Being a fresh graduate sometimes means that you had never been to a job interview before. That’s fine. But if it means that you do not know how to answer interview questions. That may cost you some good career opportunities. And that is costly. Because a good job can set you on the right path and shape you up.

However, don’t worry. Here are 50 job interview questions for fresh graduates. It is not going to guarantee you the job but knowing what questions may be coming and practice in advance will definitely help you to perform better.

Do bear in mind that the length and the questions of each interview may be different. So the more questions you prepare for, the lesser the possibility of you not knowing what to say. And good luck!

50 Job Interview Questions for Fresh Graduates

  • Please introduce yourself.
  • Tell me about your life story.
  • How would you describe yourself in 1 word?
  • What are the first 3 characteristics that your best friend will describe you?
  • What do you like to do outside of school?
  • What is it that you always wanted to do but didn’t? And why?
  • What are your interests and hobbies?
  • Tell me 1 thing that others do not know about you.
  • Tell me 3 things that you would like to change about yourself.
  • What do you consider to be your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What is your personal mission statement?
  • Tell me about the hardest decision you have ever made.
  • Tell me something that’s true that nobody agrees with you on.
  • When was the last time you learned something new? What was it?
  • What was the last book that you read? Tell me about it.
  • Why did you choose this course/ major/ specialization?
  • If given a second chance, would you reconsider your course/ major/ specialization?
  • What is your favourite and least favourite subject? And why?
  • What is your school thesis about?
  • What is your graduation project about?
  • Tell me about the most challenging situation that you’ve faced in the project, and how you dealt with it.
  • What is your final grade? Do you think it reflects your true abilities?
  • How do you think your education experience change you?
  • How do you think your OJT prepared you for this role?
  • What did you learn from your OJT?
  • Do you have plans for further study?
  • Did you participate in any extra-curricular activities? Why?
  • When was the last time you disagreed with a decision that was made in a project? Tell me about it.
  • Tell me about the time when someone did not agree with your decision.
  • Tell me about the time when your team members did not agree with each other.
  • When was the last time you made a mistake? Tell me about it.
  • Tell me about the time when you managed a team member who is not performing up to expectation.
  • Tell me about a team member or classmate that you could not get along with.
  • Tell me about the last successful project that you were involved in.
  • Tell me about a project that failed that you were involved in.
  • What motivates you?
  • What do you want to do when you grow old?
  • Why are you here today?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • Why did you apply for this job?
  • What was it that attracted you to apply for this job?
  • Why do you think you will be successful in this job?
  • What’s most important to you in this role?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
  • What are your plans for the future?
  • What is your plan if you are not selected for this role?
  • What other roles are you considering? Why?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • What can you contribute to our company?
  • What do you think makes you better than the rest of the applicants?

You should always try to practice these questions with a friend or a mentor so that they can help you to improve your response. However, if you don’t have anyone that you can practice with, you can always try an online interview simulator.