Examples of Interview Questions

No two interviews are the same.  Here is a list of questions to give you an idea of what the interviewer could ask.  Please review your answers with your employment advisor or your professor.

Possible interview questions:

  • Did you have any trouble finding the office?
  • Tell me a little about yourself?
  • What job are you applying for?
  • Do you have a resume for me?
  • Why did you decide to attend NTID/RIT?
  • Why are you interested in this kind of work?
  • What skills do you have in this field?
  • What do you like doing the most in this field?
  • What do you like doing the least?
  • Why are you interested in our organization?
  • What are some of your strengths?
  • What are some of your weaknesses?
  • Tell me a problem or a challenge you recently had, and how did you solve it?
  • How do you work under pressure?
  • Give me an example of when you had to do a lot of extra work to help finish a project?
  • Do you like to work alone or as part of a team?
  • Tell me about a time when you influenced a team to get something done?
  • What have you learned from your past work experience?
  • How do you/will you communicate with other workers?
  • Have you ever worked with a person who was hard to get along with, and how did you handle that?
  • Why should I hire you and not the other people who are applying for this job?
  • What do you see yourself doing 5 years from now, and where?
  • Using one word, how would you describe yourself?
  • Do you have any questions for me?
  • Do you have a list of references?
  • What is the best way to contact you?

Below are questions designed to learn about an applicant’s behavior in the following categories and suggestions on how to prepare your own answers:

Leadership

  • Give an example of your ability to build motivation in your co-workers, classmates, and even if on a volunteer committee.
  • What is the toughest group that you have had to get cooperation from? Describe how you handled it. What was the outcome?
  • Have you ever been a member of a group where two of the members did not work well together? What did you do to get them to do so?

Motivation

  • Give an example of a time when you went above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Tell me about an important goal that you set in the past. Were you successful? Why?
  • Describe a situation when you were able to have a positive influence on the actions of others.
  • How would you define “success” for someone in your chosen career?

Planning and Organization

  • What have you done in order to be effective with your organization and planning?
  • How do you schedule your time? Set priorities? How do you handle doing twenty things at once?
  • What do you do when your time schedule or project plan is upset by unforeseen circumstances? Give an example.
  • Describe how you develop a project team’s goals and project plan?

Decision-Making

  • Give an example of a time when you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.
  • What was your most difficult decision in the last 6 months? What made it difficult?
  • What kind of decisions do you make rapidly? What kind takes more time? Give examples.

Communication

  • Tell me about a situation when you had to speak up (be assertive) in order to get a point across that was important to you.
  • Describe the most significant written document, report or presentation which you had to complete.
  • Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully communicate with another person, even when that individual may not have personally liked you.
  • Have you had to "sell" an idea to your co-workers, classmates or group? How did you do it? Did they "buy" it?

Interpersonal Skills

  • Describe a situation in which you were able to effectively “read” another person and guide your actions by your understanding of their needs and values.
  • What have you done in past situations to contribute toward a teamwork environment?
  • Describe a recent unpopular decision you made and what the result was.
  • Tell me about the most difficult or frustrating individual that you’ve ever had to work with, and how you managed to work with them.

Initiative

  • Give me an example of when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
  • Give me examples of projects/tasks you started on your own.
  • Give some instances in which you anticipated problems and were able to influence a new direction.

Teamwork

  • Describe the types of teams you’ve been involved with. What were your roles?
  • Describe a team experience you found rewarding.
  • Describe a team experience you found disappointing. What would you have done to prevent this?