Questions to Expect
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Make the most of your job or internship interview by preparing good answers for the questions you’re likely to hear. Below are some sample questions, along with tips from the Boston College Career Center on the best way to answer them. For more sample questions, see InterviewStream.
Sample Questions (Traditional)
- Tell me about yourself.
- Why did you decide to interview with our organization?
- What courses did you like best and least? Why?
- What supervisory or leadership roles have you held?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Why should we hire you?
- Describe one or two achievements that have given you the most satisfaction.
- In what ways would you contribute to our organization?
Sample Questions (Behavioral)
Tell me about a time when you . . .
- Worked effectively under pressure.
- Were creative in solving a problem.
- Had to make an important decision with limited facts.
- Had to adapt to a difficult situation.
- Were disappointed in your behavior.
- Delegated a project effectively.
- Surmounted a major obstacle.
- Experienced failure in the past few years.
How to Answer Tough Questions
“Tell me about yourself.” A common opener, this broad question is an opportunity to sell your skills. Describe your background in concise terms, then talk about your interest in the job and your qualifications for the position.
“Why should we hire you?” This is your opportunity to correlate the key requirements of the job with your skills. Use experiences from previous jobs, internships, and activities as examples to support your answer. This is also an opportunity to set yourself apart from the pack. If there’s something that makes you unique, such as a relevant skill or experience, mention that here.
“What are your long-range goals?” This question helps employers assess your maturity, foresight, and commitment to your profession. Express your desire to grow within the organization. While you may be unsure of your future plans, demonstrate your knowledge of potential career paths. Also, use this opportunity to communicate how this job fits in with those long-range goals.
“What is your greatest weakness?” Turn your weakness into a positive (for example) "Because I tend to procrastinate, I have learned to work well under pressure in order to always get work done on time."
“Tell me about your education.” Speak well of your alma mater, and be prepared to address questions about any issues, such as low grades or changes in your major.