Here is a list of sample job interview questions job-seekers can expect, especially at first and screening interviews — and in more traditional job interviews.
It’s best to prepare answers to these questions, but don’t memorize your answers so that you come off sounding like a robot; in other words, be prepared for these questions and have an outline or script ready, but don’t worry about remembering your answers word-for-word.
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Traditional Job Interview Questions
- How would you describe yourself?
- Why did you leave your last job?
- What are your long range and short range goals and objectives?
- What specific goals other than those related to your occupation, have you established for yourself for the next ten years?
- What do you see yourself doing five years from now? Ten years from now?
- What do you really want to do in life?
- What are your long range career objectives?
- How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
- What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?
- What do you expect to be earning in five years?
- Why did you choose this career?
- Can you explain this gap in your employment history?
- How well do you work with people? Do you prefer working alone or in teams?
- How would you evaluate your ability to deal with conflict?
- Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor? How did you resolve the conflict?
- What’s more important to you — the work itself or how much you’re paid for doing it.
- What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
- How would a good friend describe you?
- Describe the best job you’ve ever had.
- Describe the best supervisor you’ve ever had.
- What would your last boss say about your work performance?
- What motivates you to go the extra mile on a project or job?
- Why should I hire you?
- What makes you qualified for this position?
- What qualifications do you have that make you successful in this career?
- How do you determine or evaluate success?
- What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours?
- In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our company?
- Do you have any hobbies? What do you do in your spare time?
- Have you ever been fired or forced to resign?
- What qualities should a successful manager possess?
- Do you consider yourself a leader?
- What are the attributes of a good leader?
- Describe the workload in your current (or most recent) job.
- Which is more important: creativity or efficiency? Why?
- What’s the most recent book you’ve read?
- Describe the relationship that should exist between the supervisor and those reporting to him or her?
- What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
- Describe the most rewarding experience of your career thus far.
- If you were hiring a job-seeker for this position, what qualities would you look for?
- Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree?
- In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
- How do you work under pressure?
- Are you good at delegating tasks?
- What’s one of the hardest decisions you’ve ever had to make?
- How well do you adapt to new situations?
- Why did you decide to seek a position in this company?
- What can you tell us about our company?
- What interests you about our products?
- What do you know about our competitors?
- What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
- Are you seeking employment in a company of a certain size? Why?
- What are your expectations regarding promotions and salary increases?
- What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?
- Do you have a geographic preference? Why?
- Are you willing to relocate?
- Are you willing to travel for the job?
- Why do you think you might like to live in the community in which our company is located?
- What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
- What have you learned from your mistakes?
- What have you accomplished that shows your initiative and willingness to work?
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