100 Potential Interview Questions

* Tell me about yourself.
* What are your strengths?
* What are your weaknesses?
* Who was your favorite manager and why?
* What kind of personality do you work best with and why?
* Why do you want this job?
* Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
* Tell me about your proudest achievement.
* If you were at a business lunch and you ordered a rare steak and they brought it to you well done, what would you do?
* If I were to give you this salary you requested but let you write your job description for the next year, what would it say?
* Why is there fuzz on a tennis ball?
* How would you go about establishing your credibility quickly with the team?
* There's no right or wrong answer, but if you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
* How would you feel about working for someone who knows less than you?
* Was there a person in your career who really made a difference?
* What's your ideal company?
* What attracted you to this company?
* What are you most proud of?
* What are you looking for in terms of career development?
* What do you look for in terms of culture -- structured or entrepreneurial?
* What do you like to do?
* Give examples of ideas you've had or implemented.
* What are your lifelong dreams?
* What do you ultimately want to become?
* How would you describe your work style?
* What kind of car do you drive?
* Tell me about a time where you had to deal with conflict on the job.
* What's the last book you read?
* What magazines do you subscribe to?
* What would be your ideal working situation?
* Why should we hire you?
* What did you like least about your last job?
* What do you think of your previous boss?
* How do you think I rate as an interviewer?
* Do you have any questions for me?
* When were you most satisfied in your job?
* What can you do for us that other candidates can't?
* What are three positive things your last boss would say about you?
* What negative thing would your last boss say about you?
* If you were an animal, which one would you want to be?
* What salary are you seeking?
* What's your salary history?
* How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
* What were the responsibilities of your last position?
* What do you know about this industry?
* What do you know about our company?
* How long will it take for you to make a significant contribution?
* Are you willing to relocate?
* What was the last project you headed up, and what was its outcome?
* What kind of goals would you have in mind if you got this job?
* Give me an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work.
* What would you do if you won the lottery?
* Can you describe a time when your work was criticized?
* Have you ever been on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How did you handle it?
* What is your personal mission statement?
* Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it?
* What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?
* What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it?
* What is your greatest fear?
* Who has impacted you most in your career, and how?
* What do you see yourself doing within the first 30 days of this job?
* What's the most important thing you've learned in school?
* What three character traits would your friends use to describe you?
* What will you miss about your present/last job?
* If you were interviewing someone for this position, what traits would you look for?
* List five words that describe your character.
* What is your greatest achievement outside of work?
* Sell me this pencil.
* If I were your supervisor and asked you to do something that you disagreed with, what would you do?
* Do you think a leader should be feared or liked?
* What's the most difficult decision you've made in the last two years?
* What do you like to do for fun?
* Why are you leaving your present job?
* What do you do in your spare time?
* How do you feel about taking no for an answer?
* What was the most difficult period in your life, and how did you deal with it?
* What is your favorite memory from childhood?
* Give me an example of a time you did something wrong. How did you handle it?
* Tell me one thing about yourself you wouldn't want me to know.
* Tell me the difference between good and exceptional.
* Why did your choose your major?
* What are the qualities of a good leader? A bad leader?
* What is your biggest regret, and why?
* What are three positive character traits you don't have?
* What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it?
* If you found out your company was doing something against the law, like fraud, what would you do?
* How many times do a clock's hands overlap in a day?
* How would you weigh a plane without scales?
* What assignment was too difficult for you, and how did you resolve the issue?
* If I were to ask your last supervisor to provide you additional training or exposure, what would she suggest?
* If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?
* What's the best movie you've seen in the last year?
* Describe how you would handle a situation if you were required to finish multiple tasks by the end of the day, and there was no conceivable way that you could finish them.
* What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organized?
* If you could get rid of any one of the US states, which one would you get rid of, and why?
* With your eyes closed, tell me step-by-step how to tie my shoes.
* if you had to choose one, would you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detail-oriented person?
* If selected for this position, can you describe your strategy for the first 90 days?
* Who are your heroes?
* Tell me 10 ways to use a pencil other than writing.

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Comment by Michael Del Priore on September 6, 2013 at 8:52am

Great questions

Comment by David Long on September 1, 2013 at 1:37pm

Great article Kevin! Thank you!!

Comment by Brett Corcoran on November 20, 2010 at 4:15pm
Great questions. I have probably asked all of these questions at one time or another, with the exception of......"Why is there fuzz on a tennis ball?" That's one for a night of Scotch and cigars.

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