Commonly Asked Interview Questions

  • Tell me about yourself
  • What do you really want to do in life?
  • What do you plan to achieve in your career goals?
  • What do see yourself doing in five years?
  • What do you expect to be earning in five years?
  • Why did you choose this career?
  • What do you consider your greatest strengths and challenges?
  • How would your friends or professors describe you?
  • What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
  • What are your long-term and short-term goals? How are you preparing to achieve them?
  • How do you determine and evaluate success?
  • What do you think it takes to be successful in an organization like ours?
  • In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our staff?
  • What qualities should a successful manager possess?
  • Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and those who report to him or her?
  • Describe your most rewarding experience?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • Do you consider yourself a hard worker?
  • Do you plan to continue your education?
  • Do you think that your grades are a good indication of your academic achievement?
  • What have you learned from participation in extra curricular or volunteer activities?
  • In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
  • How do you work under pressure?
  • How would describe your ideal job?
  • Why did you decide to seek a position with this organization?
  • What do you know about our organization?
  • What two or three things are most important to you on the job?
  • Do you have a geographic preference?
  • Are you willing to relocate?
  • Are you willing to travel?
  • Are you willing to spend at least six months as a trainee?
  • What skills do you bring to us and how can you put them to use?
  • What major problems have you encountered and how did you solve or resolve them?
  • What have you learned from your mistakes?
  • Why do you want to work in this industry, and for our company?
  • What kind of boss do you prefer?  Why?
  • What are some important lessons you have learned from jobs you have held?
  • What types of books do you read? What was the last one you read?
  • Do you consider yourself a leader? Give an example.
  • Are you a creative person? Give an example.
  • Are you analytical? Give an example.
  • What other firms are you talking to and why?
  • What role do you take in group situations? Give examples.
  • What research have you done on our company and on our industry?
  • Have you developed good interpersonal skills?
  • Describe your problem solving skills.
  • Describe your study habits.
  • What do you look for in a job and why do you look for those things?
  • What type of salary are you worth, and why do you think so?
  • What are the five biggest accomplishments of your life?
  • How long would you stay with us?
  • If you could change something in the course of your life, what would you change?
  • Describe your ideal picture of success.
  • What interests you most about this position?
  • Describe your personality.
  • What would you look for in hiring people for this job?
  • Describe the ideal employee.
  • Can you work independently, make decisions and take charge?
  • What do you do in your leisure time? What are your hobbies?
  • Are you willing to work overtime?

Questions to Ask During the Interview

  • If hired, would I be filling a newly created position, or replacing someone?
  • Was my predecessor promoted?
  • Describe a typical day and the things I would be doing.
  • Which duties are most important for this job? Which are least important?
  • How would I be trained or introduced to the job?
  • How long should it take me to get my feet on the ground and become productive?
  • How is the job important to the company?
  • What are the department’s goals for the year?
  • Who are the people I would be working with and what do they do?
  • To whom will I be reporting?
  • How would I get feedback on my job performance, if hired?
  • Has the company had any layoffs in the last three years?
  • Is this company owned by any other company?
  • Are annual sales for this company ahead of last year’s sales?
  • If you were to offer me this job, where could I expect to be in five years?
  • What are the prospects for future growth?
  • What are the major challenges and objectives currently faced by the department?
  • What is the basis for measuring employee performance?
  • How frequently are performance evaluations done?
  • To what position would I likely progress?
  • What factors are used to determine promotional eligibility?
  • What training and development is provided to the employee to help prepare for future promotion and advancement?
  • How often are employee salaries reviewed?
  • How could I exceed your expectations?

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