Questions employers ask

 Potential interview questions

The Endicott Report
  • What goals have you set for yourself?
  • Who or what has had the greatest influence on the development of your career interests?
  • What factors did you consider in choosing your major?
  • Why are you interested in our organization?
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What two or three things are the most important to you in a position?
  • What kind of work do you want to do?
  • Tell me about a project you initiated.
  • What are your expectations of your future employer?
  • What is your current GPA? How do you feel about it? Does it reflect your ability?
  • How do you solve conflicts?
  • Tell me how you perceive your strengths? Your weaknesses?
  • What work experience has been the most valuable to you and why?
  • What was the most useful criticism you ever received and who was it from?
  • Give an example of a problem you have solved and the process you used.
  • Describe a situation that best demonstrated your analytical skills.
  • What has been your greatest challenge?
  • Describe a situation where you had a conflict with another individual, and how you dealt with it.
  • What were the biggest problems you encountered in college? How have you handled them? What did you learn from them?
  • What are your team player qualities?
  • In a particular leadership role you had, what was the greatest challenge?
  • What interests or concerns do you have about the position or the company?
  • Describe your leadership style.
  • What idea have you developed and implemented that was particularly creative or innovative?
  • What characteristics do you think are important for this position?
  • How have your educational and work experiences prepared you for this position?
  • Take me through a project where you demonstrated planning skills.
  • How do you think you have changed personally since you started college?
  • Tell me about a team project that you are particularly proud of and your contribution to it.
  • How do you motivate people?
  • Why did you choose the extracurricular activities that you did? What did you gain? What did you contribute?
  • What types of situations put you under pressure, and how do you deal with the pressure?
  • Tell me about a difficult decision you have made.
  • Give an example of a situation in which you failed and how you handled it.
  • Tell me about a situation when you had to persuade another person to your point of view.
  • What frustrates you the most?
  • Knowing what you know now about your college experience, would you make the same decisions?
  • What can you contribute?
  • How would you react to having your credibility questioned?
  • What characteristics are most important in a good manager? How have you displayed one of these characteristics?
  • What challenges are you looking for in a position?
  • Are you willing to relocate or travel as part of your career?
  • What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?
  • Describe a leadership role of yours and tell why you committed your time to it?
  • How are you conducting your job search and how will you make your decision?
  • What is the most important lesson you have learned in or out of school?
  • Describe a situation where you had to work with someone who was difficult. How was the person difficult, and how did you handle it?
  • We are looking at many great candidates. Why are you the best person for this position?
  • How would your friends describe you? Your professors?
  • What else should I know about you?

 

Adapted from the Northwestern Lindquist-Endicott Report, The Placement Center, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. 1991.