Great Student Interview Questions!

Reading a pretty interesting article called “The Top Behavioral Interview Questions’.  It’s focused on adults getting jobs and some questions that 1300 hiring managers have shared as their top interview questions.  They are great questions.  As I was reading them, I was was struck that, with a little tweaking, they could be very interesting questions for students to consider.

The questions focus on adaptability, culture fit, and collaboration.  Three of the most important ‘soft skills’ in hiring.

Here they are.  It would be fun to ask kids these questions!


  1.  Talk about a time you were asked to do something you had never done before.
  2.  Describe a time in which you embraced a new idea, process, or technology, at school that was a real change from how you had done things before.

Culture fit

  1. What are the three things that are most important to you as a student?
  2. Talk about a time in the last week when you’ve been satisfied, energized, and productive at school.  What were you doing?


  1.  How do you work with a person who is difficult to work with?
  2.  Talk about one of your favorite experiences working with a group and your contribution to the group.

In addition to these being great questions for kids to consider, thinking about and answering these questions is a work life skill!

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