Job Interview Questions for College Seniors/Recent Grads

Typical job job interview questions asked of college seniors and recent college graduates at employment interviews.

Here is a list of sample interview questions college seniors and recent grads can expect, especially at first, more traditional interviews. Prepare answers to these questions, but don’t memorize your answers so that you come off sounding like a robot; in other words, be prepared for these questions and have an outline or script ready, but don’t worry about remembering your answers word-for-word.

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Job Interview Questions for New Grad Job-Seekers

  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What do you see yourself doing in five years?
  • What do you really want to do in life?
  • Why did you choose your college — and are you happy with the choice?
  • What are your long-term career objectives — and how do you plan to achieve them?
  • What’s more important to you — the work itself or how much you’re paid for doing it.
  • What are the most important rewards you expect to gain from your career?
  • What do you expect to be earning in five years?
  • What do you expect to be earning after you graduate?
  • Why did you choose this career?
  • What are your majors and minors?
  • Why did you choose the courses you took?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • How do you think your favorite professor would describe you? Your least favorite professor?
  • What motivates you to go the extra mile on a project or job?
  • What was your most memorable classroom experience?
  • How has your college experience prepared you for your career?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • How would you describe the ideal job for you following graduation?
  • How do you define success?
  • What qualifications do you have that will make you successful?
  • What do you think it takes to be successful in this company?
  • How are you going to make a contribution to our company?
  • What are two or three accomplishments that have given you the most satisfaction — and why?
  • What was your favorite class — and why?
  • What was your least favorite class — and why?
  • What changes would you make in your college?
  • Do you have plans to continue your education?
  • What skills have you acquired from your internships and part-time jobs?
  • Describe your favorite professor or favorite supervisor.
  • Do you think your grades are a good indication of the type of employee you’ll make?
  • What’s your GPA? Are you happy with it?
  • What have you learned from your experiences outside the classroom?
  • Do you feel you work well under pressure?
  • Why are you interviewing for this position?
  • What can you tell us about our company?
  • What interests you about our products?
  • What do you know about our competitors?
  • What criteria are you using to choose companies to interview with?
  • What are your expectations regarding promotions and salary increases?
  • Are you willing to relocate?
  • Are you willing to travel for the job?
  • How much training do you think you need before you can make a contribution to the company?
  • Describe one of the biggest mistakes you made in college.
  • What did you learn from your mistakes?
  • What other jobs/companies are you considering?
  • If you were hiring for this position, what qualities would you look for in a new college grad?
  • How well do you work with people? Do you prefer working alone or in teams?
  • Have you ever been in a group project where there were difficulties? How were these issues resolved?
  • How would you describe your leadership skills?
  • How well do you adapt to new situations?
  • Which is more important: creativity or efficiency? Why?
  • What’s the most recent book you’ve read that’s not been a class assignment?
  • What kinds of things did you do outside of classes and work while in college?
  • What kinds of things or skills did you learn from these activities?
  • Do you think college changed you as a person? If so, how?
  • Have you ever tutored an underclassman?
  • What have you accomplished that shows your initiative and willingness to work?
  • If you were to start college over again knowing what you know now, what would you do differently?

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