Sample Interview Questions

No two interviews are alike. In each interviewing experience there will be questions you were not asked in previous interviews. However, there are a number of questions that seem more common than others, and these are the questions you should think about before each interview. A majority of interviewers will steer away from standard directive questions and concentrate more on open-ended situational or behavioral questions. Common themes include applications of analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills; leadership development; creativity; teamwork; and personal development.

Prepare Your Answers to these Questions Prior to the Interview:

  1. Why are you interested in our organization?
  2. What work experience has been the most valuable to you and why?
  3. Give an example of a problem you have solved and the process you used.
  4. Describe a situation in which you had a conflict with another individual and how you dealt with it.
  5. What idea have you developed and implemented that was particularly creative or innovative?
  6. How did you choose to attend The University of Dallas and how did you select your major(s)  in _______?
  7. How do you think you have changed personally in the past (5) years?
  8. Tell me about a team project of which you are particularly proud and your contribution.
  9. What types of situations put you under pressure and how do you deal with the pressure?
  10. Tell me about a situation when you had to persuade another person to your point of view.
  11. Describe a leadership role you have held and tell me why you committed your time to it.
  12. What challenges are you looking for in a position?
  13. In thinking about a past position you have held, what did you do to make your duties more effective or more challenging?
  14. What steps would you take to terminate an employee who is not performing adequately?
  15. What three trends do you see in the future for our industry?
  16. Tell me about yourself.
  17. Why do you want to work in (career field)?
  18. What experiences have directed you toward pursuing your degree?
  19. Why do you feel you will be successful in this program?
  20. What is your greatest strength/weakness and how will it affect your performance in this program?
  21. Describe a team-oriented accomplishment in which you participated as a member of the team. What did you find to be the most difficult issue or process in becoming a successful team?
  22. Have you ever received a grade lower than you expected? If so, what did you do about it?
  23. Describe one of the toughest competitive situations you have faced and how you handled it.
  24. What are some of the most creative things you have done?
  25. What has been one of your greatest disappointments and how did you respond?
  26. Describe a time when you added value to an existing work process.
  27. What characteristics do you think are important for this position?
  28. Describe a situation in which you were criticized and how you responded.
  29. How has your education at The University of Dallas prepared you for a __________ position?
  30. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  31. What has been the biggest accomplishment in your life?
  32. What salary are you expecting?
  33. Why should I hire you?

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