Top 50 Job Interview Questions
There are many steps you can take to make sure your interview goes smoothly. One of the easiest ways to get ready for your next job interview is to familiarize yourself with the questions that are frequently asked in interviews and to practice your answers.
You can start by reviewing the top 50 interview questions asked by employers, as well as the sample answers for each question on the list. Click through to the Best Answerslinks to get tips on what information you should include in your response - as well as what details to leave out. You can expect to hear at least one - and likely more - of these questions during your next job interview.
Top 50 Interview Questions
- Are you the best person for this job? Why?
- Are you overqualified for this job?
- Describe a difficult experience at work and how you handled it.
- Describe yourself.
- Describe your best boss and your worst boss.
- Describe your career goals.
- Describe your work style.
- Do you prefer to work alone or on a team?
- Do you take work home with you?
- Give some examples of teamwork.
- Have you ever had difficulty working with a manager?
- Have you gotten angry at work? What happened?
- How do you handle stress and pressure?
- How do you measure success?
- How long do you expect to work for this company?
- How much do you expect to get paid?
- How would you describe the pace at which you work?
- How would you describe yourself?
- How would you handle it if your boss was wrong?
- If the people who know you were asked why you should be hired, what would they say?
- Is there a type of work environment you prefer?
- Tell me about yourself.
- Tell me why you want to work here.
- What are you looking for in your next position?
- What are you passionate about?
- What are your goals for the future?
- What are your salary requirements?
- What can you do for this company?
- What can you contribute to this company?
- What challenges are you looking for in your next job?
- What did you like or dislike about your previous job?
- What do you expect from a supervisor?
- What do you find are the most difficult decisions to make?
- What have you learned from your mistakes?
- What interests you about this job?
- What is your greatest strength?
- What is your greatest weakness?
- What major challenges have you handled?
- What problems have you encountered at work?
- What was your biggest accomplishment (failure) in this position?
- What was most (least) rewarding about your job?
- What relevant experience do you have?
- What will you do if you don't get a job offer?
- Why are you leaving your job?
- Why do you want this job?
- Why did you resign?
- Why did you quit your job?
- Why were you fired?
- Why should we hire you?
- What do you know about this company?
An interview is more than just being asked questions by an interviewer and responding correctly. It’s your opportunity to make a great impression, and showcase what an asset you will be to the company. Make sure you dress for success and arrive prepared to get offered the job.
Be aware that there are questions you shouldn't be asked during a job interview as well, such as personal questions about age, race, family status, etc. During an interview, the questions asked should all address only your ability to perform the job. You are not obliged to discuss or disclose anything else.
It’s important to have some questions to ask the interviewer prepared for when you are given the chance. Doing some research about the company and its policies and culture will ensure that your questions are relevant, and will show the hiring manager how interested you are in the position.
Be sure to follow up with a thank you note after your interview. This gives you the opportunity to reiterate both your interest in the job and some of your most pertinent qualifications. By expressing your appreciation for the interviewer’s time and consideration in a timely manner (you should get an email out within 24 hours), you will reinforce the excellent impression you made during your interview.