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Employability Skills: Typical Interview Questions

Fifty percent of all interviews will consist of questions about you and your background, experiences, interests, likes and dislikes, attitudes, skills and abilities. Prepare yourself for all types of questions in an interview. Following is a sample list of questions to think about before your interview.
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What did you learn from your previous positions?
  • Describe a pressure situation you've experienced and how you handled it.
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What can you do for our company?
  • What interests you most about this job?
  • How do you organize and plan your activities?
  • What would you like to be doing in five years from now?
  • What type of decisions did you make in your last job?
  • Why do you want to leave your current position?
  • In what ways have your job and education prepared you to take on greater responsibility?
  • What are your expectations for this position?
  • What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?
  • Why do you feel qualified for this position?
  • Which is more important to you, the money or the type of job? Why?
  • Do you consider yourself a leader or a follower? Why?
  • Describe your attendance record at school.
  • What was your easiest academic subject in high school/college? Why?
  • What was your most difficult academic subject in high school/college? Why?
  • What are your plans for continuing your education?
  • What extracurricular activities do you enjoy outside of school?
  • What extracurricular activities do you enjoy in school?
  • Do you prefer working with others or by yourself? Why?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What are your specific skills as they relate to this job?
  • How do you determine or evaluate success?
  • What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
  • What were your duties and responsibilities in your previous job?
  • Identify a mistake you've made in the past and how you corrected it.
  • Why do you want to leave your present job? or Why are you not working now?
  • What was your supervisor like to work for?

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