Potential Questions for the Interviewing Process

Below is a list of potential interview questions. There is no way to guarantee exactly what questions may be asked, but 
this list can serve as a primer as to what types of questions to expect.

Personal Qualities 

  • What are the most relevant and specific items in your background, which show you are uniquely qualified for this job?
  • What do you think you could present that World be a stronger asset than other candidates?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What makes you want to be a ___________ ?
  • How are you doing in your present job search?
  • What other organizations are you looking into?
  • What do you expect to get out of your career?
  • What aspects of a job are most important to you?
  • What are your goals for the next 4-5 years or ten years from today?
  • What is your greatest accomplishment to date, and why?
  • What do you consider to be you weakness?
  • What do you consider to be your strength?
  • How would you define success?
  • Describe a situation in which someone was unhappy with your performance and how you responded.
  • Do you read, speak, or write a foreign language?
  • How would you spend your spare time?
  • Tell me about the way you work under pressure.
  • Describe a team experience and your role on that team.

Interpersonal Skills

  • Describe a time when you were able to effectively communicate with a co-worker even though you may not have had a positive, personal relationship.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to defend your ideas/projects in the face of opposition.
  • Describe a time when you and a good friend/co-worker were in a competitive situation. What happened?
  • How would you describe your work style?
  • How well do you work independently? UIT others?
  • How do you feel about routine work? Regular hours? Overtime work?

Drive, Ambition, and Motivation

  • Give me an example when you were exceptionally motivated. Describe this experience.
  • Tell me about a time when you were told that a goal that you set was unattainable. What was your reaction?
  • We often have long hours and we expect a great deal from your people. Describe a time when you went about and beyond the “call of duty.”

Independence, Maturity, Stress

  • Describe a time when others looked to you for leadership and guidance. What was the situation and how did you conduct yourself?
  • Tell me about a situation in which you had to juggle several high-priority tasks. What was the outcome?

Educational Background

  • Why did you decide on this course of study?
  • What quantitative courses did you take?
  • Which did you enjoy?
  • What elements of your major program appealed to you the most?
  • What areas of interest Hill you continue to pursue on your own?
  • How effectively do you balance your course load at school with any jobs or extracurricular activities that you may have?
  • Why did you choose Mount Holyoke College?
  • How has your field of study prepared you for this position?
  • Do you plan for further education?
  • Describe a time when you were faced with a challenge and how you developed an innovative way to meet that challenge.
  • Tell me about an innovative response to challenging work or client situation.
  • Describe a time when your analytical skills were put to the test. What was the challenge, how did you react, what was the outcome?
  • What Project provided you with the greatest challenge?
  • How do you analyze information and arrive at decisions? Give me an example.

Co-Curricular Related

  • What activities have you been involved in?
  • Which one do you find most rewarding and why?
  • What is the most important thing you’ve learned from your co-curricular activities?
  • Tell me about a challenging situation you faced in _________, how did you deal with it?
  • Describe a situation where you had to take the initiative to start and begin a project, and what you learned from it.

Work Experience Related

  • How did you like your summer jobs, or internship?
  • What did you learn about yourself?
  • What was the most regarding thing about this job?
  • What kind of boss would you prefer?

Industry Questions

  • What do you consider to be the most important skills for this position?
  • What personal characteristics are necessary for success in this field?
  • What is your understanding of this industry?
  • Where do you see our industry heading?