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Common Interview Questions

General

Some of the most common, general interview questions are also the most challenging. See: Responding to Challenging Questions.

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why were you attracted to this opportunity?
  • What is your greatest strength/weakness?
  • Why do you want to work for this company?
  • What specific goals do you hope to accomplish in the next 5-10 years?
  • Why are you the best candidate for this job?
  • How do you handle ambiguity?
  • Do you have any questions for me?

Behavioral

Behavioral-based interviewing is based on the premise that a person’s recent, relevant past performance is the best predictor of future performance. Instead of asking how you might behave in a particular situation, a behavioral interviewer will want to learn about how you did behave during certain situations. You will be asked to provide a specific example of a past situation or task to demonstrate the way you performed in that specific situation or task.

The best way to respond to behavioral interview questions is by using the STAR Technique.

  • Provide an example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem.
  • By providing examples, convince me that you can adapt to a wide variety of people, situations and environments.
  • Describe a time in which you were faced with problems or stresses that tested your coping skills. How did you respond? What was the outcome? Looking back, what could you have done better?
  • Give me an example of an important goal that you set in the past and tell me about your success in reaching it.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
  • Describe a situation where your decisions were challenged by your supervisor/professor. How did you react? What was the outcome?
  • Tell me about a time when you experienced failure.
  • Describe a time when you “went the extra mile” to help someone? Why did you assist them? What was the outcome?
  • Describe a time in which you worked with a difficult supervisor or teammate.
  • Tell me about a time when you delegated a project efficiently.
  • Give an example of when you were able to learn a new skill in a short period of time.

Academic

  • How did you choose your major?
  • Describe a tough academic choice you had to make.
  • Tell me about a time you had a particularly heavy course load. How did you manage that?
  • Which of your courses or projects have helped prepare you for this internship?
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