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Interviewing As a Second Language: Questions You May be Asked

1. Can you tell me a little about yourself?

2. Why should I hire you?

3. What 3 things would convince me to hire, retain or promote you?

4. What are your 3 most transformative accomplishments in the workplace?

5. If we are all 97% water, what makes you so special?

6. Why do you want to work for this organization?

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

8. What would your professors, supervisors or colleagues say about you?

9. What is your worst characteristic?

10. How do you perform under pressure?

11. What types of challenges do you tackle most effectively, and what types do you struggle with?

12. What are your salary requirements?

13. If you had one year to live, what would you do with the time?

14. Describe a time when your communications skills really paid off for you.

15. Describe a situation in which you had to quickly adapt to changes over which you had no control.

16. Describe a situation when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with. Why was he/she difficult? How did you handle it?

17. Describe a situation when you were requested to do something unethical. How did you handle it?

18. Describe a project or idea that you generated on your own and how it evolved.

19. Describe a situation when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty to complete an assignment.

20. Describe a situation in which you had to arrive at a compromise or guide others to compromise.

21. Have you ever been challenged getting others to accept your ideas or opinions? How did you approach getting their buy-in?

22. Describe a situation that required you to plan an event. How did you approach it?

23. What personal characteristics and/or skills would you like to improve to make you more effective?

24. How did you rebound from a failed project?

25. How did you rebound from adversity?

26. Where did you get the inspiration to do “x”?

27. What’s the most meaningful piece of advice that someone has given you?