Career Success Center : Interviewing 101

Top Interviewing Questions

When answering, it's okay to take a second to articulate a response. This shows confidence and maturity. One main tip to remember is that it is not about what you want. It is always about what you can do for the employer. By understanding how you can help the employer fulfill their goals, you can begin to formulate answers that demonstrate how you are the best person to hire.

Here are 10 popular questions employers ask…

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. Why should I hire you?
  3. What is your greatest strength/weakness?
  4. Why do you want to work for this company?
  5. If I were to talk to your teachers/former employers, what would they say about you?
  6. Tell me about a time when you showed initiative.
  7. Describe a situation where the client was not happy and how did you handle it?
  8. Tell me about a time when you went the extra mile.
  9. Give me an example when you failed at something and what did you learn from the experience?
  10. Describe a time when you had a difficult decision to make and how did you arrive to your conclusion?


At the end of your interview, it is always customary that the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions for them. They may have touched upon several things you wanted to ask but it is always best to come with four to seven interview questions you may want to ask. Have these written down and saved inside a portfolio or folder you bring with you. This way, once they are done explaining the job, there may be one or two questions out of your list they may not have touched upon.

This is not only their time to ask you questions, but it is also your time to ask them questions and to see if you really do want to work in their culture. When thinking of questions to ask them, it is best that you refrain from asking anything about salary or benefits. Let them be the first to broach those subjects.

Here are 10 questions you can ask…

  1. What is a day like for the person doing this job now?
  2. How would my success be measured?
  3. What is it you would need me to accomplish in the first 3/6/9 months of this job?
  4. What would the training be like?
  5. Who are the people I would be working with?
  6. What is your number one obstacle that I would be helping you accomplish?
  7. Why is this position open?
  8. What types of skills can help make one successful in doing this job?
  9. What are your priorities right now?
  10. When can I follow-up with you?

Remember, always ask for the job, or the next step. Employers like it when people are self-starters and show initiative. Once the interview is over, always end by asking for a business card and when it would be a good time to follow-up and ask for the second interview, or ultimately, for the job. For more information about following-up, please go back to the tab called “How to Follow-Up.”

Here are additional questions for you to ask: 

What are the daily duties of your job?

What are the working conditions?

What skills/abilities are utilized in this work?

What obligation does your work put on you outside the work week?

How much flexibility do you have in terms of dress, work hours, vacations?

What do you find most rewarding about this work?

Is turnover high?

How does one move from position to position?

What trends do you see for this industry in the next 3 to 5 years?

How well-suited is my background for this field?

How would I go about finding a job in this field?

What suggestions do you have to help make my resume more effective?

What are the most important factors used to hire people in this work (education, experience, personality, skills)?

Will you refer me to three other professionals I can speak with?

May I have permission to use your name when I contact them?

Do you have any other advice for me?