Questions Most Often Asked by Employers
Personal and Motivational Factors
Please tell me about yourself.
Who or what has had the greatest influence on your life?
What are some of the greatest personal challenges you have faced during your lifetime?
What are some of your personal goals, and have you achieved them?
If you could create a perfect job for yourself, what would you be doing?
What is special about you that you feel would make you an attractive candidate?
Skills and Abilities
Please discuss some of your past leadership roles and your accomplishments in them.
What are your major strengths and weaknesses?
Why should our organization hire you?
For you, what are some of the pros and cons of working on a team project?
How would you describe your supervisory style?
How do you organize your time in school/work/play?
In what organizational structure do you function best?
Describe your leadership style.
What skills and abilities do you bring to this job?
What do you see as your greatest challenge when starting a new career?
What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
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Career Goals and Objectives
What are your goals and aspirations for the next three years? Five years? Ten years?
Why do you think you would be good at this profession?
Why are you interested in this company/industry/ profession/occupation?
What is your timetable for achievement of your current career goals?
Please tell me five things about yourself that would make you an asset to any organization that hires you.
Are you willing to relocate? Do you mind traveling?
Extracurricular Activities and College Experience
With what extracurricular activities have you been involved? What responsibilities/positions have you held?
Please cite examples of the challenges you experienced during your leadership positions with campus activities.
If you could relive your college experiences, what would you do differently?
Did you have an opportunity to work as a member of a team? If so, please explain.
What could you see as the major objectives of this job?
If you were hired by our organization, how would you identify the major roles and responsibilities of your new position?
What have you admired in people who have previously supervised your work?
In your opinion, what does it take to be effective in sales or marketing?
How would you resolve conflict in a group situation?
Academic Programs and Achievements
Why did you choose this major field of study?
Why did you choose the University of Illinois?
What is your grade point average (GPA)? How do you feel about this?
How would you relate your academic accomplishments to future career aspirations?
How satisfied are you with your accomplishments in this academic program?
What electives did you take outside of your major? Why did you choose these courses?
What courses gave you the most difficulty?
In addition to your educational and professional experiences, what else would you like us to know about you in order to make an appropriate decision?
What were your accomplishments in prior work experiences?
What would your last two employers say about you as an employee, either good or bad?
What projects were accomplished during your time on the job? How were these done?
What can you tell me that you enjoyed most about your previous job experiences? Least?
Knowledge of the Organization
Why did you select XYZ Company?
What are your expectations of the XYZ Company?
Why do you want to work in this position?
What attracts you to this industry?
What other employers are you interviewing with?
Salary and Benefits
When comparing one company offer to another, what factors will be important to you besides starting salary?
How important is starting salary to you when considering our company's job offer?
Questions to Ask Employers
During the course of your interview you will receive an opportunity to ask the interviewer questions. These questions give you the opportunity to sell yourself by demonstrating your knowledge of industry issues, thus showing that you are making an educated decision to pursue that company. Thoughtful questions can revive an interview that has gone flat as well as enhance a good interview.
In order to ask relevant and thoughtful questions, it is essential that you have a thorough understanding of the company and the industry with which it is involved. The following are examples of questions students could ask:
How is the company dealing with current issues, trends, and concerns in the industry/company?
How are their clients responding with these issues and trends?
What are the key issues the employer sees facing the industry/company?
What is the employer's management philosophy?
What is the nature of the training program and supervision given in the early years of employment?
Has the organization hired graduates from this school in the past? If so, what's the success record?
What will be expected of me as a new employee?
What are the company's future plans?
What has been the interviewer's experience with the company?
What is the typical career path with this organization?
Tell me what your (the interviewer's) perception would be of the "ideal" candidate.
Do not ask about salary. Once you recieve an offer there will be ample time to discuss salary and fringe benefits.