Sample Interview Questions

  1. If you were hired for this job, what areas would you make an immediate impact?
  2. In what areas do you think you will need guidance?
  3. How will you approach learning this "new" job?
  4. How will you approach acquiring new skill sets?
  5. Describe the most difficult situation you have faced in your career and how you managed it.
  6. Describe some problems you encountered in your most recent position and how you resolved them.
  7. What specific steps do you utilize in solving workplace problems?
  8. What are some of the things that you and your supervisor disagree upon and how do you resolve them?
  9. What do you do when you are pressed for a decision?
  10. In your last job what kinds of pressure did you encounter and how did you react?
  11. What kind of work interests you the most?
  12. What kind of work interests you the least?
  13. How would your references describe you?
  14. Name five characteristics that describe you.
  15. Are you a self-starter? Please provide specific examples.
  16. How does your present position differ from past ones?
  17. What would you like to avoid completely in your next job?
  18. How did you prepare for this interview?
  19. What are your professional goals for the next 3-5 years?
  20. Tell me about something you did recently that was not part of your job?
  21. How have you grown in your current job?
  22. What kinds of skills did you use in your past job?
  23. What are you seeking in your next job?
  24. What type of compliments do you receive from your peers or supervisors?
  25. What happens when two priorities compete for your time?
  26. Can you describe a recent situation in which you accomplished an important objective in a brief period of time?
  27. How do you handle repetitive tasks?
  28. Tell me about the last time you missed a goal or deadline.
  29. How do you keep others informed on work issues?
  30. When was the last time something upset you at work? What did you do?
  31. How do you ensure all of your work gets accomplished in a productive manner?
  32. What was the biggest professional risk you have taken and what was the outcome?
  33. Tell me about the last time you had to work with someone inside or outside of your department to accomplish a goal.
  34. Describe a situation where you were successful in directing the work of others.
  35. Describe a situation when you dealt with a difficult person and how you resolved it.
  36. If your supervisor criticized you unfairly, how did/would you handle it?
  37. What do you expect from this job?
  38. What do you know about SUNY and Fredonia?
  39. What do you like best about what you have learned about this job?
  40. What concerns do you have about this job?
  41. What do you see as your primary qualifications for this job?

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