1.Tell me about yourself.
2.What would you like me to know about you that is not on your resume?
3.What are the three most important events of your life?
4.What were you doing during this gap of time I see here on your resume?
5.Where did you grow up?
6.What are your three major accomplishments?
7.What was an experience in your life that you would want to go back and change?
8.How would your friends describe you?
9.Give me three words to describe yourself.
10.What new goals have you established for yourself recently?
11.What are your five to ten year career goals?
12.What are your career and educational goals?
13.What are the attributes of an ideal job for you? If you could do "it" all over again, what would you do differently?
14.What are you looking for?
15.How long a commitment do you plan to give me?
16.What is your ideal job?
17.What other types of positions are you considering?
18.What kind of boss would you prefer?
19.Why are you pursuing this field?
20.What would you like your lasting impression to be?
21.Do you have a final statement?
22.What are your career options right now?
23.How could you have improved your career path?
24.What salary are you expecting? In addition to salary, what benefits would most interest you?
25.What does "success" mean to you?
26.What does "failure" mean to you?
27.Which is more important to you: money or the type of job?
28.Who do you admire? Why?
29.What do you get passionate about?
30.Who is your hero, and why? The greatest answer is if you can use a family member or friend, try to stay away from celebrities.
31.Did you get an offer from the firm you worked for this summer?
32.Do you have other offers? Why would/wouldn't you take our offer over one of the others?
33.What can you tell me about your past bosses?
34.How do you think a former supervisor would describe your work?
35.What did you enjoy most about your last employment? Least?
36.How did you find your summer jobs?
37.Describe the job or the activity which has had the greatest impact on your career goals.
II.Management / Leadership Style
38.What is your management philosophy?
40.Tell me about a time when you successfully resolved a conflict.
41.Give me an example of a leadership role you have held when not everything went as planned.
42.What qualities should a successful manager possess? Do you have these attributes (of a good manager) ?
43.What two attributes are most important in your job?
44.Give an example of a situation in which you provided a solution to an employer.
45.Give an example of a time in which you worked under deadline pressure.
46.Name a point in your life where you turned a negative into a positive.
47.Tell me about a decision you have made that you later regretted.
48.How do you feel about working overtime?
49.Give me an example of how you manage multiple projects.
50.What would you say to a boss that has a sub-par idea?
III.Strengths / Weaknesses and Skills
51.Are you creative? Give me an example. What have you done that you consider creative?
52.What are your strongest abilities?
53.What is your biggest weakness? Never say that being a perfectionist is your biggest weakness. Some applicants think that this makes you look better, but it seems that you not secure.
54.Why should we hire you?
55.Give me an example of something that you have done that shows initiative.
56.What makes you stand out among your fellow students?
57.What makes you different from the other candidates for this position?
58.What can you do for us that someone else cannot do? What was the most important thing you learned from your previous experience/internship?
59.How do your skills relate to our needs? What can you offer us?
60.What have you disliked in your past jobs?
61.How long before you can make a contribution? In the past year, what have you been dissatisfied about in your performance?
62.What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
63.Have you ever had any failures? What did you learn from them?
64.How do you feel about working in a structured environment?
65.Are you able to work on several assignments at once?
66.In what kind of work environment do you do your best work?
67.What kinds of tasks and responsibilities motivate you the most?
68.What has been your greatest challenge?
69.How competitive are you?
70.How do you work under pressure?
71.Give me an example of a time when you successfully worked within a team.
72.What types of people seem to rub you the wrong way?
74.What kinds of people do you enjoy working with?
75.What kinds of people frustrate you?
76.Have you ever managed a conflict? How?
77.Have you ever spoken before a group of people? How large?
78.With what kind of people do you like to work?
79.Why did you decide to get an MCA?
81.What made you decide to major in computer science?
82.What have you learned at CIT that will help you on this job?
83.Do you hold any leadership positions?
84.What electives have you taken? Which did you enjoy the most?
85.What college classes did you like the least? Why?
86.Why didn't you attend (another school)?
87.How do you balance the different priorities MCA student life presents?
88.Did your grades accurately reflect your ability? Why/Why not?
89.Describe the course that has had the greatest impact on your thinking.
90.What extra-curricular school activities are you involved in? While it is a good idea to show that you are well rounded, it is a good idea to stress those activities which show team involvement and leadership.
91.What have you learned from your activities?
92.Were your extracurricular activities worth the time you put into them?
93.How did you become involved in your extracurricular activities?
94.What do you enjoy doing outside of work-in your free time?
95.What is your favorite book/movie/song/painting-or author/actor/singer/artist?
96.Which magazines/newspapers do you read regularly? Which books have you read recently?
97.Have you ever done volunteer activities?
VII.Job / Company / Industry
98.Why are you interested in ______? / Why do you want to work for us?
99.What makes you want to be a _____?
100.What makes you think you would be successful in _____?
101.What do you think this job requires?
102.Given that you have no background in this field why are you interested in it?
103.What do you predict is going to happen in this industry in the next 5 years?
104.How would you go about evaluating a business?
105.What do you know about our company?
106.Do you know who are competitors are?
107.What interests you most about this position? What parts of the job do you think you would find the least satisfying?
108.You have five minutes to describe the most relevant and specific items in your background which show you are uniquely qualified for this position.
109.What would you add to our firm?
110.What particular expertise do you have that would lend itself well to this position?
111.Demonstrate/illustrate skills that you can transfer from past experience.
112.What concerns you about our company?
113.What do you believe are the key issues and problems in our industry today?
114.Why do you want to relocate to______?
115.Are you willing to relocate every two years or so?
116.How do you feel about travel?
117.Are you familiar with how taxing travel can be?
118.Tell me a joke.
119.What if I told you that you'd work very hard, but recognition of your contributions would be nil?
120.What stocks do you recommend? Why?Should I buy stock in Netscape?
121.Where are interest rates going in the next 3 months?
122.How many new highs did the Dow reach last year?
124.If you had six months ahead with no obligations and no financial constraints, what would you do?
125.If you could invite anyone you would like to a dinner party (famous or historical figures, dead or alive), which ten people would you invite?
126.If you could trade places with someone for a week, who would it be?
127.Sell me the desk.
128.Rate me as an interviewer.
X.Questions to Ask
183.What are your company's strengths and how do you capitalize on them?
184.What are your companies weaknesses and how are you dealing with them?
185.How have you strategically responded to the competition?
186.Where will the major sources of your business be in the next 5 years?
187.What challenges are facing this company? Do you think your company is reacting to them?
188.Do you have plans for expansion?
189.What are your growth projections for the next year?
190.Have you cut your staff in the last three years?
191.What is the largest single problem facing your staff/department right now?
192.What changes do you anticipate in the industry?
193.What risks will your company face due to industry changes?
194.What legislation is pending that will affect your firm?
C.Career Opportunities / Path / Training
195.What are the best opportunities at your firm for new hires?
196.How is worker performance measured and reviewed?
197.Do you have a mentor program? How about formal training programs?
198.Why do people leave?
199.Why have you stayed with the company?
200.Describe my initial assignments?
201.If you hire me, what are the three most pressing issues you need resolved?
202.What kinds of assignments might I expect during the first six months on the job?
203.Are salary adjustments geared to the cost of living or job performance?
204.In what ways is a career with your company better than one with your competitors?
205.Please describe the duties of the job for me.
206.Does your company encourage further education?
207.How often are performance reviews given?
208.What is the usual promotional time frame?
209.Has there been much turnover in this job area?
210.Is there a lot of team/project work?
211.Where does this position fit into the organizational structure?
212.Do you fill positions from the outside or promote from within first?
213.What skills are especially important for someone in this position?
214.What qualities are you looking for in the candidate who fills this position?
215.Will I have the opportunity to work on special projects?
216.What is the next course of action? When should I expect to hear from you, or should I contact you?
Tell me about yourself?
* Keep your answer to one or two minutes; don't ramble.
* Use a ''positioning statement'' as a base to start. Your positioning statement is the boiled-down story of your resume -- general goals, skills and background.
What do you know about our company?
* Know products, size, income, reputation, image, goals, problems, management talent, management style, people, skills, history and philosophy.
* Project an informed interest. Ask several open-ended questions about the company's course and the department's goals so the interviewer can tell you about the company. Let her define the business in her terms.
Why do you want to work for us?
* Don't talk about what you want; first talk about their needs.
* You wish to be part of a company project.
* You would like to solve a company problem.
* You can make a definite contribution to specific company goals: identify its management talent, increase sales in the Northeast region, and so on.
What would you do for us? What can you do for us that someone else can't?
* Relate past successes in solving previous employer problems, which may be similar to those of the prospective employer.
What about our position do you find the most attractive? Least attractive?
* List three or more attractive factors and only one minor unattractive factor.
Why should we hire you?
* Because of knowledge, experience, abilities and skills. Tell what these are.
What do you look for in a job?
* An opportunity to use skills, perform and be recognized.
Please give me your definition of a ... (the job for which you are being interviewed).
* Keep it brief and action- and results-oriented
How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm?
* Very quickly after a little orientation and a brief period of adjustment on the learning curve.
How long would you stay with us?
* As long as we both feel I'm contributing, achieving, growing and so on.
Can you work under pressures and deadlines?
* Yes. Quite simply, it is a way of life in business.
Don't you feel you might be better off in a different size company? Different type company?
* Depends on the job -- elaborate slightly.
How do you resolve conflict on a project team?
* First discuss issues privately.
What was the most difficult decision you ever had to make?
* Attempt to relate your response to the prospective employment situation
What was the last book you read? Movie you saw? Sporting event you attended?
* Talk about books, sports or films to represent balance in you life.
How would you describe your own personality?
What are your strong points?
* Present at least three and relate them to the interviewing company and job opening.
What are your weak points?
* Don't say you have none.
* Try not to cite personal characteristics as weaknesses, but be ready to have one if interviewer presses.
* Turn a negative into a positive answer: "I am sometimes intent on completing an assignment and get too deeply involved when we are late."