University of Oregon

Questions employers ask


About You

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why should we hire you?

Interest in the Organization

  • Why are you interested in this organization/position?
  • How did you become interested in this field?

Motivation and Accomplishments

  • Walk me through your résumé - what jobs have you held? How did you get them? What did you learn?
  • Have you held any leadership responsibilities? If so, what were they and what did you learn from this experience?
  • What do you consider to be your most significant accomplishment? Why?


  • Why did you decide to attend the [name of school]?
  • Why did you choose your particular college major? If you were starting over, would you choose the same one? If so, why? If not, why not?
  • In looking at your academic program, which classes did you enjoy the most? The least? Why?

Maturity and Self-Awareness

  • Do you feel you have done the best scholastic work of which you are capable? If so, why? If not, why not?
  • What are your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?
  • What are your short-term goals? Long-term?

Work Environment and Preferences

  • What are two or three things that are most important to you in a job?
  • In what type of work environment are you most comfortable?
  • Define teamwork.
  • Are you willing to relocate? To travel? If so, what percentage of the time would you consider traveling? If you are willing to relocate, do you have a geographical preference?

Behavioral Interview Questions

This interview technique is used to evaluate your competency to perform a specific aspect of the job.

S - Present the Situation and the role you played
O - Identify the Obstacles you faced
A - Describe your Actions
R - Summarize the Results

  • What was the toughest decision you had to make at a previous job?
  • Tell me about the most difficult person you've had to communicate with.
  • Tell me about a group project you were involved in. What was your role?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to persuade someone to your point of view?
  • Describe a major problem you encountered and the actions you took to resolve it.
  • Tell me about a time you had to overcome disappointment.
  • Tell me about a time when you demonstrated assertiveness?
  • What is the biggest challenge you've faced in college and how did you deal with it?
  • What kind of pressure did you feel on your last job? How did you handle it?
  • Describe a situation where you had to do several tasks at the same time.