21 Common Interview Questions to Help You Succeed


Let’s face it — the interview process can be extremely daunting. Unfortunately, there’s no way around it, and if you have found the way, please let us all know.

Luckily, there are about a million websites, blogs and articles out there that can help you prepare for whatever tricky questions may come your way. If you’re like me, you’ve read them all, but for those of you feeling overwhelmed by this process, we have compiled a list of 21 common interview questions from actual interviews and research.

The more you consider and answer various questions, the more comfortable you will feel when the time comes around. Always remember, interviews are the time for companies to learn about you, your experiences and your capabilities — so just be yourself, and with some good prep and confidence, you’ll nail it!

Background Questions

  • Tell us about yourself / give us your elevator pitch.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • How would others describe you?
  • What do you want to do when you graduate?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
  • Tell us about your prior work experience and the takeaways from each.
  • What coursework have you completed that is relevant to this position?


Company Related Questions

  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • Why are you the right candidate for the position?
  • What skills do you have that will be an asset to this program?
  • Why do you want to work in this industry?
  • What do you know about this industry and this company?
  • What do you want to achieve here?
  • What can you contribute that no other candidate can?


Behavioral Questions

  • What has been your biggest accomplishment, and what led to it?
  • Tell us about a time you failed and what you learned from it.
  • What challenges have you faced, and how did you overcome them?
  • Tell us about a time you worked in a team, and what role you take on in teams?
  • Tell us about a time you were a leader and took initiative.
  • Give an example of a successful project you were a part of. What was your role in it?
  • How do you manage time and multiple priorities?


Do some reflection on your prior work experience, coursework and your abilities and make takeaways that point them to the bigger picture. Be sure to research the company to know about them and what they’re looking for, and then use your skills to explain how you are the right candidate for the job. Finally, relax, be yourself, and sell them on you!!

Good luck!



Written By: Claire Harvin


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