100 Job Interview Questions You Must Be Able to Answer

aaIt is impossible to say for sure which questions you’ll be asked in a job interview. Since every interviewer and company are different, the possibilities are endless. That, of course, means you need to be prepared for anything, and everything.

Below, we share a long (long!) list of the most common job interview questions, broken down by situation. You can be sure some, perhaps many, of them will be asked. To nail the interview, though, you better have a convincing answer for all of them.

Background and Work History

  1. Where were you last employed?
  2. What was your position, title and period of employment?
  3. What were your job expectations then?
  4. Where those expectations met?
  5. What were your responsibilities?
  6. How did you perform?
  7. What was your starting and ending compensation?
  8. Did you face any major challenges in your last job?
  9. What where they?
  10. How did you handle them?
  11. Tell me what you most liked about your past job?
  12. What did you most dislike about your past job?
  13. What experience at your last job will you never forget?
  14. Which experience was most and least rewarding?
  15. What was your biggest accomplishment?
  16. What was your biggest failure?
  17. What did you learn from that failure?
  18. Why did you leave your job and what have you been doing since you left?
  19. Where relevant: Why were you terminated?
  20. What was missing from your last job… what drove you to leave?

Being Managed and Team Work

  1. What kind of person was your immediate superior?
  2. Did you like him/her?
  3. Why? Why not?
  4. What kind of manager do you work best with?
  5. Did you have any problems with colleagues at your last job?
  6. Have you ever had any difficulty with prior managers?
  7. How did you address and resolve these issues?
  8. What do you expect from your ideal manager?
  9. Are you a team player?
  10. How does a good team player work?
  11. What makes a good team?
  12. What does it take to make a good team a great team?
  13. What kind of person would you refuse to work with?
  14. Do you seek out mentors and advisors?
  15. Describe the mentor who has had the most impact on you?

Let’s Talk About You

  1. In 1 minute, describe who you are?
  2. Tell me your most significant weakness?
  3. Why do you feel that would be a significant weakness?
  4. Tell me about the last weakness you were able to overcome?
  5. Tell me your greatest strength?
  6. Why do you feel that will be a strength here?
  7. What would your previous manager say are your strongest points and biggest weaknesses?
  8. How would you describe your work style?
  9. What were/are your normal work hours – how many hours do you normally work?
  10. If relevant: Do you enjoy working from home?
  11. How do you handle stress and pressure?
  12. What do you do to improve on your weakness(s)?
  13. What have you done to improve yourself in the past year?
  14. Did you ever fire anyone?
  15. How do you handle criticism?Are you typically able to motivate yourself?
  16. What motivates you?
  17. At work, what are the most difficult decisions you have to make?
  18. What would your most recent co-workers say about you?
  19. What are you most passionate about? Why?
  20. How would that passion apply to the role we have open?
  21. Does how others think about you affect your work?
  22. What are your greatest disappointments?
  23. What makes you angry in the workplace?
  24. How do you handle anger?
  25. Describe your work ethic?
  26. If you had the chance, what would you differently in your work life?
  27. What irritates you about co-workers?
  28. If I was to ask others if we should hire you, what would they say?
  29. Are you a lone ranger or a team player?
  30. What would success here look like?
  31. How do you handle unethical behavior in the workplace?
  32. Describe a time when you were feeling overworked. How did you handle this?
  33. What is more important to you, the money or the job?
  34. Have you ever thought about starting your own company?
  35. What makes you smile?

About This Job at This Company

  1. Why are you applying for this job?
  2. Why should we hire you?
  3. What kind of value can you bring to our company?
  4. If we don’t hire you, what will you then do?
  5. What relevant experience do you bring?
  6. What relevant skills and abilities do you have?
  7. Why can’t we say no to you?
  8. What do you know about us?
  9. What do you think this position is about?
  10. What will surprise you in this job?
  11. What will disappoint you in this job?
  12. What will motivate you to excel beyond expectation?
  13. If you lack expertise and experience for this job, how would you propose to compensate for this?
  14. Are you willing to put the interest of the company ahead of your own?
  15. If you were me, what would you look for in a job applicant for this position?
  16. Are you qualified for this job? Why?
  17. Why do you want to work here?
  18. What motivated you to apply?
  19. Do you know anyone who works for us? Who?
  20. Are you willing to travel?
  21. Are you willing to relocate?
  22. How long do you expect to stay with us?
  23. What will be your next step?
  24. Do you have any questions about us or the job that we have not covered?
  25. Have you applied for any other jobs at this company?

The Future

  1. If you could pick one job at this company, what would it be?
  2. Do you want my job?
  3. Where do you want to be 5 years from now?
  4. How do you plan to achieve your dream?
  5. Describe your personal support group to help get you there?

How would you answer these questions? More important, how would you tailor your answers to the position available at that specific company. Practice. Prepare. And nail your next job interview!





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