What do you think it takes for a person to be successful in your
How do you feel about looking for a new job?
What do you look for in a job and a company?
How would you define a conducive work environment?
How many projects can you handle at one time?
What activities do you / did you perform in your last position, and
what was the approximate time devoted to each of these activities?
How have previous jobs prepared you for greater responsibility?
What was the least relevant job you have held?
How long will it take for you to make a contribution?
What did you enjoy most about your last job?
What did you enjoy least about your last job?
If there were two things you could change in your last or present
job, what would they be and how would you change them?
Of all the work you have done, where have you been the most
How could you have improved your performance in your last position?
Why do you want to work here?
Tell me about your understanding of the job you’re applying for?
When should we expect to see concrete results from you?
Tell me about a situation or position where you assumed
responsibilities that were beyond your written or understood job
How much do outside influences play a role in your job performance?
Are you more of a task-oriented or project-oriented worker?
Why have you chosen this particular field?
What would you like to have done more of in your job?
Have you thought about why you might prefer to work for our company?
If you could eliminate one responsibility from your last job, what
would it be?
What motivates you to put forth greater effort?
Describe your “dream” job.
Please rank the following from most important to least: job duties,
hours, distance to work, pay, work environment.
How do you feel about your present workload?
What do you do when things are slow at work?
What have you learned from your mistakes?
Have you done the best work you’re capable of?
If you could start your career over again, what would you do
How do you keep professionally informed?
What is the most recent skill you’ve learned?
What is your learning style? Hands on, research, by example?
What two or three accomplishments have given you the most
How can we best reward you for doing a good job?
Why do you think you’ll be successful in this job?
Do you set performance standards for yourself? Do these evolve over
How do you cope with stress on the job?
What does the word “success” mean to you?
What does the word “failure” mean to you?
How do you go about making important decisions?
What kind of people do you prefer to work with?
What kinds of people do you find difficult it to work with?
What good or bad work habits did you pick up from your first job?
What’s more important to you, truth or comfort?
What is the most useful criticism you’ve ever received?
How, specifically, do you contribute toward a team environment?
Describe your leadership style.
If you’re hired for this job, how will you approach the first 30
What is the most intellectually challenging thing you are looking
for in a job and why?
What is the most creatively challenging thing you are looking for in
How did you prepare for this interview?
What are the advantages of diversity in the workplace?
Can you sell me on our product/service?
How would you compare your verbal skills to your written skills?
Do you prefer to communicate in person, by phone or via e-mail?
When you’re assigned to work with new people, how do you go about
getting to know them; who they are, how they work and what their
strengths and weakness are?
What organizations do you see as this company’s major competitors?
Can you compare and contrast the organizations?
What do you do to make the people around you feel important,
appreciated, and respected?
How do you prioritize your time?
What decisions are easiest for you to make?
What decisions are the most difficult for you to make?
What project methodologies have you found most effective?
How do you usually confront subordinates when results are less than
How do you handle interruptions, breaks in routine and last minute
What would have to change in your present position in order for you
to want to continue working there?
What is the most important feature to you in a job?
What pace do you prefer: steady, controlled, and predictable;
fast-paced and deadline pressured; or electricity charged?
How did you get your last job?
I’ve interviewed several very good candidates, and you’re certainly
one of them. What single message would you like me to remember that
will convince me that you are the right person for this job?
What have you done to reduce your company’s operational costs?
How many hours a week do you need in order to complete your work?
How does your position relate to the overall goals of your current
What area of your skills would you like to improve in the next year?
What does “growth” mean to you?
What does “challenge” mean to you?
Tell me how you’ve added value to your job over time.
Have you ever needed to reinvent or redefine your job in order to
meet your company’s expanding needs?
What proactive steps have you taken to increase the output of your
What would be your next logical move in progression at your current
Is your leadership style one of comfortably delegating
responsibilities, or do you expect your reports to come to you for
How would you describe the type of structure, feedback and direction
you need in order to excel?
How would you gauge your ability to predict needs before they arise?
In what areas do you typically have the least amount of patience at
How would you grade your ability to communicate with peers,
subordinates, customers, competitors and upper-level management?
Tell me about the last time you failed to meet a goal or objective.
What plan of action did you take to get you back on track?
Tell me about the last time you inherited a problem.
How do you typically stay in the information loop?
What is the reason you’re leaving your current / left your last
How did you learn about this position?
There appears to be a gap of _____months/years on you resume. What
were you doing during this time?
What do you think makes this position different from your current or
Describe a situation where the team fell apart. What was your role
in the outcome?
Describe a situation where the person you were dealing with enabled
you to be more effective.
Do you want this job? Then why during our entire conversation
haven’t you asked for it?
What do you see as this position's
responsibilities on a daily basis? Weekly? Monthly?
How, if at all, do you see these
responsibilities changing over time?
What do you feel are the most
important responsibilities of this position?
What are some
additional aspects of this position that are unique to your company?
What was the reason
for this position's vacancy?
How long has this
company been in business?
How many people do
How long does the average employee remain with your company?
What are this
company’s current challenges?
What do you view as
this company’s greatest goals and missions?
Has this company experienced a downsizing at
any time in its history, and if so, when?
How long have you
worked for this company?
What do like the most about your position here?
What is the work environment like day to day?
Is there anything else I should know about this company?
Are there any aspects of my skills or background that you would like
to hear more about?
Is there a job description? May I see it?
How would my performance be measured and how is successful
performance usually rewarded?
Can you describe your organizational culture?
By what criteria will you select the person for this job?
Why is this position open?
What salary range has been budgeted for this position?
Where does this position fit into the organization?
What kind of person are you looking for?
What happened to the last person holding this position?
To whom would I report?
What problems might I expect to encounter on this job?
Tell me about promotions and advancement in this company.
What are your expectations of the person hired for this position?
What are the three most significant things that need to be
accomplished in this position in the first year and what do you
foresee as the major hurdles?
Describe the performance evaluation procedures you use.
What tasks will occupy the majority of my time?
What will be my first assignment?
When can I expect to hear from you about the next stage in the