There are five major categories of interview questions you should be aware of. This category, the questions below, addresses your career goals. Some of the questions may be phrased differently during an actual job interview.

Use a tape recorder and give your answers to these questions. Then play the recording back and critique your responses. Do not try to memorize what you will say. Think through the strategy of your answers, focusing on the gist of the message you want to convey.
  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. Tell me about your career goals.
  3. What would you like to accomplish during the next five [or ten] years?
  4. How do your career goals today differ from your career goals five years ago?
  5. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
  6. Describe a major goal you set for yourself recently.
  7. What are you doing to achieve that goal?
  8. Have you ever thought of switching careers?
  9. How does this job compare to what would be the perfect job for you?
  10. What would you change about our company to make this your ideal workplace?
  11. How long have you been looking for another job?

SOURCE: Adapted from Caryl and Ron Krannich, Ph.Ds, Job Interview Tips for People With Not-So-Hot Backgrounds (Impact Publications, Manassas Park, VA), p. 90. Copyright 2004. All rights reserved.