160 Sample Job Interview Questions

  • What specific goals, including those related to
    your occupation, have you established for your life?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • Who was your favorite boss? Why?
  • What boss do you admire most? Why?
  • Have you ever had a mentor? Who? How did this
    person influence your career?
  • How has your college experience prepared you for
    a business career?
  • Please describe the ideal job for you.
  • What influenced you to choose this career?
  • At what point did you choose this career?
  • What specific goals have you established for
    your career?
  • What will it take to attain your goals, and what
    steps have you taken toward attaining them?
  • What do you think it takes to be successful in
    this career?
  • How do you determine or evaluate success? Give
    me an example of one of your successful accomplishments.
  • Can you describe your typical day’s activities?
  • How do you determine priorities?
  • How do you keep yourself organized?
  • Do you have the qualifications and personal
    characteristics necessary for success in your chosen career?
  • What has been your most rewarding
  • If you could do so, how would you plan your
    college career differently?
  • Are you more energized by working with data or
    by collaborating with other individuals?
  • Are you computer literate? What skill level are
  • How would you describe yourself in terms of your
    ability to work as a member of a team?
  • What motivates you to put forth your greatest
  • Given the investment our company will make in
    hiring and training you, can you give us a reason to hire you?
  • Would you describe yourself as goal-driven?
  • Describe what you’ve accomplished toward
    reaching a recent goal for yourself.
  • What short-term goals and objectives have you
    established for yourself?
  • Can you describe your long-range goals and
  • What do you expect to be doing in five years?
  • What do you see yourself doing in ten years?
  • How would you evaluate your ability to deal with
  • Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor
    or instructor? How did you resolve the conflict?
  • If you are in a meeting and the chairperson lets
    the meeting get way off topic, what would you do?
  • Tell me about a major problem you recently
    handled. Were you successful in resolving it?
  • Would you say that you can easily deal with
    high-pressure situations?
  • What quality or attribute do you feel will most
    contribute to your career success?
  • What personal weakness has caused you the
    greatest difficulty in school or on the job?
  • Which college classes or subjects did you like
    best? Why?
  • Are you the type of student for whom conducting
    independent research has been a positive experience?
  • Describe the type of professor that has created
    the most beneficial learning experience for you.
  • How do you keep up with changes in our industry?
  • Before you can make a productive contribution to
    the company, what degree of training do you feel you will require?
  • Describe the characteristics of a successful
  • Why did you decide to seek a position in this
  • Tell me what you know about our company.
  • Why did you decide to seek a position in this
  • Do you have a geographic preference?
  • Why do you think you might like to live in the
    community in which our company is located?
  • Would it be a problem for you to relocate?
  • To what extent would you be willing to travel
    for the job?
  • Which is more important to you, the job itself
    or your salary?
  • What level of compensation would it take to make
    you happy?
  • Tell me about the salary range you’re seeking.
  • What are the most important rewards you expect
    to gain from your career?
  • How would you define “success” for
    someone in your chosen career?
  • What qualifications do you have that will make
    you successful in this company?
  • What skills have you acquired from your work
  • What have you learned from your experiences
    outside the workplace?
  • What criteria are you using to choose companies
    to interview with?
  • If you were hiring for this position, what
    qualities would you look for?
  • How would you describe your leadership skills?
  • How would you describe your management style?
  • Which is more important: creativity or
    efficiency? Why?
  • What have you accomplished that shows your
    initiative and willingness to work?
  • What was the toughest challenge you’ve ever
  • What two or three things are most important to
    you in your job?
  • Have you ever stolen anything from an employer?
  • Some people work best as part of a group –
    others prefer the role of individual contributor. How would you describe
  • When given an important assignment, how do you
    approach it?
  • If there were one area you’ve always wanted to
    improve upon, what would that be?
  • When you have been made aware of, or have
    discovered for yourself, a problem in your school or work performance,
    what was your course of action?
  • What kinds of things have you done at school or
    on the job that were beyond expectations?
  • What, in your opinion, are the key ingredients
    in guiding and maintaining successful business relationships?
  • What sorts of things have you done to become
    better qualified for your career?
  • Describe a situation in which you were able to
    use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way?
  • Describe an instance when you had to think on
    your feet to extricate yourself from a difficult situation.
  • Give me a specific example of a time when you
    used good judgment and logic in solving a problem.
  • What steps would your first take in implementing
    a major change in your new department?
  • How do you keep it fun at work?
  • What do you believe are the best incentive
    programs to bring out the best in people?
  • By providing examples, convince me that you can
    adapt to a wide variety of people, situations and environments.
  • Describe a time when you were faced with
    problems or stresses that tested your coping skills.
  • Give an example of a time in which you had to be
    relatively quick in coming to a decision.
  • Describe a time when you had to use your written
    communication skills to get an important point across.
  • Give me a specific occasion in which you
    conformed to a policy with which you did not agree.
  • Have you ever had to manage a crisis? Tell me
    about it and how you reacted?
  • Have you ever lost your temper at work?
  • Give me an example of an important goal which
    you had set in the past and tell me about your success in reaching it.
  • Describe the most significant or creative presentation
    that you have had to complete.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to go above
    and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
  • Give me an example of a time when you were able
    to successfully communicate with another person even when that individual
    may not have personally liked you (or vice versa).
  • Sometimes it’s easy to get in “over your
    head.” Describe a situation where you had to request help or
    assistance on a project or assignment.
  • Give an example of how you applied knowledge
    from previous coursework to a project in another class.
  • Describe a situation where others you were
    working with on a project disagreed with your ideas. What did you do?
  • Describe a situation in which you found that
    your results were not up to your professor’s or supervisor’s expectations.
    What happened? What action did you take?
  • Tell of a time when you worked with a colleague
    who was not completing his or her share of the work. Who, if anyone, did
    you tell or talk to about it? Did the manager take any steps to correct
    your colleague? Did you agree or disagree with the manager’s actions?
  • Describe a situation in which you had to arrive
    at a compromise or guide others to a compromise.
  • What steps do you follow to study a problem
    before making a decision?
  • We can sometimes identify a small problem and
    fix it before it becomes a major problem. Describe some times when you
    were not very satisfied or pleased with your performance. What did you do
    about it?
  • Give an example(s) of how you have done this.
  • Tell me about a time you had to counsel an
    employee to improve their work.
  • Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you
    feel? How did you proceed?+
  • In a supervisory or group leader role, have you
    ever had to discipline or counsel an employee or group member? What was the
    nature of the discipline? What steps did you take? How did that make you
    feel? How did you prepare yourself?
  • Recall a time from your work experience when
    your manager or supervisor was unavailable and a problem arose. What was
    the nature of the problem? How did you handle that situation? How did that
    make you feel?
  • Recall a time when you were assigned what you
    considered to be a complex project. Specifically, what steps did you take
    to prepare for and finish the project? Were you happy with the outcome?
    What one step would you have done differently if given the What kind of
    supervisor do you work best for? Provide examples.
  • chance?
  • What was the most complex assignment you have
    had? What was your role?
  • Tell of some situations in which you have had to
    adjust quickly to changes over which you had no control. What was the
    impact of the change on you?
  • What are your standards of success in school?
    What have you done to meet these standards?
  • How have you differed from your professors in
    evaluating your performance? How did How do you determine priorities in
    scheduling your time? Give examples.
  • you handle the situation?
  • Give examples of your experiences in a job that
    were satisfying. Give examples of your experiences that were
  • Describe some projects or ideas (not necessarily
    your own) that were implemented, or carried out successfully primarily
    because of your efforts.
  • Describe a situation that required a number of
    things to be done at the same time. How did you handle it? What was the
  • Have you found any ways to make a job easier or
    more rewarding or to make yourself more effective?
  • Tell of a time when your active listening skills
    really paid off for you — maybe a time when other people missed the key
    idea being expressed.
  • What has been your experience in giving
    presentations? What has been your most successful experience in speech
  • Tell of the most difficult customer service
    experience that you have ever had to handle — perhaps an angry or irate
    customer. Be specific and tell what you did and what was the outcome.
  • Give an example of when you had to work with
    someone who was difficult to get along with. Why was this person
    difficult? How did you handle that person?
  • Describe a situation where you found yourself
    dealing with someone who didn’t like you. How did you handle it?
  • Give me an example of a time you had to persuade
    other people to take action. Were you successful?
  • How do you stay focused?
  • Give me a specific example of something you did
    that helped build enthusiasm in others.
  • Tell me about a difficult situation when it was
    desirable for you to keep a positive attitude. What did you do?
  • Give me an example of a time you had to make an
    important decision. How did you make the decision? How does it affect you
  • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a
    difficult person. How did you handle the situation?
  • Tell me about a time you had to handle multiple
    responsibilities. How did you organize the work you needed to do?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to make a
    decision, but didn’t have all the information you needed.
  • What suggestions do you have for our
  • What is the most significant contribution you
    made to the company during a past job?
  • What is the biggest mistake you’ve made?
  • Give me a specific example of a time when a
    co-worker criticized your work in front of others. How did you respond?
  • Describe a situation where you felt you had not
    communicated well. How did you correct the situation?
  • Give me a specific example of a time when you
    sold your supervisor on an idea or concept. How did you proceed? What was
    the result?
  • Describe the system you use for keeping track of
    multiple projects. How do you track your progress so that you can meet
  • Tell about a time when you built rapport quickly
    with someone under difficult conditions.
  • Tell me about a time when you came up with an
    innovative solution to a challenge your company/class/organization was
    facing. What was the challenge? What role did others play?
  • Describe a problem you solved for your employer.
    What role did others play? What was the outcome?
  • Describe a time when you got co-workers who
    dislike each other to work together. How did you accomplish this? What was
    the outcome?
  • Tell me about a time when you failed to meet a deadline.
    What things did you fail to do? What were the repercussions? What did you
  • Describe a time when you put your needs aside to
    help a co-worker or classmate understand a task. How did you assist him or
    her? What was the result?
  • Everyone has made some poor decisions or has
    done something that just did not turn out right. Give an example of when
    this has happened to you.
  • Give two examples of things you’ve done in
    previous jobs that demonstrate your willingness to work hard.
  • What is the most competitive work situation you
    have experienced? How did you handle it? What was the result?
  • Describe a project or situation that best
    demonstrates your analytical abilities.
  • Give an example of when you took a risk to
    achieve a goal. What was the outcome?
  • Some people consider themselves to be “big
    picture people” and others are detail oriented. Which are you? Give
    an example that illustrates your preference.
  • Describe a time when you took personal
    accountability for a conflict and initiated contact with the individual(s)
    involved to explain your actions.
  • Describe the last time that you undertook a
    project that demanded a lot of initiative.
  • Give me an example of when you were able to meet
    the personal and professional (or academic) demands in your life yet still
    maintained a healthy balance.
  • What do you do when you are faced with an
    obstacle to an important project? Give an example.
  • Tell about the most difficult or frustrating
    individual that you’ve ever had to work with, and how you managed to work
    with that person.
  • Tell about a time when your trustworthiness was
    challenged. How did you react/respond?
  • What motivates you to go the extra mile on a
    project or job?
  • Describe a situation when you were able to have
    a positive influence on the actions of others.
  • Tell about a recent job or campus experience
    that you would describe as a real learning experience? What did you learn
    from the job or experience?
  • Describe a team experience you found
    disappointing. What could you have done to prevent it?
  • Recall a situation in which communications were
    poor. How did you handle it?
  • Describe a time when you had to make a difficult
    choice between your personal and professional (or academic) life.
  • On occasion we are confronted by dishonesty in
    the workplace or in school. Tell about such an occurrence and how you
    handled it.