Sample Interview Questions

No two interviews are alike. In each interviewing experience there will be questions you were not asked in previous interviews. However, there are a number of questions that seem more common than others, and these are the questions you should think about before each interview. Common themes include applications of analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills; leadership development; creativity; teamwork; and personal development.

Consider Answers to these questions prior to the interview

  1. Why are you interested in our organization?
  2. What work experience has been the most valuable to you and why?
  3. Give an example of a problem you have solved and the process you used.
  4. Describe a situation in which you had a conflict with another individual and how you dealt with it.
  5. What idea have you developed and implemented that was particularly creative or innovative?
  6. How did you choose to attend Notre Dame and how did you select your major(s) in _______?
  7. How do you think you have changed personally in the past (5) years?
  8. Tell me about a team project of which you are particularly proud and your contribution.
  9. What types of situations put you under pressure and how do you deal with the pressure?
  10. Tell me about a situation when you had to persuade another person to your point of view.
  11. Describe a leadership role you have held and tell me why you committed your time to it.
  12. What challenges are you looking for in a position?
  13. In thinking about a past position you have held, what did you do to make your duties more effective or more challenging?
  14. What steps would you take to terminate an employee who is not performing adequately?
  15. What three trends do you see in the future for our industry?
  16. Tell me about yourself.
  17. Why do you want to work in (career field)?
  18. What experiences have directed you toward pursuing your degree?
  19. Why do you feel you will be successful in this program?
  20. What is your greatest strength/weakness and how will it affect your performance in this program?
  21. Describe a team-oriented accomplishment in which you participated as a member of the team. What did you find to be the most difficult issue or process in becoming a successful team?
  22. Have you ever received a grade lower than you expected? If so, what did you do about it?
  23. Describe one of the toughest competitive situations you have faced and how you handled it.
  24. What are some of the most creative things you have done?
  25. What has been one of your greatest disappointments and how did you respond?
  26. Describe a time when you added value to an existing work process.
  27. What characteristics do you think are important for this position?
  28. Describe a situation in which you were criticized and how you responded.
  29. How has your education at Notre Dame prepared you for a __________ position?
  30. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  31. What has been the biggest accomplishment in your life?
  32. What salary are you expecting?
  33. Why should I hire you?

Sample Questions to ask the Interviewer:

The person who interviews you will typically ask if you have any questions about the position or the company. Don’t pass up this opportunity to gather information – it indicates that you are interested in the job and may help in your decision-making process. The best questions are those that build on the content of your interview, or possibly current events regarding the company and industry, in addition the following can give you insight into other potential topics:

  1. To what extent will I be responsible for determining my work objectives?
  2. Describe the rotational training program associated with this position/internship. How is employee performance evaluated during the training period?
  3. What career paths have others generally followed after completing the program?
  4. As an intern, what kind of projects will I receive?
  5. What characteristics best describe individuals who are successful in this position?
  6. Where could a person advance who is successful in this position? Within what time frame?
  7. In what ways has this organization been most successful in terms of products/services over the past several years?
  8. How is job performance evaluated?
  9. What has been the professional growth track for other students who have been recruited by your company over the past 3-5 years?
  10. How would you describe the culture of your organization?
  11. If I work hard and prove my value to the company, where might I find myself in five years?
  12. What is a typical work week for a (position) in your company?
  13. How much decision-making authority is given to new employees?
  14. Does your organization encourage its employees to pursue additional education?
  15. What other positions/departments will I interact with the most?
  16. What are the key business reasons driving the need for this position?
  17. Describe the three top challenges that I’ll face in this job.
  18. What has to happen for you to know you’ve hired the best person?
  19. What are the key deliverables and outcomes that this position must achieve?
  20. Describe the top three initiatives for your company/department and how this position is linked to these initiatives.
  21. What are the key metrics for measuring success in this position?