The following 82 most popular interview questions are not explicitly related to a particular task, but are attempts to predict how job seekers might behave in certain situations. The purpose of an interviewer is to seek evidence of a candidate’s skills, competencies and motivation. Job performance is a function of these three components and can be assessed through the questions below.
1) Tell me about yourself.
2) Tell me about a time that you participated in a successful team. What was your role?
3) Tell me about a time when you worked effectively under pressure and how.
4) Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a co-worker who wasn’t doing his/her fair share of the work. What did you do and what was the outcome?
5) Tell me about a time you misjudged a person.
6) Tell me about a time when you were given a task to accomplish without any direction.
7) Tell me about a time when you had to work with someone with whom you did not get along.
8) Tell me about a time when you felt that a decision was unfair. How did you handle it?
9) Tell me about a time when someone asked you for assistance outside the parameters of your job. What did you do?
10) Tell me about a time you had to multitask.
11) Tell me about a time when you were creative in solving a problem.
12) Tell me about a time when you were the leader of a team and the team disagreed with your decision. How did you handle it?
13) Tell me about a time when you were a team leader and had to mediate with members who disagreed with each other.
14) Tell me about a project that did not go well.
15) Tell me about a time that you worked hard to accomplish something but didn’t finish.
16) Tell me about a time when you suggested a better way to do something.
17) Tell me about a time when you had to handle conflict within your group.
18) How do you get along with older (younger) co-workers?
19) Tell me about a time when a co-worker was not shouldering their fair share of the workload.
20) You are a team member and you disagree with an important decision that you believe will have a negative impact on the project. How will you proceed?
21) Give an example of an occasion when you used logic to solve a problem.
22) Tell me about a time when someone told you that you had made an error. Describe how you would react and what you would say in your defense.
23) You are a new employee at our firm and I have asked you to speak to a group of 10 employees. What would you talk about and what would you say?
24) You are part of a team working on a project with a one-week deadline. The team leader does not seem to be on top of things and you are worried about reaching the deadline. What do you do?
25) How do you handle a crisis? Describe one that you handled well.
26) Describe a crisis that you didn’t handle well and what you would have done differently.
27) It’s five o’clock on Friday and your supervisor gives you an assignment that needs to be finished by 8:00 am Monday morning. You have plans to be away for the weekend. What do you do?
28) Tell me about a time when you were faced with conflicting priorities. How did you determine the top priority?
29) Describe a situation that was a great learning experience.
30) Describe a challenge you faced in school and how you handled it.
31) Describe an experience that you felt was rewarding.
32) Describe a situation where you were mentored.
33) Describe a situation where you were given feedback on your performance that wasn’t what you had hoped for.
34) Describe a situation where you resolved a problem.
35) What would your last boss/manager say about you?
36) How would your co-workers describe you?
37) What do you think is the best part of working in teams?
38) What do you think is the worst part of working in a team?
39) How do you define “work ethic”?
40) What type of people do you like to work with?
41) What motivates you?
42) Describe yourself in less than 10 words.
43) How do you like to be managed?
44) Tell me about your best manager. Why do you consider them the “best”?
45) Tell me about your worst manager. Why do you consider them the “worst”?
46) What book are you reading now?
47) Describe your ideal job.
48) What was the most creative thing you have ever done?
49) What are you most proud of?
50) How do you handle stress at work?
51) What would you like to have done more of in your last job?
52) What would you like to have done less of in your last job?
53) Why did you choose your last job?
54) Why did you choose your school/university?
55) If you could have done anything different during your university career, what would it have been?
56) What are your short- and long-term career goals?
57) In what areas would you like to develop further?
58) What skills did it take to succeed in your previous jobs?
59) What do you know about our company?
60) What makes you the best candidate?
61) Why should we hire you?
62) What made you apply for this job?
63) How would you describe client satisfaction?
64) What do you think is most important in great customer service?
65) What will you do if you don’t get this job?
66) How do you balance life and work?
67) What historical figure do you admire and why?
68) What is your preferred way to communication – SMS, phone, email or post?
69) Describe a job that would be your worst nightmare.
70) If you were the CEO of this company what would be the top three things that you would do?
71) Would you rather be liked or feared?
72) What are your career goals?
73) What do you believe are your key strengths?
74) What do you believe are your weaknesses?
75) Where do you see yourself in five years time?
76) Why are you looking (or why did you leave you last job)?
77) If your previous co-workers were here, what would they say about you?
78) Why have you had so many jobs?
79) What do you think this position involves?
80) Would you rather work for money or job satisfaction?
81) Where else have you applied?
82) Do you have any questions you would like to ask?
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