Dear MLC Students,

Today we are going to learn some English interview questions and the recommended answers to them. These questions can prepare you for any interviews now and in the future. They can also be used for Language Tables for your RT group or as a topic to initiate at the meal tables in Food Paradise. First read the recommended short and long answers to get the idea on how to answer them. Then, substitute them with your real answers to be ready for this kind of interview questions in the future.


Sentence of the day for Thursday 3/11/16 is (The mostly asked questions in a basic English interview):


Tell me a little about yourself.

You should take this opportunity to show your communication skills by speaking clearly and concisely in an organized manner. Because there is no right or wrong answer for this question, it is important to appear friendly.

Short Answers

“I attended MIT where I majored in Electrical Engineering. My hobbies include basketball, reading novels, and hiking.”

“I grew up in Korea and studied accounting. I worked at an accounting firm for two years and I enjoy bicycling and jogging.”

“I’m an easy going person that works well with everyone. I enjoy being around different types of people and I like to always challenge myself to improve at everything I do.”

“I’m a hard worker and I like to take on a variety of challenges. I like pets, and in my spare time, I like to relax and read the newspaper.”

“I’ve always liked being balanced. When I work, I want to work hard. And outside of work, I like to engage in my personal activities such as golfing and fishing.”

Long Answer

“I went to the University of Washington and majored in English Literature. I went to graduate school because I really enjoyed learning. Afterwards, I started my career at Boeing as a web content editor. I’ve been there for 3 years now. Although my emphasis is in writing, I like numbers. I think solving logic problems and riddles are quite fun. I also enjoy jogging, reading, and watching movies.”

There is no right or wrong answer for this question. Most important thing you should remember is how you deliver the message. The example above shows a short answer telling a little bit about the person. The answer went from education to career, and then to personal interests all in a smooth flow.


Other often asked questions in a Basic English Interview are as follows for your reference. I will try to give some recommended answers to them later.

  1. What are your strengths?
    2. What are your weaknesses?
    3. What are your short term goals?
    4. What are your long term goals?
    5. What do you want to be doing five years from now?
    6. If you could change one thing about your personality, what would it be…
    7. What does success mean to you?
    8. What does failure mean to you?
    9. Are you an organized person?
    10. In what ways are you organized and disorganized?
    11. Do you manage your time well?
    12. How do you handle change?
    13. How do you make important decisions?
    14. Do you work well under pressure?


Tell me how you like the English interview topic.  You can write me e-mail in Chinese.


Have a good day!

Master Xu