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Common interview questions

Openers

  • Why did you apply for this job?
  • Why are you interested in this position/ our organization?
  • Why do you want to work for this organization?
  • Tell us about your work and volunteer experiences and how they apply to this job?

Job/company knowledge

  • Tell us what you know about our company and our services.
  • What could you bring that is new and innovative to this job?
  • What previous work experiences prepared you for this position? Why?
  • What do you want from this job? From this organization?
  • What are your long term career goals? How does this position fit in with your goals?
  • What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?

Adaptability

  • In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable and why?
  • Tell of a situation in which you have had to adjust quickly to changes over which you had no control. What was the impact of the changes on you?

Technical

  • What computer skills do you have?
  • Describe projects that you have undertaken that have required the use of computers, software, internet, etc.

Initiative/problem-solving

  • Tell me about a situation where you encountered a problem and developed a remedy to fix it. What was the problem? What was your approach to solving the problem? What was the result?
  • Give an example of a time when you have gone above and beyond the call of duty in order to get the job done.
  • What is a creative idea or change you’ve successfully put to work in a recent job or assignment?
  • What was the greatest challenge you’ve faced in a previous position?

Leadership management

  • Describe your management style.
  • What are three skills that are required to be an effective manager? Describe situations in which you used these skills.
  • What would you do if your subordinates were not responding to you?

Strengths/achievements

  • What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • What personality traits do you have that make you think you will be successful?
  • In what ways do you feel you can make a unique contribution to our company?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What do you consider your three greatest work/school/personal achievements? Why did you choose these?

Interpersonal/teamwork

  • How do feel about working as part of a team and about independent work?
  • Tell us about a time when you encountered any type of conflict with a co-worker. How did you handle it? What was the outcome?
  • Tell me about a time when you needed to make a presentation to a large group of people/students/employees. How did you prepare for the presentation? What was the outcome?

Time-management

  • Describe a situation at school or work when you were required to complete several projects simultaneously. What strategies did you use? What was the result?
  • Tell me about a time when you were unable to complete a project on time. What was the reason for delay? How did you handle it?

Organization/job detail

  • How do you organize your typical workday? Give specific examples.
  • How do you keep track of your own paperwork, schedules, etc? Be specific.
  • Describe a situation that required you to be detail orientated?
  • Are you willing to work overtime?
  • Are you willing to travel? Are you willing to relocate?

Closers

  • Do you have any questions for me?
  • When would you be available to begin work?
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