• Tell me about yourself.

Focus on your most recent professional positions and accomplishments that relate to the job you are interviewing for, your career goals and your desire to be part of this organization. You do not need to go through every position listed on your resume or when you graduated from high school or college.

  • What is your greatest strength?

The best way to respond is to discuss attributes that will directly correlate with the job you are applying for.

  • What is your greatest weakness?

There are several ways you can answer, including mentioning a skill that is not critical for the job, a skill you have improved on, and turning a negative into a positive.

  • What are you goals for the future?

We suggest you discuss growing with an organization where you can continue to learn, take on additional responsibilities and become a top performing employee in a company like the one you are interviewing for.

  • How do you handle stress / pressure.

Let them know you are a person who can stay calm in a stressful situation and know how to prioritize, focus and get the job done.

  • How Do You evaluate success?

Try to provide a balanced answer that emphasizes successful performance, furthering the company’s mission and making a positive impact overall.

  • Why do you want to work here?

If you have done your homework, you should be able to demonstrate how your experience and qualifications match the company’s needs.

  • Why should we hire you?

You need to succinctly lay out your strengths and qualities that are unique to you and what you will be able to bring to the organization.

  • Why do you want to leave your present job?

Don’t be negative about your company or boss. Focus on the opportunity to take the leadership and management skills you have learned from your present position and make an impact on a new organization. Let them know you are ready for new challenges.

  • Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it.

These are Competency-Based or Behavioral interview questions designed to discover how you handled a certain situation. The logic behind these questions is that how you behaved in the past is a predictor of what you will do in the future. Give a concrete example of a difficult work situation, what action you took and the results.


Be sure and look at Competency-Based Interview Questions!