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Typical Questions Asked by Employers

Prepare for these questions prior to the interview and practice your responses. You may find it helpful to jot down key points that you want to emphasize. If you can answer each of these questions clearly, concisely, and confidently, you are well on your way to interview success!

College and Academic Experiences

  • Why did you decide to attend Rutgers University?
  • Why did you choose your major?
  • Have you participated in any campus activities and what did you learn or gain from these involvements?
  • Which college courses did you like the best/least? Why?
  • How would you evaluate your education at Rutgers?
  • How do you feel about your academic performance in college?
  • Were you financially responsible for your education?

Work Experience and Accomplishments

  • What work experience have you had during college?
  • What did you enjoy most/least about your last job?
  • Have you ever quit a job? Why?
  • Which three accomplishments are you most proud of?
  • Can you provide an example that demonstrates your ability to solve problems at any of your jobs?

Skills and Personal Qualities

  • Tell me about yourself. (Be prepared for this!! It may be the first question asked. Briefly highlight your academic background, experiences, strengths, and career interests.)
  • What are your greatest strengths?
  • Can you describe any weaknesses? (Make sure you cite something that you are actively improving upon. Turn it into a positive. Do not mention a weakness, which would directly and negatively impact your ability to do the job.)
  • What skills do you possess that make you a good candidate for this position?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Is there anything that is not on your resume you would like to share? (Your answer may include any volunteer work, activities, or community service).
  • Define success and failure.

The Job and Employer

  • Why did you choose to interview with our organization?
  • How does your college education and experience relate to this job?
  • What do you know about us (products or services)?
  • What are your salary requirements?
  • Why are you a good candidate for this position?

Work Environment

  • Do you prefer to be supervised or work independently?
  • Can you provide an example that demonstrates your ability to work in a team?
  • Can you provide an example that demonstrates your ability to meet a deadline?
  • Can you provide an example that demonstrates your ability to work on multiple assignments at the same time?

The Future

  • Describe your ideal job.
  • Where do you want to be in five years? Ten years?
  • Do you plan to further your education?


Make sure you research the employer and the position prior to your interview.

First Interview

  • Can you describe the specific duties of the position?
  • What might I expect in the first six months?
  • What skills are important for someone in this position?
  • Can you tell me about any projects I will be working on?
  • Will I have an opportunity to work on special projects?
  • Is there a training program for this role and what does it entail?
  • What type of professional development opportunities are available for employees?

Second or Third Interview

  • How much responsibility will I have during my first assignment? Subsequent assignments?
  • Are there opportunities for promotion within the organization?
  • What is the largest single challenge facing your staff/department/organization?

Point of an Offer

  • What is the salary range for this position?
  • Do you have a standard or optional benefits package?
  • What is your vacation policy?
  • What is the performance review process?
  • How are future salary increases determined?