Interview Questions

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Career Management

  1. Have you thought about leaving your present position before? If yes, what held you back?
  1. What kind of career progress did you make in your last job? Are you satisfied with your career progress?
  1. What criteria do you use when searching for your next professional role?
  1. Tell me about three areas in which you have excelled and how that knowledge makes you qualified for positions with more responsibility.
  1. If you had a choice of any job and any company, where would you go?
  1. What are the three most important considerations to you in accepting a new job?

Current or Most Recent Work

  1. Describe your activities during a typical day.
  1. What are some of the more challenging parts of your job?
  1. Describe the most significant project you have worked on to date.
  1. Describe a project you are responsible for that required a higher-than-usual amount of energy over a long period.
  1. What did you like most about your last or most recent job? Why?


  1. What makes you effective?
  1. How do you define success?


  1. Describe the biggest change you’ve had to deal with. How did you adapt?


  1. Describe one of your favorite experiences working with a team and what your contribution was.
  1. Describe the best partner or supervisor with whom you’ve worked. What did you like about their management style?

Manager & Management

  1. Describe your ideal boss.
  1. Describe a time when you and your previous boss disagreed. How did you get your point across?
  1. How would your previous employer describe about you?
  1. Describe a time when you hit a home run or a grand slam in the eyes of your superiors.
  1. How do you manage assignments to ensure their completion?
  1. What have you learned from your mistakes as a manager?


  1. In what areas would you like to further develop?
  1. Over the past few years, what have you done to improve your professional development?
  1. What do you hope to be doing five years from now? How do you plan to get there?

Personal Attributes & Leadership

  1. What makes you an effective leader?
  1. What kinds of decisions are the most difficult for you to make and why?
  1. What three things about your last role gave you the most satisfaction? Why?
  1. Describe a leadership situation that you would do differently if you had to do it over again.
  1. Describe your efforts to sell a new idea to your management team.
  1. Describe a time when you reached out for additional responsibility.
  1. Describe a time when you were asked to complete a difficult assignment and odds were stacked against you. What did you learn from that experience?
  1. How do you keep staff focused?
  1. Describe a time when you had to handle a morale problem.
  1. When and in what situations do your coworkers turn to you?
  1. How do you influence and sell coworkers?
  1. What kind of hours do you typically work?

Setting Priorities

  1. Describe a time at work when you had to juggle several projects concurrently. How did you organize your time and projects and what was the result?

Conflict Resolution Skills

  1. What is the most difficult work situation you’ve ever faced? How did you handle it?
  1. Describe a time when your supervisor criticized your work.


  1. How would you describe yourself as a communicator?
  1. Define good communication.
  1. What have you done to improve your verbal communication skills?
  1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how well do you think you listen?
  1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how well do you think your employees would say you listen?
  1. What are you doing to improve your listening skills?

Sales & Marketing

  1. What benefits do you stress when selling your current (or most recent) products and/or services?
  1. How would you sell our products and/or services?
  1. Describe a marketing campaign you developed.
  1. How do you establish rapport with a prospect?
  1. How do you get your leads currently and how do you expect to get your leads if you change companies?

Problem Solving

  1. Describe a recurring problem in your current or last job that you wanted to resolve but didn’t.
  1. Describe the last time when something important didn’t go according to plan. What was your role and what was the outcome?
  1. Describe the toughest decision you ever had to make at work.


  1. Describe yourself in one word.
  1. What has your experience been with major expansions or reductions in workforce?
  1. How do you set goals for yourself?
  1. If you joined our organization, how long do you think you would stay?
  1. What is your level of interest in this opportunity?
  1. What support do you feel would be necessary for both you and the company to be successful?
  1. Is there anything that would prevent you from getting to work on time?
  1. What’s the most interesting thing about you that isn’t on your resume?