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Common Interview Questions

College Experience Questions

  • What led you to choose___________________college/major?
  • If you had the opportunity to repeat your college years again, what might you do differently?  Why?
  • What subjects did you do (best/poorest) in?  Why?
  • What do you feel is the basic value of a college education?
  • How did you feel about the importance of grades in college?
  • What school activities have you participated in?
  • What leadership roles have you held?
  • How has your coursework prepared you for the job?

Work Experience

  • What kind of people do you (like/not like) to work with?
  • Can you give an example (or two) of your ability to manage or supervise people?
  • What were some of the things on (last job, jobs, etc.) you feel you did particularly well or in which you were the most successful?
  • In what ways do you feel (this job) developed you to assume greater responsibilities?
  • Do you consider your (duties/progress on job) representative of your ability?  Why?
  • Describe your relationship with your supervisor.
  • What did you learn from this experience?
  • Tell me about a problem or difficult decision you had to make on your job and how you solved it.

Extracurricular Activities, Goals, & Interests

  • What did you learn from your extracurricular activities that you see helping you in public accounting?
  • What do you enjoy doing away from the classroom?
  • Some believe extracurricular activities infringe too much on valuable study time.  How do you feel about this?
  • What are some of the accomplishments you are proud of in (extracurricular activity)?
  • What (frustrations/satisfactions) did you have with participation in (extracurricular activity)?
  • What are your goals for your first job?
  • What would you like to be doing in five years?
  • To what extent did you finance your education?

Personal Characteristics

  • Describe your typical day.
  • How would your friends describe you?
  • What are you looking for in a job?
  • What type of working relationship would you like to have with your supervisor?
  • Do you have anything you want to tell me that we did not cover?

Self Appraisal

  • You said that you were (captain, president, chairman, etc.).  What do you suppose it was that your (classmates, teammates, etc.) saw in you that led them to pick you rather than someone else?
  • You said that you have ambitions to become a (audit partner, tax accountant, consultant, etc.). What is there about yourself that makes you think you would be a good (_______)?  What area do you think you might still need to develop before you could perform at an excellent level in that position?
  • What about yourself are you most proud of?
  • How would you evaluate yourself as a (student, fraternity president, worker, etc.)?  Good? Fair?  Poor?  What traits or skills do you have that might have accounted for your success?
  • You mentioned that you (like teamsports, were a tour guide, etc.).  What, if anything, would you say  you learned from that experience?  What do you see carrying over to your adult life today?
  • What skills do you have that might account for your fine success in (_________)?
  • Of course, not all things come easily to us.  What was there about this particular (job, course, etc.) that made it a bit difficult for you?
  • What was there about (job, class, hobby, etc.) that appealed to you?  Why do you suppose you liked it?
  • What was there about (job, class, hobby, etc.) that you found unappealing?  Why do you suppose you disliked it?
  • You indicated that you were (a camp counselor, an only child, had to work in high school, etc.).  What impact would you say that has had upon your development as an adult?
  • If I were to call up your (boss, teacher, coach, etc.) and ask him what kind of ____ you were, what do you suppose he would say?

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Sherry McAdams
Director, Career Center
Phone: 864-503-5393

Career Center
John M. Rampey Center
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5392 
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