Types of Interview Questions

Common Interview Questions:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why should I hire you?
  • What specific skills can you bring to this job?
  • What can you tell us about our company?
  • What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why did you choose your major?
  • How has your college experience prepared you for a career in this industry?
  • What are your experiences in working with people different from you?
  • Have you completed any internships? What did you gain from the experience?
  • What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours?
  • What are your short-range and long-range career goals?
  • What is the salary range you are seeking?

Case Interview Questions: 

  • Case questions, though often hypothetical and focused on the future, are based on real problems or situations encountered in the particular field of the organization interviewing you. 
  • By using case questions, employers can get a sense of your analytical and reasoning skills, problem solving abilities, and your ability to organize and present information.
  • Though there may be many ‘right’ answers to case questions, your goal is to maintain your composure, be articulate, and show that you can think on your feet. 
  • For more information and examples of case questions, see Mastering the Case Interview

Behavioral Interviews:

Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. Be ready to provide specific examples of past situations and your involvement. 

Frame your example using S.T.A.R.:

  • describe the situation or task you are involved in (set up the story),
  • your actions,
  • and the results or outcomes of your actions

Common Behavioral Interview Questions:

  • What was your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you handle it?
  • Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way.
  • Give me an example of a team or group project where you had to work with people from different backgrounds.
  • Describe the most significant written document, report, or presentation that you’ve completed.
  • Give me an example of a time when you set a goal and were able to achieve it.
  • Tell me about a time when you had too many things to do and you were required to prioritize your tasks.
  • Talk about a time when you had to "sell" an idea to your coworkers. How did you do it? Did they "buy" it?
  • Which accomplishment on the job gave you more satisfaction than any other?
  • What is your commitment to diversity?  Tell me about a time when you demonstrated this commitment.
  • Give an example of a time when you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.
  • Tell me about a situation in the past year in which you dealt with a very upset customer or coworker.
  • Tell me about a job experience in which you had to be assertive in order to get a point across that was important to you.
  • What experiences have you had at UNH that exposed you to diversity?
  • Describe a situation where others you were working with on a project disagreed with your ideas. What did you do?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
  • Tell me about a time when you had too many things to do and you were required to prioritize your tasks.
  • Tell me about a mistake and what you learned from it.
  • Sometimes it's easy to get in "over your head." Describe a situation where you had to request help or assistance on a project or assignment.
  • Give an example of when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with. Why was this person difficult? How did you handle that person?
  • To see a longer list of potential interview questions, visit: Quint Careers

Ways to Handle Some Typical Questions:

  • “Tell me about yourself.” This is an opportunity to briefly highlight skills, education, and experience that the employer is seeking, and to let the employer know why you are interested in the job and the company.
  • “Describe a weakness.” Pick one rather harmless problem from the past that you’re now overcoming. Some people describe a strength that’s gone a bit overboard, such as a tendency toward overwork or perfectionism. Be sure to finish your answer with how you’re making it better.

Prepare Your Own Questions:

  • What are the day-to-day responsibilities of this job? 
  • What are the attributes of your most successful employees in this position?
  • Could you describe your company's management style and the type of employee who fits well with it?
  • Why did you choose to work for this company?
  • What kind of internal and external training do you provide new employees?
  • How would you describe your company culture?
  • How does your company support diversity in the workplace?
  • What are the performance expectations for this job and what is the time frame for advancement?
  • What are your organization’s goals for the next 3 – 5 years?
  • What do you most enjoy about your work with this organization / company / agency?

 

Illegal Interview Questions:

Interview questions should relate to the job you are seeking and your ability to perform the essential functions of that job.  If asked an illegal question:

  • Address the concern behind the question and respond with an answer that applies to the job. For example, you’ve been asked an illegal question if the interviewer asks “Are you a U.S. citizen?” You could respond with “I am authorized to work in the United States.”
  • Illegal vs. legal questions