Traditional Job Interview Questions
• How would you describe yourself?
• Why did you leave your last job?
• What are your long range and short range goals and objectives? • What specific goals other than those related to your occupation, have you established for yourself for the next ten years? • What do you see yourself doing five years from now? Ten years from now? • What do you really want to do in life?
• What are your long range career objectives?
• How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
• What are the most important rewards you expect in your career? • What do you expect to be earning in five years?
• Why did you choose this career?
• Can you explain this gap in your employment history? • How well do you work with people? Do you prefer working alone or in teams? • How would you evaluate your ability to deal with conflict? • Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor? How did you resolve the conflict? • What's more important to you -- the work itself or how much you're paid for doing it. • What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses? • How would a good friend describe you?
• Describe the best job you've ever had.
• Describe the best supervisor you've ever had.
• What would your last boss say about your work performance? • What motivates you to go the extra mile on a project or job? • Why should I hire you?
• What makes you qualified for this position?
• What qualifications do you have that make you successful in this career? • How do you determine or evaluate success?
• What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours? • In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our company? • Do you have any hobbies? What do you do in your spare time? • Have you ever been fired or forced to resign?
• What qualities should a successful manager possess?
• Do you consider yourself a leader?
• What are the attributes of a good leader?
• Describe the workload in your current (or most recent) job. • Which is more important: creativity or efficiency? Why? • What's the most recent book you've read?
• Describe the relationship that should exist between the supervisor and those reporting to him or her? • What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why? • Describe the most rewarding experience of your career thus far. • If you were hiring a job-seeker for this position, what qualities would you look for? • Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree? • In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable? • How do you work under pressure?
• Are you good at delegating tasks?
• What's one of the hardest decisions you've ever had to make? • How well do you adapt to new situations?
• Why did you decide to seek a position in this company? • What can you tell us about our company?
• What interests you about our products?
• What do you know about our competitors?
• What two or three things are most important to you in your job? • Are you seeking employment in a company of a certain size? Why? • What are your expectations regarding promotions and salary increases? • What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work? • Do you have a geographic preference? Why?
• Are you willing to relocate?
• Are you willing to travel for the job?
• Why do you think you might like to live in the community in which our company is located? • What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it? • What have you learned from your mistakes?
• What have you accomplished that shows your initiative and willingness to work?
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