Interview Questions

Getting Started Questions

  • How would you go about establishing your credibility quickly with the team?
  • How long will it take for you to make a significant contribution?
  • What do you see yourself doing within the first 30 days of this job?
  • If selected for this position, can you describe your strategy for the first 90 days?

Interview Questions About You

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What is your greatest strength?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • Tell me about something that’s not on your resume.
  • How will your greatest strength help you perform?
  • How do you handle failure?
  • How do you handle success?
  • Do you consider yourself successful? Why?
  • How do you handle stress and pressure?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • Describe a typical work week.
  • Are you nice?
  • Describe your work style.
  • Do you work well with other people?
  • Do you take work home with you?
  • How are you different from the competition?
  • How do you view yourself? Whom do you compare yourself to?
  • How does this job fit in with your career plan?
  • How many hours a week do you normally work?
  • How would you adjust to working for a new company?
  • How would you describe the pace at which you work?
  • How would your co-workers describe your personality?
  • Is there anything else we should know about you?
  • -What motivates you?
  • Are you a self motivator?
  • What do you find are the most difficult decisions to make?
  • What has been the greatest disappointment in your life?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • What are your pet peeves?
  • What is your dream job?
  • What will you miss most about your last job?
  • What won’t you miss about your last job?
  • Would you rather be liked or respected?
  • Why should I take a risk on you?
  • If you could relive the last 10 years of your life, what would you do differently?


Behavioral Interview Questions

  • What was the last project you led, and what was its outcome?
  • Give me an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work.
  • Can you describe a time when your work was criticized?
  • Have you ever been on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How did you handle it?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it?
  • What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?
  • How do you handle working with people who annoy you?
  • If I were your supervisor and asked you to do something that you disagreed with, what would you do?
  • What was the most difficult period in your life, and how did you deal with it?
  • Give me an example of a time you did something wrong. How did you handle it?
  • Tell me about a time where you had to deal with conflict on the job.
  • If you were at a business lunch and you ordered a rare steak and they brought it to you well done, what would you do?
  • If you found out your company was doing something against the law, like fraud, what would you do?
  • What assignment was too difficult for you, and how did you resolve the issue?
  • What’s the most difficult decision you’ve made in the last two years and how did you come to that decision?
  • Describe how you would handle a situation if you were required to finish multiple tasks by the end of the day, and there was no conceivable way that you could finish them.

Questions About Leaving Your Job

Employers almost always ask about why you left, or are leaving, your job. Be prepared with an explanation for why you’re moving on.

  • Why are you leaving your job?
  • Why do you want to change jobs?
  • Why were you fired?
  • Why were you laid-off?
  • Why did you quit your job?
  • Why did you resign?
  • What have you been doing since your last job?
  • Why have you been out of work so long?

Interview Questions About Salary

Some of the hardest questions to answer during a job interview are about compensation.

Here’s what you will be asked and examples of the best answers.

  • What were your starting and final levels of compensation?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • What are your salary requirements?
  • Why would you take a job for less money?

Questions About Qualifications

The most important thing for interviewers to determine is whether you’re qualified for the job. Here’s what they will ask to find out.

  • What applicable experience do you have?
  • Are you overqualified for this job?
  • How did you impact the bottom line?
  • Interview questions about your abilities.
  • What can you do better for us than the other candidates for the job?
  • What part of the job will be the least challenging for you?
  • Which parts of this job are the most challenging for you?
  • What philosophy guides your work?
  • What strength will help you the most to succeed?
  • Why are you interested in taking a lower level job?
  • Why are you interested in a non-management job?

Questions About Job Performance

How you performed in previous roles can indicate how you will perform in the job for which you’re applying. Be prepared to answer questions about what you did well – and what you didn’t.

  • What do people most often criticize about you?
  • What is the biggest criticism you received from your boss?
  • What is the worst thing that you have ever gotten away with?
  • What makes you angry?
  • What problems have you encountered at work?
  • What strategies would you use to motivate your team?
  • What would you be looking for in an applicant?
  • When was the last time you were angry? What happened?
  • Why weren’t you promoted at your last job?
  • Tell me about something you would have done differently at work
  • If the people who know you were asked why you should be hired, what would they say?
  • What type of work environment do you prefer?
  • How do you evaluate success?
  • Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it.
  • Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you handled it.

Interview Questions About Your Work History

Is your work history stable, has it prepared you for the job you’re interviewing for, and do you have any gaps in your employment history that the company should be concerned about? Here’s what you’ll be asked about.

  • Questions about your work history.
  • Questions about your resume.
  • What were your expectations for the job and to what extent were they met?
  • What were your responsibilities?
  • What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them?
  • What have you learned from your mistakes?
  • What did you like or dislike about your previous job?
  • Which was most / least rewarding?
  • What was the biggest accomplishment / failure in this position?
  • Questions about job demotions.
  • How have you impacted worker safety?
  • Describe the gap in your employment history.

Questions About Management and Teamwork

How you get along with others, including both co-workers and managers, is important to all employers. Here are some of the questions employers ask about getting along at work.

  • Who was your best boss and who was the worst?
  • Describe your ideal boss.
  • If you know your boss is 100% wrong about something how would you handle it?
  • What do you expect from a supervisor?
  • Have you ever had difficulty working with a manager?
  • How did you fit in with the company culture?
  • Describe how you managed a problem employee.
  • Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?
  • Give some examples of teamwork.
  • More teamwork interview questions.

Questions About Why You Should Be Hired

Why should you be hired over the other candidates? Here’s when you’ll have the opportunity to make the case for getting a job offer.

  • Why should we hire you?
  • Why shouldn’t we hire you?
  • Why should we hire you instead of the other applicants for the job?
  • Why are you the best person for the job?
  • What can you contribute to this company?

Interview Questions About the New Job and the Company

What do you know about the company, why do you want the job, and what would you do if you were to be hired, are just some of the questions you’ll be asked about the position and employer.

  • How is our company better than your current employer?
  • What interests you about this job?
  • What do you know about this company?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What challenges are you looking for in a position?
  • What can we expect from you in the first 60 days on the job?
  • What do you see yourself doing within the first 30 days on the job?
  • Are you willing to travel?
  • What is good customer service?
  • What would be your ideal company culture?
  • When could you start work?
  • Is there anything I haven’t told you about the job or company that you would like to know?

Interview Questions About the Future

Are you going to stick around if you’re hired is something most employers want to know. All these questions will gauge your interest in making a commitment.

  • What are you looking for in your next job? What is important to you?
  • What is your professional development plan?
  • Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  • What are your goals for the next five years / ten years?
  • How do you plan to achieve your goals?
  • What will you do if you don’t get this position?
  • Where else are you interviewing?

Career Development Questions

  • What are you looking for in terms of career development?
  • How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
  • What kind of goals would you have in mind if you got this job?
  • If I were to ask your last supervisor to provide you additional training or exposure, what would she suggest?

Behavioral Interview Questions
In addition to being ready to answer these standard questions, prepare for behavior-based interview questions. This is based on the premise that a candidate’s past performance is the best predictor of future performance. You will need to be prepared to provide detailed responses including specific examples of your work experiences.

Interview Questions Employers Should Not Ask
There are some interview questions, typically known as illegal interview questions, that employers should not ask during a job interview. Here are questions that shouldn’t be asked during a job interview and how to best respond.

Phone Job Interview Questions
Have a phone interview on the agenda? Here are common questions asked during a telephone interview, plus tips on how best to answer so you can move to the next stage of the interview process.

Interview Questions to Ask
The last job interview question you may be asked is “What can I answer for you?” Have an interview question or two of your own ready to ask. You aren’t simply trying to get this job – you are also interviewing the employer to assess whether this company and the position are a good fit for you.