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Interview Questions: To Ask & To Expect

The following questions are general, intended to provide ideas and questions to consider asking a recruiter, as well as questions to consider when developing your responses and your liberal arts story. Visit with a career coach for interview help or to participate in a mock interview to practice your skills.

Questions to Ask a Recruiter
Questions to Expect from a Recruiter

Questions To Ask In An Interview

  • How is the organization structured in terms of divisions, departments, etc.?
  • Could you please describe your corporate culture. How would you compare it with the culture of your competitors?
  • Where are the majority of job/internship opportunities located?
  • Will relocation be required in the future?
  • Is this opportunity the result of increased expansion or new growth?
  • How would budget cuts affect this position?
  • What skills helped previous employees in this role succeed?
  • What advice do you share with new hires?
  • What kind of training program does the organization have? How long is the training program? Is there a mentoring system? Can an individual go through it in a shorter length of time? At his/her own pace?
  • What is the organization's policy on advancement? What is the realistic time frame for advancement?
  • Could you describe typical career paths employees have taken in your organization? What about those employees who began in the same position for which I am interviewing? How recent are these examples and have opportunities changed enough so that someone in this position today may not follow the same path?
  • Could you please describe your own career path/advancement in the organization?
  • How much travel is required? How often? To what cities?
  • What type of new products or projects is the organization developing?
  • Do you have any plans for new products or acquisitions?
  • What are the organization's plans for future growth?
  • How has the organization changed in the past five years?
  • What direction will the organization be taking in the next five years?
  • When could I expect to complete my first performance evaluation? How often are evaluations conducted and is a salary adjustment connected to the evaluation?
  • Could you please describe your management philosophy/style?
  • Is there a possibility that this organization might be sold or acquired by another organization in the near future? If so, how would it affect the present employees?
  • Has the organization experienced lay-offs in recent years?
  • What are your policies regarding continuing education for employees? Is there a tuition reimbursement policy?
  • What connection does an advanced degree or certification(s) obtain have on promotional opportunities or salary adjustments?
  • What makes your organization different from its competitors?
  • How much contact would I have with management?
  • What charitable or community service activities is your organization presently involved?
  • Will I be encouraged/permitted to attend professional conferences?
  • Who are the other people I would be working with? Will I have a chance to meet them in the interview process?
  • Would I be assigned to a specific department or rotate throughout the organization?
  • Can you tell me about the last two employees that held this position? What are they doing now? (This either will reaffirm the recruiter's assertion about the organization's preference for promoting from within or it will offer a glimpse into a possible problem area.)
  • What is your time frame for the decision-making process about this position? If I were offered a position, what would be the targeted start date?
  • When do you expect to make a decision regarding the next step in the interview process?

Questions To Expect In An Interview

  • What specific goals, other than those related to your occupation, have you established for yourself for the next years?
  • What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
  • Provide an example of a long-range career goal?
  • How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
  • What compensation do you expect to be earning in five years?
  • Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?
  • Which is more important to you, the money or the experience?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • How would your friends describe you? How would your professors describe you?
  • What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
  • How has your college experience prepared you for a career?
  • Why should I hire you for this opportunity?
  • What qualifications do you have that you think will make you successful in this profession?
  • How do you know that you have been successful?
  • In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our organization?
  • What qualities should a successful employee in this role possess?
  • What qualities should a successful manager possess?
  • Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and subordinates.
  • Discuss two or three accomplishments that have given you the most satisfaction.
  • Describe your most rewarding college experience.
  • If you were hiring a recent graduate for this position, what qualities would you look for?
  • Why did you decide to attend UT Austin? What led you to choose your major(s)/area(s) of study?
  • What advice would you share with a first-year student at UT Austin?
  • What college subjects did you like best? Which did you like least?
  • If you could do so, how would you plan your academic study differently? Why?
  • Describe one change you would recommend be implemented at UT Austin.
  • Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree?
  • Do you think that your grades are a good indication of your academic achievement?
  • What have you learned from participation in extracurricular activities?
  • In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
  • Why did you decide to apply for this opportunity?
  • What do you know about our organization? What is our mission? Describe our core values.
  • What criteria are you using to evaluate the employer for which you hope to work?
  • Do you have a geographical preference? Why?
  • Will you relocate? How do you feel about relocation?
  • Are you willing to travel?
  • Are you willing to spend at least six months as a trainee?
  • What major problems have you encountered in your studies, and how did you deal with them?
  • What have you learned from your mistakes?
  • What are your minimum salary expectations for this opportunity?

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