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Questions to Ask Recruiters

After choosing your top companies to talk to, prepare a list of questions in advance.

Sample Questions:

  • How would you describe a typical week/day in this position?
  • What is the company's management style?
  • How many people work in this office/department?
  • How much travel is expected?
  • Is relocation a possibility?
  • What is the typical work week? Is overtime expected?
  • What are the prospects for growth and advancement?
  • How does one advance in the company?
  • What do you like about working here?
  • What don't you like about working here and what would you change?
  • What would you say are the top two personality traits someone needs to do this job well?
  • What improvements or changes do you hope the new candidate will bring to this position?
  • If I were to start tomorrow, what would be the top priority on my to-do list?

Questions You May Be Asked

Time moves quickly during an online chat; make the most of you rtime with a recruiter by preparing in advance to answer some questions you think they may ask.

Sample Questions You May Be Asked:

Values and Experiences

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Describe your most rewarding college experience.
  • What have you done that shows initiative and willingness to work?
  • Tell me…
    • About a suggestion that you have made that has been successfully implemented
    • When you worked on an assignment/project that was new and/or complex to you
    • When you worked with a difficult person
    • When you were asked to complete a project that you had no interest in
    • When you were asked to provide feedback to a supervisor

Personality and Self Awareness

  • How would you describe yourself?
  • How do you think a friend or professor who knows you well would describe you?
  • Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?
  • 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?
  • How do you handle stressful situations and working under pressure?
  • What sort of person do you not like to work with?
  • What are you like working in a team?
  • What is your biggest strength/weakness?
  • What kind of decisions do you find most difficult to take?

Desire and Career Goals

  • What do you see yourself doing five years from now, ten years from now?
  • What do you expect from a job?
  • What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
  • What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
  • How do you determine or evaluate success?

Knowledge of Organization

  • Why are you interested in our organization?
  • What do you know about this organization?
  • 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?
  • Are you willing to travel or relocate if necessary?


  • Why should we hire you?
  • Do you have any questions for us?



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