Sample General Interview Questions

The list below includes examples of the kinds of questions interviewers are most likely to ask you. While interviewers have varying opinions about which questions are the most important, they offer the following advice about how to best handle an interview. 

  • Be prepared—do your homework on the company.
  • Communicate excitement about your career field.
  • Have a well-defined career objective.
  • Be confident selling yourself, but not overconfident or pushy.
  • Be prepared to speak knowledgeably about your academic discipline, your chosen profession and the company with which you are interviewing.
  • Prepare appropriate questions in advance.
  • Take time to think before you answer questions.
  • Relax and be yourself. 

The following questions are organized into subject categories to help you prepare your answers. Take the time to write down brief answers to familiarize yourself with the questions and your responses.

Personal and Motivational Factors

Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of the Organization

Career Goals and Objectives

Work Experiences

Extracurricular Activities and College Experiences

Academic Programs and Achievements

Hypothetical Questions

Additional Information

Geographic Preferences

Salary and Benefits