Interview questions come in two forms. The ones you may be asked and the ones you want to ask.
There are many lists of questions that you may be asked some of them are a bit more obscure than others.
However many of them are pretty standard and used by the interviewer as a way to open conversation so they can learn more about you and the way you think and operate.
Below are the questions you may be asked and the ones you may want to ask. There are no guarantees that you’ll be asked any of the below but through our research we’ve pulled together a pretty exhaustive list to help you prepare for that important meeting
Basic interview questions
Here are some general questions that a hiring manager will probably ask you in an interview:
- Tell me a little about yourself.
- Why did you apply for this job?
- What are some of your strengths?
- What are a few of your weaknesses?
- What makes you want to work for this company?
- What makes you the best candidate for this job?
- Why should we hire you?
- What aspects of your previous job did you like the least?
- When were you the most satisfied in your previous position?
- Tell me about the responsibilities you held in your last job.
- Why are leaving your current employer?
- What do you know about our company?
- What do you know about our industry?
- Would you be willing to travel/relocate?
- Do you have any questions for me?
- Do you prefer to work independently or with a team?
- Why do you want this job?
- Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
- What’s your ideal company?
- What attracted you to this company?
- What did you like least about your last job?
- When were you most satisfied in your job?
- What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?
- Why are you leaving your present job?
Be prepared to answer a few questions about your salary requirements and expectations, such as:
- If we were to offer you the salary you requested but you had to write your job description for the first year of employment, what would it say?
- What have you made as a salary in the past?
- What are you hoping to make per year?
Behavioural interview questions
Behavioural interview questions require you to talk about past behaviour so that the employer can get a better idea of how you will perform in the future. Here are some examples of commonly asked behavioural questions:
- Tell me about the most difficult decision you have had to make recently. How did you reach a decision?
- Have you ever been given an assignment that was too difficult for you? What was your solution and why?
- Tell me about an instance when you had to deal with conflict in the workplace.
- Give me an example of a time when you made a mistake at work. How did you handle it?
- How would you handle a situation where you were required to complete multiple tasks by the end of the day, but it would be impossible to finish all of them?
- What would you do if your manager asked you to do something that you didn’t agree with?
- Tell me about a time that you failed. What did you learn from it?
- How do you approach giving someone difficult feedback?
- Have you ever been a part of a team where there is a member not doing their part? How did you react?
- Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond what was expected of you at work.
- Give me an example of a time that you showed leadership.
- How do you manage stress?
- What was the last project you led, and what was its outcome?
Career development questions
Most interviewers will ask a few questions to evaluate your professional goals, such as:
- What are you main areas of development and what are you doing to improve on these points
- If you were hired, what kinds of goals would you initially have?
- What are your plans for professional improvement this year?
- When it comes to career development, how are you hoping to grow?
Questions About You
To get to know you and your work style, the interviewer may ask questions like:
- Describe your favourite childhood memory.
- What do you like to do in your free time?
- What kind of things do you do for fun?
- Who are your personal heroes and why?
- What is the first thing you would do if you were to win the lottery?
- What is your favourite movie that you’ve seen this year?
- Do you subscribe to any magazines? If so, which ones?
- Tell me about the last book that you read.
- If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
- What kind of car do you drive?
- Describe the difference between exceptional and good.
- Tell me something about yourself or your past that you wouldn’t want me to know.
- How would you rate me as an interviewer?
- How would you feel about being more skilled or knowledgeable than your supervisor?
- How do you feel about hearing “no?”
- Do you think leaders should be liked or feared?
- In your opinion, what makes a good leader?
- What qualities make a bad leader?
- Outside of your career, what has been your greatest accomplishment?
- What will you miss most about your current/previous job?
- Why did you choose to major in [x] in college?
- What is the most valuable thing that you learned in school?
- Tell me about your biggest regret in life.
- Describe what you’re most fearful of.
- Who has had the biggest impact on your career?
- If you could only choose five words to describe your character, what would they be?
- If you were in my position, what traits would you look for in a candidate for this job?
- What are three positive qualities that you don’t possess?
- What is something negative that your previous employer would say about you?
- Tell me three positive things that your previous employer would say about you.
- What is your life’s mission statement?
- Ultimately, what do you hope to achieve and become?
- Tell me about your lifelong aspirations.
- What do you enjoy doing?
- Describe what you are most proud of.
- What personality types do you work well with and why?
- Is there someone that changed or altered your career path?
- How do you feel about your previous employer?
- Have you had a favourite supervisor? Why were they your favourite?
- Do you see yourself as a detail-oriented person or a big-picture person?
- What tools and strategies do you use to stay organized?
- Give me an example of a solution you developed or implemented at work.
- Do you prefer an entrepreneurial or structured company culture?
- Describe your perfect work environment.
- What is your work style?
Hypothetically hired interview questions
Expect employers to ask a few questions that address what actions you would take if you were hired. These types of questions will probably look something like this:
- If you hired for this job, what would You do on day one
- What would you include on your 90-day plan?
- What would you expect to be doing within the first 30 days?
- How long do you think it would take for you to start making significant contributions in this position?
Questions you may want to ask the interviewer
What does a typical day look like?
What are the most immediate projects that need to be addressed?
What are the skills and experiences you’re looking for in an ideal candidate?
What attributes does someone need to have in order to be really successful in this position?
What are the biggest challenges that someone in this position would face?
What sort of budget would I be working with?
Is this a new role that has been created?
Why has the job become vacant?
Questions to ask about Professional Development
How will I be trained?
What training programs are available to your employees?
Are there opportunities for advancement or professional development?
Where is the last person who held this job moving on to?
Where have successful employees previously in this position progressed to?
Questions to Ask About Your Performance
What are the most important things you’d like to see someone accomplish in the first 30, 60, and 90 days on the job?
What are the performance expectations of this position over the first 12 months?
What metrics or goals will my performance be evaluated against?
Questions to Ask About the Interviewer
How long have you been with the company?
Has your role changed since you’ve been here?
What did you do before this?
Why did you come to this company?
Questions to Ask About the Company
I’ve read about the company but can you tell me more about…?
Where do you see this company in the next few years?
What can you tell me about your new products or plans for growth?
What are the current goals that the company is focused on, and how does this team work to support hitting those goals?
What gets you most excited about the company’s future?
Questions to Ask About the Team
Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?
Who will I work with most closely?
Who will I report to directly?
Can you tell me about my direct reports? What are their strengths and the team’s biggest challenges?
What are the common career paths in this department?
Questions to Ask About Next Steps
Is there anything that concerns you about my background being a fit for this role?
What are the next steps in the interview process?
Is there anything else I can provide you with that would be helpful?
Can I answer any final questions for you?