11 Common Interview Questions

By rehearsing interview questions, you'll become more familiar with your own qualifications and will be well prepared to demonstrate how you can benefit an employer.

  1. Tell me about yourself. Make a short, organized statement of your education, achievements and goals. Then, briefly describe your qualifications and the contributions you could make to the organization.
  2. What is your greatest weakness? Be honest but also be sure to stress that you've taking steps to correct the problem. For example, say you're a perfectionist who can get bogged down by the details, mention how you've corrected that problem. For example, you now have a list of to-do items ranked by importance.
  3. What is your greatest strength? Discuss skills and experience that make you a qualified applicant for the job. For example: I manage my time well and follow through on all my projects.
  4. What motivates you? Consider in advance what inspires you and come up with some specific examples to share.
  5. Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it. Remember to give concrete examples of difficult situations you've dealt with and discuss how you resolved the conflict..
  6. What interests you about this job? Think about what was listed in the job posting and connect these to your skills. This shows the employer that you know about the job and are qualified.  
  7. Why are you the best person for the job? Or they may ask you "Why should we hire you?" or "Why are you the best person for the job?" Give specific examples of why your skills and accomplishments make you the best candidate.
  8. What can you do for this company? This is why you should research the company prior to the interview. Respond by giving examples how the company would benefit from your skills, accomplishments and experience.
  9. Why do you want this job? Be sure to say what you can contribute to the company as well as how it will help you.  
  10. What are your goals for the next five/ten years? Don't discuss irrelevant goals like having a family. You want to connect your answer to the job you are applying for. For example, if the internship is in the field you intend on pursuing, say that.
  11. How do you plan to achieve those goals? Be clear and specific about what you're aiming to accomplish and how. For example, if you intend on continuing your education, interning in the field, etc., mention this!

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