Common Interview Questions

Here are a few of the most commonly-asked questions during interviews. Review these and create your own answers ahead of time. By preparing and repeatedly practicing your responses, you will be able to confidently promote yourself (your skills, abilities, character, etc.) and be a step ahead of the competition.

"Tell me about yourself."

Your answer should be professional in nature. Tell the interviewer about your education, work experience, and anything else to show how you are a good fit for the position.

"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"

When thinking of these, think of something that would pertain to the position you are interviewing for. Do not gloat.

Weaknesses: Everyone has weakness. Do not say that you do not have any weaknesses. When answering this question, come up with a weakness that works for you or you have a plan of how to improve it. Make it appear that you know how to use your weaknesses to your own advantage. For example: "I am a procrastinator. I wait until the last minute to get things done, but all my T’s are crossed and all my I’s are dotted. The assignment/task is also submitted on time."

"What do you know about the company?"

The best way to answer this question is to thoroughly RESEARCH the company before the interview actually occurs. You should know their history, mission statement, and something interesting that you found out from your research. Do not just know it- understand it and know why you believe in it. This lets the employer know that you know what you are getting into and if you are in front of them, they know that you are still interested.

"Why are you interested in this position?"

Sell yourself. Know why you are a good fit for the position and what you can do for the company, NOT what the company can do for you.

For additional questions that you may be asked in an interview, look at this presentation for more information (PDF).

For a mock interview, schedule an appointment with our office to practice your responses and receive immediate feedback.

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