CARRYING OUT AN INTERVIEW

Finding the right employees for vacancies is not an easy process. The evaluation of job applicant résumé, the carrying out of an interview and the selection of the right candidates can take sometimes months on end. Moreover, utmost attention is required in order to avoid overlooking possible candidates, who can be truly valuable for the company. Plan your job interview in time. Set out the questions and the aspects that will be examined by every member of the recruiting team, early.

Next, we suggest you some questions that you can use when you plan an interview.

THE 109 MOST IMPORTANT INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
 
1. How would you describe yourself?
2. Which are your personal and professional ambitions?
3. How has your faculty practice, intership, university experience prepared you for the career you want to follow? 
4. How would you describe your ideal job?
5. Why did you choose this career?
6. When did you choose this career?
7. What are your career goals?
8. How do you plan to achieve your goals and what are you going to do to achieve them?
9. What do you think it takes to be successful in this career?
10. How do you evaluate success? Give me an example of one of your successful accomplishments.
11. Do you have the right skills and personality to be successful in your career?
12. What has been your most rewarding accomplishment? 
13. If you could change anything about your university career, what would it be?
14. Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?
15. How would you describe yourself in terms of your ability to work as a member of a team?
16. What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort? 
17. Given the investment our company will make in hiring and training you, can you give us a reason to hire you?
18. Would you describe yourself a goal-driven? 
19. Describe what you've accomplished toward reaching a recent goal for yourself.
20. What short-term goals and objectives have you established for yourself?
21. Can you describe your long-range goals and objectives? 
22. What do you expect to be doing in five years?
23. What do you see yourself doing in ten years?
24. How would you evaluate your ability to deal with conflict? 
25. Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor or instructor? How did you resolve the conflict?
26. Tell me about a major problem you recently handled. Were you successful in resolving it?
27. Would you say that you can easily deal with high-pressure situations?
28. What quality or attribute do you feel will most contribute to your career success?
29. What personal weakness has caused you the greatest difficulty in school/univeristy or on the job?
30. What were your reasons for selecting your university?
31. If you could change or improve anything about your university, what would it be?
32. How will the academic program and coursework you've taken benefit your career?
33. Which university subjects did you like best? Why?
34. Are you the type of person on which the individual studying had a positive influence? 
35. Describe the type of professor that has created the most beneficial learning experience for you.
36. Do you think that your grades are an indication of your academic achievement?  
37. What are your plans for the future? Are you going to continue other academic classes or are you going to focus only on your professional career based on what you have already achieved? 
38. What additional training would you need in order to better contribute to our company/organization/institution? 
39. Describe the characteristics of a successful manager. 
40. Why did you choose to apply for this job?
41. What do you know about our company? 
42. Why did you decide to work for our company/organization/institution?
43. Do you have a geographic preference? 
44. Why do you think that you would like to live in the community in which our company/organization/institution is located?
45. Are you willing to relocate?
46. Are you willing to travel for the job? 
47. What is more important to you, the job itself or your salary?
48. What is the level of compensation between the job and the salary that would satisfy you? 
49. What are your salary expectations? 
50. Tell me about a time you persuaded others to accept your idea.
51. Describe a time when you had to decide in that moment how to deal with a conflict. 
52. Give me a concrete example of a situation when you had to use your reason and logic to resolve a conflict.
53. How would you convince me that you are able to adapt to a wide varity of people, situations and environments? 
54. Describe a period of time in which you had to face problems and stress that examined your ability to handle them.
55. Give me an example of a time in which you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.
56. Describe a time when you had to use your written communication skills to get an important point across.
57. Tell me about a time when you had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree.
58. Give me an example of a goal that you set and how did you achieve it. 
59. Tell me about a time when you needed to develop a presentation to get your point across.
60. Give me an example of a time when you had to get over your duties in order to resolve a task.
61. Give me an example of a time when you successfully managed to talk with a person although he/she did not like you (or viceversa). 
62. Sometimes, it can easily occur that you commit yourself in a project ’’too much’’. Describe a situation in which you needed help for a project or a task. 
63. Give me an example of a time when you applied your knowledge acquired from a course to the project of another course.
64. Describe a situation where others you were working with on a project disagreed with your ideas. What did you do?
65. Describe a situation in which you found that your results were not up to your professor's or supervisor's expectations. What happened? What action did you take? 
66. Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a co-worker who was not doing his/her fair share of the work. Did you tell it to someone else?  Did the manager take measures to modify his/her behavior? Did you agree with the manager’s measures?
67. Describe a situation in which you had to arrive at a compromise or guide others to a compromise.
68. What steps do you follow to study a problem before making a decision?
69. We can sometimes identify a small problem and fix it before it becomes a major problem. Give an example of how you have done this.
70. In a group leader role, have you ever had to discipline or counsel an exmployee or group member? What was the nature of the discipline? What steps did you take? How did that make you feel? How did you prepare yourself?
71. Recall a time from your work experience when your manager or supervisor was unavailable and a problem arose. How did you handle that situation? How did that make you feel?
72. Recall a time when you were assigned what you considered to be a complex project. What steps did you take to prepare for and finish the project? Were you happy with the outcome? What one step would you have done differently if given the chance?
73. What was your most important responsibility? What was your role? 
74. How would you describe your transition from highschool to university? Did you face any particular problems? 
75. Give me an example of a time when you had to quickly deal with unavoidable changes. How had this situation affected you? 
76. Compare and contrast the times when you did work, which was above the standard with times your work was below the standard.
77. Describe some times when you were not very satisfied or pleased with your performance. What did you do about it?
78. What were your standards of success in school? What have you done to meet these standards?
79. How have you differed from your professors in evaluating your performance? How did you handle the situation?
80. Give examples of your experiences at school or in a job that were satisfying. Give examples of your experiences that were dissatisfying.  81. What kind of supervisor do you work best for? Provide examples.
82. Describe some projects or ideas (not necessarily your own) that were implemented, or carried out successfully primarily because of your efforts.  83. Describe a situation that required a number of things to be done at the same time. How did you handle it? What was the result?
84. Have you found any ways to make school or a job easier or more rewarding or to make yourself more effective?
85. How do you determine priorities in scheduling your time? Give examples.
86. Tell of a time when your active listening skills really paid off for you -- maybe a time when other people missed the key idea being expressed.
87. What has been your experience in giving presentations? What has been your most successful experience in speech making?
88. Tell of the most difficult customer service experience that you have ever had to handle -- perhaps an angry or irate customer. Tell what you did and what the outcome was.  89. Give an example of when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with. Why was this person difficult? How did you handle that person?
90. Describe a situation where you found yourself dealing with someone who did not like you. How did you handle it?
91. Give me a specific example of something you did that helped build enthusiasm in others.
92. Tell me about a difficult situation when it was desirable for you to keep a positive attitude. What did you do?
93. Give me an example of a time you had to make an important decision. How did you make the decision? How does it affect you today?  94. Give me an example of a time you had to persuade other people to take action. Were you successful?
95. Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult person. How did you handle the situation?
96. Tell me about a time you had to handle multiple responsibilities. How did you organize the work you needed to do?
97. Tell me about a time when you had to make a decision, but did not have all the information you needed.
98. What suggestions do you have for our organization?
99. What is the most significant contribution you made to the company during a past job or internship?
100. What is the biggest mistake you have made?
101. Describe a situation in which you had to use reference materials to write a research paper. What was the topic? What journals did you read?
102. Give me a specific example of a time when a co-worker or classmate criticized your work in front of others. How did you respond? How has that event shaped the way you communicate with others?
103. Give me a specific example of a time when you sold your supervisor or professor on an idea or concept. How did you proceed? What was the result?
104. Describe the system you use for keeping track of multiple projects. How do you track your progress so that you can meet deadlines? How do you stay focused?  105. Tell me about a time when you came up with an innovative solution to a challenge your company/class/organization was facing. What role did others play?
106. Describe a specific problem you solved for your employer or professor. What role did others play? What was the outcome?
107. Describe a time when you got co-workers or classmates who dislike each other to work together. How did you accomplish this? What was the outcome?
108. Tell me about a time when you failed to meet a deadline. What things did you fail to do? What were the repercussions? What did you learn?
109. Describe a time when you put your needs aside to help a co-worker or classmate understand a task. How did you assist him or her? What was the result?