Questions to Expect
• What made you choose Brigham Young University?
• What has your undergraduate experience been like? Your major? Your GPA? • Are your grades a good indication of your academic achievement or ability? • How has your degree prepared you for a career in (function)? • What are the most important experiences you had outside the classroom? • General questions regarding leadership and extracurricular participation.
• What are your long-and short-range goals?
• How did you decide on these goals, and how will your career enhance your ability to reach them? • What do you want to get out of your summer internship? • What is most important to you?
• Where do you see yourself in five years?
• How much do you expect to be earning in five years?
• What would you do if money were not an issue?
• Why and how did you choose the career for which you are preparing?
• Do you have a geographical preference? Why?
• If you wanted to be in (N. Y., Calif., etc.), why did you pick BYU? • Will you relocate? Are you willing to travel? How much? • How do you feel about being a trainee given previous levels of responsibility? • Why did you pick our organization?
• What profits did our company declare last year?
• What do you know about us? How would you describe us to outsiders? • What type of organization fits your style and why?
• What do you think it takes to be successful in our organization? • What level of contribution could you make to our organization? • What do you see as the greatest challenges in our industry? • How might you overcome them?
• Why should I hire you versus another candidate?
• What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses? • How would you describe yourself?
• How do you think your peers/professors would describe you? • What excites and/or motivates you?
• Describe your role within a group.
• Describe your BYU study group.
• How do you determine and evaluate success?
• What accomplishments have given you the greatest satisfaction? • How do you manage your time?
• What major problems have you encountered? How did you handle them? • What attributes make you believe you will be successful in business? • How do you deal with criticism?
• What can you offer us?
• Given your youth, how will you handle managing people older than you? • Give an example of a leadership experience (make this relevant to the position). • What type of outside activities do you enjoy? Why?
• What is the biggest risk you've ever taken?
• Describe yourself in three words.
• Describe a situation in which you failed and what did you learn from it? • What was your greatest frustration in your last job? • Who would you say has been your most important role model? Why?
If You Are Interviewing for Finance Positions:
• Read the Wall Street Journal and other business publications to be up-to-date on what is happening in the global financial environment, especially the day of the interview. Be current on the prime rate, the discount rate and general trends about inflation. • Stress attention to detail and problem-solving ability. • Be prepared to back up your claim of having analytical skills, ability to build computer models and experience with financial statistics. • Be prepared to talk about the ethical implications of financial issues. • Be confident and don 't change your answers.
• Anticipate issues the employer may have with your background and be prepared to address them. If you have never worked in finance, expect more questions to prove you have the required skill...