Some interview questions cover the basics of a job candidate’s understanding and appropriateness for a position you are trying to fill. They tend to be clichéd and a bit boring but can get quickly to a simple understanding of how candidates view themselves, understand the job opening and their past responsibilities. Or, have they even looked at your website?

  1. Who are our competitors?
  2. What is the name of our CEO?
  3. Tell me about yourself.
  4. What are your strengths?
  5. What are your weaknesses?
  6. Why do you want this job?
  7. Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
  8. What’s your ideal company?
  9. What attracted you to this company?
  10. Why should we hire you?
  11. What did you like least about your last job?
  12. When were you most satisfied in your job?
  13. What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?
  14. What were the responsibilities of your last position?
  15. Why are you leaving your present job?
  16. What do you know about this industry?
  17. What do you know about our company?
  18. If you had to choose one, would you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detail-oriented person?
  19. Tell me about your proudest achievement.
  20. Who was your favorite manager and why?
  21. What do you think of your previous boss?
  22. Was there a person in your career who really made a difference?
  23. What kind of personality do you work best with and why?
  24. What would be your ideal working environment?
  25. What do you look for in terms of culture—structured or entrepreneurial?
  26. Give examples of ideas you’ve had or implemented.
  27. What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organized?
  28. What are your strengths?
  29. What are your weaknesses?
  30. Why are you interested in working for [insert company name here]?
  31. Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
  32. Why do you want to leave your current company?
  33. Why was there a gap in your employment between [insert date] and [insert date]?
  34. What can you offer us that someone else can not?
  35. What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on?
  36. Are you willing to relocate?
  37. Are you willing to travel?
  38. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
  39. Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
  40. Tell me what you learned from the mistake.
  41. What is your dream job?
  42. How did you hear about this position?
  43. What would you look to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job?
  44. Discuss your resume.
  45. Discuss your educational background.
  46. Describe yourself.
  47. Tell me how you handled a challenging situation.
  48. Why should we hire you?
  49. Why are you looking for a new job?
  50. Would you be able to work holidays/weekends?
  51. How would you deal with an angry or irate customer?
  52. What changes have you made in working with others to be more effective at work?
  53. What do you think are the most important attributes of successful people? How do you rate yourself in those areas?
  54. How do you make decisions?
  55. If you were limited to just one person to get advice and help from, which person would you choose? Why?
  56. What would you do if you made an important business decision and a co-worker challenged it?
  57. Describe a crisis you’ve faced at work.
  58. Describe a time when you were asked to do something you weren’t trained to do and how you handled it.
  59. Describe the boss who would get the very best work from you.
  60. What will make you love coming to work here everyday?
  61. What would you do if management made a decision you didn’t agree with?
  62. What is there about this opportunity that most excites you?
  63. What’s your greatest fear about this opportunity?
  64. Do you have any questions for me?
  65. When are you available to stat?
  66. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
  67. How do you handle pressure?
  68. What are your career goals?
  69. What gets you up in the morning?
  70. What were your bosses’ strengths/weaknesses?
  71. Are you a leader or a follower?
  72. What are your co-worker pet peeves?
  73. What are some of your leadership experiences?
  74. How would you fire someone?
  75. What questions haven’t I asked you?


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