Sample Interview Questions
Work experience in general:
- Please describe your present responsibilities and duties.
- Describe the most complex problem you had to solve in your current/last position?
- What do you consider to be your most important accomplishments in the last three positions you have held?
- Describe your involvement with committees, your role on the committees, and what you learned from each experience.
- In previous positions, how much of your work was accomplished alone and how much was part of a team effort?
- What kind of policies and procedures, if any, have you created and to whom did you take them for approval? What was the outcome?
- Describe the most difficult interpersonal challenge you have been faced with and what you did about it.
- Give an example of a potentially volatile situation or individual that you successfully calmed down and how you went about it.
- Describe a time when you went "beyond the call of duty" to accomplish a task.
- Describe the most difficult person you have ever worked with and how you handled him/her.
- What is the biggest conflict you have ever been involved in at work? How did you handle that situation?
- What new programs or services have you started?
- How would you describe "on-the-job stress" and how do you handle it?
- Think about a co-worker from the present or past whom you admire. Why?
- What are one or two of your proudest professional accomplishments?
- How do you feel about diversity in the workplace? Give us some examples of your efforts to promote diversity.
- Describe your volunteer experience in community-based organizations.
- Tell us about your preferred work environment.
- What experiences or skills help you manage projects?
- In what professional development activities have you been involved over the past few years?
- What things have you done on your own initiative to help you prepare for your next job?
- Do you have any additional information that you would like to share?
- Do you have any questions for us?
- What are the characteristics that
you prize most in an employee? What behaviors or characteristics
- Give an example of a time when you were disappointed by an employee's lack of accomplishment and what you did about it
- In your experience, what motivates employees?
- Describe how you would handle a conflict between two or more of your staff members.
- What can a supervisor do to create a positive working environment?
- What methods of communicating with your staff have you found most successful?
- What recognition and reward systems have you found to be most effective?
- In your opinion, what is the role of a supervisor?
- In your opinion, what are the major responsibilities of a supervisor?
- What is an effective training and orientation program for a new employee?
Good Interview Questions for Faculty Candidates
This is a sampling of generic questions to assist search committees in developing interview questions that may be asked of candidates for faculty positions.
- Describe your teaching style.
- Describe your teaching philosophy.
- What technology applications have you utilized in the classroom?
- How do you engage students? How do you engage students in a course for non-majors?
- Share your ideas about professional development.
- In your opinion, how should the workload of a faculty be split and into what areas?
- What changes have you brought to the teaching of (particular discipline)?
- How would you go about being an advocate and resource for the use of technology in the teaching and learning process?
- What courses have you created or proposed in the past five years?
- What do you think are the most important attributes of a good instructor?
- Where does this position fit into your career development goals?
- How do you define good teaching?
- What do you think are your greatest strengths as an instructor?
- In which areas do you feel you can use some further development?
- How do you feel your teaching style can serve the student population of Marietta?
- In what professional development activities have you participated over the past few years?
- What pedagogical changes do you see on the horizon in (particular discipline)?
- How would your background and experiences strengthen this academic department?
- How do you adjust your style to the less-motivated and under-prepared student?
- How have you involved your students in your research?
- What are your current research interests?
- What are the most recent books and articles that you have read?
Interview Questions: Work History
- Name of company, position title and description, dates of employment.
- What were your responsibilities?
- What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them?
- What have you learned from your mistakes?
- Which position was most / least rewarding?
- Questions about your supervisors and co-workers.
- What was it like working for your supervisor?
- What do you expect from a supervisor?
- What problems have you encountered at work?
- Have you ever had difficulty working with a manager?
- Describe a time when you had a difficult time working with a supervisor, and how did you handle the situation?
- Why are you leaving your job? Why did you resign? (If applicable). Why did you quit your job? (If applicable). Why were you fired? (If applicable).
- Explain your gaps in employment?
Job Interview Questions About You
- What is your greatest weakness?
- What is your greatest strength?
- How will your greatest strength help you perform?
- How would you describe yourself?
- Describe a typical work week.
- Describe your work style.
- How many hours do you normally work?
- How would you describe the pace at which you work?
- How do you handle stress and pressure?
- What motivates you?
- Are you a self motivator?
- What are your salary expectations?
- What do you find are the most difficult decisions to make?
- Tell me about yourself.
- What has been the greatest disappointment in your life?
- What are you passionate about?
- What are your pet peeves?
- What do people most often criticize about you?
- When was the last time you were angry? What happened?
- If you could relive the last 10 years of your life, what would you do differently?
- If the people who know you were asked why you should be hired, what would they say?
- Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?
- Give some examples of a teamwork environment/ situation you were in, how did you work with the rest of the team? What were your contributions and results of the combined effort?
- What type of work environment do you prefer?
- How do you evaluate success?
- If you know your boss is 100% wrong about something how would you handle it?
- Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it.
- Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you handled it.
Job Interview Questions About the New Job and the Company
- What interests you about this job?
- Why do you want this job?
- What applicable attributes / experience do you have?
- Are you overqualified for this job?
- What can you do for this company?
- Why are you the best person for the job?
- What do you know about this company?
- Why do you want to work here?
- What challenges are you looking for in a position?
- What can you contribute to this company?
- Are you willing to travel?
- What is good customer service?
- How long do you expect to remain employed with this company?
- Is there anything I haven't told you about the job or company that you would like to know?
Interview Questions: The Future
- What are your goals for the next five years / ten years?
- How do you plan to achieve those goals?
- What are your salary requirements - both short-term and long-term?
- Questions about your career goals.