experience?
  27. What was your most exciting experience?
  28. What is your salary requirement?
  29. What do you like most about this position?
  30. Do you have any questions?

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