Sample Interview Questions

One of the best ways to prepare for your interview is to practice answering questions. Review the sample questions here and prepare your response. Have a friend or family member ask you the questions so you can practice answering them aloud. Think of specific examples. Get used to hearing yourself talk about these subjects. With practice, you will be more at ease and perform better during the interview.

Prepare a list of questions to ask the employer, too. Remember, this is your opportunity to learn about the organization and the position, so make the most of it. We've also provided sample questions to ask employers.

Questions You Might Be Asked

  1. Why did you choose to interview with our company?
  2. What do you know about our company?
  3. Tell me about yourself.
  4. What are your strengths?
  5. What are your weaknesses?
  6. Can you give an example of a time you worked on a team to complete a project?
  7. What do you know about the position for which I am interviewing you?
  8. Why did you choose to be an engineer?
  9. Why did you choose your major?
  10. How would you describe your ideal job?
  11. What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?
  12. What are your short-range goals?
  13. What are your long-range goals?
  14. Tell me about your leadership experiences.
  15. Describe your most rewarding college experience.
  16. Describe a time you failed and what you learned from the failure.
  17. Why should I hire you?

Questions You Might Ask

  1. What is the exact title of the position?
  2. What are the specific duties?
  3. Describe typical first-year assignments.
  4. What kind of training program do you have?
  5. How long does the training last?
  6. What qualities do you look for in new hires?
  7. What are your expectations for new hires?
  8. How much travel is normally expected?
  9. How much input does the new person have on geographic location?
  10. How frequently do you relocate professional employees?
  11. What are the short- and long-range plans of the organization?
  12. When shall I expect to hear from you?