The Interview Questions You Need to Know

By Diana Zarowin - NYU Graduate

Interviewing for jobs is quite a process – both while in college and as you prepare to exit school and enter the ‘real world.’ Though the job process involves several major pre-components (networking, resume, cover letter), perhaps the most important part of all, the one that may very well be the determining factor, is the interview.

If you are brought in to interview, it means that you have successfully passed a high selection bar and are amongst a pool of qualified applicants that have a reasonable chance of obtaining the job. Though this is definitely reassuring, it does not mean that the tough part is over. Acing the interview is the next big (and very real!) challenge.

To prepare for an interview, NextGenVest suggests writing out your answers to these questions, perfecting them, and then saying them out loud several times. This way you feel comfortable and aren’t thinking on the spot.

Questions About You:

1. Tell me about yourself (i.e. talk about yourself, school and work experience, and hobbies in under 3 minutes).

2. Use 3 words to describe yourself.

3. What are your top 3 strengths?

4. What are your top 3 weaknesses?

5. Walk me through your resume (This is pretty much the same as #1, but can trip students up if phrased differently).

6. What excites you about this industry? (Connect this back to your past experiences!).

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

8. What leadership activities do you participate in on campus?

9. How do you deal with time management?

10. What do you do in your free time?


1. Tell me about a time when you faced a challenge on a team. How did you solve it?

2. What role do you normally play on a team?

3. Do you work well under a deadline?

4. Have you ever been on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How did you handle it?

5. Tell me about a time you had to deal with conflict on a team?


1. Why do you want to work here?

2. What excites you about the company?

3. Why do you feel you’d be a good fit for this role?

4. Do you know anyone at the company? (You should bring this up in conversation if you do!) 

5. What previous experience that you have had (college courses or internships) that makes you interested in the company? 


1. Last book that you read?

2. Where do you get your news from?

3. If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would it be and why?

4. Who are your heroes?

5. Do you have any questions for me? (prepare 2-3 in advance)