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?

Contact

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Tel: (709) 864-8000