Interview Questions That May Be Asked

1. Work Experience

  • What do you feel were your major responsibilities in your last/current job?
  • Can you describe a typical day in your job?
  • What do you consider your single most important idea or your single most noteworthy accomplishment in your last/current job?
  • If I were to ask your co-workers about you, what would they tell me?
  • Who was your best supervisor & Why?
  • Most jobs have pluses and minuses – what are some of the minuses in you last/current job
  • Tell me about the company’s culture that you’re currently working with.
  • How are you measured in your current role?
  • What are your primary initiatives for the next quarter (or two or three quarters)?
  • How are your goals different from your goals last year?
  • What do your customers look for from your company? How do they define the value that you create?
  • When you lose business, what key factors cause that to happen?
  • What do you look at every day to see if you are on track?
  • How will you measure your success? How will you identify that your objectives have been met? What would be the specific metrics?
  • With the challenges you face, what provisions have you put in place to help you accomplish your goals?
  • Tell me how the company’s mission statement or strategic goals translates to your performance.
  • What pressure are you under to increase productivity/efficiency? And what have you done?
  • What must you do to increase shareholder value?
  • What differentiates you and your current company from your competition?
  • What is your process for making decisions?

2. Job Related

  • What are the two most important trends in your industry
  • In the next six months, what is the single factor that will have the greatest impact on your market (new products, new competitor, new legislation, etc.)?
  • Which companies in your market are moving most quickly and in which direction are they moving?
  • Are there any specific issues or trends that you see in our industry? How will they affect you? How do you plan to respond?
  • What resources do you utilize to keep abreast of changes in your market (periodicals, web sites, associations, newsletters, publications, etc.)?
  • What do you do personally for your professional development?
  • What made you apply for this job?
  • What appeals to you about this job?
  • What are some of the things in a job that are important to you?
  • What are some of the things you would like to avoid in a job and why?
  • What are your current salary expectations?
  • How have you arrived at this figure? What do you think it takes for a person to be successful in
  • At the end of the first year, if you got this job, how would you measure your success?
  • What do you know about our organization?
  • What did you do to prepare for this interview?
  • Have you applied for other jobs?

3. Personal Goals and Regards of Self

  • What is keeping you from meeting your goals right now?
  • What is the biggest obstacle that is keeping you from being most effective?
  • What do you see as the most challenging part of achieving your goals?
  • As a person, what would you consider your greatest strength?
  • What do you need to improve on?
  • What motivates you?
  • What are you aiming for in the long run – say 10 years from now?
  • What has been the biggest failure or frustration in your business life?
  • What are the most important considerations for you in choosing a job?
  • If you could have any job you wanted, what would it be?
  • What kind of company would you like to work for?

4. Education

  • Why did you decide to go to college?
  • Tell me about the activities you were involved in.
  • What made you choose your major?
  • Are there any special accomplishments you are particularly proud of at school?

5. Outside Interests

  • What kinds of things do you like to do best with your free time?