General Interview Questions

General interview questions tend to focus on relevant skills, personality-fit, focus, and interest in the employer. Stick to relevant information and try to keep your responses to approximately 2 minutes.


Sample General Interview Questions

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why you are a good fit?
  • Relate your studies and/or experience to this job.
  • What do you want out of your career?
  • Why are you interested in working for __________?
  • Why do you think you would like this type of work?
  • How do you feel you will add value to our company?
  • Why should I hire you? What do you know about my organization?
  • As described to you, what about this position appeals to you?
  • What are your 5 and 10-year career goals?
  • Name three of your strengths and three of your weaknesses?


Leadership / Industriousness / Success

  • What have you done that shows initiative and willingness to work?
  • What qualifications do you have that will make you successful in this field?
  • What qualities should a successful manager possess?
  • What personal characteristics are necessary for success in this field?
  • Why do you think you would be successful in this field?


Challenges and How you Overcame them

  • What are some of the things you find difficult to do? Why?
  • Give me an example where you dealt with pressure.
  • Describe a difficult problem you've had to deal with.
  • What is the most difficult situation you have faced?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • How do you manage stress? How do you handle criticism?


College Life and Decisions

  • Why did you choose your particular major?
  • Describe your most rewarding college experience and tell me why it was so rewarding.
  •  How will you prepare for the transition from college to the workplace?
  • Tell me about what you learned in school that could be used on the job.
  • Why did you choose to attend Georgetown?
  •  In what ways has college prepared you to take on greater responsibility?
  • What have you gained from your extracurricular activities?


Past Experiences/Future Plans

  • What have your previous jobs taught you?
  • What would you like to be doing five years from now?
  • What are your biggest accomplishments?



  • Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?
  • How do you organize and plan for major projects?
  • What is your energy level like? Describe a typical day.
  • Do you make your opinions known when you disagree with the views of your supervisor?
  • Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and subordinates.


This information is provided as a courtesy of Georgetown University's Career Education Center.