Typical MIS Questions asked in Interviews for Internships and by GarrettPendergast


									     MIS Interview Questions for Internships and Full Time
                           from Fall 2004 and Spring 2005


Company: Walgreen’s

Internship, first round in Austin, second round in Portland
        Name a time when you’ve had a problem group member. How did you handle it?
        Name a transition you’ve endured. How did you handle it?
        What is your dream job?
        Why Walgreen’s?
        Can you remember a time where you were in a leadership role?
        This interview also had a computer component which required some retail
knowledge, basic math (e.g. an item costs $12.50, if it’s marked down 35% how much
does it cost), and situational questions (e.g. problem a, problem b, and problem c all
happen at the same time, which do you address first)

Company: Intel

Internship, phone interview from Austin
       Name a time when you’ve had a problem group member. How did you handle it?
       What is your dream job?
       How do you prioritize your time? Take me through a typical day.

Company: Flowserve

Internship, Austin
       What has been your favorite class within MIS?
       Who is Lotus 1-2-3 made by and what is it?
       What kind of position do you see yourself in here at Flowserve?
       Name a time when you’ve had a problem group member. How did you handle it?
       Ever had any writing published? Do you have a website available for it?
       You’re given a project on your first day using Lotus, what do you do? Where do
you find help?

Company: Target

Internship, phone interview from Austin
       Name a time when you’ve had a problem group member. How did you handle it?
       Name a criticism you’ve received. How did you handle it?
       Why Target?
       Can you remember a time where you were in a leadership role?
Company: National Instruments

Internship, Fall 2003, first round at UT

-Describe recent projects you worked on
-Describe a leadership role you have to taken on a project
-Describe a time something went well and why
-Describe why something went wrong and why
Hard Question: Draw a genealogy database ER Diagram. I drew several tables, linking
them. Then they ask to add a row of grandparents. They keep adding a layer of relatives
until you realize this will go on infinitely. There must be a way to make a relationship –
he said there are two correct answers, one involves a recursive relationship. We never
learned about this, but it’s a good way to understand when someone will identify a

Company: Austin Logistics

Internship, Fall 2003, first round at UT, second round at office
First round: go over resume with 2 people
Second round: Meet technical people, explain recent projects


Internship, Marketing, first round on phone, second round at AMD
-Describe recent projects
-Make it or break it question: Describe a product that is marketed in terms of others…I
thought he was leading towards Intel Inside, so I said Pixar within movies and he said
that was an acceptable answer.
-At AMD: Meet 6 people will be working with, describe recent work, opportunity to ask

Company: 3M

Internship, first round at UT, Fall 2003
-Go over resume
-Person didn’t know anything about MIS so it was frustrating

Company: Harbour Consulting,

Internship, first round at UT, Fall 2003

-very frustrating – asked personal (probably illegal) questions about traveling in
Amsterdam, was very unclear how to answer. Two people interviewed at once and were
fairly unprofessional (seemed to want to swap college stories), which I took to be a good
sign but then I didn’t get a second round. Was supposed to interview for Dallas, but two
recruiters saw me waiting and made me switch to Austin. Also went 15 minutes over
time. Strangest interview I’ve ever had.
-Have you ever used Crystal Reports?

Overall note: They never focused on what I expected them to - recruiters hardly ever, if at
all, asked me about Harvard Summer School on my resume. Very few people asked me
about being president of a student organization, or my GPA. They were all interested,
however, in studying abroad (and often being an Eagle Scout). I probably could have
spent more time making studying abroad seem relevant to the job or more interesting.

Company: Goldman

   1. General questions:

       -   What is Information Systems to you?
       -   How do you deal with collision errors in Ethernet and token ring?
       -   Walk me through your resume and tell me how your job experience relates to
           the position you are applying for
       -   Suppose you have a government project that is due in two weeks. You will not
           be able to finish the entire project on time. But you cannot cut off part of the
           project (basically you cannot reduce the scope of the project, it has to be
           done). What do you do?
   Technical Questions

       -   Have you taken any business classes?
       -   Have you taken any computer classes?
       -   How intensive were your programming classes?
       -   Have you taken any C++ classes?
       -   How would you rate your knowledge of C++ on a scale of 1 to 10? 1 being
           weak and 10 being strong.
       -   What is the difference between a balance sheet and an income statement?
       -   How would you compare a MIS degree to a CS degree?
       -   Why do you normalize a database?
       -   Define inheritance, polymorphism?

   2. FTP, Goldman Saks, November 2004, from a first round in Austin and second
      round in New York.

    - Describe a project you have successfully managed
    - focus on whether there I was of the Goldman Type A personality
    - Why do you want to be in NY?
    - The average GS employee stays for 11 years - are you going to be that employee?
   - Describe a project you have successfully managed
I guess the overall theme of the questions is to understand how much business we do, and
the depth of our computer programming classes.

Company: USAA

1. Full Time, first round (on-campus) and second round (San Antonio):

What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
Describe a time when you were in a team and had to deal with a difficult team member
and how you handled the situation?
How would a friend describe you?
What are the qualities of a leader?
What role do you usually take/prefer when in a team?

1. There were many team specific questions on how the individual interacts with a team,
negatively and positively.
2. Examples are VERY important, especially at the second round. At the second round,
make sure all examples are clear and vivid.
3. Questions at each round were very similar in my case, nearly identical.
4. Very few technical questions, mostly behavioral. Some pre-interview questions on
technical skills, but these are just to determine placement if you get the position.

2. Full-Time, USAA, February 2005, First round interview for IT Apprentice position

Sample Questions:
   1. Please guide me through you past work experience and things you learned from
   2. Tell me about some of your extracurricular/volunteer activities and what you
       gained from them.
   3. Describe a team you worked in. If you were able to pick this group, how did you
       go about choosing your team members?
   4. What qualities/characteristics would your friends say that you possess?
   5. What qualities would you bring to USAA?
   6. What are disadvantages and advantages in working in teams or independently?
   7. Do you like teamwork or independence better?
   8. Tell me about a time when your integrity was compromised.
   9. Tell me about your project management skills. Do you have any experience with
       MS Project, Gantt charts, network diagrams, etc.? How did these things help
   10. How would you define loyalty?
   11. Tell me about what you would like to learn more about if you were to come work
       at USAA? What specific training would you like to get?
   12. Where would you rank yourself out of the people in your classes? For example:
       top 5%, 15%, 20%, etc.
   13. Why did you decide to go into MIS/technology as your degree choice?
Company: Navigant

1. Tell me about the position you are interviewing for. (It was for Navigant Consulting
   in Denver)

2. Navigant Consulting, First round UT, Second Round Denver, Full time
   -Explain what you like to do and are good at
   -Describe what you don’t like to do
   Technical interview: Given a sheet of paper, there are 24 rows of unformatted text.
   You have to identify the pattern to tell that the first four numbers are a year, and so

Company: Accenture

Full-time, Fall 2004, first round at UT
-Do you know what EVA is (Economic Value Added)
-What has made you successful in the past
-How is this position in line with your long term goals
-Need to know which branch you are interested in
-Recruiting Dinner: Accenture people were late to dinner, people had ordered drinks,
turned out to be a big no-no and candidates had to pay for their glass of wine. Bad first

Company: Bearingpoint

Full time, first round at UT
-very technical person interviewed, used lots of buzzwords
-have to know which branch you are interested in
-indicated that I got second round, but was never called back by recruiter

Company: IBM BCS

Dallas, Full time positions, first round at UT, second round in office
-First round at UT was easy – as soon as they saw SAP and BW experience, they told me
I had a second round
-Describe recent projects
-One I answered poorly: Tell me where you will be in 10 years
-Pressure moment: Give me your elevator pitch. You have 30 seconds to convince me to
hire you.
Company: Deloitte

Dinner on 6th street for interview candidates (internship), Fall 2003
-Extremely awkward, seemed to have nothing in common with partner with electrical
engineering background they sat us with.
-Most people asked really generic questions, it lasted two hours
-Next day interviews went very quickly, they had probably picked favorites the night
Deloitte, full time, first round at UT, Fall 2004
-Resume review
-Interviewer noted that anyone who came in wearing business casual would receive an
offer, he was looking for someone who would question the rules. Wasn’t sure how to
respond to that.

 All interviews began with an open ended “tell me about yourself” and a get-to-know-you

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