The University of Texas at Dallas

Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science


Sixty Frequently Asked Questions

60 Possible Interview Questions

General Questions

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. How would you describe yourself?
  3. How would a close friend describe you?
  4. Are you creative?
  5. Give me an overview of your technical background.
  6. What do you consider to be your major strengths?
  7. What do you consider to be your major weaknesses?
  8. What is the most difficult work-related situation you have ever faced? How did you react?
  9. What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
  10. Can you give me an example of a time when you took the initiative at work?
  11. Think of a crisis situation, during which things got out of control. Why did it happen and what role did you play?
  12. If you had your life to live over again, what would you do differently?
  13. What are your short and long-term goals?
  14. When and why did you establish these goals, and how are you preparing yourself to attain them?
  15. What was your most rewarding college experience?
  16. Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?
  17. Why did you select your college or university?
  18. What college subjects did you enjoy the most? The least? Why?
  19. Do you think your grades are a good indicator of your college achievement?
  20. Do you plan to continue your education?
  21. What extracurricular activities did you pursue?
  22. Did you hold positions of leadership in any organization?
  23. What have you learned from your participation in extracurricular activities?
  24. How has your college experience prepared you for a professional career?
  25. If you had the chance to repeat your college career, what would you do differently?
  26. Of the jobs you have held, which did you enjoy the most/least? Why?
  27. How would you describe the ideal job for you following graduation?
  28. Why should I hire you?
  29. Why did you seek a job with this company?
  30. What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?
  31. What do you know about our company?
  32. If you were hiring a graduate for this position, what qualities would you look for?
  33. What do you think determines an individual’s progress within a company?
  34. What qualities do you prefer in a boss?
  35. Can you give me an example of when you have “gone the extra mile?”
  36. What relationship should exist between a supervisor and those reporting to him or her?
  37. In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
  38. What kinds of rewards are most satisfying to you?
  39. How do these rewards affect the effort you put into your work?
  40. How important is communication and interaction with others on the job?
  41. What is your typical role as a group member?
  42. Do you have a geographical preference?
  43. Are you willing to relocate?
  44. How do you feel about working overtime?
  45. What is your attitude toward overnight travel?
  46. How would working evenings affect you?
  47. Are you willing to spend at least six months as a trainee?
  48. What position do you expect to hold in five years? Ten years?
  49. What can you do for us that someone else cannot do?
  50. What special character traits of yours should I take into consideration?
  51. How long will it take you to make a contribution to the company?

Behavioral Questions

  1. Tell us about a project (individual or group) in which you competed. What were the steps in which you used to complete the project? (If group project, what was your role?)
  2. Solving problems requires more than good plans, it means taking action. Give me an example of a time when you were able to take meaningful action in solving a practical problem.
  3. We recognize that being successful takes more than luck. Hard work is necessary in order to achieve a goal. Tell us about a time when you had to work very hard to reach your goals and be specific about what you achieved.
  4. Tell me about a time when you were confronted with an ill-defined task and describe the methods you used to clarify the situation in order to find a solution.
  5. Describe a time in your past work or education experience when you had to influence others to accomplish an objective.
  6. Describe a time in your past work or education experience when you have had to work with people who possessed a wide variety of educational levels. What challenges did you experience in this situation?
  7. Describe a time when you were working on a project and were expected to meet an impossible deadline. How did you react to this situation?
  8. Describe a situation where you had to work with someone you did not like?
  9. Describe a time when you were faced with an unusual problem and improvised to find a solution.