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General Interview Questions For Students/Freshers

Interviews are conversations where the interviewer will ask the interviewee certain questions to get information. Interviews may be both formal and informal and may also be conducted in a group or on a one-on-one basis. Whatever the nature of the interview, it is important for both parties to be prepared for it. It is not like an informal chat; rather, one must plan the topics in advance. Students applying to colleges or applying for jobs after completing their graduation or post-graduation degrees must prepare themselves well for such interviews. They can benefit from the list below when preparing for an interview:

  1. What are your long range and short range goals and how are you preparing yourself to achieve them?
  2. What specific goals have you established for yourself for the next 10 years?
  3. How would you describe the ideal jobs for you after graduation?
  4. Why did you decide to seek a position with this company?
  5. What do you know about our company?
  6. What is the greatest constructive criticism you have ever received from a supervisor?
  7. What changes do you recommend to make the college union a better or more effective place?
  8. What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
  9. What do you really want to do in life?
  10. What are the top three things that are most important to you when looking for a job?
  11. When you leave here today, what are the most important things you want us to remember about you?
  12. Describe a risk you took and what it taught you about yourself.
  13. What things were you prepared to tell us that we may not have asked you?
  14. If we asked your past two supervisors to evaluate your performance, what would they say?
  15. Describe a satisfying experience in your student life.
  16. Describe the time when you found it hard to stay open-minded and explain the reasons why.
  17. Give me an example of a work situation in which you were not proud of your performance?
  18. What do you do after a stressful day?
  19. What are the most important rewards you expect in your business career?
  20. What was the last book you read, and what impact did it have on you?
  21. Please describe your sense of humor.
  22. If you could be a superhero and have any power, what power would you desire and why?
  23. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
  24. Why are you seeking a position in this company?
  25. What do you know about this company?
  26. What contributions can you make to our company?
  27. What do you expect to be earning in five years?
  28. What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
  29. How has your college experience prepared you for a business career?
  30. Why should I hire you?
  31. What qualifications do you have that make you think that you will be successful in business?
  32. How do you determine or evaluate success?
  33. What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours?
  34. What kind of work environment are you most comfortable in?
  35. What type of position are you most interested in?
  36. What qualities should a successful manager possess?
  37. Describe the relationship that should ideally exist between a supervisor and those reporting to him.
  38. Mention two or three accomplishments that have given you the most satisfaction and why?
  39. Describe your most rewarding college experience.
  40. If you were hiring a graduate for this position, what qualities would you look for?
  41. Why did you select your college or university?
  42. What led you to choose your field or major study?
  43. What college subjects did you like best?
  44. What college subjects did you like least?
  45. If you could, how would you plan your academic study differently?
  46. What changes would you make in your college or university?
  47. Do you have plans for continued study?
  48. Do you think your grades are a good indication of your academic achievement?
  49. What have you learned from participation in extracurricular activities?
  50. How do you work under pressure?
  51. In what part-time jobs have you been most interested?
  52. What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
  53. Are you seeking employment in a company of a certain size?
  54. What criteria do you use to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?
  55. Do you have a geographical preference
  56. Will you relocate?
  57. Are you open to the prospect of traveling extensively?
  58. Are you willing to spend at least six months as a trainee?
  59. Why do you think you might like to live in the community in which our company is located?
  60. What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
  61. What have you learned from your mistakes?
  62. Tell me about a conflict with a coworker and how you resolved it.
  63. What four words would you use to describe yourself?
  64. What do you consider to be your strengths and weaknesses?
  65. Why should this company hire you?
  66. What questions haven’t I asked you that you would like to answer?
  67. Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?
  68. Which is more important to you, the money or the type of job?
  69. What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  70. How would you describe yourself?
  71. How do you think a friend or professor who knows you well would describe you?
  72. How do you stay engaged and passionate about your work responsibilities?
  73. What three main skills do you think are most important for this position?
  74. Can you tell us about any of the nationwide trends in student affairs or higher education?
  75. How do the needs of graduate students differ from undergrads?
  76. Do you believe leadership can be taught?
  77. What does it mean to be a mentor?
  78. Describe the difference between advising and supervision.
  79. What strategies do you have for maintaining contact with students?
  80. What are past responsibilities that you are intrinsically motivated to do?
  81. What are those things in your past job or those responsibilities that you needed an extrinsic reward to get you motivated?
  82. What work-related values are strongest in this type of work?
  83. What kinds of decisions do you make?
  84. What training would you ideally recommend for a candidate who wanted to enter this field?
  85. What characteristics or skills are most important in a good supervisor?
  86. What courses have proved to be the most valuable to you in your career?
  87. What in your opinion is the biggest challenge facing college student today?
  88. How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?
  89. As a higher education professional, have you done any work in the area of diversity in the community?
  90. What is your impression of our institutional values?
  91. How do you plan to stay prominent in the student activities field?
  92. What do you think are the key components of building community on campus?
  93. What challenges have you faced when advising students?
  94. Who has served as your role model throughout your graduate experience?
  95. Tell me about a meeting you have led, and how you conducted it.
  96. If your job progresses as you like, what would be the next step in your career?
  97. What are the opportunities for advancement, promotion, or mobility?
  98. What kind of things do you do to motivate the people that you work with?
  99. What kind of hobbies and activities to you enjoy in your spare time?
  100. What have you learned about our institution while investigating this employment opportunity?

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