Sample Interview Questions
Office of Career Services
Activities Building West
Current Students, use MyWheelock to make an appointment. (click on Appointments to search the Career Services calendar for an open appointment.)
Alumni, ask questions or make appointments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you are interviewing for a full time position or an internship, there are some general questions that are typically asked. Here are some examples:
- What interests you about this position/field placement?
- Why do you want to work here? What do you know about this organization?
- What skills and/or experiences do you have related to this position?
- Specific questions relating to skills required of the position.
- Tell me about yourself. This question is an opportunity to share a professional snapshot of yourself. You can discuss your educational background, involvement at Wheelock, professional experiences, something about the mission and/or culture of the organization that resonates with you.
- What do you consider to be your strengths? Have 2-3 strengths related to the position ready to answer.
- Can you describe your weaknesses? Give the employer an actual weakness that is not so essential to the position that it disqualifies you. Instead, discuss a weakness that you have overcome or are working on to show the employer your initiative and improvement.
- How would your teachers/supervisor/family/friends/etc. describe you?
- Describe your most rewarding college/job/etc. experience.
- What motivates you?
- Why should we hire you?
- What type of work environment do you prefer?
- What are the qualities of your ideal supervisor?
- What do you like to do outside of work?
- What are your post-graduation plans?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- Why are you interested in this career path?
- What drew you to Wheelock College?
- Why Social Work? Special Ed? Juvenile Justice? Communications? Whatever your major (or intended major) is, you should be prepared to answer what interests you about it.
- How do you handle deadlines for multiple commitments such as class, jobs, family and placements?
- Tell me about a problem/challenge/conflict you have encountered and how you solved it.
- Tell me about a time you showed leadership and initiative.
- Tell me about a time you failed. What happened and what did you do?