Questions asked by Employers

Personal Assessment and Career Direction

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your long-term and short-term goals?
  • What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
  • What are your long-range career objectives?
  • How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
  • In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
  • How do you work under pressure?
  • Are you willing to travel?
  • What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • How do you think a friend or colleague who knows you well would describe you?
  • Why should I hire you?

Work Attitude

  • How do you determine or evaluate success?
  • What qualities should a successful manager possess?
  • Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and those reporting to him or her.
  • How has your education prepared you for a career?
  • Describe you most rewarding academic experience.
  • What subjects did you like the best?  Why?
  • What subjects did you like the least?  Why?

Knowledge Factor

  • What do you think it takes to be successful in an organization like ours?
  • In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our organization?
  • If you were hiring an individual for this position what qualities would you look for?
  • Why did you decide to seek a position with this company?
  • What do you know about our company?

Other Interests and Experiences

  • What accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?  Why?
  • What have you learned from your participation in activities?
  • What major problems have you encountered and how did you deal with them?
  • What have you learned from your mistakes?


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