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Typical Interview Questions

Before each interview, go over this list of sample interview questions, and prepare an answer for each of them. This process will allow you to answer the questions quickly and crisply, giving the interviewer the impression that you can think on your feet. Some of these questions may seem a little strange, but you need to be prepared for just about anything.

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. How would you describe yourself and what adjectives would describe your personality?
  3. Are you a leader? Analytical? Creative? Give examples.
  4. What character traits impress you?
  5. What frustrates you the most? What personality traits rub you the wrong way?
  6. What kind of people do you like to work with? What kind of boss?
  7. How do you spend your spare time? What are your hobbies and outside interests?
  8. What do you really want to do with your life?
  9. What makes the difference between success and failure?
  10. What have people criticized you for regarding your work?
  11. What are your greatest strengths? Your greatest weaknesses?
  12. In what areas would you like to improve or feel you need more training?
  13. What are your short-range (3-7 years) goals and objectives?
  14. What are your long-range (10+ years) goals and objectives?
  15. How are you preparing yourself to achieve these goals and objectives?
  16. What personal goals have you established for yourself for the next 5-10 years?
  17. What rewards are you seeking in your professional career?
  18. Do you feel that you have top management potential?
  19. What qualifications do you have that will make you successful in business?
  20. What qualities should a successful businessperson possess?
  21. How do you define success?
  22. How has your formal education prepared you for your professional career?
  23. Are you satisfied with what you are doing now? Explain.
  24. If you could start again, what would you do differently?
  25. What do you expect or want to be earning in 5 years? 10 years?
  26. What have you liked or disliked about previous jobs?
  27. How would you evaluate your present company? Your present boss?
  28. What is the next step for you in your present company?
  29. What do you look for in a job?
  30. Why are you considering leaving your present position?
  31. What interests you about the position we are offering? Do you foresee any problems with it?
  32. Describe you past positions and tell why each one would help you in the position you are applying for.
  33. Why do you want to work for this company in this position?
  34. How can you contribute to our company?
  35. What would you expect for career progression in this company? Based on what?
  36. Why should we hire you and not someone else?
  37. How do you respond to deadlines and pressures? Constructive feedback/criticism?
  38. Why do you think you would be good at this job?
  39. What do your subordinates think of you? Your peers?
  40. How did previous employers treat you? Your immediate supervisors?
  41. Are you eager to please? Explain.
  42. Do you feel that you have top management potential? Why?
  43. What is the next step for you in your present position?
  44. Are you happy with that situation? Why? Why not?
  45. Do you think that you could do your boss's job?
  46. Why do you think he/she has the position instead of you?
  47. How can you better prepare yourself for an improved position?
  48. Are you planning on continuing your education?
  49. How do you plan and perform the tasks in your present position?
  50. What are the greatest accomplishments in your recent position?
  51. Have you helped increase sales? Profits? Reduce costs?
  52. What is the most difficult thing you have ever tackled? Why?
  53. What is the most satisfying thing you have ever accomplished? Why?
  54. What managerial problems have you encountered in the past and how did you resolve them?
  55. Have you ever had to fire someone?
  56. What are some important things you have learned from experience?
  57. What would you have liked to do more of in your last job?
  58. What salary do you require?

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