100 interview questions and answers
Tough interview questions are supposed to challenge job candidates and make them think on their feet.
But you can be prepared ahead of time. We’ve compiled some of the toughest interview questions.
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1. Tell me about yourself?
2. What are your biggest strengths?
3. Why did you leave your last job?
4. What are your career goals?
5. Why do you want to work here?
6. What is your greatest weakness?
7. What do co-workers say about you?
8. Are you applying for other jobs?
9. What do you know about our organization?
10. What kind of salary are you looking for?
11. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
12. Do you know anyone who works for us?
13. Why should we hire you?
14. What Is Your Dream Job
15. What are you looking for in a job?
16. Are you willing to work overtime?
17. What experience do you have in this field?
18. Do you consider yourself successful?
19. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
20. Describe your work ethic?
21. Are you a team player?
22. Have you ever had to fire anyone?
23. What is your philosophy towards work?
24. If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?
25. Have you ever been asked to leave a position?
26. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization?
27. Tell me about a suggestion you have made?
28. Why do you think you would do well at this job?
29. What irritates you about co-workers?
30. What is more important to you: the money or the work?
31. What kind of person would you refuse to work with?
32. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is?
33. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor?
34. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure?
35. Explain what has disappointed you most about a previous job?
36. What motivates you to do your best on the job?
37. Do your skills match this job or another job more closely?
38. How would you know you were successful on this job?
39. Would you be willing to relocate if required?
40. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?
41. Describe your management style?
42. What have you learned from mistakes on the job?
43. Do you have any blind spots?
44. If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for?
45. Do you think you are overqualified for this position?
46. How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience?
47. What qualities do you look for in a boss?
48. Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute between others.
49. What position do you prefer on a team working on a project?
50. What has been your biggest professional disappointment?
51. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job?
52. Do you have any questions for me?
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU
53. What are the most difficult decisions to make?
54. How do you handle it if the boss is wrong?
55. Give some examples of teamwork?
56. Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?
57. When was the last time you were angry? What happened?
58. Are you a self motivator?
59. What motivates you?
60. How do you handle stress/pressure?
61. Describe the pace at which you work?
62. How many hours do you work?
63. How would you describe your work style?
64. Describe a typical work week?
65. How will your greatest strength help you perform?
66. Describe a time when your workload was heavy?
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS FOR NEW JOB, NEW COMPANY
67. How will you achieve your goals?
68. What are your goals for the future?
69. What are you looking for in your next job?
70. How long do you expect to remain with this company?
71. Are you willing to travel?
72. What can you contribute to the company?
73. What challenges are you looking for?
74. What can you do for this company?
75. Are you overqualified for this job?
76. What are your responsibilities?
77. What Interests You About This Job?
78. What will you do if you don’t get this position?
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS FOR WORK HISTORY
79. Who was your best boss?
80. Why were you fired?
81. What have you been doing since your last job?
82. Why did you resign from your job?
83. What problems have you encountered at work?
84. What do you expect from a supervisor?
85. What was the biggest accomplishment in this position?
86. What did you like or dislike about your previous job?
87. What have you learned from your mistakes?
88. How did you handle challenges?
89. What were your starting and final levels of compensation?
90. What were your expectations for the job?
91. Have you ever had difficulty working with a manager?
92. What negative thing would your last boss say about you?
93. Give me an example of a time when you had to think out of the box?
94. Tell me about your proudest achievement?
95. Tell me about a project you worked on that required heavy analytical thinking?
96. Tell me about a time when you failed?
97. Tell me about a time you faced an ethical dilemma?
98. How would you tackle the first 90 days?
99. How would your past experience translate into success in this job?
100. Tell me about an assignment that was too difficult for you. How did you resolve the issue?
101. How do you deal with conflict?
102. Tell me about a time when you faced a major obstacle at work?
103. What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?
Top 7 interview questions with answers
1. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.
2. What experience do you have in this field?
Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.
3. Describe a typical work week for you.
Interviewers expect a candidate for employment to discuss what they do while they are working in detail. Before you answer, consider the position you are applying for and how your current or past positions relate to it. The more you can connect your past experience with the job opening, the more successful you will be at answering the questions.
It should be obvious that it’s not a good idea talk about non-work related activities that you do on company time, but, I’ve had applicants tell me how they are often late because they have to drive a child to school or like to take a long lunch break to work at the gym.
Keep your answers focused on work and show the interviewer that you’re organized (“The first thing I do on Monday morning is check my voicemail and email, then I prioritize my activities for the week.”) and efficient.
4. What kind of salary do you need?
A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, That’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.
5. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization
You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.
6. What is your greatest strength?
Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples: Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability to work under pressure, Your ability to focus on projects, Your professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Your positive attitude
7. Do you have any questions for me?
Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? Are examples.