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UIC Student Employment Office
Student Services Building,
Suite 2100
1200 West Harrison Street
(M/C 335)
Chicago, Illinois 60607-3344
Phone: (312) 996-3130
Fax: (312) 413-7944


M-F : 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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Common Questions asked by Employers

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Tell me about yourself.

What are your team-player qualities? Give examples.

Of the courses you have taken in college, which courses have you enjoyed the most?

What is your GPA? How do you feel about it? Does it reflect your abilities?

How have your educational and work experiences prepared you for this position?

What work experiences have been most valuable to you and why?

What have the experiences on your resume taught you about managing and working with people?

Of the hobbies and interests listed on your resume, what is your favorite and tell me why?

Where do you see yourself in five years?

What goals have you set for yourself? How are you planning to achieve them?

To what do you owe your present success?

Why should I hire you?

What makes you think you can handle this position?

What is your most significant accomplishment to date?

Why do you want to work here?

What leadership roles have you held?

What were your greatest challenges?

Give me an example of a problem you solved and the process you used.

Give me an example of a creative project you worked on.

Tell me about a project you initiated.

Describe the project or situation that best demonstrates your analytical abilities?

Since attending college, what is the toughest decision that you have had to make?

Tell me about your most difficult decision and how did you go about resolving it?

How do you deal with stress/pressure? Give an example.

Give me a situation in which you failed, and how you handled it.

Why are you interested in our organization?

What type of position are you seeking?

Where do you think your interest in this career comes from?

What industry besides this one are you looking into?

Why have you chosen this particular profession?

What interests you about this job?

What challenges are you looking for in a position?

What can you contribute to this company?

What motivates you?

If I asked the people who know you well to describe you, what three words would they use?

If I asked the people who know you for one reason why I shouldn't hire you, what would they say?

Do you prefer to work alone or in a group?

Describe the type of manager you prefer.

Tell me about a team project you are particularly proud of and your contribution.

Describe a situation where you had to work with someone who was difficult. How did you handle it?

What type of work environment appeals to you most?

With which other companies are you interviewing?

What characteristics and skills do you think are most important for this position?

Why do you feel that this company will be a good fit for you?

Name two management skills you posess.

What characteristics are most important in a good manager? What kind of a manager are you?

Why did you choose this college and how did you arrive at this decision?

What factors did you consider in choosing your major?

Describe how your favorite course has contributed your career interests.

How have you changed personally since starting college?

What has been your greatest challenge?

If you could change a decision you made while in college, what would you change and why?

Why did you choose the campus involvements you did? What did you gain? How did you contribute?

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