These are traditional questions, even though they do not start with "tell me about a time when..." For many, you should still use the STAR method when responding.

  • Tell me a little about yourself.
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • How would your boss or colleagues describe you?
  • What attributes would your ideal job include?
  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • Tell me how you would build a team out of independent individuals.
  • What do you like to do best?
  • What are the two most important decisions of your life?
  • What important trends do you see in our industry?
  • What is the biggest risk you ever took?
  • Do you prefer working on a team or as an individual contributor?

Questions You Should Ask the Interviewer: Always have a list of questions ready to ask! Write them down ahead of time on the notepad in your portfolio. It shows that you have prepared ahead of time.

  • What objectives would I be expected to meet?
  • In what areas of the company do you expect growth?
  • What do you like best about the company? What do you find most challenging?
  • Are employees encouraged and given the opportunity to express their ideas and concerns?
  • What type of relocation or training do new employees receive?
  • Can you describe a typical workday in the department?
  • What are the possibilities for personal growth and promotion?
  • What types of learning opportunities are there?
  • What kind of personal qualities are you looking for to fit this position?
  • How would you characterize the management philosophy of this organization?
  • What are some of the more challenging aspects of this job?
  • What are the company's plans for future growth?
  • What are your expectations of new hires?
  • How is an employee evaluated and promoted?
  • What is the next step in the process?