Interview Questions Library

Career Development

  • Access information and opportunities for career exploration

  • Understand and articulate the importance of transferable skills in the job search process

  • Why are you applying for this job?
  • Why is this job the next step in your college experience?
  • How would this job prepare you for your future career?


  • Challenge existing ideas in creative ways to develop new possibilities

  • Often requires informed risk taking
  • Describe a time when you had to think “outside the box” and how did you go about it?
  • Can you give me an example of a situation where you used creative or innovative thinking to eliminate frustration with a product or process.
  • Tell me about a time when you have had to develop a creative approach to problem solving in order to get the job done.
  • What is the most creative idea or project you have generated in your current role? How was it received?

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

  • Identify important problems and questions

  • Gather, analyze, and evaluate information from diverse sources before forming a strategy, decision, or opinion
  • Tell me about a problem that you had to solve in a unique or innovative way. What was the outcome?
  • Give an example of a time you identified and fixed a problem before it became urgent.
  • How do you weigh the pros and cons before making a decision?
  • When you are faced with a problem, what do you do?

Digital Proficiency

  • Use technology to communicate, problem-solve, and complete tasks in a responsible manner.

  • What online resources do you use to help you do your job?
  • How do you keep your technology skills current?
  • Which operating software systems are you familiar with?

Global Context

  • Demonstrate an understanding of diverse people, cultures, and systems

  • Understand actions have local and global implications for the future
  • How have you incorporated the viewpoints and perspectives of underrepresented groups into your work? Please provide a specific example.
  • Describe any awareness, knowledge, or skills you have gained from working with someone of a different background or identity than your own.
  • What steps have you taken to reduce bias and champion diversity understanding in your classes (or in your current job)? Please provide a specific example.
  • Tell us about a time when you changed your style to work more effectively with a person from a different background.
  • What is your approach to dealing with discussions about potentially difficult topics.  Please provide a specific example.
  • Please describe how you work to create a campus environment that is welcoming and inclusive? Please provide a specific example.
  • Describe the most difficult colleague, classmate, student you’ve ever had to deal with at work / class. Why were they challenging? What did you do?
  • How do you adapt your working style to meet the different culture and learning styles?
  • Tell us about a time when you showed empathy toward another individual or group. Describe the situation, the actions you took, and the outcome.

Inclusive teamwork

  • Join with individuals and teams from diverse backgrounds to pursue a common goal

  • Often requires negotiating and 
  • What is the “best” team you were a part of?  What made this team great to be a part of?
  • Describe where you had to provide constructive feedback to someone.  What was your approach?  What was the outcome?
  • In what ways have you encouraged your work team to be more creative and innovative?
  • How would your colleagues describe you?
  • What are the qualities of a successful team?


  • Situational judgement and informed risk taking

  • Resiliency to challenges

  • Motivate and encourage participation to work towards a shared purpose and vision
  • How do you like to be supervised?
  • Provide an example of a challenge you faced.  How did you address it?  And what was the outcome?
  • Who is someone that you look up to?  Why do you look up to them?
  • Describe a time when you faced an unexpected challenge at work.
  • Recall a time you successfully used crisis-management skills.

Personal Accountability

  • Demonstrate integrity, honesty, dependability, responsibility

  • Accepts guidance and develops effective work habits
  • How do you know when to solve a problem on your own or to ask for help?
  • How do you prioritize your work?  How do you stay organized?
  • Do you consider yourself coachable?  Provide an example that demonstrates why.


  • Evaluate, understand, and communicate personal skills and abilities

  • Learns from past mistakes through feedback to become more flexible and gain new insights and understandings
  • Describe a time where you received constructive feedback?  What was the feedback and how did you respond?
  • What motivates you?
  • What is the best piece of advice you received at work?  How did you apply this to your work approach?
  • What is your greatest failure?  Why makes it your “greatest failure”?

Verbal & Written Communication

  • Respond to needs of diverse audiences through flexible writing and speaking methods

  • Develop ideas through written and oral forms of expression
  • Give me an example of when someone presented an innovative new idea you you that was a bit unusual. How did you react? What did you do?
  • Describe a time when you had to solve a problem, but didn’t have all the necessary information about it beforehand. What did you do?
  • Tell us about the last presentation you gave.

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