What are your salary expectations?
If you are asked this question during an interview, assume that the employer is deciding whether or not they can afford you, or wondering if you will undersell yourself. Research location-appropriate industry salaries. See “Offers & Negotiations,” p. 37, so you can quote your findings and say, “I’m comfortable with a salary that’s in this range.” If the interviewer persists, make sure that they name a figure first. You can do this by saying, “I’m sure you have a range in mind. What are you willing to offer?”


Tell me about yourself - 1st question in an interview
Image result for TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELFThis commonly asked question seems so broad. Keep in mind your audience and purpose. Keep your comments focused on information that will help the employer determine your qualifications and/or interest in the position. This can include what you have gained from your education and/or experiences, your future career aspirations, and your enthusiasm for beginning a job in your field of interest.


Case and technical questions are especially common in business fields such as finance, consulting, and accounting, as well as in engineering, physical science, and computer science fields. Technical questions ask about discipline-specific knowledge; they may be related to concepts that you learned from your coursework, industry knowledge (e.g., familiarity with financial markets), or specific skills (e.g., programming languages).
Because both technical and case questions can vary so widely from one setting to the next, the best approach to effectively prepare for them is not to "learn" a particular set of interview questions and then hope that your interviewers ask you them. Instead, aim to get really good at answering strategy-based questions you've never seen before. This can be attained through lots of PRACTICE. Explore our “Case Interview Resources” on the Career Center website for further tips and tools.

A general principle that applies to case questions, however, is this: often, you won’t know the answer, but you need to make an attempt. The interviewer is evaluating how you approach a problem just as much as your answer. Logical and reasonable thinking is preferred over a one-line response. Keep in mind that there is often no RIGHT or WRONG answer; each candidate has their opinion and perspective on a question.

You can also log in to Handshake to access sample questions in the Vault Guides for consulting and try asking company representatives, alumni, or peers who have had interviews in your target field about the types of questions you can expect. For more in-depth information about case interviews, it would be wise to review case interview books (e.g., Case in Point) and consulting-focused websites, and look for opportunities to participate in case competitions on campus through student organizations.


• Provide an example of when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty to get a job done.
• Tell me about a project you initiated.

• Describe a time when you provided a creative solution to a problem.
• What is the most creative thing you have done?

• Describe a situation in which you overcame a “personality conflict” in order to get results.
• Describe a time where you were faced with issues that tested your coping skills.
• Describe a time when you received constructive criticism.


The following are the most popular Decision-making related interview questions
• Provide an example of when you had to make a difficult decision. How did you approach it? What kinds of criteria did you use?
• Describe a time when you had to defend your decision.
• Summarize a situation where you had to locate relevant information, define key issues, and determine the steps to get a desired result.


The following are the most popular Communication Skills related interview questions

• Tell me about a time when you had to present complex information. How did you get your point across?
• Describe a time when you used persuasion to convince someone to see things your way.
• Tell me about a time when you used written communication skills to convey an important point.


The following are the most popular Planning & Organization related interview questions

• Tell me about an important goal of yours. How did you reach it?
• Describe a situation when you had many assignments or projects due at the same time. What steps did you take to finish them?
• Provide an example of what you’ve done when your time schedule or plan was upset by unforeseen circumstances.