Popular Interview Questions

  1. Tell me something about yourself.
  2. Why did you select Columbia?
  3. What led you to choose your major?
  4. What classes did you like best? Least? Why?
  5. Do you think that your grades are a good indication of your academic achievement? Why or why not?
  6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 10?
  7. Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree?
  8. Why do you want to work for this company?
  9. Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?
  10. How would you describe the ideal job for you following graduation?
  11. How would you describe yourself?
  12. How do you think people who know you would describe you?
  13. What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  14. What are your personal likes and dislikes?
  15. What motivates you?
  16. What frustrates you?
  17. How aggressive are you?
  18. How do you work under pressure?
  19. Have you kept up in your field? How?
  20. What professional associations do you belong to?
  21. What do you do in your spare time?
  22. Have you reviewed our website? What do you like most about our company?
  23. What have you learned from participation in extracurricular activities?
  24. What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
  25. What risks have you taken in the past?
  26. What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
  27. What have you learned from your mistakes?
  28. Do you want to own your own business?
  29. What are your work and non-work related short range and long range goals? Why? How are you preparing yourself to achieve them?
  30. What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
  31. How do you determine or evaluate success?
  32. How do you feel about our company - its size industry, and competitive position?
  33. What interests you most about the available position?
  34. What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours?
  35. If you were hiring a graduate for this position, what qualities would you look for?
  36. Do you prefer to deal with people or with information?
  37. How long will it take you to start making a significant contribution?
  38. What qualities should a successful manager possess?
  39. In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
  40. Would you rather work alone or in a team?
  41. What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?
  42. Do you have a geographical preference?
  43. Are you willing to travel? If so, how often?
  44. What salary do you expect to receive?
  45. Why should I hire you?
  46. Based on the nature of this industry, what are the two greatest contributions you can make to our company?
  47. What did you learn from your internships/co-ops?
  48. If you could do so, how would you plan your preparation differently? Why?
  49. Anything else about yourself you'd like to tell me?

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