Cleveland State University

Career Services Center


Questions Recruiters Often Ask

One of the main purposes of an interview is for the interviewer to find out about you, the prospective employee. The employer wants to know about you in order to make a hiring decision and you want that decision to be a favorable. The interviewer may not be looking for the "right answer" from you as much as they want to see how well you articulate answers to the questions put before you. A good interview can often be the determining factor in whether or not an individual is hired for a position. When it comes to the interview, nothing beats proper preparation! Take the time to review/formulate responses to this list of commonly asked questions during the screening/initial stage of the interview process.

Self-Awareness: Tell me a little about yourself (standard, ice-breaking statement/question). / Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing? / What do you consider to be your greatest strengths? weaknesses? / How would you describe yourself? / How do you think a friend or professor who knows you well would describe you? / What do you see yourself doing five years from now? ten years from now?

Collegiate Experience: Why did you select your college or university? / What led you to choose your field or major study? / Do you think your grades are a good indication of your academic achievement? / Describe your most rewarding college experience.

Work Expectations What two or three things are most important to you in your job? / What are the most important rewards you expect from your career? / What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort? / How do you determine or evaluate success? / How do you work under pressure?

Interview Preparedness: What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours? / In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our company? / What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work? / What qualities should a successful manager possess? / Why should I hire you?

Behavioral Situations: Tell me about a time when you worked on an assignment/project that was new to you. / Tell me about a time when you worked on a complex project. / Tell me about a time when you worked with a difficult person. / Tell me about a time when you were asked to complete a project that you had no interest in. / Tell me about a time when you were asked to provide feedback to a supervisor.

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Office Hours
Monday-Thursday 7:30am-6:00pm
Friday 7:30am-5:00pm
Campus Location
Rhodes West, Room 280
1860 East 22nd Street
Phone: 216.687.2233
Toll Free: 888.CSUOHIO
Satellite Office
College of Urban Affairs, UR 209
Monday: 8:00am-6:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Mailing Address
Cleveland State University 2121
Euclid Avenue, RW 280
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

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