The Catholic University of America

Interview Questions

20 QUESTIONS: Good questions to ask an Interviewee

1) Tell us a little more about your professional experiences, particularly those not mentioned on your resume. 11) What is the biggest conflict you were ever involved in at work? How did you handle that situation?
2) Why are you interested in leaving your current assignment and why do you feel that this assignment would be better for you? 12) Do you have any concerns that would make you have reservations about accepting this position if it is offered to you?
3) Do you feel this position is a promotion, a lateral move, a broadening of your professional experience, or just a change? Why do you think so? 13) How would you characterize your level of computer literacy? What are some of the programs and applications with which you are familiar?
4) How does this position fit into your overall career goals? 14) Do you have any additional information that you would like to share?
5) Describe the duties of your current job. 15) Do you have any questions for us?
6) What is your favorite part about your current job and why? 16) What do you think most uniquely qualifies you for this position?
7) Describe two or three major trends in your profession today. 17) What things have you done on your own initiative to prepare for your next job?
8) On the basis of the information you have received so far, what do you see as the major challenges of this position and how would you meet them?

18) How do you feel about diversity in the workplace? Give us some examples of your efforts to promote diversity.


9) Why did you choose this profession/field?

19) Tell us about your preferred work environment.

10) Can you describe how you go about solving problems? Please give some examples. 20) In what professional development activities have you been involved over the past few years?


You cannot ask any question during an interview that relates to an applicant's race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, or disability. Below are a few of the questions that should not be asked. Also below are 10 acceptable questions that may be asked in lieu of the 10 unacceptable.

10 Unacceptable                            10 Acceptable Alternative Questions:
Interview Questions:                     

1) Are you a U.S. citizen?
1) Are you able to work in the United States on an unrestricted basis?
2) Where were you born? 2)  What languages do you speak or write fluently?
3) How old are you? 3)  If hired, can you provide proof that you are at least 18 years of age?
4) Do you have a disability? 4) Are you able to perform the duties on the job description with or without reasonable accommodations?
5) Are you married? 5) Do you have any relatives currently working at this institution?
6) Do you have any children? 6) No acceptable alternative. 


7) Do you have childcare arrangements? 7) Would you have any problem working overtime, if required?
8) What is your race or ethnic origin? 8) What languages do you speak or write fluently? (if job related)

 The University may express a preference for Catholic applicants and may consider an applicant's faith in making employment decisions. Such information should only be sought and considered with the approval of the hiring authority. The University may always ask a prospective employee about the applicant's ability to support the University's mission.