40 Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared To Answer

interview questions prepared answerThese are some typical questions you may be asked in an interview. You should prepare answers, and where possible, short examples of accomplishments to illustrate your answers, and thus your value to a company.

You always want to talk about your benefits and features, as if you were a product. After all, you are "selling" your skills and abilities!

  1. What are you looking for in your next position?
  2. Why do you want to leave your present position? / Why did you leave your last position?
  3. Why did you leave the other positions you have held?
  4. Why do you want to work for our company?
  5. What do you know about our company?
  6. What other companies are you/have you interviewing/ interviewed with?
  7. Tell me about yourself.
  8. How would you describe your present/last company?
  9. If you had your choice of a job in any company, what type of job and company would you choose?
  10. In your last position, what did you like most, and what did you dislike most? Why?
  11. What would you say are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?
  12. If you could start your career over, what would you do differently?
  13. Would you say you are a good manager? Why?
  14. What is your management style?
  15. What did you like most/least about your last/recent supervisor/boss?
  16. What are your short/long-range objectives/goals?
  17. Where do you want to be in 5/10 years?
  18. What would you say are the five biggest accomplishments in your career/life? Why?
  19. How do you get along with your co-workers/supervisor?
  20. How would you describe your personality?
  21. How would you benefit our company the most?
  22. Do you know anyone working for our company?
  23. Have you ever prepared/managed a budget? How large?
  24. Have you ever had P&L responsibility? Describe the scope.
  25. How well do you know this industry? What do you know about our industry?
  26. Have you hired anyone? Have you trained anyone? Have you managed/supervised anyone?
  27. What are you looking for in a company?
  28. What are some challenges that you have successfully met? How?
  29. How do you spend your spare time? What are your hobbies?
  30. How did you get your previous positions?
  31. What did you learn most from your previous position(s)?
  32. Why did you choose this particular field of work?
  33. What do you think determines a person's progress in a company? How do you meet these criteria?
  34. Do you prefer working by yourself or with others?
  35. What makes you feel successful? Define success.
  36. How do you take criticism/instruction?
  37. How would people who know you describe you? How would your worst enemy describe you?
  38. Tell me about a failure and how you handled it.
  39. How do you approach a problem? How do you handle complaints?
  40. What do you offer this company? Why should I/we hire you?

If you are told they are going to interview other candidates, respond with: "I don't know who else you are interviewing, and I'm sure there are many qualified candidates. However, I can guarantee you that no one else will put forth more effort with more enthusiasm, drive and initiative than I will."



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slevyallen

Agree w/ bemahuron's comment, if you ever get to the interview stage. Most large corps have computers scanning resumes these days, not human beings.

September 21 2011 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Farlas

Really? You would actually say "I don't know who else you are interviewing, and I'm sure there are many qualified candidates. However, I can guarantee you that no one else will put forth more effort with more enthusiasm, drive and initiative than I will." if told that other candidates are going to be interviewed? Seems like it would be either a bit arrogant or possibly on the desperate side to me. I mean on one had it sounds like you are scared of the fact that they are going to interview someone else. On the other it sounds like you just claimed the ability of precognition and if they believe it than apparently they think you are capable of it too. What poor advice.

September 21 2011 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bemahuron

Hardly matters how 'prepared' you may be going in. These days prospective employers spend interview time looking for reasons NOT to hire an applicant rather than looking for the positives they may bring. You may be the one who is selected by viture of being the best of the worst, otherwise, you ain't getting that job. Be yourself going in rather than blowing a lot of smoke up someone's rear end. They're going to find out who you really are soon enough anyway.

September 21 2011 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
patriot1too

Do these questions get asked to everyone or just white applicants?

September 21 2011 at 9:25 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
REALITY CHECK

Why would you make us print 4 pages for one real page. Thanks again AOL right up to your standards.

September 21 2011 at 8:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bailey Dassing

Now if you could just answer them for me

September 20 2011 at 5:52 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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