300+ Questions Asked By Employers

  1. What are your long range and short range goals and objectives, when and why did you establish these goals and how are you preparing yourself to achieve them?
  2. What specific goals, other than those related to your occupation, have you established for yourself?
  3. What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
  4. What do you expect to be earning in five years?
  5. What do you really want to do in life?
  6. What are the most important rewards you expect in your business career?
  7. Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?
  8. Which is more important to you, the money or type of job?
  9. What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  10. How would you describe yourself?
  11. How do you think a friend or professor who knows you would describe you?
  12. What motivates you to put forth your greatest efforts?
  13. How has your college experience prepared you for a business career?
  14. Why should I hire you?
  15. What qualifications do you have that make you think that you will be successful in business?
  16. How do you determine or evaluate success?
  17. What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours?
  18. In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our company?
  19. What qualities should a successful manager possess?
  20. Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and those reporting to him or her.
  21. What two to three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
  22. Describe your most rewarding college experience.
  23. If you were hiring a graduate for this position, what qualities would you look for?
  24. Why did you select your college or university?
  25. What led you to choose your field of major study?
  26. What college subjects did you like best? Why? Least? Why?
  27. If you could do so, how would you plan your academic study differently? Why?
  28. What changes would you make in your college or university? Why?
  29. Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree?
  30. Do you think that your grades are a good indication of your academic achievement?
  31. What have you learned from participation in extra-curricular activities?
  32. In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
  33. How do you work under pressure?
  34. In what part-time or summer jobs have you been most interested in? Why?
  35. How would you describe the ideal job for you following graduation?
  36. Why did you decide to seek a position with this company?
  37. What do you know about our company?
  38. What two or three things are most important to you in a job?
  39. Are you seeking employment in a company of a certain size? Why?
  40. What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?
  41. Are you willing to travel?
  42. Do you have a geographical preference? Why?
  43. Will you relocate? Does relocation bother you?
  44. Are you willing to spend at least six months as a trainee?
  45. Why do you think you might like to live in the community in which our company is located?
  46. What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
  47. What have you learned from your mistakes?
  48. What were your major courses of study in school? Why did you choose those courses?
  49. What was the most important thing you learned in school?
  50. Why did you decide to go to this University?
  51. Do you plan to finish your college degree while you are working?
  52. Did school meet your expectations? How did you pay for your college education?
  53. To what extent do your grades reflect how much you learned?
  54. What were your major responsibilities at your last job? At the one before that?
  55. Which of your previous jobs did you like (or dislike) most? Why?
  56. What was the most rewarding experience at work? What do you find most satisfying in a job?
  57. What was your single most important accomplishment for the company in your last job?
  58. Why did you leave your last job? Why do you want to change jobs?
  59. What was the toughest problem you had to solve? How did you solve it?
  60. Why do you want to work for this company?
  61. This job means you will have to relocate; what problems do you foresee, if any?
  62. This job has a lot of travel; how will you handle that?
  63. After reading a description of the job, how do you see yourself fitting in with this job?
  64. What skills did you learn at your last job that you can use here?
  65. Why do you want to work for our company?
  66. How do you think your education will help you on this job?
  67. What would you do if you were fired in two years?
  68. If you went to work for us today, what job would you like to hold in three years?
  69. How long do you plan on staying with us?
  70. What kinds of additional education, formal or informal, do you think you need to meet your career goals?
  71. What do you know about our company?
  72. Why did you choose our company?
  73. What are your career goals?
  74. Where do you expect to be in your career within five years?
  75. What are your educational goals?
  76. What future training do you plan in connection with your career goals?
  77. What are your lifetime goals?
  78. What do you know about the position you are interviewing for?
  79. What skills, experience, and training do you have that makes you qualified for this job?
  80. What other positions have you had that qualify you for this position?
  81. What have you contributed to your past employers that saved the company time, money, or enhanced its image?
  82. How many promotions did you receive at your last or present company?
  83. Why were you given these promotions at your present or last company?
  84. How many raises were given at your last position? Why were you given them?
  85. What did you learn in your last three positions?
  86. Why do you want to change careers?
  87. Have you had any supervisory or administrative experience? Please tell me more about it.
  88. What management style do you prefer?
  89. How are your people-management skills? Can you give me one or two examples?
  90. How well do you communicate in writing and orally? Give me some examples.
  91. Can you meet deadlines? If so, give me an example.
  92. Give me an example of a decision you made that benefited your company.
  93. What motivates you?
  94. How do you best motivate others?
  95. What clubs do you belong to?
  96. What volunteer work do you do or have you done in the past?
  97. What awards or honors have you received?
  98. What are your hobbies?
  99. What do you do in your spare time?
  100. What are your salary requirements?
  101. Have you ever done consulting work? If so, why and for whom?
  102. Have you written any articles for a professional journal, magazine, or newspaper?
  103. What civic organizations do you belong to?
  104. What professional associations do you belong to?
  105. What major strength do you feel you have that would make you a great (Manager, Sales Representative, Accountant, Analyst, etc)?
  106. Describe a situation where your work or an idea was criticized.
  107. Have you done the best work you are capable of doing?
  108. What problems do you have getting along with others?
  109. I’m not sure you’re suitable for the job, what do you think?
  110. Tell me about something you are not proud of.
  111. What are some of the things your supervisor did that you disliked?
  112. What aspects of your job do you consider most crucial?
  113. What is your energy level like? Describe a typical day.
  114. Why do you want to work here?
  115. What kind of experience do you have for this job?
  116. Are you willing to go where the company sends you?
  117. What did you like/dislike about your last job?
  118. What is the least relevant job you have held?
  119. What would you like to be doing five years from now?
  120. What are your biggest accomplishments?
  121. How do you organize and plan for major projects?
  122. What is your greatest strength?
  123. What are your outstanding qualities?
  124. What interests you most about this job?
  125. What can you do for us that someone else can’t do?
  126. Describe a difficult problem you have had to deal with.
  127. What would your references say about you?
  128. Can we check your references?
  129. What was the last book you read (or movie you saw)? How did it affect you?
  130. How do you handle tension?
  131. How long have you been looking for a position?
  132. Have you ever been fired?
  133. How does this job compare with others you have applied for?
  134. How do you take direction?
  135. Rate yourself on a scale of one to ten.
  136. What kinds of things do you worry about?
  137. What is the most difficult situation you have faced?
  138. What are some of the things that bother you?
  139. What have you done that shows initiative?
  140. How interested are you in sports?
  141. Do you prefer working with others or alone?
  142. Explain your role as a group/team leader.
  143. How would you define a conducive work atmosphere?
  144. Define cooperation.
  145. What difficulties do you have tolerating people with different backgrounds and interests from yours?
  146. In hindsight, what have you done that was a little harebrained?
  147. What would you do when you have a decision to make and no procedure exists?
  148. What kinds of decisions are most difficult for you?
  149. Tell me about the problems you have had living within your means.
  150. What area of your skills/professional development do you want to improve at this time?
  151. Are you willing to take calculated risks when necessary?
  152. See this pen I am holding, sell it to me.
  153. What is the worst thing you have heard about our company?
  154. How do you handle rejection?
  155. Tell me about a time when you put your foot in your mouth.
  156. What interests you least about this job?
  157. What do you feel is a satisfactory attendance record?
  158. What are some of the things you find difficult to do? Why do you feel that way?
  159. What kind of people do you like to work with?
  160. What kind of people do you find it difficult to work with?
  161. How have you successfully worked with this difficult type of person?
  162. How would you evaluate me as an interviewer?
  163. We have tried to hire people from your major before, and they never seem to work out. What makes you different?
  164. Do you like routine tasks/regular hours?
  165. What have you done that shows initiative and willingness to work?
  166. What do you think determines progress in a good company?
  167. Do you think grades should be considered by first employers?
  168. Why do you think you would like this type of work?
  169. What would your ideal career position be?
  170. Do you consider yourself a leader, and if so, give me some examples of your leadership abilities?
  171. Do you consider yourself a better manager or a better implementer?
  172. What are your most significant achievements?
  173. Have you had any international experience? Do you speak or write in any foreign language?
  174. What can you offer us?
  175. Have you ever fired employees, and if so, how did you handle terminations?
  176. What do you feel is the most difficult responsibility that a manager/executive must perform?
  177. What is your definition of success and according to this definition, how successful have you been in your career?
  178. What are your long and short range plans?
  179. What were your favorite courses in school? Who were your favorite professors and why?
  180. Did you prepare your own resume?
  181. How long have you been engaged in your job search?
  182. Have you had any specific offers?
  183. Why haven’t you found a position before now?
  184. What do you know about this company, and where did you find this information?
  185. How do you spend your time when you are not working?
  186. If you could begin your career over again, what would you do differently?
  187. How much do you think this position is worth?
  188. What is the hardest job you have ever performed?
  189. Do you object to taking psychological tests?
  190. What contributions do you think that you could make to this company?
  191. You seem overqualified for this position, what do you think?
  192. Additional Questions You May be Asked
  193. Work History Questions:
  194. I noticed that you were working for (your last job was with) ____. Why did you decide to work there?
  195. What exactly do (did) you do there?
  196. What do (did) you like about that job and company?
  197. What do (did) you not like?
  198. How do (did) you get along with your supervisor there?
  199. How do you think he or she would rate you?
  200. Would he or she recommend you for another job?
  201. What qualities do you look for in a supervisor?
  202. What type of people do you like to work with?
  203. Tell me about your successes in that job.
  204. Was your work ever criticized? If so, in what way? What did you do to improve?
  205. What kind of setting do you like to work in quiet or noisy? Alone or with others?
  206. In doing your job, do you think it’s more important to finish quickly or do the work exactly right?
  207. Education Questions:
  208. I see you went to _________. Why did you pick that school?
  209. Would you go there again? If not, why? Where would you go instead?
  210. What do you feel were the most significant things you got out of going there?
  211. How did you happen to major in _________?
  212. Would you choose the same curriculum again? If not, what would you choose instead?
  213. In what subjects did you do best?
  214. What subjects gave you the most trouble?
  215. What was your overall average for class standings?
  216. Did you have any part-time jobs while you were going to school?
  217. How will your degree help you succeed in our company?
  218. Why aren’t your grades higher?
  219. Self-Evaluation Questions:
  220. How do you feel you can contribute to this company?
  221. What do you hope to gain from working here?
  222. What do you feel are your outstanding qualities?
  223. When you analyze yourself in relation to work and other people, do you find areas that need improvement? If so, how would you go about it?
  224. What are your short and long range career objectives?
  225. Why do you want to change jobs?
  226. What will your last supervisor tell me are your two strongest/weakest areas?
  227. Tell me about a time when you had to delay finishing a task because you didn’t have enough information to come to a good decision.
  228. Describe the best supervisor you’ve ever had.
  229. What do you really want to do in life?
  230. Have you ever hired or fired anyone?
  231. How would you describe yourself?
  232. Would you like to have your boss’s job?
  233. Describe the kind of people that annoy you most. What type of people do you like working with?
  234. What interests you about this position?
  235. Give an example of a time when you were able to effectively communicate with another person even though that person may have disliked you?
  236. Why do you want to work here?
  237. Give an example of a time when you were able to build motivation in your co-workers or those you supervised.
  238. Why should I hire you rather than someone else for this position?
  239. How do you feel about your career progress to date?
  240. Give an example of a problem you had at work and tell me how you solved it.
  241. How has your past experience trained you for this career?
  242. What did you do on your last job in order to help build teamwork?
  243. What did you dislike/like about your last job?
  244. What are two things you wish to avoid in your next job?
  245. Describe an important goal that you’ve set in the past, and tell me about your success in reaching it.
  246. What kinds of decisions are hard for you?
  247. Give an example of a time when you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.
  248. Describe the most significant written report/presentation that you had to complete.
  249. Tell me some specific techniques you used on your last job in order to improve your organizational and time management skills.
  250. What is the most creative work-related project you’ve been involved in?
  251. How do you work under pressure?
  252. Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
  253. What have you learned from your mistakes?
  254. Describe a time on any job when you’ve confronted problems/stresses that tested your coping skills.
  255. Give me an example of a specific occasion when you conformed to a policy that you didn’t agree with.
  256. What motivates you in a job and in personal life?
  257. What role do you take in a group situation? Give examples.
  258. Give an example of how you performed in a team situation.
  259. What are the biggest issues facing our industry and company today?
  260. What would you do to improve our company’s position?
  261. What research have you done on our firm and our industry?
  262. Are you results oriented? Give some examples.
  263. How have you developed your interpersonal skills? Are they good?
  264. Describe your problem solving skills.
  265. Give me an example of a complex problem you solved.
  266. Give me an example of when you have failed and how you responded.
  267. Can you work under pressure? Give an example.
  268. What type of salary are you worth and why?
  269. What are the five biggest accomplishments of your life?
  270. How long would it take you to make a contribution to our company?
  271. If you could change something in the course of your life, what would you change?
  272. How would you rate yourself as a manager? As a worker?
  273. What were the development steps on your last performance appraisal?
  274. What new goals have you set for yourself? Why did you choose these?
  275. What did you think of your last boss?
  276. What did your subordinates think of you?
  277. Why haven’t you obtained or accepted a job so far?
  278. What features of your previous jobs did you like and dislike?
  279. Describe your ideal picture of success.
  280. What interests you most about our position?
  281. What was the last book you read?
  282. What did you do on your last vacation?
  283. Wouldn’t you be better off in a bigger (smaller) organization?
  284. Are you a leader? Give examples.
  285. Describe your personality.
  286. How have you increased profits in your past jobs?
  287. What qualities do you look for in hiring people? For this job?
  288. Describe the ideal employee.
  289. How have you improved yourself recently?
  290. What were your responsibilities in your campus activities?
  291. Describe your study habits.
  292. How do you change your style to work with people at all levels, from Vice Presidents to Secretaries?
  293. What other firms are you talking to and why?
  294. How would you decide between job offers from us and one of our competitors?
  295. What have you learned from your past jobs?
  296. What skills do you bring to us and how can you put them to work?
  297. Describe the time period and circumstances when you became self-supporting.
  298. Describe a goal you have set in the past and how successful have you been in working towards its accomplishment.
  299. Describe a time when you were under pressure to fulfill a commitment you made to do something in spite of difficulties.
  300. Describe a situation in which one of your decisions was challenged in a group. How did you react?
  301. Were you able to achieve the results you wanted?
  302. Describe a time when you had to be persuasive in getting your ideas across.
  303. Give me a question that you’ve never heard a recruiter ask you and you want to hear.
  304. Describe a situation in which you found yourself to be an analytical and thorough problem solver, and by solving the problem achieved good results.
  305. Describe when you used facts/figures to support your story to obtain a significant accomplishment in an important matter.
  306. It’s hard to get a new idea accepted by others. Describe when you have had to do this.
  307. What are some things about yourself that you would like to improve?
  308. In order to be effective as a negotiator, it’s important to not only be able to analyze your competition, but also be able to compromise. Describe an experience in negotiating that reflects your ability to compromise.
  309. Describe steps you have taken to address problem areas in some important matter.
  310. What are two or three things you would still like to learn in this field?
  311. What skills do you rely on most in your everyday work?
  312. What kind of training do you feel you would benefit from?
  313. How much supervision do you normally receive? Prefer?
  314. What kind of things come most naturally to you? Describe your biggest success.
  315. How do you feel about working in an unstructured environment? Why?
  316. What do you like most about your present job? What do you like least about it?
  317. What kinds of things give you the greatest satisfaction in your work? Least satisfaction?
  318. What steps have you taken in the last few years to develop your skills?
  319. In your opinion, what makes you different from the other applicants?
  320. What have been the most significant accomplishments in your life so far?
  321. What sort of decisions are easy for you to make? What sort of decisions are difficult for you to make?
  322. If we hire you for this job, what would we need to do to bring you up to speed?
  323. What has been your biggest frustration?
  324. If I spoke to a friend, what characteristics of yours would he or she like to see you change?
  325. To what extent would you say that your last job was a learning experience? Why?
  326. What changes have you dealt with in your current position? Describe the risks that you have taken in your last job, and tell me the outcome of these risks.



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