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Basic interview questions:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
  • What’s your ideal company?
  • What attracted you to this company?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What did you like least about your last job?
  • When were you most satisfied in your job?
  • What can you do for us that other candidates can’t? 
  • What were the responsibilities of your last position?  
  • Why are you leaving your present job?
  • What do you know about this industry?  
  • What do you know about our company? 
  • Are you willing to relocate?  
  • Do you have any questions for me?

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. 

Salary questions:

  • What salary are you seeking?
  • What’s your salary history?
  • If I were to give you this salary you requested but let you write your job description for the next year, what would it say?

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?

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?

More questions about you:

  • How would you describe your work style? 
  • What would be your ideal working environment? 
  • What do you look for in terms of culture—structured or entrepreneurial? 
  • Give examples of ideas you’ve had or implemented.
  • What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organized?   
  • If you had to choose one, would you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detail-oriented person?  
  • Tell me about your proudest achievement.  
  • Who was your favorite manager and why?  
  • What do you think of your previous boss? 
  • Was there a person in your career who really made a difference? 
  • What kind of personality do you work best with and why?  
  • What are you most proud of? 
  • What do you like to do?  
  • What are your lifelong dreams?  
  • What do you ultimately want to become? 
  • What is your personal mission statement?   
  • What are three positive things your last boss would say about you?  
  • What negative thing would your last boss say about you? 
  • What three character traits would your friends use to describe you? 
  • What are three positive character traits you don’t have?  
  • If you were interviewing someone for this position, what traits would you look for?  
  • List five words that describe your character.   
  • Who has impacted you most in your career and how? 
  • What is your greatest fear? 
  • What is your biggest regret and why?   
  • What’s the most important thing you learned in school? 
  • Why did you choose your major?  
  • What will you miss about your present/last job?  
  • What is your greatest achievement outside of work?  
  • What are the qualities of a good leader? A bad leader?  
  • Do you think a leader should be feared or liked?     
  • How do you feel about taking no for an answer?  
  • How would you feel about working for someone who knows less than you? 
  • How do you think I rate as an interviewer? 
  • Tell me one thing about yourself you wouldn’t want me to know.  
  • Tell me the difference between good and exceptional.  
  • What kind of car do you drive? 
  • There’s no right or wrong answer, but if you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be? 
  • What’s the last book you read?  
  • What magazines do you subscribe to? 
  • What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the last year?  
  • What would you do if you won the lottery? 
  • Who are your heroes?
  • What do you like to do for fun? 
  • What do you do in your spare time? 
  • What is your favorite memory from childhood? 

Brainteasers:

  • How many times do a clock’s hands overlap in a day?
  • How would you weigh a plane without scales?
  • Tell me 10 ways to use a pencil other than writing.
  • Sell me this pencil.
  • If you were an animal, which one would you want to be?
  • Why is there fuzz on a tennis ball?
  • If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why? 
  • If you could get rid of any one of the US states, which one would you get rid of and why? 
  • With your eyes closed, tell me step-by-step how to tie my shoes.

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