Common Interview Questions

About you:

  1. Tell me about yourself / Walk me through your resume
  2. Tell me something about yourself that is not listed on your resume
  3. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  4. What are your interests outside work?
  5. What is the riskiest thing you’ve ever done?
  6. Are you more risk-adverse or risk-seeking? Give me an example
  7. Why did you take your college/university major?
  8. Who has influenced you the most in your life?
  9. Name someone whom you’ve never met whose been a strong influence
  10. Tell me about your biggest failure.
  11. Discuss a difficult decision you faced in the past.
  12. What traits do you want in a manager?
  13. What are you looking for in terms of career development?
  14. What motivates you?
  15. How would people who don’t like you describe you?
  16. How would your friends describe you?
  17. What are your future goals?
  18. How do you define success?
  19. If you had to choose a different career path, what would it be?

Your current role:

  1. What do you do in your current role?
  2. What was your greatest takeaway from your current role?
  3. Why are you looking to leave your role?
  4. What is the greatest challenge in your current role?
  5. What skills have you learned in your current role?
  6. What could make your current role better?

Scenario-based questions:

  1. Explain a situation in which you handled several different tasks and the deadlines were all the same.
  2. Tell me about a time when you did not agree with the team, what was the situation and what happened?
  3. Tell me about a time when you were faced with an ethical dilemma.
  4. Tell me about a time when you knew you could not finish a task before the deadline, what happened?
  5. Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond your expectations.
  6. Tell me about a time when you were unhappy in your role.
  7. Tell me about a time when you took initiative.
  8. Tell me about a time when you had a difficult manager.
  9. Tell me about a time when you had to persuade someone.
  10. Tell me about a time when you had a work failure.

Company-based questions:

  1. What do you know about our company?
  2. Why do you want to join us?
  3. Why are you interested in this role?
  4. Why should we hire you?
  5. If you were the hiring manager for this role, what type of person would you hire?
  6. What skills have you developed which would qualify you for this role?
  7. Tell me what does the public think about our company?
  8. Who are our competitors?
  9. What part of the business would you like to grow into?
  10. Where do you see yourself in our company?
  11. What’s been in the news about us recently?
  12. What’s your opinion on a current issue facing our industry?

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