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PERSONAL QUESTIONS

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What do you consider to be your greatest strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What three words would your peers use to describe you and why?
  • Tell me about an important goal that you set in the past. Were you successful?
  • Who or what influenced you most with regard to your career objectives?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE QUESTIONS

  • Why did you choose to attend the University of Saint Katherine?
  • Describe your current or most recent job, internship, or leadership experience.
  • How has your education prepared you for this position?
  • What makes you qualified for this position?
  • Describe a project you have completed and the steps you used to complete it.
  • What did you enjoy most about your last job or internship? Least?
  • How would a former supervisor describe your work?

THE “POSITION” QUESTIONS

  • What motivated you to apply for this position?
  • Why do you want to work for our organization?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • How does your previous experience relate to this position?
  • What is the most attractive aspect of this position? What about the least attractive?
  • Describe three skills or qualities you would bring to this position.
  • What significant trends do you see in this industry?
  • How do you like to be supervised?
  • What are you the best candidate for this position?

QUESTIONS TO ASK EMPLOYERS

  • What type of training is offered to new employees?
  • What is a typical day or week like?
  • What are some of the challenges you think a new person in this position would face?
  • What are your department goals for the coming year? What are the long-term goals?
  • What are some common characteristics of successful employees?
  • What is the greatest challenge facing your staff/department now?
  • If hired, what types of projects might I expect during the first six months here?
  • What is most engaging about the work for you? And your employees?
  • What does your organization do to foster team building among employees?
  • What is your favorite work event or tradition here?
  • How will I be evaluated in this position?
  • What are the next steps in the hiring process? When can I expect to hear from you?
  • Prepare specific questions for each employer (e.g. “I’m interested in knowing more about the new product line that your company just launched.”)

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