Common Interview Questions for Mock Interview Practice

Having a successful interview takes practice! Use these questions to practice with a classmate, friend, or family member.

GUIDELINES FOR INTERVIEWER:

  • Begin with the ICEBREAKER QUESTION #1. Randomly select next questions. End with CLOSING QUESTION #15. 

  • Don’t rush or appear impatient. Give the interviewee time to think before responding.

  • Ask only one question at a time. 

  • Ask a follow-up questions to clarify vague responses.

  • Use the Mock Interview Feedback Sheet on the reverse side during the interview to rate the interviewee.

GUIDELINES FOR INTERVIEWEE:

  • Carefully prepare for each of these questions before the practice interview begins. Write down each answer in the space below the question and practice saying it aloud.

  • Be sure that you have researched the position/company and are able to ask informed questions about the job for CLOSING QUESTION #15. (Do not ask questions related to salary or fringe benefits; these issues should not be discussed until an actual job offer has been made.)

  • Treat this situation like an actual interview. Present yourself as a professional in speech and body language. Be friendly and don’t forget to smile!

ICEBREAKER QUESTION:

1.    Tell me about yourself.

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

2.    Why do you think you would be a good fit for this role?

3.    Why did you leave your last position?

4.    Why do you want to work here?

5.    What is your greatest strength?

6.    What is your greatest weakness?

7.    Describe a time when you had a conflict with a co-worker or supervisor.

8.    How do you handle pressure to meet deadlines?

    Follow-up question: Can you give an example? How did you handle that situation?

9.    What is the least favorite job that you have had in the past? Why?

10.    What was your favorite job in the past? Why?

11.    How do you handle criticism at work?

12.    Give me an example of a project or job you had to work on as part of a team. What was the result? 

13.    How do you respond when you encounter a roadblock in reaching a goal at work?

14.    What do you know about our organization?

CLOSING QUESTION

15.    What questions do you have for me? 

 

  Mock Job Interview Feedback Sheet

GUIDELINES FOR INTERVIEWER: 

During the mock interview, use the scaled questions below to rate the interviewee. After the interview, mention the positives to the interviewee first. Give suggestions for improvement in each area, as needed.            

(Circle on response for each question.)

 Handshake……………………………  Firm                                                Not Firm                                           Too Firm

Body Language……………………...  Professional                                   Too casual                                        Unprofessional

             Preparation for interview………..  Well-prepared                              Somewhat prepared                       Unprepared        

             Eye contact……………………………  Good                                               Fair                                                     Poor

             Attire……………………………………. Professional                                  Too casual                                         Inappropriate

             Used real-life examples.............. Always                                            Sometimes                                       Never

              Passionate about career field…..Always                                            Sometimes                                        Never        

              Response to questions……………Clear/conversational                  Robotic/rehearsed                          Unprepared

              Would this job candidate stand out to you?                          Yes                                          Maybe    

Questions that need further practice: (Circle all that apply.)

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Comments: 

Source: Manpower Group. (2017). How many questions will I be asked during an interview? Retrieved from http://www.jobipedia.org/Questions/Conversation/How-many-questions-will-I-be-asked-during-an-interview-What-makes-an-interview-successful-Which-type-of-questions-should-I-prepare-to-answer

 

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A mock interview, also known as a practice interview, is a simulation of an actual job interview. It provides you with an opportunity to practice for an interview and receive feedback.