An image of students and employers conversing during the Miami University Career Fair 2015. An image of students and employers conversing during the Miami University Career Fair 2015.

Mock Interview Major Specific Questions

General Interview Questions 

Problem Solving/Analysis 

  1. Have you ever solved a problem when others around you could not? Tell me about it. 
  2. What was one of the toughest problems you have ever solved? What process did you go through to solve it? 
  3. Do people ever come to you for help in solving problems? Describe what kinds of problems and why? 
  4. How do you begin to solve a problem that initially seems insurmountable? 
  5. What do you do when you are faced with an obstacle to an important project? Give me an example. 
  6. How do you analyze different options to determine which is the best alternative? 

Communication Skills 

  1. Give an example of how you carefully consider your audience prior to communicating with them? What factors influence your communication? 
  2. When do you think it is best to communicate in writing? And when do you think it should be handled face-to-face? 
  3. Describe a time you used your communication skills to negotiate with an angry person. 
  4. Tell me about a time when effective listening skills helped you in a problematic situation. 
  5. What do you do when you think someone is not listening to you? 
  6. Have you ever given a presentation to a group? How did you prepare for it? What would you do differently? 
  7. Describe a time when you were able to overcome a communication barrier(s). 

Teamwork Questions 

  1. When groups work together, conflict often erupts. Tell me about a time that conflict occurred in one of your work groups. What you did about it? 
  2. Tell me what role you play within work groups and why.
  3. How would people you work with describe you?
  4. Tell me about the most effective contribution you have made as part of a task group or special project team.
  5. Tell me about a time you pitched in to help someone finish a project even though it “wasn’t your job.” What was the result?
  6. Have you ever been in a position where you had to lead a group of peers? How did you handle it? Tell me about problems you had and how you handled them.
  7. What is essential for a team to be successful?
  8. Tell me about a time you worked in a cross functional team? Were there different challenges compared to a departmental task team?
  9. Have you ever worked in a virtual team?
  10. If so, tell me about this experience. What were the team dynamics? Was the team successful? What would you do differently?
  11. If not, what do you perceive to be the advantages and disadvantages of this type of team? How would you suggest creating team cohesiveness in a virtual setting?
  12. Tell me about a situation where political power plays affected team dynamics. How did you and/or the team overcome or avoided this situation? 

Learning Questions 

  1. What do you know about us (company)? 
  2. Describe a time when you took a new job that required a much different set of skills. 
  3. Have you had an occasion when a prior strength actually turned out to be a weakness in another setting? How did you cope? 
  4. What are your “go-to” professional reading sources? 
  5. What sorts of things have you done to become better qualified for your career? 
  6. Careers grow and develop just like people do. Where do you see your career now? Why? What are you doing to sustain it? 
  7. What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned in the past year? Why? 
  8. Do you feel you are knowledgeable about current industry related legislation or trends? Why or why not?
  9. What was the last work-related educational seminar or class you attended? Why did you attend this course? How have you transferred the knowledge gained in the course to your work?
  10. Through your career have you learned more about your profession through coursework or through on the job experience? Explain. What is more important to your profession, experience or continued education?
  11. What area of your last job was most challenging for you? Why was this specific part of the position difficult? Is this still challenging? Why or why not?
  12. Tell me about the one person who has influenced you the most within your career? Were they a manager or mentor? What did you learn from them? Why do you think you learned so much from them? 

Diversity Questions 

  1. Provide the mission statement with value on diversity. How has your experience and background prepared you to be effective in this environment with a given diversity value/initiative? 
  2. What do you see as the most challenging aspect of a diverse working environment? What steps have you taken to meet this challenge? 
  3. What kinds of experiences have you had working with others with different backgrounds than your own? 
  4. Tell me about a time you had to alter your work style to meet a diversity need or challenge? 
  5. How have you handled a situation when a colleague was not accepting of others’ diversity? 
  6. What does it mean to have a commitment to diversity? And how would you develop and apply your commitment at this company? 
  7. What was/is the diversity value at your current/former employer? What impact did you make on this value? 
  8. What efforts have you made, or been involved with, to foster diversity competence and understanding? 
  9. What have you done to further your knowledge about diversity? Have you included diversity in your professional development? How have you demonstrated what you have learned? 
  10. What kind of leadership efforts would you make to ensure a commitment to the diversity initiative or value? 
  11. What strategies have you used to address diversity challenges? What were the positives and negatives? 

Interpersonal Skills 

  1. If were to call your last employer, what would they say they did not like about you, and what would they say they loved about you as an employee? 
  2. Describe how you like to be managed, and the best relationship you’ve had with a previous boss. 
  3. If I asked your previous/current co-workers about you what would they say? 
  4. Describe what you see as your strengths related to this job/position. Describe what you see as your weaknesses related to this job/position. 
  5. Explain the phrase “work ethic”. And tell me about yours. 
  6. What kind of people do you find the most difficult to work with? For example, assume you are in a situation where you have to deal with a person very different from yourself and you are finding it difficult. What would you do? 
  7. What methods do you use to make decisions? When do you find it most difficult to make a decision? 
  8. Describe a difficult time you have had dealing with an employee, customer, or co-worker. Why was it difficult? How did you handle it? What was the outcome? 
  9. How would your co-workers describe your work style/habits? 
  10. What do you do when others resist or reject your ideas or actions? 
  11. What do you think are the best and worst parts of working in a team environment? How do you handle it? 
  12. Under what kinds of conditions do you learn best? 
  13. How would your past employers describe your response to hectic or stressful situations? 
  14. How would your co-workers describe your work style or work habits? 
  15. If I asked several of your co-workers about your greatest strength as a team member, what would they tell me? 
  16. To you, which is more desirable: A business that is run in an efficient business-like manner OR a business that is run in a personal and friendly way? 
  17. Please share with me two positive traits that you do not currently have that you wish you had. 

Accountancy 

  1. With which accounting applications are you familiar? 
  2. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of the different accounting packages/systems you have recently used in you accounting jobs/classes. 
  3. Give examples of the accounting reports you have prepared for class. 
  4. Describe any accounting process that you have developed or revised. 
  5. What do you consider to be the biggest challenge facing the accounting profession today? 
  6. What cost-cutting measures do you, or would you, like to be responsible for implementing? 
  7. In what aspects of hands-on accounting have you participated? 
  8. Give examples of internal control procedures that you could implement. 
  9. Discuss your experience in financial analysis of company/ad hoc projects. 
  10. Tell me about financial forecasting (if any) for which you have been responsible? 
  11. Have you played a role in the audit process? If so, what was your role? 
  12. What processes have you used to evaluate financial risk? 
  13. Which management reports have you prepared? 
  14. Discuss your experience in tax planning and preparation. 
  15. How do you keep updated on all the accounting rules and techniques? 
  16. Describe a time when you had to use numerical data or graph to convince someone. 
  17. You may be faced with preparing financial statements or reports within a demanding deadline. How do you react to these situations? 

Academic Advising 

  1. Why academic advising? 
  2. What is your personal advising philosophy? 
  3. What is a commonly shared trait in first-year students that you've seen which could ultimately hurt their college experience? 
  4. Why do you feel so many undergraduate students struggle when it comes to using their Academic Advisor? 

Advertising 

Advertising is one of the fields which requires innovation. You should be innovative as well as creative if you want to be a part of an advertising team. You can be anybody but if you are in the advertising industry then you are required to be good at creative art, free hand sketching, as well as developing innovative ideas. 

  1. How would you define innovation and how important do you think innovation is to your work? 
  2. Why do you want to pursue the career in advertising? 
  3. Tell me about an advertising campaign in any media form that has caught the eyes of the world, and why? 
  4. How would you describe our advertising agency / organization? 
  5. Share an example of a time that you displayed innovation on a project or task. 
  6. How would you describe the current advertising field as it stand s right now? 
  7. What do you see as the future of advertising? 
  8. What types of advertising tools have you worked with? 
  9. Do you understand our target market/demographic? 
  10. What do you feel most unsuccessful companies lack in terms of advertising? 
  11. What do you consider an effective advertisement and how do you evaluate it? 

Chemistry/Bio-Chemistry

  1. What is your experience with polymer synthesis?
  2. What do you think is the greatest challenge facing Chemist today?
  3. Explain titration and its significance to chemistry.
  4. What is the process of achieving equilibrium by adding certain reactants?
  5. What are the various kinds of indicators used to reach an equivalence point?
  6. Define the process of Gravimetric analysis.
  7. What are the different applications used in the process of spectroscopy and what are the various functions of the process?
  8. What is the technique that characterizes the chemical structure of materials at atomic level?
  9. Which process do you apply in order to decrease the complexity of material mixtures?
  10. How would you visualize single molecules, nano micro materials, biological tissues and single cells?

Computer Science and Software Enginerring 

  1. Please tell me about your technical experience? 
  2. What is a class? (Answer: This is one of the most basic questions asked by an interviewer. A class is a blueprint or prototype from which objects are created. It is a real-world object which consists of methods and data.) 
  3. What is the difference between call by value, call by reference, and call by address? 
  4. What are your technical and non-technical skills? 
  5. With what programs and languages are you familiar? 
  6. With what programs and languages would you like to become familiar? 
  7. How do you see computer programming changing over the next decade? 
  8. –CAR– Tell me about a time when you used your analytical skills to troubleshoot a problem. 
  9. –CAR– Tell me about your experience with sorting.
  10. –CAR– Tell me about your experience with writing a program to reverse a string.

Operating Systems 

  1. Explain the main purpose of an operating system?

Answer for question 1:

Operating systems exist for two main purposes. One is that it is designed to make sure a computer system performs well by managing its computational activities. Another is that it provides an environment for the development and execution of programs.

Programming 

  1. Describe two programming languages and explain the differences. 
  2. If you had to change something in your favorite {language}, what would you change? 
  3. Tell me about a technical challenge that you had when you were working on a project in {language}. 

Dental School 

  1. Why dentistry? 
  2. Why have you chosen to pursue this profession? 
  3. What interests you about this profession? 
  4. What are you looking for in this profession? 
  5. What do you have to offer this profession? 
  6. Who or what has influenced you in this decision? 
  7. When did you make this decision? 
  8. What are your plans if you do not get into Dental School? 
  9. If you are not accepted into Dental School, how would you enhance your application going forward? 

Knowledge of profession 

  1. Are you aware of the multi-faceted nature of Dentistry? 
  2. Are you aware of options in the profession? 
  3. Are you aware of the issues facing Dentistry today? 

Observation Hours & Experiences 

  1. How many hours? 
  2. What types of practices? Any specialties?
  3. Have you worked as a dental hygienist, dental assistant, or lab tech?
  4. Favorite thing you observed or highlights of your observation experience? 

Hand skills

  1. Do you enjoy working with your hands?
  2. What hobbies do you have that require hand skills?
  3. Any art/graphics/design background or courses? 

Dental Interests & Groups

  1. Do you have a specific interest related to Dentistry?
  2. Involved in pre-dental groups?
  3. Any leadership roles in pre-dental groups? 

Probability to Serve

  1. Are you aware of areas in Ohio that are identified as underserved and have been identified as having a dental health professional shortage?
  2. Do you have experiences volunteering in such underserved areas?
  3. Did you grow up in an area that has a dental health professional shortage?
  4. After obtaining your DDS, where do you plan on practicing? 

Miscellaneous

  1. How are you unique?
  2. What can you add to our dental class in terms of diversity?

Dietetics 

Questions for all students: 

  1. What is a Dietitian and why do you want to become one?
  2. Give me three words that best describe you.
  3. What are your short term goals, within 5 years?
  4. What are your long term goals, within 10 years?
  5. What are your strengths?
  6. What areas can you improve on?
  7. How do you process new information, internally or externally?
  8. How do you handle stress?
  9. Do you see yourself as a leader or a follower? Explain. 

Dietetic questions: 

  1. Why are you interested in this dietetic internship program?
  2. What puts you above other candidates for this program?
  3. Discuss a successful outcome from a volunteer project you have been involved with.
  4. Do you work better in groups or independently? Explain.
  5. What is your plan if you do not get this internship?
  6. How do you plan to financially support yourself during the internship?
  7. What is your opinion on alternative medicine?
  8. What is your opinion of bariatric surgery?
  9. How is the role of the Registered Dietitian in healthcare viewed by other professionals?
  10. What would you tell a client about the Atkins diet?
  11. Discuss your diet.
  12. What was/is your favorite class in college and why?
  13. What are your concerns about the internship?
  14. If there were five other candidates from Miami, why should we choose you?
  15. When was a time you had to be flexible?
  16. If you were sitting in on an interview with a Registered Dietitian who was interviewing 5 prospective food service employees and you THINK they may be asking some illegal questions, what would you do?
  17. What are some of your greatest accomplishments?
  18. You are the last one to lock up the kitchen at night. You notice that there are some dirty pans from the chicken from dinner. What do you do?
  19. How do you motivate someone to make healthy lifestyle changes?
  20. How would you prepare a series of food and nutrition talks for the Welfare to Work program?

Economics 

  1. How do you best define economics?
  2. What are the disadvantages of a mixed economy system?
  3. What would be the effect of tightening monetary policy on the value of bonds in the bond market?
  4. How could the government prevent people from taking certain motorway routes (and thus decrease congestion)?
  5. If the government borrows a lot of money, what will this do to interest rates?
  6. If interest rates are raised, will firms invest more or less?
  7. 'The housing market is currently seen as a place where it is very hard for some sectors like nurses to find affordable housing.’ Please comment on that.
  8. What is correlation? Does correlation provide enough evidence for the two factors being directly linked?
  9. Are there any examples of markets that do not exist?
  10. Is impulse buying irrational?
  11. There is a rare disease that infects every 1/1000 people. There is a test to see if you have it - which is wrong 5% of the time. What is the probability that you have it? Should you be worried?
  12. What is globalization and what does the average citizen gain from globalization?
  13. Should employees, firms, or the government pay to train workers?
  14. Why do governments not seek to eradicate inflation completely?
  15. In your studies of economics, have you come across any examples of a theory or idea that seems completely counter-intuitive?
  16. What part of economics really interests you?
  17. What motivates an entrepreneur?
  18. Explain the underlying causes of the business cycle
  19. Talk about a situation in which a monopoly practises price discrimination. Is there any welfare loss if a firm practises first degree price discrimination?
  20. Should senior executives receive no more than 20 times their average salary?
  21. Should the pay of every employee in a business be known by everyone else?
  22. Would it be feasible to have an economy which was entirely based on the service sector?
  23. A man pays for his vacation at a hotel on a tropical island by check. He has a top credit rating and rather than cashing it, the hotel manager pays a supplier using the same check. That supplier does the same thing with one of his suppliers and so on, ad infinitum. Who pays for the man's vacation?
  24. Discuss the interaction between fiscal and monetary policy.
  25. Discuss competition in the TV industry.
  26. How effective is current monetary policy?
  27. What are your particular interests in economics?
  28. Do you think we should worry about a balance of payments deficit?
  29. Explain how the Phillips curve arises?
  30. Is it a good thing that taxes should be lowered in the long term? 

Answer for question 2:

The disadvantages of a mixed economy really depend on how "mixed" it is. For instance, if it is mixed more towards a free-market, there is little regulation (some may see this as a good, though), but if it is mixed more towards a command economy, the control may stifle growth. 
Mixed economies can also have different characteristics. Each of these will share a different set of disadvantages. A will stifle profits due to its high tax structure, but will encourage new ideas due to its low regulation (this could result in many weird effects such as an economy comprised almost solely of small, well-niche businesses). B will encourage profits, but due to its regulation, some new ideas (and some growth) will be stifled. For instance, if environmental regulations are strict, the building of new plants or refineries might be lowered. This could result in a small number of very large and profitable businesses. 

Engineering

(Special Thanks to Dr. Osama Ettouney: Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department Chair) 

Engineering Management Questions 

  1. What is Engineering Management?
  2. What do you hope to do with this major?
  3. Why should we select you over a more technically focused major such as Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Questions

  1. What experience do you have integrating computers with manufacturing?
  2. How do you feel design and manufacturing tie together?
  3. Do you have any experience in Six Sigma or another similar type of quality management methodology?
  4. Often a manufacturing facility can be uncomfortable. How would you deal with such an environment? (This question is meant to be vague. If asked for clarification, explain that the question refers to the physical environment; hot, loud, hard hat area.) 
  5. What experience do you have with computer aided drawing and design?
  6. Tell me about a tme when you took an idea and made it a reality.
  7. Besides Mechnical/Manufacturing Engineering, what are some of your other areas of strengths?

Electrical and Computer Engineering Questions 

  1. What experience do you have with computer programming?
  2. The world of Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering is growing at a rapid pace. What do you do to keep up with new trends and new technology?
  3. Tell me about a time with you used computers or electronics to integrate a system. (This can be either on a small or large scale.)
  4. Describe for me one project you were a part of that you feel truly represents your technical ability. 
  5. What experience do you have with computer programming?
  6. Tell me about a time when you helped a peer understand a new software package.
  7. What do you hope to do with a major in Computer Engineering/Electrical Engineering?
  8. What are your feelings on the outsourcing of IT and other computer related jobs?
  9. –CAR– Tell me about a time when you used your analytical skills to troubleshoot a problem.
  10. –CAR– Tell me about our experience with sorting. (Computer Engineering ONLY)
  11. –CAR– Tell me about your experience with writing a program to reverse a string. (Computer Engineering ONLY)

Design 

  1. Describe how you would design a cell-phone tower system. Remember that as a user moves while on the phone, the connection should automatically be routed through the nearest tower. 

Operating Systems 

  1. Explain the main purpose of an operating system? (Computer Engineering ONLY) 

Answer for question 1:

Operating systems exist for two main purposes. One is that it is designed to make sure a computer system performs well by managing its computational activities. Another is that it provides an environment for the development and execution of programs.

Programming 

  1. Describe two programming languages and explain the difference?
  2. If you had to change something in your favorite {language}, what would you change? (Computer Engineering ONLY)
  3. Tell me about a technical challenge that you had when you were working on a project in {language}? 

Chemical, Paper and Biomedical Engineering Questions 

(Provided by Dr. Shashi Lalvani: Paper and Chemical Engineering Department Chair and Erica Suding '07
  1. Describe your training in biochemical approaches to the production of chemicals, energy resources and pharmaceuticals.
  2. What experience do you have with software applications in process design?
  3. Do you have an interest or knowledge in the area of sustainability?
  4. What are some new developments in the area of energy resource utilization? 
  5. How would moisture affect the quality of paper during shipping?
  6. What types of mill experience do you have? (e.g., tissue and toweling, fine paper, boxboard, linerboard, recycled and others, ask for details.)
  7. What kind of experience do you have using testing equipment? (e.g., tensile, stiffness, size, and others, ask for details.)
  8. Tell me about the types of group projects you have done in your paper science classes that have given you experience necessary for this position.

Family Studies/Social Work

  1. Tell me about a crisis you encountered at work/class and how you handled it.
  2. Would you do anything different if you encounter a similar crisis?
  3. What would your professors say about you?
  4. Why did you decide to interview with us?
  5. What courses best prepared you for this job?
  6. Walk me through a situation in which you had to handle conflict.
  7. What kinds of people do you like to work with? Who do you find it difficult to work with? Give me an example of a situation in which you worked with this difficult type of person.
  8. Anyone who takes this position will need to handle stress well. How do you handle stress? Can you give me an example?
  9. Describe your supervisory style.
  10. Tell me about a time that you had to manage a difficult employee. How did you resolve the situation?
  11. What else can you add that we have not asked you already that would make us want to hire you? 

Finance Sector

The finance sector deals with the management of funds. There are various areas such as business finance, personal finance and public finance. The services include budgeting and monitoring of time, money and risk. A good knowledge of the core subjects in finance is a must to qualify for any position in this field. The sector is ever growing and has rich reward to offer for the talented and diligent candidates. 
  1. Explain a cash flow statement.
  2. What is free cash flow?
  3. Answer: Free cash flow is the cash flow that exists for distribution. It is available for all the security holders of the organization. They include debt holders, preferred stock holders, equity holders, convertible holders, etc.
  4. Define Convexity.
  5. Answer: Convexity is the measure of curvature that exists between bond prices and bond yields. It helps in more accurate estimations.
  6. Explain credit spread?
  7. Answer: Credit spread is the difference between the value of two securities which have different prices but similar interest rates and maturities. It is also defined as the additional interest that is paid by a borrower who has a lower than a satisfactory credit rating.
  8. Please provide an example of a time where you negotiated a win-win situation.

Financial Analyst 

Financial analysts also called investment analysts, business analysts or business advisors usually analyzes financial data to provide business analysis suggestions to cooperate. Financial analysts often examine statistical software outputs to analyze the facts for preparing assessment reports based on to the data gathered. They may work in the banking, corporate, insurance companies and businesses. Many financial analysts advise institutions on sales, project budgets, cash flows and money investments such as stocks and bonds. Therefore, the career options for financial analysts are unlimited and may lead to working in the top banks and business institutions. 
The education requirements for financial analyst positions may be: bachelor’s degree in finance, business administration or science in accounting or economics. Master degree in finance or business administration is preferable. 
  1. Can you explain quarterly forecasting, updating revenue, and expense models?
  2. Describe projects in which you have used this knowledge?
  3. Are you familiar with creating daily sales reports?
  4. Can you describe the practices you have used or would use for analysis of financial and management reporting?
  5. Review key industry topics.
  6. What are your career goals as a financial analyst? 

Geography/GIS Position

GIS stands for Geographical Information System. A GIS specialist is responsible for capturing, storing, analyzing, managing, and presenting the data that is linked to a particular location. He or she creates maps and graphs, using GIS software and related equipment. He or she integrates stores, edits, analyzes, shares, and displays geographic information.
  1. What does ESRI stand for? (Answer: Environmental Science Research Institute)
  2. What are the three product levels of ArcGIS Desktop? Which would you use to edit SDE data? (Answer Part 1: ArcView, ArcInfo, ArcEditor; Answer Part 2: ArcInfo, ArcEditor)
  3. Name the three vector geometry types. (Answer: Points, Lines (Polylines), Polygons)

Geology and Earth Sciences

  1. How old is the earth?
  2. How many seismograph stations are needed to allocate the epicenter of an earthquake?
  3. How has the earth changed since it was formed?
  4. Explain to calculate or estimate the evaporation from lakes?
  5. How do we know magma does not originate in the liquid outer core?
  6. How do minerals become rocks and rocks become soil?
  7. How do geologists find out the age of mountains?
  8. How can sedimentary processes concentrate and form resources? B. Give an example of a resource formed by a sedimentary process.
  9. What minerals attract lightning?
  10. Explain the process of fossil formation. (granite and diamond)
  11. How are igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks formed? 
  12. How does a volcano erupt? 
  13. Explain the constitution of mantle.

Graduate/Professional School

  1. Summarize your undergraduate experiences both in and outside the classroom that had an impact on your life.
  2. What type of degree are you seeking?
  3. How does this university/program fit your plans for graduate work?
  4. What are your academic credentials/grade point average, test scores, research and writing experiences?
  5. Describe what motivating factors led to your decision to pursue graduate study – research project, internship, interest in teaching, etc.
  6. Outline your plans for graduate work and career objectives following the obtainment of your desired advanced degree.
  7. In what type of academic climate do you wish to study?
  8. What type of financial assistance are you seeking? Fellowships, assistantships, loans?

Human Resource Management 

  1. What interests you about the profession of Human Resource Management?
  2. Do you have a personal philosophy about HR management?
  3. What do you like most about HR, what do you like least, and what do you find the most challenging?
  4. Think back to your previous work experience and the individuals you reported to, which reporting structures do you prefer working in?
  5. How do you stay current with changes in employment laws, practices and other HR issues?
  6. An employee tells you about a sexual harassment allegation but then tells you they don't want to do anything about it; they just thought you should
    know. How do you respond?
  7. Describe the most difficult employee relations situation you have had to handle, how it was resolved or not, and why.
  8. What strategic partnerships do you believe are valuable to have while working in a Human Resource Department? How do you seek to cultivate these partnerships?
  9. As HR professionals, we often deal with legal and ethical situations. Tell me about an ethical situation you have encountered and what part you took in resolving it. Tell me about any illegal discrimination charges you have handled and how these were resolved.
  10. Describe your knowledge of/involvement with progressive discipline.
  11. Describe your knowledge of/involvement with Performance Evaluation processes.
  12. Have you ever worked in a Union Environment? What were the positives/negatives?
  13. What would you do if a manager wanted you to terminate an employee in contradiction to your company’s termination policy?
  14. Describe to me in a few sentences the purpose of the following basic Federal regulations: (select one or more, as applicable)
Title VII Civil Rights Act, FLSA, WC, FMLA, ADA
  1. Tell us about an experience where you had to confront someone or give candid feedback?
  2. What are some of the things you are doing to ensure the effectiveness of the team you are leading?
  3. Collecting and using feedback is crucial in human resource work. How do you plan to gather feedback and use it to improve?
  4. What has been your most rewarding experience dealing with the public/customers?
  5. What kind of recommendation would your previous supervisor give you regarding your customer relations skills?
  6. Describe a situation where you were under a great deal of pressure. How did you handle it?
  7. Give me an example of a time when you thought you had "it all nailed down" but a detail you missed fell through the cracks. What happened?
  8. How do you plan to keep up with the current Human Resource Management trends?

Information Systems/Analytics  

  1. What are fundamental business and technical skills necessary for work in Information Systems?
  2. Our work requires a sense of creativity and innovation in developing and managing databases that are succinct and effective. Can you speak about your creativity and innovation?
  3. How do you use computing technology to solve problems?
  4. Professionals in Information Systems bridge the communication gap between business and technology. Can you speak about your written and verbal communication?
  5. Talk about your experience working on a team of technical and non-technical individuals.
  6. You've been given the assignment to develop a training program for a new application. Approximately 30 staff will require training. What steps will you take in developing the training?
  7. Your assignment is to prepare the specifications to purchase a new application. What will you do?
  8. A number of users continue to have difficulty in using a new application. The number of help calls is far and above the average for all other users. How would you address this problem? 

Marketing

  1. What interests you about a career in marketing?
  2. What qualities and skills do you think a successful marketing professional should have?
  3. What non-marketing skills should a successful marketing professional have?
  4. Tell me what type of relationship ought to exist between marketing and sales?
  5. Please describe the relationship between marketing, sales, and service?
  6. Tell me about your experience in marketing research.
  7. Which of the qualities and skills you named for a successful marketing professional do you have?
  8. Tell me about a marketing nightmare you were involved in. If you have had none, describe what you would consider a marketing nightmare.
  9. What kind of marketing do you have experience in and which do you prefer using? Direct mail, telephone, television, radio, web-based, combination of any of these?
  10. Tell me about two marketing accomplishments that were very successful or that you are the most proud of.
  11. What college courses or experience have prepared you for the marketing position you are applying for with us?
  12. What kind of training have you had in web-based marketing?
  13. What does a good marketer know how to do?
  14. Are there any types of marketing that you consider unethical?
  15. How would you feel if part of your pay was based on your marketing results?
  16. What three things are most important to you in a marketing position?
  17. Several of the clients this position services use direct mail marketing. Suppose that you just received a supply of the final conference brochures that you developed, proofed and sent to the printers for one of these clients. The deadline for mailing the 10,000 brochures is tomorrow. You notice that there is an error in the date of one of the conference sessions. What would you do?
  18. Having read about our company and met with several marketing heads here, what ideas do you have on how we can improve our marketing efforts?
  19. We have a new product coming out in three months. What would you do to launch it? 
  20. Let’s pretend we had very convincing data that showed none of our potential customers use social media. Should we still do it? Why?
  21. How effectively do you think you can work within budgetary constraints?
  22. What factors do you consider most important when attempting to influence consumer behavior?
  23. Why are you interested in our product or service? 

Medical School

  1. Why do you want to be an M.D., and how long have you had this desire? What motivated you to go into medicine?
  2. What are some problems that women face in health careers?
  3. Why does medicine interest you?
  4. Why would you make a good physician?
  5. What do you anticipate being your greatest problem in medical school?
  6. What would be the biggest challenge for you in medicine?
  7. Why are you interested in our school?
  8. How will you choose if given multiple acceptances?
  9. What is an ethical dilemma you have faced and how did you resolve it?
  10. What are the ethical decisions that must be faced in medicine today? What are your views?
  11. What do you see as some of the problems/negative aspects of medicine today?
  12. What is a current controversial issue in medicine? What are your views on it?
  13. What do you think we should do about the elderly and the health care crisis?
  14. Where do you see the future of health care in the U.S. going?
  15. How would you change the healthcare system in order to facilitate the rising costs? Do you have a solution for rising health care costs?
  16. How do you see the upcoming changes in providing health care, from the consumer’s point of view?
  17. What characteristics separate you from the rest of the applicants?
  18. My job as an interviewer is to tell the admissions committee why we should admit you. So, why should we admit you?
  19. What are your plans if you do not get into Medical School?
  20. If you are not accepted into Medical School, how would you enhance your application going forward? 

Micro-Biology

  1. What do you think is the greatest challenge facing Microbiologist today?
  2. How would you make a 5M NaCl (Sodium Chloride) from a stock solution?
  3. How does Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) work and how do you prepare it?
  4. What is a gel made of, and how does changing the percent agarose affect what samples you can run?
  5. If you were to run a gel with a large fragment of DNA, what would you need to change about the gel?
  6. If you were to streak something on a plate that you know grows well on that media, but you suddenly had no growth, what could have gone wrong?

Public Relations

  1. If employer is known - What is one idea you have for promoting this business and its mission?
  2. Tell me about a time when you had to overcome a challenge with an individual or group when developing and executing a PR program to increase awareness and preference for a product and service. What did you do?
  3. What was the most difficult situation you have been in when responding to media and public inquiries. What made it difficult? How did you handle it?
  4. Describe a time when you created a press release, bylined article, case study or other communication that was misunderstood by the audience. What did you do about this? What did you learn?
  5. Give me an example of when a co-worker or manager disagreed with the media relations strategy or tactic that you recommended. How did you handle this?
  6. Tell me about a social media campaign you have been a part of developing or ran on your own.
  7. How would you measure the success of a Public Relations campaign? 

Sport Leadership and Management (SLAM)

  1. Describe what you learned during your internship. How will you apply what you learned to this position?
  2. What does success mean to you? How will you contribute to the success of this organization?
  3. Why did you choose to major in SLAM?
  4. What were the most challenging aspects of your internship?
  5. Describe a high-pressure experience from your internship, work, class, or other activity. Who was involved? Walk me through how you handled it. What would you do differently?
  6. Why do you want to work with our organization?
  7. In this position you will interact with clients, co-workers, upper management, subordinates, and others. What strengths do you have that help you deal with all kinds of people?
  8. Tell me about the most effective contribution you have made as a part of a task group or special project team. 

Start-Up Companies

  1. Why do you want to join a start-up company?
  2. Working in a start-up company, everyone needs to pitch in and work as a team, including doing the occasional administrative task. Do you have the “do whatever it takes” work mentality?
  3. Can you give me an example of when you demonstrated high initiative?
  4. How have you worked around resourcing and staffing limitations to accomplish a project?
  5. Do you foresee this position will be a job or a career?
  6. If we had news that the company may go belly up in two weeks, what would you do?
  7. How comfortable are you with change, and how do you handle it?
  8. Why do you want to join a start-up company?
  9. Your job description may have you specifically focused on marketing. One day your supervisor tells you that you need to drop everything to get pizza for the team, finish a deadline for a news article, and then do data entry for what will take at least 5 hours. How do you respond and prioritize your tasks?
  10. (Characteristic: This gets at the ‘do whatever it takes/all hands on deck’ mentality, and that there will be competing priorities in daily activities)
  11. How do you define initiative? Please provide an example where you took initiative and made an impact.
  12. (Characteristic: A startup company team member needs to be able to take the ball and run with it. If they can’t demonstrate a time that was seemingly difficult, outlandish, and took them out of their comfort zone, they are going to need to do so, and quick!)
  13. How have you worked around resourcing and staffing limitations to accomplish a project?
  14. (Characteristic: Startup team members must be ‘maintenance friendly’ and resourceful—that means asking minimal questions to supervisors and using Google/friends/co-workers as your resources)
  15. Your boss walks in on your third day of work with a pile of papers and a title page stating: “Competitive Analysis”. He asks you to figure out the Competitive set and a new market as one of your first projects. What do you do?
  16. (Characteristic: Startup team members must be able to process how to utilize resources to best ‘figure it out’. This means understanding who to ask for what, and the willingness to think critically) 
  17. What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?
  18. (Characteristic: Startup team members need to have overcome challenges and demonstrate positive decision-making skills)
  19. What business would you love to start?
  20. (Characteristic: Startup team members need to know about starting a business or what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. They don't need to actually start one, but at least have a willingness to understand what it takes)
  21. Do you like ping pong?
  22. (Characteristic: Often times, startup companies recruit for culture fit and personality--they want to know beyond the team member's skill set and if they want to hang out with them for 8+ hours a day. This kind of question should be a mutual one--it's a question for the interviewee to assess the company just as much as it is for the company to assess the interviewee!)
For any questions on startup companies or entrepreneurship opportunities, feel free to contact the Institute for Entrepreneurship at: Email- entrepreneurship@miamioh.eduPhone- (513) 529-2590Twitter- @Miami_ENT

Supply Chain

  1. What is your understanding of Supply Chain?
  2. What attracted you to a position working in Supply Chain?
  3. What skills do you feel are integral working in supply chain? Do you embody these skills?
  4. In your work, you may find yourself negotiating with suppliers and distributers. What are your thoughts about negotiation?
  5. What do you like best and least about working in procurement?
  6. What attracted you to working for our company?
  7. Our work requires cultivating and sustaining strong working relationships and collaborations. What is your role on a team and how do you plan on working with professional partners? 

Teacher

A number of questions commonly asked of teacher candidates are listed below. Although you will not be asked all of these questions, this listing is designed to assist you in preparing for employment interviews. In addition to being prepared to respond effectively to questions of this type, it is advisable that you have at least a general understanding of the school or school system, its students and faculty, and the surrounding community. This information may be found in school system newsletters and reports, educational directories, and local newspapers. In any case, being well prepared for your interviews will distinguish you from other applicants and enhance your chances of obtaining a satisfying and rewarding teaching position. 

Quick pick questions

  1. How would you approach different ability levels and differentiate instruction?
  2. What is your philosophy of classroom management?
  3. How would you respond to a parent who is upset with your teaching methods or with your treatment of his or her child?
  4. What are the skills that you will use to influence your teaching/classroom?

Opening Questions 

  1. Briefly tell me about your background.  
  2. What is your philosophy of education?

General Questions

  1. What do you expect from a principal?
  2. How do you design the learning environment?
  3. Tell me about a lesson that was well executed and why?
  4. Tell me about a lesson that was not executed well and why?
  5. What is your process of communicating with parents?
  6. A parent appears at your classroom door and begins to complain about the test you gave the class two days ago--what do you do? 
  7. Describe a time when you were in conflict and how was it resolved?
  8. How do you enhance positive relationships with students?
  9. How much “hands-on” experience do you have with technology?
  10. How have you incorporated instructional technology into your teaching?

Classroom Management 

  1. What progressive discipline steps would you follow for an unmanageable student in your classroom?
  2. How would you handle a student who verbally attacked you in class?
  3. What classroom management strategies will you use to encourage self-discipline and a positive, productive classroom?
  4. Share you philosophy/methods of behavior management. 

Teaching Strategies 

  1. How would you individualize learning?
  2. What principles do you use to create student ownership, responsibility, and student voice?
  3. When designing a lesson plan, what are these basic components: Objective, Activities, Assessments, Extending/Reteach
  4. What best practices do you use in teaching your content?

Measuring Student Performance 

  1. How do you show and monitor growth among different student ability?
  2. What is your system for evaluating student work?
  3. What is your system to communicate student progress to parents?

Curriculum 

  1. What new approaches in teaching would you like to try?
  2. What types of resource materials do you like to use?

Personal Characteristics 

  1. If you needed help, who would you go to?
  2. How would your students describe you?
  3. What are your recreational activities, hobbies, interests?
  4. In what areas do you feel you need improvement? 
  5. How do you cope with stress?

Closing Questions

  1. In summary, what is it that makes you the best candidate for a teaching position in our district?
  2. What questions do you have? 

Veterinary School

  1. You may find that being in vet school, you may not excel as much and/or as fast as you did in your undergraduate studies. How would you handle that situation?
  2. Do you plan on working during vet school?
  3. Do you know how much this is going to cost by the time you graduate?
  4. What do you know about Horse Slaughter legislation? What is your personal opinion about the Horse Slaughter Act?
  5. What is another current topic that will be impacting veterinarians?
  6. What’s your favorite breed of dog?
  7. If a client brought you a 5 year old healthy dog and they wanted you to euthanize it because they were moving and couldn’t bear the thought of someone else having their pet and they wanted to take its cremated ashes with them, what would you do?
  8. You have a golden retriever puppy in vet school lab and you’re going to perform a couple of surgeries on it and the surgeries will be terminal. Are you okay with that? How did you form your opinion?
  9. You have a client with an intact male pitbull and they WILL NOT have him neutered. What do you tell the client? What about if the client has three young children?
  10. If you were to get accepted everywhere you applied, where would you go and why?
  11. To what other schools did you apply and why?
  12. What are your plans if you do not get into Veterinary School?
  13. If you are not accepted into Veterinary School, how would you enhance your application going forward? 

Zoologist

  1. What are the duties and responsibilities of a zoologist?
  2. What is the function of the pectoralis major and pectoralis minor in birds’ wings?
  3. How can fish be safely controlled?
  4. How do you take preventative measures for balantidium coli infections?
  5. How is the role of regional fishery bodies changing?
  6. How would you differentiate between a fetus and embryo?
  7. What are transgenic animals? What are the advantages and disadvantages of such transgenic animals?
  8. What are some positive and negative effects that zoology has on the Earth?
  9. What is recombinant DNA technology?
  10. How do you plan to use your knowledge of animal biology in this position/program?