Sample Interview Questions

While every interview is different, the questions below often make an appearance. Consider them in advance.

Resume-Based / Traditional Questions Tell Me About Yourself Worksheet

Breaking the ice:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Walk me through your resume. 

Show and tell:

  • Why are you pursuing this field?
  • Describe the job or activity that has had the greatest impact on your career goals.
  • What specific skills have you acquired or used in previous jobs that related to this position?
  • Tell me about what you learned from your previous jobs and internships.
  • What qualifications do you have that make you think that you would be successful? 

What makes you tick?

  • What kinds of tasks and responsibilities most motivate you?
  • In what kind of work environment do you work best?
  • How do you motivate others?
  • Tell me about a time when you have had to work under pressure. How did you handle it?
  • Tell me about your leadership experiences.
  • What have you accomplished that you are most proud of?
  • Tell me about an interesting article you recently read in the news media.
  • If you had six months ahead with no obligations and no financial constraints, what would you do?
  • How would your colleagues describe you?
  • What do you want me to know about you that isn’t on your resume?

 Have you done your homework?

  • Why did you apply to our organization? Why do you want to work here?
  • What can you tell us about our organization?
  • What interests or impresses you about our organization?
  • What criteria are you using to evaluate organizations?
  • Are you seeking employment at an organization of a certain size? Why?
  • Do you have a geographic preference?
  • Do you think you would enjoy living in this area?
  • Why should I hire you and not the next candidate who walks in the door?

Behavioral Questions

If past behavior predicts future behavior, then…

  • Tell me about a time when you used your quantitative or analytical skills.
  • Describe an experience in which you showed initiative.
  • Describe an experience in which you showed creativity.
  • Tell me about your most recent group or team effort.
  • Tell me about an important goal you set in the past, and the steps you took to reach that goal.
  • What would you do if someone asked you to do something unethical?
  • Tell me about a time when you have managed multiple priorities at once.
  • Describe a situation in which you had to take a risk.
  • Tell me about a time when you went the extra mile to get a project done.
  • Describe a situation when you had to persuade or convince someone. How did you do it?
  • Describe a time when you had a difficult decision to make and how you arrived at your decision.
  • Tell me about a time when a project you worked on didn’t work out the way it should have.
  • Give me an example of when you failed at something and what you learned from that experience.
  • Describe a group work situation where you and your partner were having trouble getting along. How did you resolve the conflict?
  • Describe a situation during which you had to learn a large amount of material quickly. How did you handle it?
  • Tell me about a time when you had a personality conflict or disagreement with a supervisor. How did you resolve it?
  • Give me an example of how you would motivate a co-worker who was performing poorly on a team project.
  • Tell me about an unpopular decision you made. How did you make the decision? If you could handle the same situation again, would you do anything differently?

Case Questions

  • If you wanted to buy a local Thomas Sweet Ice Cream shop, what factors would you consider?
  • You are asked to perform a cost benchmarking study for your client, a toy manufacturer. Explain the methodology you would use to ascertain the competition’s cost.
  • Your analysis of the client’s problem leads you to solution A. However, this is not the solution your client favors. Your client likes solution B. You are convinced that solution A is the most effective plan. What do you do?
  • Our client manufactures sunscreen products. It’s thinking about entering the hair products market. Is this a good idea? What marketing strategies might you implement?

Questions to Ask the Interviewer

  • What does it take to be highly successful in this organization?
  • What do you consider the five most important day-to-day responsibilities of the job?
  • Tell me about the organization’s culture.
  • How will the duties change once the training program has been completed?
  • What are the opportunities for advancement?
  • What is the next step in the hiring process?