Common Interview Questions


Top Questions You Must Prepare For

  • Tell us about yourself.
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What accomplishment are you most proud of?
  • Why do you want to work in this field?
  • Describe a time you disagreed with a teammate or supervisor.*
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your goals?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • What are your interests?
  • Why did you choose your major?
  • Tell us about a time you failed.*
  • What is a weakness of yours?
  • Do you have any questions for us?

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  • What specific skill set do you bring to this job?
  • How do you deal with stressful situations?*
  • What kind of culture are you looking for in a company?
  • What type of people annoy you?
  • Tell us about a product you think is well-designed. How would you improve it?*
  • Describe a time when you stepped out of your comfort zone.*
  • Tell us about a time you planned and accomplished a challenging goal.*
  • Describe a time where you had to learn a new skill.*
  • When have you had many tasks to accomplish and a short amount of time to accomplish them?*
  • Do you value creativity or efficiency more?
  • How do you set priorities or manage time?*
  • Do you prefer to work alone or on a team?

The Best of the Rest

  • You have 1,000 unread emails in your inbox; whom do you respond to first?
  • Describe a time you made a successful sale.*
  • In what ways do you think you can make the greatest contributions to our team?
  • What have you done over the past year for professional development?
  • What do you bring to our organization that other candidates do not?*
  • What are you passionate about?
  • How do you stay on top of current knowledge in your field?
  • What makes an effective team?*
  • What are you currently reading/researching/working on?
  • What can you contribute/bring to our organization?
  • What motivates you?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • How would previous supervisors describe your work ethic?
  • What will you do if you don’t get this job/into this program?
  • How do you define success?
  • Describe a time you have demonstrated leadership.*
  • Are you applying for other positions/programs?
  • What questions have we not asked that you wish we would have?
  • Are you willing to work extra hours? Nights? Weekends? Holidays? Travel for the job?
  • What would you do if you caught your boss doing something unethical or illegal?
  • How many basketballs would fit in this room/why are pizzas round? (curveball questions)
  • Describe a time in which you went above and beyond.*
  • Who has been your favorite boss/coworker?
  • Who has been your least favorite boss/coworker?
  • Do you view yourself as overqualified for this position/program?

Gather Your Stories

Don’t just tell an employer that you have a skill or experience; show them by providing a specific example or story from the past.


What are some of your best professional moments and achievements? What skills did you use to accomplish them?