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Sample Interview Questions

Refer to our Interviewing Guide for guidance on how to answer interview questions.

Traditional:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Tell me about a strength and a weakness.
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • Why did you choose your major?
  • How has your college experience prepared you for your career? What skills and knowledge have you gained?
  • What coursework prepared you for this position?
  • How would previous professors or managers describe you?
  • Why do you want to work in this industry?
  • What do you think it takes to be successful in this position?
  • How has your internship experience prepared you for this position?
  • What motivates you?

Behavioral:

  • Describe a time when you worked well under pressure.
  • Give me an example of a situation where you faced conflict.
  • Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
  • Tell me about a time when you worked with a (student/patient/co-worker) with a different background/culture than yours. What did you do to ensure that you were inclusive of their identity during your interaction?
  • Tell me about a problem you encountered and how you resolved it.
  • Describe a mistake you made and what you learned from that experience.
  • Working with people from different backgrounds or cultures can present unique opportunities for collaboration and creativity. Describe a time where a project or decision you made was enhanced by including diverse perspectives.
  • Give an example of how you’ve worked on a team.
  • Describe a difficult situation you had with a co-worker. How did you handle it?

Sample Questions to Ask Employers

  • Can you elaborate on the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
  • What does the ideal candidate for this role look like?
  • What do you think is the most challenging aspect of the job?
  • What’s it like to work here?
  • Can you describe some of your company’s core values?
  • How would you describe the company’s culture?
  • How do you see this company evolving over the next five years?
  • Are there any programs or initiatives in place at your company geared toward promoting diversity?
  • What qualities and attributes make for a successful employee in the company?
  • How do you celebrate diversity of ideas and people?
  • What are your expectations for this role during the first 30 to 60 days?
  • How do you evaluate success?
  • What is your timeline and what are the next steps?

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