Sample Interview Questions from UW System HR and Workforce Diversity General: 1. Why did you decide to apply for this position? What appeals most to you about it? Least? What aspects about this position would cause you to consider leaving your current position? 2. What three characteristics best describe you? 3. What traits do you value most in others? 4. What are your short-term and long-term career goals? 5. What type of work environment and pace of work do you prefer? 6. What aspects of your current position do you enjoy the most? 7. What professional accomplishment has given you the most satisfaction? 8. Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond to get a job done. 9. Tell me about two memorable projects, one success and one failure. To what do you attribute the success and failure? 10. Tell me about a situation in your professional career that did not work out as you had hoped and what you learned from it. 11. Please provide examples of professional situations in which you have had to exercise judgment and independently make business decisions. 12. Please describe a work situation in which you recognized a need for change and how you dealt with it. 13. What kinds of professional development efforts have you made in the past? What do you have in mind for the future? Specific to position: 14. Please summarize those aspects of your training and career that qualify you for this position. 15. What areas of this position’s responsibilities are you most qualified for? Least qualified for? 16. Describe your skill levels when it comes to working with automated tools: analytical and quantitative software, spreadsheets, databases, word processing, electronic mail, mainframe systems….? 17. Tell us about a complicated project you completed in the last year. What made it complicated and how did you approach it? 18. Describe your experience with… and please provide examples… (use this type of question to compare the specific experience a candidate has with what you need for the position). 19. Situational or hypothetical questions that do not have one correct answer but instead elicit responses that provide insight into the candidate’s approach or thought process. 20. What distinguishes you from other highly qualified applicants for this position? OR What unique experience or qualifications separate you from other candidates? 21. For supervisory/management positions Describe your supervisory/management experience and style. Describe a difficult personnel issue you have faced and how you dealt with it. Diversity: 22. Describe a time when you were able to adapt your communication approach so that you could interact more effectively with a person who came from a perspective, background or culture that was very different from your own. What did you do to find common ground? 23. Could you please share a project or situation from your own work history that you found challenging because of competing interests, viewpoints, and priorities for constituent groups? Describe how you managed the situation, including the specific options and strategies you chose to use? What factors did you consider when weighing the various diverse and conflicting viewpoints and priorities? 24. Provide an example of what you have done in a higher educational setting to improve success for students of color and economically disadvantaged students. Please provide an example of how you do this in your daily work. 25. The University of Wisconsin values employees with diverse viewpoints and backgrounds. What has been your experience in working with people of culturally, ethnically, or other diverse backgrounds?