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.

Sample General Interview Questions

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your major strengths/weaknesses?
  • Why should I hire you over other candidates?
  • What kind of professors did you like?
  • Do you work well under pressure? How do you handle it?
  • What have you done to show initiative and innovation?
  • What supervisory or leadership roles have you had?
  • What have been your most satisfying and most disappointing experiences?
  • Why did you decide to interview with us?
  • Why are your grades low? Do they reflect your ability?
  • What do you know about our organization?
  • What interests you about this specific position?
  • What qualifications do you have that make you feel you would be successful?
  • What have you learned from some of the jobs you have held?
  • What is not on your resume that you would like to tell me?
  • What have you read recently?
  • In what school activities have you participated? Why?
  • Which school activities did you enjoy the most?
  • How did you spend your vacations while in school?
  • If you were starting college all over again, what would you do differently?
  • Do you think your extracurricular activities were worth the time you devoted to them? Why?
  • What are your long-range/short-range goals? How do you plan to achieve them?
  • What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
  • Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?
  • If you were hiring a graduate for this position, what qualities would you look for?
  • Why did you select Miami University?
  • What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
  • What have you learned from your mistakes?
  • What criteria are you using to evaluate the organization for which you hope to work?
  • What other employers are you interviewing with?
  • What types of positions are you considering?
  • What would be your ideal job?
  • Why did you select your particular major?