101 Most Common Interview Questions

As a career coach, I am often asked what the most common interview questions are.  I have compiled a list that I share with my clients and I will now share with you.

What are the most common interview questions?

 

  • What type of role do you play in a team?
  • How do you go above and beyond the call of duty?
  • How do your managers, peers, and subordinates perceive you collectively and separately?
  • How do you keep learning outside the office?
  • Do you feel you are growing within your field.
  • What have you learned on your own that has aided you in your work life?
  • Give me an example of how you had to take on a tough project and make it a success?
  • Walk me through a situation where you had to overcome an obstacle?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to be resourceful to finish a project on time?
  • Describe a time when you had to take a project from inception to fruition?
  • Walk me through an average and a hectic day.
  • How have you improved communication with your peers, managers and clients.
  • Describe how you have improved in your job? (Short term vs. Long term)
  • How have you driven a group or team to a specific goal?
  • Describe to me a situation where you have worked through other people to reach a goal?
  • Why are you interested in this company? How does it fit with your goals and aspirations?
  • How can this company best utilize your skills? How can you add value?
  • How do you measure the quality of your work?
  • What tradeoffs are you making to come to this company?
  • Describe a time when you stood up for something you believed in and were met with resistance?
  • What would you do if your team made a decision that negatively impacted your business or a client?
  • Persuade me to move to your city?
  • Why should we hire you… Sell me on you?
  • How do you measure success?
  • What kind of people motivate you?
  • What has been your most significant professional and personal accomplishment?
  • Take me through a time when you had to be creative to solve a problem?
  • Describe your ideal job?
  • Tell me about someone you admire professionally and why?
  • Share with me how you accomplished a challenging project? Why was it a challenge?
  • Describe your work philosophy?
  • How do you keep things from falling through the cracks?
  • How do you motivate people?
  • Describe how you work under tight deadlines?
  • How do you generally solve problems?
  • Give me some insight on how you like your work day to be?
  • How do you manage different personalities on a team?
  • At what point are you confident that a project has been thoroughly and successfully completed?
  • Do you second guess yourself?
  • If you had to replace yourself in your current position, what three essential characteristics would your replacement have?
  • What tools or resources enhance your effectiveness in your field?
  • How do you prioritize projects?
  • What do you like best and least about your current job?
  • Where do you see yourself in 3, 5, and 10 years from now?
  • How have you created strategies to ensure success on a project?
  • Describe a great day in your business?
  • Why are you successful?
  • What drives and motivates you?
  • How important is money, title and reputation?
  • What is a successful candidate and what do you look for when you are hiring?
  • What stimulates you about your field?
  • How do you organize yourself to make project or personal deadlines?
  • Is it important to stick to a system for project completion?
  • What is thinking outside the box to you?
  • Where have you had to be flexible to hit a goal or complete a project?
  • How do you overcome a manager’s or supervisor’s resistance to one of your ideas?
  • What are some of your current professional goals?
  • Do you enjoy changing people’s mind?
  • What kind of decision maker are you?
  • What do winners have in common with each other?
  • When do you have to be empathetic?
  • Describe a time when you had to help a colleague out that did not directly benefit you?
  • How important for you is it to be the best in your field?
  • What do you want to be remembered for?
  • Describe a time when you haven’t been at your best?
  • What do you wish you were better at? Are you working to improve it? How?
  • In the last 5 years how have you improved yourself professionally?
  • What is smart?
  • How would you define courage within a professional setting?
  • Do you have any professional fears? How will you conquer them?
  • Have you ever confronted someone who intimidates you? What happened and how did you feel?
  • Who learned more from that situation?
  • Do you think you intimidate people?
  • How do you want people to see you?
  • Are you #1 in your group? How is the #1 person different from you?
  • What will it take for you to be #1?
  • How do you feel about losing? When was the last time you lost?
  • What was your last major purchase? What were the tradeoffs in your decision?
  • Do you like multi-tasking or working on one project at a time?
  • Where is you passion in work?
  • How do you analyze people?
  • Would you consider yourself more analytical or conceptual?
  • Would you describe yourself as a technical person or a people person?
  • How do you motivate others to meet deadlines?
  • Do you need or want to be successful?
  • What type of things do you need to have in your next job to make a move?
  • How do you work smart?
  • How do you go about learning new things in your field?
  • Are you a type A, B, or C type personality?
  • What does competitive mean to you. How have you been competitive in High School, College, or Work?
  • What does leadership mean to you? How does a leader become a leader?
  • Describe a strong work ethic? Does it always mean working long hours>
  • How do you take pride in your work?
  • How would you describe your ability to communicate? How would you rate your vocabulary knowledge and written skills?
  • What will it take to double your current production?
  • Do you have any professional regrets? If so, then how have you handled them?
  • How do you know when you are content in your job? Is being content a good thing or a bad thing?
  • On a scale of 1 to 100 how would you rate yourself, 100 being the best candidate? Would you be considered to have a strong, healthy or poor ego?
  • Are you doing everything you can to be successful everyday? Why not?
  • How would you react if you knew that everyone in your department was going to be let go except for one person? Would you give notice? Would you begin looking for other work? Would you work harder and smarter so that you could be that person?

 

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