There are lots of resources on the web for preparing for a job
interview. Various experts have provided lists and I?ve compiled them
into one master list. I?ve included questions that you are likely to
be asked as a candidate and questions that you should ask of the
employers and recruiters you work with. I?ve tried to eliminate
duplicate questions but you will notice that they tend to follow some
basic themes even when the specific questions vary somewhat.
In addition to the general list of question, I?m also providing you
with lists of questions for specific professions. You can use these as
models for the questions you might be asked in interviews for your
Finally, I?m also including some books and web resources that claim to
have collected hundreds (even thousands) of questions if you want to
take this further.
I trust that these questions will be useful for preparing for your interviews.
Best wishes for your job search.
~ czh ~
INTERVIEWER QUESTIONS FOR CANDIDATE
1. How would you describe yourself? Tell me about yourself.
2. Why did you leave your last job?
3. What are your long range and short range goals and objectives?
4. What specific goals other than those related to your occupation,
have you established for yourself for the next ten years?
5. What do you see yourself doing five years from now? Ten years from now?
6. What do you really want to do in life?
7. What are your long range career objectives?
8. How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
9. What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?
10. What do you expect to be earning in five years?
11. Why did you choose this career?
12. Can you explain this gap in your employment history?
13. How well do you work with people? Do you prefer working alone or in teams?
14. How would you evaluate your ability to deal with conflict?
15. Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor? How did you
resolve the conflict?
16. What?s more important to you -- the work itself or how much you?re
paid for doing it.
17. What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
18. How would a good friend describe you?
19. Describe the best job you've ever had.
20. Describe the best supervisor you've ever had.
21. What would your last boss say about your work performance?
22. What motivates you to go the extra mile on a project or job?
23. Why should I hire you?
24. What makes you qualified for this position?
25. What qualifications do you have that make you successful in this career?
26. How do you determine or evaluate success?
27. What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours?
28. In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our company?
29. Do you have any hobbies? What do you do in your spare time?
30. Have you ever been fired or forced to resign?
31. What qualities should a successful manager possess?
32. Do you consider yourself a leader?
33. What are the attributes of a good leader?
34. Describe the workload in your current (or most recent) job.
35. Which is more important: creativity or efficiency? Why?
36. What?s the most recent book you?ve read?
37. Describe the relationship that should exist between the supervisor
and those reporting to him or her?
38. What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
39. Describe the most rewarding experience of your career thus far.
40. If you were hiring a job-seeker for this position, what qualities
would you look for?
41. Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree?
42. In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
43. How do you work under pressure?
44. Are you good at delegating tasks?
45. What's one of the hardest decisions you've ever had to make?
46. How well do you adapt to new situations?
47. Why did you decide to seek a position in this company?
48. What can you tell us about our company?
49. What interests you about our products?
50. What do you know about our competitors?
51. What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
52. Are you seeking employment in a company of a certain size? Why?
53. What are your expectations regarding promotions and salary increases?
54. What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?
55. Do you have a geographic preference? Why?
56. Are you willing to relocate?
57. Are you willing to travel for the job?
58. Why do you think you might like to live in the community in which
our company is located?
59. What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
60. What have you learned from your mistakes?
61. What have you accomplished that shows your initiative and willingness to work?
62. Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to
successfully convince someone to see things your way.
63. Describe a time when you were faced with a stressful situation
that demonstrated your coping skills.
64. Give me a specific example of a time when you used good judgment
and logic in solving a problem.
65. Give me an example of a time when you set a goal and were able to
meet or achieve it.
66. Tell me about a time when you had to use your presentation skills
to influence someone's opinion.
67. Give me a specific example of a time when you had to conform to a
policy with which you did not agree.
68. Please discuss an important written document you were required to complete.
69. Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call
of duty in order to get a job done.
70. Tell me about a time when you had too many things to do and you
were required to prioritize your tasks.
71. Give me an example of a time when you had to make a split second decision.
72. What is your typical way of dealing with conflict? Give me an example.
73. Tell me about a time you were able to successfully deal with
another person even when that individual may not have personally liked
you (or vice versa).
74. Tell me about a difficult decision you've made in the last year.
75. Give me an example of a time when something you tried to accomplish and failed.
76. Give me an example of when you showed initiative and took the lead.
77. Tell me about a recent situation in which you had to deal with a
very upset customer or co-worker.
78. Give me an example of a time when you motivated others.
79. Tell me about a time when you delegated a project effectively.
80. Give me an example of a time when you used your fact-finding
skills to solve a problem.
81. Tell me about a time when you missed an obvious solution to a problem.
82. Describe a time when you anticipated potential problems and
developed preventive measures.
83. Tell me about a time when you were forced to make an unpopular decision.
84. Please tell me about a time you had to fire a friend.
85. Describe a time when you set your sights too high (or too low).
86. What can you do for us that someone else can't?
87. What do you look for in a job?
88. What skills and qualifications are essential for success in the
position of ______?
89. How long would it take for you to make a meaningful contribution?
90. How does this assignment fit into your overall career plan?
91. Describe your management style.
92. What do you believe is the most difficult part of being a
supervisor of people?
93. Why are you looking for a new career?
94. How would your colleagues describe you?
95. How would your boss describe you?
96. What do you think of your present or past boss?
97. What were the five most significant accomplishments in your last assignment?
98. What were the five most significant accomplishments in your career so far?
99. Can you work well under deadlines or pressure?
100. How much do you expect if we offer you this position?
101. Why do you want to work for us?
102. What other positions are you considering?
103. Have you kept up in your field with additional training?
104. How did you do in school?
105. If you took the job what would you accomplish in the first year?
106. What was wrong with your current or last position?
107. What kind of hours are you used to working or would like to work?
108. Do you have your reference list with you? (Remember don't give it
out unless it is asked for).
109. Can you explain your salary history?
110. What questions didn't I ask that you expected?
111. Do you have any question for me? (See Questions for the
Interviewer that you might want to ask below).
112. What do you want to do with your life?
113. Do you have any actual work experience?
114. How would you describe your ideal job?
115. When did you decide on this career?
116. What goals do you have in your career?
117. How do you plan to achieve these goals?
118. Describe a situation in which you were successful.
119. What do you think it takes to be successful in this career?
120. If you had to live your life over again, what would you change?
121. Would your rather work with information or with people?
122. Are you a goal-oriented person?
123. What major problem have you had to deal with recently?
124. Why did you choose to attend your college?
125. What changes would you make at your college?
126. How has your education prepared you for your career?
127. What were your favorite classes? Why?
128. Do you enjoy doing independent research?
129. Who were your favorite professors? Why?
130. Why is your GPA not higher?
131. Do you have any plans for further education?
132. How much training do you think you'll need to become a productive employee?
133. What qualities do you feel a successful manager should have?
134. Why do you want to work in the _____ industry?
135. What do you know about our company?
136. Why are you interested in our company?
137. Do you have any location preferences?
138. How familiar are you with the community that we're located in?
139. Will you relocate? In the future?
140. Are you willing to travel? How much?
141. Is money important to you?
142. How much money do you need to make to be happy?
143. What kind of salary are you looking for?
Traditional Job Interview Questions
Sample Behavioral Interview Questions
Below are questions you may be asked in the interview
Fifty Standard Interview Questions
CANDIDATE QUESTIONS FOR COMPANY REPRESENTATIVES, RECRUITERS
1. Why is this position open?
2. How often has it been filled in the past five years? What were the
3. What would you like done differently by the next person who fills
4. What are some of the objectives you would like to see accomplished in this job?
5. What is most pressing? What would you like to have done in the next 3 months.
6. What are some of the long term objectives you would like to see completed?
7. What are some of the more difficult problems one would have to face
in this position?
8. How do you think these could best be handled?
9. What type of support does this position receive in terms of people,
10. What freedom would I have in determining my own work objectives,
deadlines, and methods of measurement?
11. What advancement opportunities are available for the person who is
successful in this position, and within what time frame?
12. In what ways has this organization been most successful in terms
of products and services over the years?
13. What significant changes do you foresee in the near future?
14. How is one evaluated in this position?
15. What accounts for success within the company?
16. What can you tell me about the position?
17. What type of person you are seeking?
18. What can you tell me more about the department?
19. Who is the manager I would be working for and what is their management style?
20. May I have a copy of the written job description?
21. What would a typical working day be in this position?
22. How would you describe your company culture?
23. What is your company?s mission statement?
24. Is this job opening due to growth or replacement? (if replacement)
What happened to the previous person in the position?
25. How much does the position pay?
26. What is the compensation range for this position?
27. What benefits are provided to your employees?
28. Do you have a tuition reimbursement plan?
29. Do you have an employee stock purchase plan? Do you participate?
30. What is the typical career path for this position?
31. What type of internal and external training do you provide?
32. How are performance appraisals conducted within your organization?
33. How are promotions evaluated within your organization?
34. What is your organization?s commitment to diversity?
35. How diverse is your executive management team?
36. What is your retention rate within the company? Within the hiring department?
37. Has your company had any layoffs in the past two years?
38. What was the criteria for deciding who would be laid off?
39. Do you foresee any additional layoffs in the near future?
40. What is the next step for consideration?
41. When will you be making a decision on this position?
42. What are the most important skills and attributes you are looking
for in filling this position?
43. What would be a typical working day for this position?
44. How many hours of work per week would be required to be successful?
45. What is the organization structure of your department?
46. How would you describe your company culture?
47. What are your organizational values? How do these values influence
48. What is your vision for your department over the next two to three years?
49. What major challenges are you currently facing as a manager?
50. What is your competitive advantage in the marketplace?
51. What makes your company better than your competitors?
52. What are the areas where your competitors are better than your company?
53. Who do you consider your customers to be?
54. What is your value proposition to your customers?
55. What business problems keep you awake at night?
56. Can you tell me more about the other people in the organization I
would be working with? Can I meet with any of them before accepting an
offer of employment?
57. What would you consider to be exceptional performance from someone
performing in this position in the first 90 days?
58. What is the internal perception of pursuing further education,
such as a Master?s degree?
59. What is your management style?
60. How do you typically make decisions?
61. What is your preferred method of communicating with your team?
62. How are you measured as a manager?
63. What can I do to make you successful?
64. How long have you been with the organization?
65. What has been your career path within the organization?
66. What will be the measurements of my success in this position?
67. Do you have an employee stock purchase plan? Do you participate?
68. Who are the primary constituencies that you are responsible to
support? Shareholders? Customers? Employees? How do you make decisions
which conflict with the needs of these different constituencies?
69. How does the pressure of Wall Street expectations affect the
short-term decision making among managers?
70. What are the organizational goals?
71. What are the metrics used to measure whether or not you are
achieving your goals?
72. How far out into the future is the organization planning?
73. Do you have strategic planning within your organization? How often
is it done? Who participates? What is the typical planning time
74. How are new strategic initiatives communicated to the organization?
75. Is your department considered to be a profit center or cost center?
76. What are the financial expectations of the department?
77. Do you have control over your own budget?
78. How is the initial budget amount determined?
79. Are budgets made at a centralized location, then rolled down, or
decentralized, then rolled up?
80. What is your approach with regard to the use of technology?
81. Is there anyone within your organization who is considered to be a
thought leader within the industry? What is it about that person that
makes him/her a thought leader?
82. Where did you get my name?
83. What is the name of the employer?
84. Who is the hiring manager?
85. Are you working with HR or directly with the hiring manager?
86. How are you involved in the hiring process?
87. Are you working on a retainer or contingency?
88. What will be the interviewing process?
89. Are there any additional pay components beyond salary?
90. Are you working on this exclusively or are other firms working on it as well?
91. Have you ever placed candidates with this client before?
92. Where is the job located?
93. Is this at the company headquarters/corporate office?
94. Is the company profitable?
95. What is the background of the person I will be interviewing with?
96. What is the interviewing style of the person I will be interviewing with?
97. Who has final hiring decision authority?
98. What will you do with my resume?
99. Will my resume be given out to any other client without my permission?
100. Why did you decide to join this company?
101. Were your expectations initially met?
102. Have your expectations changed over time?
103. Do you consider your company to be the ideal employer? (yes) Why?
(no) Why not?
104. Do you enjoy working here? (yes) Why? (no) Why not?
105. Have you ever considered leaving the organization? (yes) Why did
you decided to stay?
106. Tell me about a typical working day for you.
107. How many hours a day do you typically work?
108. Do you work weekends? How many and how many hours typically?
109. How much travel is involved in your job?
110. What is your honest opinion of your manager?
111. Is the employer truly committed to diversity? Can you give me any
112. What do you consider to be your company's greatest strengths and weaknesses?
113. Do you have an employee stock purchase plan? What are the
details? Do you participate?
114. Does the company support you in training? How specifically?
115. How much has been spent on training you in the past year?
116. What do you know now that you wish you knew before you started in
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