following are sample questions to help you prepare for your
interview. Although employers may state questions differently,
the kinds of information covered during the interview may be
Why did you decide to major in?
Why did you choose to attend James Madison University?
What courses did you like the most? the least? why?
How has your coursework prepared you for this position?
What are your plans for graduate study?
Why were your grades in (xyz course, xyz semester, college)
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement in college?
If you could begin college again, what would you do differently
What types of activities have you participated in outside
If you had more time, in what types of activities would you
What leadership roles have you had?
How has your previous work experience prepared you for this
Why did you choose your particular field of work?
How do you determine when you are successfully doing your
What qualities might a supervisor have to relate well to you?
How did your previous employer treat you? Why did you leave
How would your supervisor (co-worker, friend) describe you?
Tell me about yourself?
What are your short and long-range goals?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
What have you done that shows initiative and willingness to
What qualifications do you have that make you think you will
be successful in your field?
Describe what is most important to you in a job.
What are your greatest work and non-work accomplishments?
Why do you think you would like to work for our organization?
What do you know about our organization?
In what geographic area do you prefer to work?
On what criteria would you wish to be evaluated?
What aspects of this position would you find the most challenging?
What do you think would be the most demanding aspect of the
job for you?
What would be the two most important aspects of this position
that could influence you to accept or reject the position?
Is there anything else you would like me to know? Any other
information you wish to share?
Describe a time when you were faced with problems or stresses
at work that tested your coping skills. What did you do?
Give me an example of a time when you had to be relatively
quick in making a decision.
Tell me about an important goal you had to set and your progress
in reaching that goal.
Give me an example of when you felt you were able to build
motivation in your co-workers and subordinates.
Describe a situation in which you felt it necessary to be
very attentive and vigilant to your environment.
Give me an example of when you used your fact-finding skills
to gain information needed to solve a problem; then tell me
how you analyzed the information and came to a decision.
Describe the most significant written document, report, or
presentation that you've ever completed.
Tell me about a time when you had to make a decision but didn't
have all the information you needed.