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Interview Tips - Traditional Questions


Recruiters who are not yet using the behavioral interview process use the traditional style. Generally, the recruiter will ask about your educational background, past work experience, extra-curricular activities, and outside interests and activities.


It would be wise to follow the sample questions below and write out your responses to these questions.


1. What are your long-range (5, 10, 15 years) and short-range (1-4 years) goals and objectives? When and why did you establish these and how are you preparing to achieve them?
2. How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
3. What rewards do you expect in your career?
4. What do you expect to be earning in five years?
5. Why did you choose your career?
6. Which is more important to you: money or type of job?
7. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
8. How would you describe yourself?
9. How do you think a friend or professor would describe you?
10. What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
11. How has your education prepared you for a career?

Why should I hire you?

13. What qualifications do you have that will make you successful in your job?
14. How do you determine or evaluate success?
15. What do you think it takes to be successful in an employment situation like ours?
16. What contributions can you make to our operation?
17. What qualities should a successful manager possess?

What relationship should exist between a supervisor and subordinate?

19. What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
20. Describe your most rewarding educational experience.
21. If you were hiring someone for this position, what qualities would you look for?
22. Why did you select your college or university?
23. What led you to choose your field of major study?
24. What college subjects did you like best? Why? What college subjects did you like least? Why?
25. If you could do so, how would you plan your academic study differently? Why?
26. What changes would you make in your college or university? Why?
27. Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree?
28. Do you think that your grades are a good indication of your academic achievement?
29. What have you learned from participation in extra-curricular activities?
30. In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
31. How do you work under pressure?
32. In what part-time or summer jobs have you been most interested? Why?
33. How would you describe the ideal job for you following graduation?
34. Why did you decide to seek a position with us?
35. What do you know about our company?
36. What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
37. What size company are you looking for? Why?
38. What criteria are you using to evaluate the employer for whom you hope to work?
39. Do you have a geographical preference? Why?
40. Will you relocate? Does relocation bother you?
41. Are you willing to travel?
42. Are you willing to spend at least six months as a trainee?
43. Why do think you might like to live in the community in which our office is located?
44. What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?

What have you learned from your mistakes?

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