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Be prepared.

Review the questions below that you may be asked during an interview.

  • Why do you want this job?
  • What are your career goals, both short and long-term?
  • What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why did you choose this career?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What does success mean to you?
  • What achievements have given you the most satisfaction, and why?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • How can you contribute to this company?
  • Do you work well under pressure?
  • Will you relocate?
  • Legal and Illegal Interview Questions

Don't forget:


  • Can you give me an example of a time when you worked on a project requiring team work?
  • We have all had to work with someone who is very difficult to get along with.
  • Tell me about a time you have had a conflict with a coworker and how you resolved it?
  • How would a coworker describe you?


  • What is the worst communication problem you have experienced? What did you do about it?
  • How do you handle one-on-one meetings with your supervisor?
  • (If applying for supervisory position) How would you characterize your communications with your manager, peers and subordinates?
  • In your experience as a customer, please give me two situations of good and bad service, and why you would or would not recommend them to a friend?

Work Experience

  • Tell me about your education and training as they relate to the position under consideration.
  • What experience do you have with computers? What software are you familiar with?
  • (If in college) Why did you choose your major?
  • Is there an area you would like to improve?

Job Motivation

  • What did you like best about your job? Like least?
  • What provides the most satisfaction and challenge to you?
  • All jobs have their frustrations and problems. Describe some examples of specific job conditions, tasks or assignments that have been dissatisfying to you.
  • Give an example of a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
  • Can you provide me with an example of a time when you were really motivated at work? What created the motivation?

Planning and Organizing

  • What did you do in your last job in order to be effective with your planning and organizing? Please be specific.

Decision Making

  • What was your most difficult decision in the last six months and what made it difficult? Was your decision successful? Is so, why was it successful?


  • Can you tell me of an experience where you have had the opportunity to use leadership skills and give specifics.

Organizational Awareness and Sensitivity

  • How do you plan to keep up with changes in your technical area?
  • How did you keep informed about what was going on in other areas of the organization?

Ability to Work Under Pressure

  • Describe a time on any job which you have held, in which you were faced with problems or stresses which tested your coping skills. What did you do?

Goal-Setting Abilities

  • Where do you see yourself in five years?


  • What hours/days, if hired, would you be able to work?

Ability to Deal with Difficult Customers

  • Tell me about a time that you had to handle an angry customer. What happened, and how did you handle it?
  • What do you feel is the best way to handle an irate customer?
  • Let's pretend I am your customer, and I am dissatisfied with one of your products. I have returned to your store and have every intention of returning the product. How would you help me?

Interest in Position

  • How did you hear about this company and the position?
  • What interests you about this position?
  • Why do you feel you would be the best candidate for the job?

Questions You May Want to Ask

  • What do you look for in a new employee?
  • How and how often are employees evaluated and promoted?
  • Is your company planning any future growth?
  • Is there a training program with this position?
  • I am interested in taking courses at the JVS or Clark State. Will the company pay for these?
  • What are the day-to-day responsibilities of this position?
  • What are the opportunities for advancement?
  • To whom would I report?
  • What are your expectations of the person filling this position? Is this a new position?
  • Please tell me about the company mission, goals and expansion or relocation plans.

Interview Question Don'ts

  • Don't ask about hours.
  • Don't ask questions about salary and fringe benefits.
  • Don't ask questions suggesting that you are willing to do only a minimum amount of work.
  • Don't ask questions relating to working overtime or on weekends.
  • Don't ask questions regarding number of sick or vacation days.
  • Don't ask questions relating to length of the lunch hour or scheduled breaks.
  • Don't ask questions that imply that you will be watching the clock.
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