Lesson: Job Interviews and Resumes

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Job Interview Questions

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What five adjectives best describe you?
  3. How would friends and professors who know you well describe you?
  4. What makes you stand out among your peers?
  5. What are your strengths?  Best skills?  What is your major weakness?
  6. Who is your personal and/or professional role model?  Why?
  7. What are your career goals? Future plans?
  8. How long are you willing to fail at this job before you succeed?
  9. What do you know about this company? Why are you seeking a position with our company?
  10. Why should we hire you for this job? What can you offer us that others cannot?
  11. What kinds of decisions are most difficult for you?
  12. In general, how do you handle conflict? Do you directly confront an issue or avoid it?
  13. I see from your resume that you (studied, worked, went to…).  Can you tell me more about your experience there?
  14. Give me an example from past experiences or a previous job where you have shown initiative.
  15. Tell me about the last time you made a mistake and how you corrected it.
  16. When was the last time you took a risk? What was it and in retrospect, was it the right decision?
  17. What is an important goal that you set in the past? Did you succeed?  Why or Why not?
  18. What has been the most challenging experience of your life? How did you confront that challenge?
  19. Your supervisor tells you to do something that is ethically wrong.  What do you do?
  20. If you had a choice, would you prefer to work alone or as part of a team?  Why?
  21. Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and employees?
  22. What are your most satisfying accomplishments?
  23. How have your educational experiences prepared you for this position?
  24. Which university classes did you enjoy the most?  The least? Why?
  25. What extracurricular activities were you involved in?
  26. Which software programs do you have experience with? How would you describe your skill level?
  27. What salary are you expecting?  What do you expect to earn in this position?
  28. How would you define a good working atmosphere?
  29. Would you be willing to work late hours and/or on the weekend?
  30. Would you prefer to work for a Korean company or an international company? Why?
  31. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about why you’d be a good fit for our company?
  32. If you could change something about your past, would you?  Why or why not?
  33. If you could be any superhero, who would you choose?  Why?
  34. What is your favorite company or brand? Why?
  35. Describe the color yellow to someone who is blind. 


Resume  Prep Questions

  1. What words and phrases describe the parts of your character and personality that would make you a good employee?
  2. What are some of your strongest skills and abilities? Give examples of when they were successfully used?
  3. What else would make you a good employee?
  4. Describe jobs and experiences that would be of interest to a potential employer.  List the company/organization, your position, and describe what you did using engaging action verbs. How did you contribute to the success of your company or group? Use specific numbers or percentages if possible. For example, ‘raised participation rate from 52% to 67%’.

Cover Letter Prep Questions
Think of a specific position with a specific company where you’d like to work. 

Company:                                                           Position:


  1. Why are you interested in this position? This organization? This field/industry?
  2. What do you know about the organization, its work, clients/customers/products that especially interests you?
  3. What do you feel distinguishes this organization from its competitors?
  4. What specific skills and knowledge is the employer seeking for this position?
  5. How have your prior experiences influenced your interest in this position/organization/feld?
  6. In what ways have your accomplishments during your prior experiences (extracurricular, volunteer, work, other) prepared you to excel in this position?
  7. What aspects of your academic experience will help you succeed in this position?
  8. Compared to other applicants, how might you be uniquely qualified for the position?
  9. How will the organization benefit from hiring you?

Mock Interview:  Each person prepares a specific position they’d like to apply for and brings either a resume or education/work overview form for interviewers to look over. Interviewers look over the material beforehand and then conduct a 10 minute interview based on those materials. Below are some of the questions that might be asked during mock interviews.


More Lists of Questions




Resume Building Sites

Job Hunting and Freelance (gig economy) Sites

Preparation Tips:

  • Think of your core values and/or words that describe you, along with some kind of explanation.
  • Think of different kinds of significant experiences you’ve had. What did you learn from them? Use the STAR method.
  • Research the company and industry you want to be part of and prepare to answer why you want to work for THAT company and THAT industry.
  • Remember: They are more concerned about their own needs and wants than yours.

Video Channels

Job Interview Video Tips

Video Playlist Job Hunting
5 Tips to Ace an Interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHDrj0_bMQ0 Behavior Based Questions


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Verbs that can be used to express responsibilities and tasks performed:

  • acted
  • accomplished
  • adapted
  • administered
  • advanced
  • advised
  • allocated
  • analyzed
  • applied
  • approved
  • arbitrated
  • arranged
  • assisted
  • attained
  • blended
  • brought
  • built
  • carried out
  • catalogued
  • changed
  • classified
  • collaborated
  • compared
  • completed
  • computed
  • conceived
  • conducted
  • constructed
  • consulted
  • contracted
  • controlled
  • cooperated
  • coordinated
  • corrected
  • counseled
  • created
  • dealt
  • decided
  • decreased
  • defined
  • delegated
  • derived
  • designated
  • detected
  • developed
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  • directed
  • discovered
  • distributed
  • documented
  • doubled
  • edited
  • encouraged
  • engineered
  • enlarged
  • escalated
  • established
  • estimated
  • evaluated
  • examined
  • expanded
  • experienced
  • explored
  • facilitated
  • finalized
  • formulated
  • founded
  • functioned
  • governed
  • grouped
  • guided
  • handled
  • harmonized
  • harnessed
  • headed
  • identified
  • implemented
  • improved
  • increased
  • indexed
  • initiated
  • inspected
  • installed
  • instituted
  • interpreted
  • introduced
  • invented
  • investigated
  • justified
  • led
  • localized
  • located
  • made
  • managed
  • maintained
  • mechanized
  • merged
  • moderated
  • motivated
  • negotiated
  • opened
  • operated
  • organized
  • originated
  • overcame
  • perceived
  • performed
  • pioneered
  • planned
  • prepared
  • presented
  • presided
  • processed
  • programmed
  • promoted
  • provided
  • purchased
  • raised
  • recommended
  • recorded
  • recruited
  • rectified
  • redesigned
  • repaired
  • replaced
  • restored
  • reversed
  • reviewed
  • revised
  • saved
  • screened
  • selected
  • serviced
  • set up
  • solved
  • sorted
  • sparked
  • specified
  • started
  • stimulated
  • strengthened
  • summarized
  • supervised
  • supported
  • systematized
  • tested
  • trained
  • transacted
  • transcribed
  • transformed
  • tripled
  • upgraded
  • validated
  • varied
  • verified
  • vitalized
  • won
  • wrote

Words to describe your
qualities and skills

  • accurate
  • active
  • adaptable
  • adept
  • analytical
  • broad-minded
  • competent
  • conscientious
  • creative
  • curious
  • dependable
  • detail-oriented
  • determined
  • diplomatic
  • disciplined
  • discreet
  • efficient
  • energetic
  • enterprising
  • enthusiastic
  • experienced
  • fair
  • fast learner
  • firm
  • genuine
  • hard-working
  • honest
  • innovative
  • logical
  • loyal
  • mature
  • methodical
  • motivated
  • objective
  • outgoing
  • passionate
  • personable
  • pleasant
  • positive
  • practical
  • problem solver
  • productive
  • proficient
  • punctual
  • reliable
  • resourceful
  • self disciplined
  • self-starter
  • sense of humor
  • sensitive
  • sincere
  • studious
  • successful
  • tactful
  • team-player
  • trustworthy
  • versatile


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