General Interview Questions

Below are commonly asked questions for any type of interview.

Tell me about yourself.

Present your significant professional and academic qualities for the position. Do not include personal information such as your age, hometown, etc.

What interested you in this position? 

Express your knowledge of the organization and how your experience and background matches it. Mention the experience and skills you have developed through academics, internships, part-time jobs, and/or volunteer work that relate to your  field of interest.

What are your long-range goals / What are your future career plans?

Express your commitment to the profession and  your commitment to the organization. Remember to keep your answer fairly general to not raise doubts about whether you would be a good fit with the organization.

What is your greatest strength?

Specifically cite your strength then support with applicable examples.

What is your greatest weakness?

Below are some points to consider when crafting your answer:

  • Use a weakness that can be seen as a positive characteristic.
  • Use a minor part of the job where you lack knowledge but could quickly learn with experience.

Why should we hire you?

Keep your answer concise, highlighting areas from your background that related to the company’s interest and current hiring needs. Emphasize your unique qualities and characteristics.

*Adapted from Wake Forest University, Office of Personal and Career Development, “General Interview Questions”