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Practice Interview Questions

            Time your answers for the following  questions:
  1. Describe a situation in which you had to use reference materials to write a research paper?  What was the topic?  What journals did you read?

  2. Give me a specific example of a time when a co-worker or a classmate criticized your work in front of others.  How did you respond?  How has the event shaped the way you communicate with others?

  3. Describe a situation in which you recognized a potential problem as an opportunity.  What did you do?

  4. Give me a specific example of a time when you sold your professor or supervisor an idea or concept.  How did you proceed?  What was the result?

  5. Describe the system you use for keeping track of multiple projects.  How do you track your progress so that you can meet deadlines?

  6. Tell me about a time you came up with an innovative solution to a challenge your company or class was facing.  What was the challenge?  What role did others play?

  7. What, in your opinion, are the key ingredients in building and maintaining successful business relationships?  Give me examples of how you’ve made these work.

  8. Describe a time when you got co-workers or classmates who dislike each other to work together.  How did you accomplish this?  What was the outcome?

  9. Tell me about a time when you failed to meet a deadline.  What things did you fail to do?  What were the repercussions?  What did you learn?

  10. Describe a specific problem you solved for your employer or professor.  How did you approach the problem?  What role did others play?

  11. Describe a challenge in your life and then share how you dealt with the challenge and what you learned about yourself.

  12. What are three effective leadership qualities you think are important?  How have you demonstrated these qualities in your past “work” situation?

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  13. Tell me about yourself.

  14. Why did you choose to interview with our organization?

  15. What can you contribute to our organization?

  16. Where do you see yourself five, ten, fifteen years from now?

  17. Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?

  18. How do you think a supervisor/advisor would describe you?

  19. How has your college experience prepared you for your career?

  20. What skills have you developed that relate to this job?

  21. What interests you most about this position?

  22. What are the most important rewards you expect to receive in your career?

  23. What did you enjoy most about your last employment experience? Least?

  24. Describe a creative/innovative idea that you produced which led to a significant contribution to the success of an activity or project.

  25. What was the most complex assignment you have had?  What was your role?

  26. Provide an example of how you acquired a technical skill and converted it into a practical application.

  27. By providing examples; demonstrate that you can adapt to a wide variety of people, situations, and/or environments.

  28. Tell me about a suggestion you made to improve the way job processes/operations worked.  What was the result?

  29. What are three effective leadership qualities you think are important?  How have you demonstrated these qualities in your past/current situation?

  30. Give me a specific example of a time when you did not meet a deadline.  How did you handle the subsequent situation?

  31. Why should we hire you rather than another candidate?

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  32. How old are you?

  33. Where were you/your parents born?

  34. Do you plan to have a family? When?

  35. What clubs or organizations do you belong to?

  36. How tall are you?  How much do you weigh?

  37. Do you have any disabilities?

  38. Have you had any recent or past illnesses or operations?

  39. What was the date of your last physical exam?

  40. How’s your family’s health?

  41. Have you ever been arrested?

  42. With whom do you live?

  43. What’s your birth date?