Sometimes, the person conducting a job interview spends too much time talking and not enough time listening. Here are some typical types of questions designed to get job candidates to talk about themselves.


  1. What are you most proud of?
  2. What are your favorite work-related activities?
  3. What are your lifelong dreams?
  4. What do you ultimately want to become?
  5. What are three positive character traits you don’t have?
  6. List five words that describe your character.
  7. Who has impacted you most in your career and how?
  8. What is your greatest fear?
  9. What is your biggest regret and why?
  10. What’s the most important thing you learned in school?
  11. Why did you choose your major?
  12. What will you miss about your present/last job?
  13. What is your greatest achievement outside of work?
  14. What are the qualities of a good leader? A bad leader?
  15. Do you think a leader should be feared or liked?
  16. How do you feel about taking no for an answer?
  17. How would you feel about working for someone who knows less than you?
  18. Tell me one thing about yourself you wouldn’t want me to know.
  19. Tell me the difference between good and exceptional.
  20. What kind of car do you drive?
  21. Do you play a musical instrument or sing?
  22. Have you have ever had a part in a play?
  23. There’s no right or wrong answer, but if you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
  24. What’s the last book you read?
  25. What’s your favorite color?
  26. What magazines do you subscribe to?
  27. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the last year?
  28. Do you ever binge watch a TV series? What’s you favoite?
  29. What would you do if you won the lottery?
  30. Who are your heroes?
  31. Who is your favorite author?
  32. What do you like to do for fun?
  33. What is your favorite memory from childhood?
  34. What are your hobbies?
  35. What is your favorite website?


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