Top 70 most important questions asked during an interview

Don't let job interviews make you start shaking in your boots.  Review these questions so you are prepared and confident upon beginning the interview.

Questions about you

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. Why did you apply for this job?
  3. Why should we choose you?
  4. What do you have to offer this company?
  5. What would your friends say about you as a person?
  6. How do you handle pressure or stress?
  7. What is your greatest strength?
  8. What is your biggest weakness?
  9. Are you a team player?
  10. What experience do you have in this field?
  11. Do you consider yourself successful?
  12. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the past year?
  13. Are you applying for other jobs?
  14. If you could retire right now would you?
  15. What is your philosophy toward work?
  16. What irritates you about other coworkers?
  17. What is your dream job?
  18. What are you looking for in a job?
  19. What is more important to you: money or work?
  20. What motivates you to do your best work?
  21. When are you willing to work (nights, weekends etc...)?
  22. Do your skills match this job or a different job more closely?
  23. Will you be willing to relocate?
  24. Do you think you are overqualified for this position?
  25. How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience?
  26. What qualities do you look for in a boss?
  27. What position do you prefer on a team working on a project?
  28. What are three adjectives that describe you?
  29. Do you take work home with you?
  30. Are you a self motivator?
  31. What do you find are the most difficult decisions to make?
  32. What are you passionate about?
  33. What are your pet peeves?
  34. If you could relive the last 10 years of your life, what would you do differently?
  35. Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?
  36. Give some examples of teamwork.
  37. What is good customer service?
  38. Are you a good manager?
  39. Why aren't you earning more at your age?


Questions about the company/position being offered

  1. What do you know about this company?
  2. What salary are you looking for?
  3. Do you know anyone who works for us?
  4. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
  5. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?
  6. If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for?
  7. Is there anything I haven't told you about the job or company that you would like to know?
  8. Please give me the definition of [name of job position being offered].
  9. What important trends do you see in our industry?


Questions about previous jobs/experience

  1. Tell me a suggestion that you made that was immplemented.
  2. Have you ever worked with someone you didn't like?
  3. How did you handle that situation? (In reference to previous question).
  4. What are some issues you have had at a previous job?
  5. Why did you leave your last job?
  6. Have you ever had to fire anyone or confront another coworker or employee?
  7. What has disappointed you in a job?
  8. What have you learned from mistakes on the job?
  9. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job.
  10. Which was most / least rewarding part of your previous job?
  11. Who was your best boss and who was the worst?
  12. How many hours do you normally work?
  13. When was the last time you were angry? What happened?


Questions about the future

  1. What are five things you would do if you got this position?
  2. Describe a typical work week.
  3. What challenges are you looking for in a position?
  4. What are your goals for the next five years / ten years?
  5. How do you plan to achieve those goals?
  6. What will you do if you don't get this position?
  7. How do you feel about leaving all of your benefits to find a new job?
  8. What are your long-term goals?
  9. What are your short-term goals?

Keep in mind that some of these questions are trick questions and designed to test your answers.  Many of the answers to these questions should be kept short and to the point. If they want to know more about a certain subject they will ask more questions. It is important to be honest, but steer clear of negative answers.  Do not be afraid to ask them questions, in fact it is prefered that you do.  However, remember that you are the one being interviewed, not them.  Also, always do your research so that you do not ask questions that could hurt your chances of getting the job.


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