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Interviewer Questions

Questions You May Be Asked in Your Next Job Interview
Gathered from various sources

Questions About Past Jobs
  • How did you get your last job?
  • What were your specific responsibilities?
  • What did you like about the job?
  • What did you dislike about the job?
  • What did you learn from the job?
  • Did you run into any difficult situations? How did you handle them?
  • Tell me about the types of interaction you had with other workers.
  • Tell me of an accomplishment you are particularly proud of and what you did.
  • What kind of supervision of other workers have you been responsible for?
  • Are there persons from your former job that would provide a professional reference?
  • Why did you leave your past jobs?
  • Why do you want to leave your current job?
  • What is the compensation at your current job? What is your salary expectation for this position?
  • Describe a typical day in your current job.
Questions About the New Job
  • What would be your specific goals for this job?
  • What experience do you have that you think will be helpful for this job?
  • This job will require a lot of [describe]. Will that be a problem for you?
  • This job will require interacting with [describe the types of people]. What experience do you have working with such people?
  • What would you like to get from this new job?
  • One requirement of this job is writing various types of reports -- e.g., weekly, monthly, projections, goals, employee evaluation, etc. What relevant experience have you had? Do you have any writing samples?
  • This job will require a certain amount of new-client development. Have you had much experience? Tell me how you have gone about this.
Questions About Education
  • What subjects did you do well in school?
  • What was your major?
  • Where did you attend high school, college or postgraduate school?
  • Did you work at an outside job while going to school? Describe the job.
  • Are you interested in continuing your education?
  • Did you earn any school honors?
General Information Questions
  • What do you consider your strong points?
  • What do you consider your weak points?
  • What specific kind of work do you particularly enjoy doing?
  • What is your long-term career objective?
Questions Concerning Physical Condition
  • Do you think you will be able to handle the physical aspects of this job?
  • Do you currently use any illegal drugs?
  • If offered a job, will you submit to a medical examination?
  • This job requires annual medical evaluation, which includes urinalysis for drug testing. Do you have any objection to this?
Questions About Experience and Skills
  • What special skills do you have?
  • How proficient are you in using personal computers?
  • Are there software applications you are particularly familiar with?
Questions About Outside Activities
  • What kind of job-related organizations or professional societies do you belong to? (You may omit those that indicate your race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex or age.)
  • How will your involvement in these activities affect your job here?
Questions About Nepotism Issues
  • Do you have any relatives already employed by our company? If so, who are they and what is their relationship to you?
  • Do you have any relatives employed by a competitor of this company? If so, who are they and what is their relationship to you?
Financial
  • How would you define IRR?
  • What factors would go into your discounted cash flow projections for a company you are considering acquiring?
Personal
  • Tell me about a failure you've had at school.
  • What are you proudest of that you have ever done?
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • Tell me a little about yourself.
  • If I asked your coworkers to describe you, what would they say?
  • Why should a firm hire you?
  • Are there any people who have trouble getting along with you? Who do you have the most trouble working with?
  • What is your major weakness?
  • Talk about when you changed someone's mind.
  • Tell about when you dealt with a contentious situation.
  • What do you do for fun?
  • Talk about a risk you have taken.
  • Discuss when you didn't meet your personal objectives. Describe a setback/disappointment you encountered and how you overcame it.
  • What areas of leadership do you hope to develop more?
  • What are your long-term goals?
  • What is the commonality in all of your activities?
  • Why do you want to be a leader?
  • What would your best friend say is your worst habit?
  • How do you define leadership?/What does it mean to be a leader?
  • If you were starting a new business, what sort of partner would you look for?
  • What distinguishes you from the other 500 bright students applying herre?
  • What are you proudest of in yourself?
  • What's a common misperception of you?
  • How do you motivate people?
  • What motivates you to work?
  • What's your fantasy of where you'll be in 30 years?
  • Tell about a time you were publicly proven wrong.
  • Tell about a time when you built something from scratch.
  • In which classes did you not do so well? Why?
  • When we're speaking on your behalf in front of the recruiting committee, what would you like us to say?
Job History
  • Why did you choose to work at [employer]?
  • Where else did you get offers?
  • What will you do after [employer]?
  • What did you learn from [employer]?
  • What can other industries learn from [your industry]?
  • What were your biggest accomplishments at [employer]?
  • What do you do during a typical workday at [employer]?
  • Why did you choose [college]?
  • What did your manager say to you in your last review?
  • What are the biggest problems facing [employer]?
  • If you could start a new company, what would it do?
  • What do you like best and least about your job?
  • What did you do between graduation and starting work?
Simulations
  • You are managing a real estate firm, and want to ensure that employees don't buy the prime properties for their own account. How do you stop them?
  • What were your biggest accomplishments at [employer]?
  • What do you do during a typical workday at [employer]?
  • Why did you choose [college]?
  • You have publicly committed to launch your website on Thursday. A critical component of the website is not working. Only one employee, Robert, understands that aspect of the website. He is the best man at his college roommate's wedding on Wednesday night. What do you do?
Conclusion
  • Is there anything that's not on your resume that we should be aware of?
  • What mis impression may I take away of you?

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