Interview Questions to Ask Candidates

Personal questions related to qualifications
  • Tell me a little about yourself.
  • What are your stengths?
  • What is your biggest weaknesses?
  • Are you willing to travel?
  • Are you willing to relocate?
  • What are your short/long term goals?
  • What separates you from the other candidates?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • How would other people describe you?
  • What is one thing about yourself that you would like to change?
  • Do you consider yourself a detail-oriented person or a big-picture person?
  • Tell me about a failure and success in your life and why you think it happened.
  • Which areas would your last boss say you need improvement?
  • What accomplishment you are most proud of?
  • Do you prefer working by yourself or as a part of a team?
  • What do you want to improve about yourself in the next year?

  • Career/job-history related questions
  • Describe your worst/best boss.
  • What are your career goals?
  • What did you like and dislike about your last boss?
  • What were the strengths and weaknesses of your last boss?
  • Tell me about your greatest professional accomplishment.
  • What would you like to be doing in five years?
  • What career rewards are the most important to you?

  • Job and company specific questions
  • Tell me what you know about our company.
  • Why did you apply for this position?
  • What is your ideal working environment?
  • Why do you want to work with our company?
  • What makes you a good fit for this position?
  • Tell me about your last job.
  • Why [did you/do you want to] leave your [last/current] job?
  • Do you have any questions for me?
  • What type of work environment do you prefer?
  • What was your biggest accomplishment in your last job?
  • How much do you expect for the salary?
  • What was your previous salary?

  • Beahavioral Questions
  • Can you give me an example of a time that you you went above and beyond to get the job done?
  • How do you keep organized?
  • Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss and if you did anything about it.
  • Describe a time when you couldn't meet a deadline and what you did.
  • Tell me about a time when you were under considerable pressure to meet multiple assignments and what you did.
  • Have you ever been on a team where someone was not doing what they were supposed to? How did you handle it?
  • What was a major obstacle that you overcame during the past year?
  • Tell me about a time where you had conflict and how you handled it.
  • If you could have a do-over for your last job, what would you have done differently?
  • Tell me a time when you had a dispute with a co-worker and how you handled it.
  • Give me an example of a time you made a mistake and tell me how you handled it.
  • Did you ever have an assignment that was too difficult for you, if so, how did you resolve the situation?
  • Give me an example of an idea that you had and how you implemented it.






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