Traditional Job Interview Questions

Sample Questions

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why are you interested in this job?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • What are your strongest abilities?
  • How do your skills relate to our needs?
  • What are you looking for?
  • What would you like to know about our firm?
  • What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?
  • Where do you want to be in 5 years?
  • Where did you grow up?
  • What does "success" mean to you?
  • What does "failure" mean to you?
  • What are your three major accomplishments?
  • What have you disliked in your past jobs?
  • What kinds of people do you enjoy working with?
  • What kinds of people frustrate you?
  • How long before you can make a contribution?
  • In the past year, what have you been dissatisfied about in your performance?
  • How long a commitment do you plan to give me?
  • What is your ideal job?
  • What can you tell me about your past bosses?
  • Which is more important to you: money or the type of job?
  • What have you learned from your activities?
  • Were your extracurricular activities worth the time you put into them?
  • What qualities should a successful manager possess?
  • What two attributes are most important in your job?
  • What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
  • What have you done that you consider creative?
  • Who do you admire? Why?
  • Why are you interested in our company?
  • What interests you about our company?
  • What do you get passionate about?
  • What courses are you taking?
  • Why did you choose the school that you are attending?
  • Have you ever managed a conflict? How?
  • Describe to me a recent (marketing campaign / finance deal) you like?
  • What concerns you about our company?
  • What are the most important attributes of a good manager?
  • Do you have these attributes (of a good manager)?

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Questions you should ask the recruiter

  • What are your company's strengths and how do you capitalize on them?
  • What changes do you anticipate in the industry?
  • What risks will your company face due to industry changes?
  • How have you strategically responded to the competition?
  • What legislation is pending that will affect your firm?
  • Where will the major sources of your business be in the next 5 years?
  • How is worker performance measured and reviewed?
  • Do you have a mentor program? How about formal training programs?
  • What is your company's management style
  • What challenges are facing this company?

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Some ILLEGAL Questions (in the USA)

  • What political party are you affiliated with?
  • Are you a member of the local country club?
  • Do you go to church regularly?
  • Are you currently married? Are you divorced? What is your sexual orientation?
  • What are your outstanding debts?
  • What charities are you involved with?
  • Do you drink?
  • Do you have a boyfriend?
  • Your last name is _______. What kind of name is that?
  • Do you have a girlfriend / boyfriend / are you planning to have children?
  • Do you have a physical disability?
  • Do you have any health problems?
  • Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
  • How many children do you have?
  • How old are you?
  • This is a Christian company. Do you think that you can be happy working here?
  • What does you father/mother do for a living?
  • What is your first language?
  • What is your IQ?
  • How much do you weigh?
  • What's your religion?

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