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Answering Interview Questions

Common Interview Questions:


  • Tell me about yourself?
  • How do you determine success?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What is your greatest strength and weaknesses?
  • Describe a problem you encountered and how did you deal with it?
  • Tell me about a goal you set for yourself and how you achieved it?
  • How would your former supervisor / co-worker describe you?
  • Describe your most rewarding accomplishment?


  • Describe your most rewarding college experience?
  • Why did you choose to attend Columbia College?
  • Why did you choose this major?
  • If you started over, what would you change about your education?
  • Did you college experience prepare you for your career?
  • Do your grades accurately reflect your ability? Why/Why Not?

Jobs and Career Goals

  • What are your short and long term goals?
  • What motivates you in your job?
  • What type of supervisor do you prefer?
  • What three things are most important to you in your job?
  • What jobs have you enjoyed the most/least?
  • Where do you expect to be in 5 or 10 years?

A Specific Position

  • Do you prefer any specific geographic location?
  • Why are you wanting to work for our company?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • What qualities do you have that you think will make you successful in this position?
  • What interests you about our products and services?
  • Are you willing to travel?
  • Are you willing to relocate?
  • Is there anything that I haven’t asked you that you would like to share?


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