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San Diego State University

Career Services

General Interview Questions

Practice and prepare to answer common interview questions like the ones below.  Practice saying your answers out loud and making eye contact to convey confidence and respect.

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What is your major? Do you like it? Why or why not?
  • Where do you see yourself five years from now?
  • Why are you seeking a position in this company?
  • What do you know about this company?
  • What contributions can you make to our company?
  • What are your plans for continuing your professional growth?
  • What kind of work environment are you most comfortable in?
  • What type of position are you most interested in?
  • What have you learned from some of the previous jobs / positions you have held?
  • Give me an example of a work situation in which you were not proud of your performance. What did you learn from this situation?
  • What quality or qualities do you have that would enhance our staff?
  • Describe any school experience you have had that has prepared you for a full-time position at our school.
  • Tell me about a conflict with a coworker and how you resolved it.
  • What four words would you use to describe yourself?
  • What do you consider to be your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why should this company hire you?
  • What questions haven’t I asked you that you would like to answer?
  • Do you have any questions for me?

 Note: General Interview Questions is available as a printable PDF