1. Please describe any technical hobbies or interests you have.
2. How do you approach a technical problem? Give an example.
3. What exposure have you had to (software, hardware, product marketing, budgeting, etc.)?
4. Briefly describe a technical project that you found challenging or rewarding.
5. What have you done above and beyond class or course work especially in an area related to your major?
6. Have you published any papers or projects?
7. Have you ever been in a situation where you found yourself without the specific technical knowledge to perform a task essential to your project? What did you do?
8. What do you consider to be your greatest strengths?
9. Can you name some weaknesses?
10. Define success. Failure.
11. Have you ever had any failures? What did you learn from them?
12. Of which three accomplishments are you most proud?
13. Who are your role models? Why?
14. How does your college education or work experience relate to this job?
15. What motivates you most in a job?
16. Have you had difficulty getting along with a former professor/supervisor/co-worker and how did you handle it?
17. Tell me about yourself.
18. What are your hobbies?
19. Why did you choose to interview with our organization?
20. Describe your ideal job.
21. What can you offer us?
22. Why did you choose your major?
23. Why did you choose to attend your college or university?
24. Do you think you received a good education? In what ways?
25. In which campus activities did you participate?
26. In what ways do your college education or work experience relate to this job?
27. Which classes in your major did you like best? Least?
28. Which elective classes did you like best? Least? Why?
29. If you were to start over, what would you change about your education?
30. Do you plan to return to school for further education?
31. What job related skills have you developed?
32. Did you work while going to school?
33. What did you learn from these work experiences?
34. What did you enjoy most about your last employment? Least?
35. Have you ever quit a job? Why?
36. Give an example of a situation in which you worked under deadline pressure.
37. Have you ever done any volunteer work? What kind?
38. How do you think a former supervisor would describe your work?
39. Do you prefer to work under supervision or on your own?
40. What kind of boss do you prefer?
41. Would you be successful working with a team?
42. Do you prefer large or small organizations? Why?
43. What other types of positions are you considering?
44. How do you feel about working in a structured environment?
45. Are you able to work on several assignments at once?
46. How do you feel about working overtime?
47. How do you feel about travel?
48. How do you feel about the possibility of relocating?
49. Are you willing to work flextime?
50. What motivates you most in a job?
51. Have you had difficulty getting along with a former professor/ supervisor/co-worker and how did you handle it?
52. Have you ever spoken before a group of people? How large?
53. Why should we hire you rather than another candidate?
54. What do you know about our organization (products or services)?
55. Where do you want to be in five years? Ten years?
The following may not be directly asked, but you should address them:
56. How can you increase their profits?
57. How can you further develop their product line?
58. How can you increase the efficiency of their existing systems?
59. How can you help their business grow?
60. How can you help their department prosper?
61. How can you make your manager look good?
Before you begin interviewing, think about these questions and your possible responses. Discuss them with a career advisor.