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You’ve scouted for jobs that you like (or at least can make you some money), you’ve applied for them, and lucky for you, you passed the first round of screening. It’s now time for you to face the final (and scariest) challenge: the job interview.

Being judged by people who hold the keys to your future job can induce a tremendous amount of anxiety. While it’s almost impossible to know for sure which questions they’ll ask, understanding the reason behind each question can help you ace your job interview.

Most of the job interview questions have no right or wrong answer, however, there’s a specific way that interviewers and hiring managers are almost always looking for you to answer their questions.

And that’s what this guide is about: to help you understand the reason behind the interviewer’s questions and how to answer them “correctly”.

In this guide, we have compiled over 140+ most-common job interview questions, organized by category: 


Classic Job Interview Questions

Job Interview

These are the classic questions that help the recruiter know more about you, what you’re good at, and if you’re a good fit for the job.

These questions might not be asked with these exact words, but if you have answers to them, you’ll be fully prepared to answer variations of them.

  1. Tell Me About Yourself.
  2. How Would You Describe Yourself?
  3. Walk Me Through Your Resume
  4. What Makes You Unique?
  5. How Did You Hear About This Position?
  6. What Do You Know About This Company/organization?
  7. What Interests You About Our Products?
  8. Why Do Customers Choose This Company?
  9. What Do You Know About Our Competitors?
  10. What Other Companies Are You Interviewing With?
  11. Why Do You Want to Work at This Company/organization?
  12. Why Do You Want This Job/what Interests You About This Role/why Did You Decide to Apply for This Position?
  13. What Interests You Least About This Job or Creates the Most Stress?
  14. Why Did You Choose This Career Path?
  15. Why Should We Hire You?
  16.  Why Shouldn’t We Hire You?
  17. Why Should We Hire You from the Outside When I Could Promote Someone from Within
  18. What Differentiates You from Our Other Candidates?
  19.  What Do You Think it Takes to Be Successful in a Company Like Ours?
  20. What Are Your Greatest Strengths?
  21.  What Do You Consider to Be Your Greatest Weaknesses?


Career Trajectory Interview Questions

Being Confused

These questions are about your work history, your career goals, your achievements, and failures.

They help the interviewer to make an educated guess on your level of competence.

  1. Why Was There a Gap in Your Employment?
  2. What Kinds of Things Did You Do Before You Entered This Occupation?
  3. How Would You Explain Your Field of Expertise to a Kid?
  4. Explain Why You’ve Had So Many Jobs?
  5. Why Are You Leaving Your Current Job?
  6. How Did You Fit in With the Company Culture?
  7. Why Were You Fired?
  8. Can You Explain Why You Changed Career Paths?
  9. What Do You Like the Most About Your Job? What Did You Like Most About Your Last Position?
  10. What Do You Like Least About Your Job? What Did You Like Least About Your Last Position?
  11. What Were Your Responsibilities at Your Last Job?
  12. Describe Your Career Goals.
  13. How Do You Envision Your Career Path? How Do You Plan to Achieve Your Career Goals?
  14. How Could You Have Improved Your Career Progress?
  15. If You Could Do Things All Over Again, Would You Choose the Same Path for Yourself? Why? What Would You Change?
  16. What Challenges Are You Looking for in Your Next Job?
  17. What Do You Look for in a New Position?
  18. What Do You Think We Could Do Better or Differently?
  19. Are You Considering Other Positions in Other Companies?
  20. Can You Discuss Your Salary History? 
  21. What’s Your Current Salary?
  22. How Much Do You Expect to Be Earning in Five Years?
  23. How Much Do You Need to Earn in Order to Be Happy in Life?
  24. What Are Your Goals for the Future?
  25. Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?
  26. What Major Challenges Have You Handled?
  27. Describe an Important Project You Worked On
  28. What Is the Most Challenging Project You’ve Worked On?
  29. What Is Your Greatest Professional Achievement? What Is Your Greatest Accomplishment? What Is the Professional Achievement You’re Most Proud Of?

Interview Questions About Work Habits and Preferences

Productive man

These questions help the interviewer to know your work preferences, habits, and ethics, including how much of a team player you are.

  1. What’s Your Work Philosophy?
  2. Describe Your Work Style.
  3. Describe Your Work Ethic.
  4. Describe a Time When Your Workload Was Heavy and How You Handled It.
  5. Do You Ever Take Your Work Home With You?
  6. How Many Hours Per Week Do You Normally Work?
  7. How Would You Describe the Pace at Which You Work?
  8. What Type of Work Environment Do You Prefer? What Kind of Work Environment Do You Thrive In? What Is Your Ideal Working Environment?
  9. How Would You Handle a Hostile Work Environment?

Behavioral or Personality Interview Questions

Office Meeting

These questions enable the interviewer to understand your personality and help them decide if you’ll fit their culture.

  1. What Motivates You?
  2. What Is Your Greatest Achievement Outside of the Workplace?
  3. What Are You Passionate About?
  4. What Kinds of Work Interest You the Most?
  5. How Do You Measure Success?
  6. How Do You Handle/deal With Pressure or Stressful Situations?
  7. Can You Tell Me About a Difficult Situation, Challenge or Conflict You’ve Faced at Work, and How You Dealt With It?
  8. What Was the Most Difficult Period in Your Life, and How Did You Deal With It?
  9. Tell Me About a Time You Demonstrated Leadership Skills/qualities.
  10. Tell Me About a Time When You Had to Delegate Tasks.
  11. Give Examples of Ideas You’ve Had or Implemented.
  12. Describe a Project or Idea That Was Implemented Primarily Because of Your Efforts.
  13. Do You Prefer to Make Plans or Be Spontaneous?
  14. What’s a Time You Disagreed With a Decision That Was Made at Work?
  15. Give an Example of a Time When Your Ideas Were Strongly Opposed in a Discussion. How Did You React?
  16. What Assignment Was Too Difficult for You? How Did You Resolve the Issue?
  17. Tell Me About a Time You Made a Mistake/tell Me About the Last Mistake You Made.
  18. Tell Me About a Time You Failed.
  19. How Do You Handle Failure?
  20. How Do You Feel About Taking No for an Answer?
  21. Describe a Time When Your Boss Was Wrong. How Did You Handle the Situation?
  22. How Would You Feel About Reporting to a Person Younger Than You?
  23. How Would You Feel About Working for Someone Who Knows Less Than You?
  24. Describe a Time You Went Above and Beyond at Work.
  25. Describe a Time You Got Angry at Work.
  26. Describe a Time When You Had to Give a Person Difficult Feedback.
  27. Describe a Time When You Disagreed With Your Boss.
  28. What Do You Really Think About Your Previous Boss?
  29. How Do You Like to Be Managed?
  30. Would You Ever Lie for a Company?
  31. What Has Been the Most Rewarding Experience of Your Career Thus Far?
  32. What Has Been the Least Rewarding Experience of Your Career Thus Far?
  33. How Would You Deal With an Angry or Irate Customer?
  34. What Does Customer Service Mean to You?
  35. What Do You Find Are the Most Difficult Decisions to Make?
  36. Have You Ever Had Difficulty Working With a Manager?
  37. What Do You Expect from a Supervisor?
  38.  Describe Your Best Boss
  39. Describe Your Worst Boss.
  40. Describe Your Ideal Boss.
  41. Describe a Time You Went Out of Your Way to Help Somebody.
  42. Describe a Time When Your Work Was Criticized?
  43. What Is the Biggest Criticism You’ve Received from Your Boss?
  44. Do You Think You Could Have Done Better in Your Last Job?
  45. What Is Your Teaching Philosophy?
  46. How Would You Fire Someone?

Interview Questions About Teamwork and “People Skills”

  1. Are You a Team Player?
  2. Do You Prefer Working Alone or in a Team Environment?
  3. Would You Still Be Interested in This Job If You Knew, at Some Point in the Future, the Work Environment Would Change from an Individual Environment to a Team-Based Approach?
  4. What Makes a Team Function Successfully?
  5. How Do You Feel About Working in a Team Environment?
  6. Give Some Examples of Teamwork.
  7. What Kind of Personality Do You Work Best With and Why?
  8. Tell Me About a Rewarding Experience on a Team.
  9. Describe a Time You Worked With a Team, and the Project Did Not Go as Planned. 
  10. Describe the Relationship That Should Exist Between the Supervisor and Those Reporting to Him or Her?
  11. What Strategies Would You Use to Motivate Your Team?
  12. How Would You Handle it If You Were Working on a Project With Someone Who Had a Very Different Work Style to You?
  13. Tell Me About a Time When You Had to Work With Someone Who Was Difficult to Get Along With
  14. If the People Who Know You Were Asked Why You Should Be Hired, What Would They Say?
  15. What Would You Contribute to Our Team Culture?
  16. How Would You Handle it If There Was a Problem With a Member of Your Team Not Doing Their Fair Share of Work?
  17. How Do You Deal With Differences of Opinion When Working on a Team?
  18. How Do You Handle Annoying Co-Workers?

Interview Questions About You

Young Employee at Work

  1. What Makes You Uncomfortable?
  2. What Are Some Positive Things Your Last Boss Would Say About You?
  3. What Is One Negative Thing Your Last Boss Might Say About You?
  4. Are You a Risk-Taker?
  5. Do You Have Any Serious Medical Conditions?
  6. Do You Think There Is a Difference Between Hard Work and Smart Work?
  7. What’s the Difference Between Good and Exceptional.
  8. How Quickly Do You Adapt to New Technology?
  9. How Would a Good Friend Describe You?what Character Traits Would Your Friends Use to Describe You?
  10. How Would Your Boss and Coworkers Describe You?
  11. What Would the Person Who Likes You Least Say About You?
  12. Are You More of a Leader or a Follower?
  13. Have You Considered Starting Your Own Business?
  14. Would You Describe Yourself as a Nice Person?
  15. Do You Have a Personal Mission Statement?
  16. What Do You Like Most About Yourself?
  17. What Is Your Least Favorite Thing About Yourself?
  18. If You Could Change One Thing About Your Personality, What Would it Be?
  19. Tell Me One Thing About Yourself You Wouldn’t Want Me to Know
  20. Tell Me About a Project You Worked on That Required Heavy Analytical Thinking.
  21. If You Had to Choose One, Would You Consider Yourself a Big-Picture Person or a Detail-Oriented Person?
  22. Do You See Yourself as an Ethical Person?
  23. Tell Me About a Situation in Which You Faced an Ethical Conflict
  24. Give Me an Example of Your Creativity.
  25. Are You an Organized Person? How Do You Keep Yourself Organized?
  26. What Is a Typical Day/week Like?
  27. What Is Your Favorite Movie of All Time and Why?
  28. If Someone Was Making a Movie About Your Life, What Genre Would it Be, Who Would Play You and What Would Be the Title?
  29. If You Were a Brand, Which Would You Be?
  30. If You Could Choose One Superhero Power, What Would it Be and Why?
  31. What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions?
  32. On a Scale of One to Ten, How in Control of Your Own Destiny Do You Believe You Are?
  33. If You Could Be Anywhere in the World Right Now, Where Would You Be?
  34. If You Were a Piece of Fruit What Would You Be?
  35. If You Were a Car, What Type Would You Be?
  36. If You Only Had Six Months to Live, What Would You Do With the Time?
  37. If You Were Hosting a Dinner Party and Could Invite Three People, Dead or Alive, Who Would You Invite?
  38. If You Could Be Any Colour, What Colour Would You Be?
  39. What Are Three Skills or Traits You Wish You Had?
  40. What’s Your Dream Job?
  41. Describe Your Ideal Company.
  42. Describe Your Ideal Company Culture.
  43. What Characteristics Do You Think Make a Successful Manager?
  44. What Have You Done to Improve Yourself in the Past Year?
  45. How Do You Want to Improve Yourself in the Upcoming Year?
  46. Who Are Your Heroes?
  47. What Is Your Favorite Memory from Childhood?
  48. What Is Your Favorite Website?
  49. When Were You Most Satisfied in a Previous Job?
  50. What’s the Last Book You Read?
  51. What Is the Best Job You Ever Had?
  52. What Is Your Greatest Fear?
  53. What Was Your Greatest Failure, and What Did You Learn from It?
  54. What’s the Biggest Lesson You’ve Learned from a Mistake You’ve Made?
  55. What Is the Most Important Thing You Learned at a Previous Job?
  56. If You Won a $10 Million Lottery, Would You Still Work?
  57. What Projects Have You Worked on That Have Been Particularly Interesting?
  58. What Was the Last Project You Led and What Was the Outcome?
  59. What Three Things Are Most Important to You in Your Job?
  60. What Do You Like to Do Outside of Work?
  61. How Has Your Job Affected Your Lifestyle?
  62. What Will You Miss About Your Previous Job?
  63. How Do You Manage Your Time, Even on the Busiest Days? How Do You Prioritize Your Work?
  64. How Do You Deal With Tight Deadlines?
  65. Tell Me About a Time When You Failed to Meet a Deadline. What Did You Do?
  66. Tell Me About a Time When You Had to Learn Something New Within a Short Deadline.
  67. What Is Your Management Style?
  68. Who Has Impacted You the Most in Your Career and How?
  69. What Is Your Biggest Regret and Why?
  70. Do You Have Any Children?/are You Planning on Having Any Children?
  71. What Are Your Pet Peeves?
  72. Have You Ever Been Convicted of a Felony?
  73. Why Did You Choose Your Major?
  74. What Is Your Ideal Company Size?
  75. What Is a Book That Everyone Needs to Read and Why?
  76. How Do You Respond to Change? Do You Find it Difficult to Adapt to New Situations?
  77. Do You Have a Mentor? Who’s Your Mentor?
  78. What Do You Do in Your Spare Time?
  79. Describe Your Top Three Technical Skills?

Interview Questions About The Job

An Experienced Employee Mentoring A Young Employee

  1. What Do You Feel Is the Best Educational Preparation for This Career?
  2. How Has Your Education Prepared You for This Job?
  3. What Relevant Experience Do You Have?
  4. Why Haven’t You Gotten Your Bachelor’s Degree/master’s Degree/ph.d.?
  5. What Can You Do for This Company/what Can You Contribute to This Company?
  6. What Do You Want to Accomplish in the First 30, 60 or 90 Days of This Job?
  7. How Long Do You Expect to Work for This Company?
  8. What Is Your Salary Range Expectation?
  9. If I Were to Give You This Salary You Requested but Let You Write Your Job Description, What Would it Say?
  10. Are You Willing to Relocate?
  11. When Can You Start?
  12. Are You Overqualified for This Job?
  13. Tell Me Something About Yourself That I Wouldn’t Know from Reading Your Resume. What Should I Know That’s Not on Your Resume?
  14. Is There Anything Else You’d Like Us to Know?
  15. What Will You Do If You Don’t Get a Job Offer?
  16. What Questions Haven’t I Asked You?
  17. How Do You Think I Rate as an Interviewer?
  18. Do You Have Any Questions for Us?


Situational Interview Questions

Interview-Tips for Job Hunting

  1. Describe a Situation Where You Had to Request Assistance on a Project or Assignment.
  2. How Have You Demonstrated Your Excellent Communication Skills?
  3. Describe a Situation Where You Demonstrated Flexibility.
  4. What Would You Do If You Made a Mistake That No One Else Noticed? Would You Address the Error and Risk Slowing Things Down or Ignore it to Keep the Project or Task Moving Forward?
  5. What Would You Do If You Were Asked to Perform a Task You’ve Never Done Before?
  6. What Do You Do If You Can’t Solve a Problem on Your Own?
  7. If You’re Working Towards an Urgent Deadline and Your Manager Asks You to Also Work on Another Equally Important Project, How Would You Prioritize Your Work?
  8. If Your Manager Has Assigned You Several Time-Sensitive Projects and You Realize You Won’t Able to Complete the Work in Time, What Would You Do?
  9. How Would You Handle a Situation Where You’re Required to Finish Multiple Tasks by the End of the Day?
  10. If Your Supervisor Asked You to Do Something That You Disagreed With, What Would You Do?
  11. Describe a Situation Where You Demonstrated Negotiation Skills.
  12. Can You Describe a Time When You Have Taken Initiative? What Was the Result?
  13. Tell Us About a Time Where You Have Demonstrated the Company’s Values to Achieve a Positive Outcome
  14. How Would You Respond If You Caught a Co-Worker Stealing from the Company?
  15. If You Found Out Your Company Was Doing Something Against the Law, What Would You Do?


Brainteaser Interview Questions

Being Confused

  1. If You Suddenly Gained the Ability to Time Travel, What’s the First Thing You’d Do?
  2. If You Could Get Rid of Any Us State, Which Would You Choose and Why?
  3. Which Is More Important, Creativity or Efficiency?
  4. Is it Better to Be Good and on Time or Perfect and Late With Your Work?
  5. How Many Times Per Day Do a Clock’s Hands Overlap?
  6. How Many Stacked Pennies Would Equal the Height of the Empire State Building?
  7. How Many Tennis Balls Can You Fit Into a Limousine?
  8. If You Were an Animal, Which One Would You Want to Be?
  9. How Would You Weigh a Plane Without Scales?
  10. How Many Footballs Would Fit in This Room?
  11. Why Is There Fuzz on a Tennis Ball?
  12. Tell Me 10 Ways to Use a Pencil Other Than Writing.
  13. How Many People Are There Flying in Airplanes Over the Us Right Now?
  14. Why Are Manhole Covers Round?
  15. Sell Me This Pen.


Conclusion

While answering the job interview questions, you have to make sure that all your answers relate to your ability to perform the job, even when answering questions that are somewhat personal.

You also have to understand that your job interview is more than answering the questions thrown at you. Here are some things you should keep in mind:

  • Pay attention to your appearance and ensure you “dress for success” as this will make a good impression on your interviewers.
  • Understand that you’re under no obligation to answer any personal questions that regard race, age, family background, social status, etc. Remember, the questions should relate to the job position and the job position alone.
  • Make sure you prepare some questions that you can ask when given the opportunity. This will show that you’re actually interested in the job.
  • Express gratitude to your interviewers for considering you for the position and taking their time to interview you. You should do this verbally immediately after the interview and follow up with a thank-you note within 24 hours.

Now is the time to take what you’ve learned and ace that job interview.

Good luck!




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