40 Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared To Answer
These 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!
- What are you looking for in your next position?
- Why do you want to leave your present position? / Why did you leave your last position?
- Why did you leave the other positions you have held?
- Why do you want to work for our company?
- What do you know about our company?
- What other companies are you/have you interviewing/ interviewed with?
- Tell me about yourself.
- How would you describe your present/last company?
- If you had your choice of a job in any company, what type of job and company would you choose?
- In your last position, what did you like most, and what did you dislike most? Why?
- What would you say are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?
- If you could start your career over, what would you do differently?
- Would you say you are a good manager? Why?
- What is your management style?
- What did you like most/least about your last/recent supervisor/boss?
- What are your short/long-range objectives/goals?
- Where do you want to be in 5/10 years?
- What would you say are the five biggest accomplishments in your career/life? Why?
- How do you get along with your co-workers/supervisor?
- How would you describe your personality?
- How would you benefit our company the most?
- Do you know anyone working for our company?
- Have you ever prepared/managed a budget? How large?
- Have you ever had P&L responsibility? Describe the scope.
- How well do you know this industry? What do you know about our industry?
- Have you hired anyone? Have you trained anyone? Have you managed/supervised anyone?
- What are you looking for in a company?
- What are some challenges that you have successfully met? How?
- How do you spend your spare time? What are your hobbies?
- How did you get your previous positions?
- What did you learn most from your previous position(s)?
- Why did you choose this particular field of work?
- What do you think determines a person's progress in a company? How do you meet these criteria?
- Do you prefer working by yourself or with others?
- What makes you feel successful? Define success.
- How do you take criticism/instruction?
- How would people who know you describe you? How would your worst enemy describe you?
- Tell me about a failure and how you handled it.
- How do you approach a problem? How do you handle complaints?
- 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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Steven Provenzano is President of ECS: Executive Career Services, a former corporate recruiter and author of six career books, most recently Top Secret Executive Resumes. He has written more than 4000 resumes and will analyze your resume free of charge and provide feedback.
He has appeared on CNBC (four times), CNN/fn, WGN, ABC/NBC in Chicago, on numerous radio programs and in major newspapers such as the WSJ.
Steven is a Certified Professional Resume Writer/CPRW and Certified Employment Interview Professional/CEIP. His work is endorsed by Chicago Tribune Career Columnist Lindsey Novak, and top executives at such firms as Motorola, Inc.