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Questions Often Asked By Employers

I. Background information

1. Please use one minute to introduce yourself.

2. What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
3. How would you describe yourself?
4. How do you think a friend or professor who knows you would describe
5. How do you spend your leisure time?
6. What kind of books do you read?
7. What else do you think I should know about you?

II. Experience and goals in life

1. What are your long-range and short-range goals and objectives?

When and why did you establish these goals and how are you preparing
yourself to achieve them?
2. What specific goals, other than those related to your occupation, have
you established for yourself for the next three / five years?
3. What do you really want to do in life?
4. What is your greatest achievement?
5. What two or three accomplishments have given you the most
6. What have you learned from participations in extra-curricular
7. In what part-time or summer jobs have you been most interested?
8. How does your previous experiences relate to the job you are applying

III. Career Objectives

1. How do you plan to achieve your career goals?

2. Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?
3. What led you to choose your field of major study?
4. Why are you interested in a career which is different from your field of
5. What academic subjects did you like best? Why?
6. What academic subjects did you like least? Why?
7. Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree?
8. What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
9. What other jobs have you applied for?
10. What are your preferences for the jobs that you have applied for?
IV Suitability

1. Why should I hire you?

2. In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our
3. Why did you decide to seek a position with this company?
4. What do you know about our company?
5. What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you
hope to work?
6. Are you prepared to travel or live and work away from home?

V. Core Competencies / Personal Qualities

1. What qualities should a successful manager possess?

2. If you were hiring a graduate for this position, what qualities would
you look for?
3. Do you think that your grades are a good indication of your academic
4. How do you work under pressure?
5. List five traits that make you a good worker.
6. What are some of more difficult problems you have faced in the past?
How did you solve them?

VI. Others:

1. Are there any questions you want to ask me?

2. What sort of pay would you expect to receive?