Sample Interview Questions

The below interview questions are designed to provide a broad overview of topics that can be explored during interviews, focusing on various aspects such as functional expertise, interpersonal behavior, and inclusion and belonging. It’s important to note that these questions are not specific to any particular role but can be adapted to suit a wide range of positions at Wharton. 

As you navigate through these questions, consider how they align with Wharton’s values and the skills you seek in potential candidates. Remember, interviewing is not just about assessing qualifications but also about understanding how candidates will contribute to your team’s success and thrive in your department/University culture.

If you would like guidance on drafting additional questions or case studies tailored to a specific position, please connect with the Wharton HR Talent Management team. We are happy to provide support in designing a comprehensive interview process that aligns with your goals and objectives.

General/All Staff

  1. Walk me through your work experience and what led you to consider this opportunity.
  2. How do you approach problem-solving in your current role? Provide a relevant example.
  3. Provide an example of a project you managed successfully. What challenges did you face, and how did you overcome them?
  4. How do you stay updated with industry trends and best practices?
  5. What is your approach to prioritizing multiple tasks with competing deadlines?
  6. How do you handle conflicts or disagreements within a team?
  7. Please describe a situation where you had to collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds or departments.
  8. How do you ensure open and effective communication with colleagues, clients, and/or stakeholders?
  9. Please provide an example of constructive feedback you provided to a colleague or team member.
  10. How do you go about building and maintaining positive relationships with stakeholders or clients?
  11. Discuss your approach to working collaboratively as part of a team to achieve a common goal. Please cite any relevant examples.
  12. Please provide an example of a time when you supported or advocated for inclusivity initiatives.
  13. How do you handle feedback and criticism, and what steps do you take to improve yourself professionally?
  14. How do you incorporate diverse perspectives into decision-making processes?

Management Roles

  1. What is your approach to setting goals and objectives for your team?
  2. Please describe a time when you had to make a difficult decision that impacted your team’s performance. How did you handle the situation? 
  3. How do you go about ensuring that your team’s work aligns with the organization’s overall goals and strategy?
  4. What tools do you use to measure and evaluate your team’s performance? Please provide an example of a successful performance improvement initiative you’ve led.
  5. Please discuss your experience with budgeting and resource allocation for projects.
  6. How do you motivate and inspire your team to achieve their best results?
  7. Please share an example of how you provide feedback and coaching to support your team’s development.
  8. How do you handle difficult conversations or feedback from your team members or supervisors?
  9. How do you support and mentor a team to help them reach their full potential?
  10. How do you ensure that all team members feel valued, respected, and included?
  11. What is your approach to promoting career growth and opportunities for all team members regardless of background and identity?