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Interview Questions Bank

  1. A.  Basic Warm-up Questions:
    1.  Tell me about yourself
    2.  What do you know about our company?
    3.  Do you know anyone who works for us?
    4.  Why did you leave your last job? / Why do you want to leave your current job?
  1. B.  Job / Work History Related Questions:
    1. What experience do you have in this field?
    2. Why should we hire you?
    3. Why do you want to work for this organization?
    4. What has disappointed you about a job?
    5. Where do you see yourself five years from now?

    C.  Salary / Relocation Related Questions:

  1.  What kind of salary do you need?
  2.  How long would you expect to work for us if hired? Would you be willing to relocate if required?
  3.  Would you be willing to relocate if required?

 D.  Personality / Interest / Career Goal  Questions:

  1. Do you consider yourself successful?
  2. What is your philosophy towards work?
  3. What is your greatest strength?
  4. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  5. Tell me about your dream job
  6. What is more important to you: the money or the work?
  7. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure
  8. What motivates you to do your best on the job?
  9. Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends?
  10. What has been your biggest professional disappointment?
  11. Describe your management style
  12. Describe your work ethic
  13. Describe your ideal company, location and job
  14. What are your outside interests?
  15. Why have you had so many jobs?
  16. Who has inspired you in your life and why?
  17. Who are your role models? Why?
  18. Have you ever had any failures? What did you learn from them?
  19. Of which three accomplishments are you most proud?
  20. Do you prefer large or small organizations? Why?

 E.  Team Working:

  1. What do co-workers say about you?
  2. Are you a team player?
  3. What irritates you about co-workers?
  4. What kind of person would you refuse to work with?
  5. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is?
  6. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor

 F.   Behavioral Interview Questions:
[Past behavior predicts future behavior, so be specific. Remember to use the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) when answering these questions]

  1. What was the toughest decision you had to make at a previous job?
  2. Tell me about the most difficult person you've had to communicate with
  3. Tell me about a group project you were involved in. What was your role?
  4. Describe a recent work related problem and the actions you took to solve it.
  5. What is the biggest challenge you've faced in college and how did you deal with it?
  6. Tell me about a time when you had to resolve a conflict in a group situation.
  7. Tell me about a time when you followed through on a commitment, despite difficulties.
  8. Describe a situation where you had to do several tasks at the same time.

 E.   Final Questions:

  1. If offered, how soon can you join?
  2. Do you have any questions for us?

5 Toughest Interview Questions

 

1. "Tell me about yourself."

This is not the time to share your life story. What they're looking for is a brief overview of the aspects of your experience and background that relate to the position. Talk about some accomplishments or strengths you felt really good about, and how you think they prepared you for the position you're interviewing for.

Example: "I have six years of advertising experience, and spent the past three years as the Assistant Production Manager at This Company, overseeing production schedules, hiring, and deadlines. In that time, I streamlined the workflow so that we were able to meet the deadline for every monthly print project, and in many cases we went to print well before the actual deadlines. I saved the company two weeks worth of staff overtime and expenses. Time management is one of my greatest skills, and I'm sure it would easily transfer to the Production Manager position you're offering here." 

2. "What do you think is your greatest weakness?"

The best way to answer this question is honestly—mention a real weakness that won't affect your ability to do the job, or address a skill you're just learning and want to develop. Avoid calling attention to any weakness that's one of the critical qualities the hiring manager is looking for. And don't try the old "I'm a workaholic," or "I'm a perfectionist" approach.

Example: "I'm not as strong as I'd like to be on social media, so I'm spending about three hours a week blogging on topics I'm interested in, and reading some perspectives on the business-to-business value of social media. I'm already learning some things I can bring here, and hope to find more ideas on how to use social media as a customer relationship tool."

3. “What did you like least about your last (or current) job?"

Don't vent or focus on the negative with brutally honest answers such as "My boss was a jerk," or "They just weren't giving me the opportunity to take my career to the next level." Instead, keep the emphasis on the positive, even though there are sure to be things you weren't happy about.

Example: "That's a tough question to answer. I've had lots of opportunity at This Company, and I work with some outstanding people. I guess if I had to pick one thing, it would be the occasional meeting that goes an hour longer than scheduled. I like to tackle a certain number of tasks each day and that extra hour could have let me to get back to a client more quickly."

4. "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"

Since anything can happen and change in five years, this is an impossible question to answer. What they really mean is: "If I hired you, could I count on you to stay with this company long-term?" Therefore, avoid answers such as "I hope to be running my own business," or "I plan to be retired by then."

You can also turn the question back to the interviewer, and ask where they see the company in five years. You might not know on a personal level where you'll be, but most companies have goals and plans that look out two to five years. Their answer might give you an idea if it's a company worth settling down with.

5. "Tell me about a time you failed."

Think of a work-related situation that didn't turn out quite as you had hoped. The interviewer is interested in seeing how you took responsibility for your failure, what you learned from it, and how you would prevent similar failures from happening again.

Examples:
"I once rushed a project to make a shipping deadline but inadvertently skipped a couple of critical steps. We ended up discovering the mistake before the customer installed the products, but they weren't pleased. I never made that mistake again."

"I thought my aggressive sales tactics were a great quality until I lost a client for being too pushy. I've since learned to tone things down and really understand my clients' needs before determining how to help them."