Sample Interview Questions

Prepare answers to these traditional interview questions.

  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What are your long range and short range goals and objectives?
  • What do you see yourself doing five years from now? Ten years from now?
  • What are your long range career objectives?
  • How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
  • What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?
  • How well do you work with people? Do you prefer working alone or in teams?
  • How would you evaluate your ability to deal with conflict?
  • Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor? How did you resolve the conflict?
  • What's more important to you -- the work itself or how much you're paid for doing it.
  • What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • How would a good friend describe you?
  • Describe the best job you've ever had.
  • Describe the best supervisor you've ever had.
  • What would your last boss say about your work performance?
  • What motivates you to go the extra mile on a project or job?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • What qualifications do you have that make you successful in this career?
  • What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours?
  • In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our company?
  • Do you have any hobbies? What do you do in your spare time?
  • What qualities should a successful manager possess?
  • What are the attributes of a good leader?
  • Which is more important: creativity or efficiency? Why?
  • What's the most recent book you've read?
  • Describe the relationship that should exist between the supervisor and those reporting to him or her?
  • What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
  • If you were hiring a job-seeker for this position, what qualities would you look for?
  • Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree?
  • In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
  • How do you work under pressure?
  • Are you good at delegating tasks?
  • What's one of the hardest decisions you've ever had to make?
  • How well do you adapt to new situations?
  • Why did you decide to seek a position in this company?
  • What can you tell us about our company?
  • What interests you about our products?
  • What do you know about our competitors?
  • What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
  • Are you seeking employment in a company of a certain size? Why?
  • What are your expectations regarding promotions and salary increases?
  • What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?
  • Do you have a geographic preference? Why?
  • Are you willing to relocate?
  • Are you willing to travel for the job?
  • Why do you think you might like to live in the community in which our company is located?
  • What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
  • What have you learned from your mistakes?
  • What have you accomplished that shows your initiative and willingness to work?