Top Interview Questions (part 2)

The next list of interview questions pertains to work experience:

  1. Can you tell me about a time when you discovered a more efficient way to do a work task?
  2. Do you always double-check your work?
  3. Tell me about a time when you were given an assignment, but you were not clear of how to go about it. How did you tackle this situation?
  4. Can you tell me about a time when you backed off in a meeting because you felt someone else should speak or have an opportunity?
  5. How would you show co-workers the importance of cooperation?
  6. Give an example of a time when you assisted a co-worker to enhance their work skills?
  7. Tell me about a situation when you were given job instructions and you were unable to comprehend the instructions. How did you go about completing the task?
  8. How often do you discuss and work with colleagues to think up new systems and styles of working?
  9. Can you tell me about a time when you did something extra, which was not part of the routine activities assigned to you, but you did it for the benefit of the customer?
  10. Describe a time when you took on additional work to help your team meet a crucial work goal?
  11. Tell me about a time that you undertook a course of study, on your own initiative, in order to improve your work performance?
  12. Tell me about initiatives you have taken to improve procedures at work? Were you successful? Would you do anything different now?
  13. When you need to create an order of job tasks that need to be completed, how do you decide which task has priority?
  14. When was the last time you used an inventive method to draw out company resources beyond a level that is usually met?
  15. Explain to me how your work experience is relevant to this position.
  16. What relevant experience do you have?
  17. Could you have done better in your last job?
  18. Discuss your educational background.
  19. What’s the most important thing you learned in school?
  20. Why did you choose your major?
  21. Why did you choose your university and what factors influenced your choice?
  22. Why did you choose your degree subject?
  23. What computing skills do you have?
  24. What is a suggestion you’ve made at work that was implemented?
  25. Tell me about your experiences at school.
  26. What has been the most rewarding university experience?
  27. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your vocabulary and grammar skills?
  28. How has your education prepared you for your job?
  29. What college subjects did you like best? Why?
  30. What college subjects did you like least? Why?
  31. If you could do so, how would you plan your academic study differently? Why?
  32. What have you learned from participation in extracurricular activities?
  33. Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree?
  34. What changes would you make in your college or university? Why?
  35. Tell me about your education.
  36. What were your favorite classes/activities at school?
  37. In what ways have your college experiences prepared you for a career?
  38. Describe your most rewarding college experience.
  39. Did you enjoy school/college/university?
  40. How do you think you have changed personally since you started school/college/university?
  41. Why do you think graduates in [your degree subject] would be good [job role you have applied for]?
  42. Do you feel your GPA reflects your academic ability?
  43. Knowing what you know now about your college experience, would you make the same decisions?
  44. What contributions have you made to a group project?
  45. Do you have education or training relevant to this position?
  46. What parts of your education do you see as relevant to this position?
  47. Is grad school important?
  48. Are you currently taking or enrolled to take any job related educational courses?
  49. If you could change or improve anything about your college, what would it be?
  50. How will the academic program and coursework you’ve taken benefit your career?
  51. Are you the type of student for whom conducting independent research has been a positive experience?
  52. Describe the type of teacher who had the most beneficial influence on you.
  53. Describe the type of professor that has created the most beneficial learning experience for you.
  54. Do you think that your grades are indication of your academic achievement?
  55. How was your transition from high school to college? Did you face any particular problems?
  56. How have you differed from your professors in evaluating your performance? How did you handle the situation?
  57. Give two examples of things you’ve done in previous jobs or school that demonstrate your willingness to work hard.
  58. Describe the last time that you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
  59. How has college changed you as a person?
  60. Does your work relate to any experiences or studies you had in college?
  61. What courses have proved to be the most valuable to you in your work?
  62. What courses do you wish you had taken that would have better prepared you?
  63. If you were a college student again, what would you do differently to prepare for this job?
  64. How important are grades or GPA for obtaining a job in this field?
  65. What is the best educational preparation for this career?
  66. How do you think [name of your school]’s reputation is viewed when it comes to hiring?
  67. If you were entering this career today, would you change your preparation in any way to better facilitate entry?
  68. Do you apply the skills and knowledge learned at school in your work?
  69. What do you like best about your school?
  70. Please describe your own roles and functions in school, college, job, clubs, or other groups.
  71. Do you feel that grades are a good indicator of your ability?
  72. What would cause you to miss an assignment or be tardy?
  73. Tell me about your undergraduate university experience.
  74. If you were hiring a graduate for this position, what qualities would you look for?
  75. What do you know about our company?
  76. What interests you about this job opening?
  77. What salary range are you looking for? OR What do you feel this position should pay?
  78. What were your expectations for the job and to what extent were they met?
  79. What can you do for this company?
  80. Why should we hire you?
  81. What do you find are the most difficult decisions to make?
  82. What is more important to you: money or work?
  83. Where else have you applied? OR Who else have you applied to/got interviews with?
  84. Are you willing to relocate or travel? Why should we hire you?
  85. How do you handle pressure?
  86. What questions do you have for me?
  87. Aren’t you overqualified for this position?
  88. Would you lie for the company?
  89. What can you tell us about our company?
  90. What do you know about our competitors?
  91. How did you hear about this position?
  92. Would you work holidays/weekends?
  93. How would you deal with an angry or irate customer?
  94. How would you fire someone?
  95. Why do you want this job?
  96. What is the most difficult thing about working with you?
  97. Are you willing to make sacrifices for this company?
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