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Popular Questions Employers Ask During an Interview

Try and stay one step ahead of the interviewer by preparing answers for these popular questions.

Career Goals

  • Do you prefer to work under supervision or on your own?
  • What kind of boss do you prefer?
  • Do you prefer large or small organizations? Why?
  • How do you feel about working in a structured environment?
  • Can you work on several assignments at once?
  • How do you feel about the possibility of relocating?  

Education

  • Why did you choose to attend UB?
  • What led you to choose your major?
  • How has college prepared you for a career?
  • In which campus activities did you participate?
  • If you were to start over, what would you change about your education?
  • Do your grades accurately reflect your ability? Why or why not?
  • How do you think a professor who knows you well would describe you?

Experience

  • What job-related skills have you developed?
  • In what work environment are you most comfortable?
  • Tell me about how your experiences would help you in this job? ***
  • Describe a major problem you encountered and how you dealt with it. ***
  • Give an example of a time when you worked under deadline pressure. ***
  • Give an example of a time when you worked on a team to accomplish something. ***
  • What did you enjoy most about your last employment? Least?
  • How do you think a former supervisor would describe your work?
When to Use the STAR Method?

Look for questions with *** next to it to know that the STAR method should be used.

Personal

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your greatest strengths?
  • What is one of your weaknesses?
  • Define success.
  • Define failure.
  • Have you ever had any failures?
  • What did you learn from them?
  • What motivates you most in a job?
  • What can you offer us?
  • Describe your ideal job.
  • Why did you choose to interview with us?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Why are you interested in this position? 

Questions You May Ask During an Interview

Employers will typically ask if you have any questions about the position or the organization toward the end of the interview. Do not pass up this opportunity to gather more information to show your interest and help decide if you want the position. 

Questions to Ask a Prospective Coworker

  • What do you like best about working for this department/organization?
  • What do you find most challenging about working for this department/organization?
  • Can you describe a typical workday in the department?
  • Is there much opportunity to work independently? With superiors, colleagues, customers?
  • What type of person would you like to see in this role/position?

Questions to Ask a Prospective Supervisor

  • What would be my primary responsibilities?
  • What would I be expected to accomplish in the first six months on the job? In the first year?
  • What are some of the department’s ongoing and anticipated special projects?
  • Can you describe a typical day in the life of this position?
  • What type of person would you like to see in this role/position?

Questions to Ask the Human Resources Representative

  • Are employees encouraged and given the opportunity to express their ideas and concerns?
  • What do employees seem to like best and least about the company?
  • What is the rate of employee turnover? Why is this position open?
  • How large is the department where the opening exists?
  • What type of orientation or training do new employees receive?

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