General Interview Questions

These questions are designed to help the employer learn more about you, your interests, and what you have to offer a position. The goal is to build a rapport while getting to know each other in a low-stress environment. Answer each question thoughtfully and honestly. Do not try to make something up that you think the employer wants to hear.

Q:  Tell Me About Yourself:

  • Respond with a quick, about a 15-30 second snapshot of who you are and why you’re the best candidate for this position. This is often referred to as your “elevator pitch”.

Q:  Why are you interested in/what attracted you to this position?

  • The interviewer is trying to determine how you may fit the position and how motivated you will be once hired
  • Explain why the position interests you, how it aligns with your current and future career goals, and describe what you will bring to the role
  • Offer insight that shows you understand the company and job role
  • Salary should not be included in your answer

Q: Why should we hire you for this position?

  • Provide reasons why you are the best candidate and how you will “fit” in with the organization
  • Think about how your skills match the needs of the job and what unique skills/characteristics/experiences will set you apart
  • Mention if you have successfully done similar work before

Q:  What are your strengths? What are you good at?

  • The interviewer wants to know how your skills align with the needs of the role and how accurately you view your strengths
  • Relate how the strength is important to the role you are seeking or to a skill outlined in the job description and provide an example of how you have used your strength
  • Be proud but not arrogant, and don’t worry about sounding boastful, this is your opportunity to express what you know you are good at
  • Do not choose cliché answers, such as, “I am a people person”

Q:  What weaknesses do you have? What is something you want to improve about yourself?

  • The interviewer is trying to determine how self-aware you are, whether or not you will be honest, and if you are willing to improve yourself
  • Be honest, pick weaknesses you have, not what you think the interviewer wants to hear
  • Talk about a skill you would like to develop and share an example of how you are already working on strengthening an area
  • Do not select cliché answers, such as, “I’m a perfectionist”

Q:  What are your long-term goals / What are your future career plans?

  • Express your commitment to the profession and/or your commitment to the organization
  • Remember to keep your answer fairly general