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General Interview Questions

For any type of interview, be prepared to answer these common, general questions.

Tell me about yourself.

Answer this question as if the interviewer has asked, “Why are you here today?”. Present your significant professional and academic qualities for the position. Do not include personal information such as your age. Be concise. Let the interviewer ask for further detail if necessary.

Why are you interested in working for us?

Express your knowledge of the organization and the position and how your experience and background matches it.

Why are you interested in this particular career field?

Based on your research of the career field express your knowledge of it. Mention the experience and skills you’ve developed through academics, internships, part-time jobs, and/or volunteer work that relate to the field.

What are your long-range goals?

Express your commitment to the profession, maturity, foresight, and realistic outlook.

What is your greatest strength?

After you have stated your strength, support your claim with examples.

What is your greatest weakness?

The interviewer is looking for any red flags that might signal your inability to perform the job or to be managed. Always end your answer on a positive. Some options:

  • Use a weakness from your past and show how you overcame it.
  • Use a weakness that can be seen as a positive characteristic.
  • Use a minor part of the job where you lack knowledge but could quickly learn with experience.

Why should we hire you?

Recap the job description, meeting it point by point with your skills. Keep your answer concise, highlighting areas from your background that related to the company’s current needs. Emphasize your unique qualities that set you apart from other candidates.