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Practice Questions

The following is a list of common interview questions. If you come to the interview with a clear understanding of who you are, your particular strengths and abilities, and what you want, you will be able to answer any of these questions:

Tell me about yourself.

What do you know about our company?

What special qualities do you bring to this job?

What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

What do you want to be doing in five years? Ten years?

What do you look for in a manager?

How would your coworkers and boss describe you?

Tell me about a difficult work situation and how you handled it.

Describe how you typically approach a project.

How do you motivate people and what is your management style?

What would you want to work on first if you were offered the job?

Why should we hire you?

What was your toughest job challenge & how did you deal with it?

Why do you want to work for us?

What do you think it takes to succeed here?

Do you prefer to work w/others or on your own?

What do you look for in a job?

Why did you leave your last job?

How do you spend your spare time?

Describe you’re ideal work environment.

What motivates you?

What decisions are difficult for you to make?

How do you handle stress?

Tell me about the best job you ever had.

If you won a million $ what would you do w/ it?

Do you have any questions?

Asking intelligent questions of your interviewer accomplishes two important goals. First, it shows your interest and understanding of the position and company. And secondly, it provides you with the information you need to make an informed decision about accepting an offer should you be extended one. Below are some sample questions to consider.

Questions about the company:

What plans does the company have for future growth?

What specific goals do you have for this department and how does this position fit in with those goals?

Is it common for the company to promote from within?

Can you describe the corporate culture here?

What is the company’s philosophy? (regarding customer service, employee relations, quality, etc.)

Questions about the market share: (Only if not available through research)

What are the primary goods and/or services?

Who are your customers and/or suppliers?

How is this market special and what is the company’s market share?

What can you tell me about the competition?

Questions about the position:

What kind of personal qualities are you seeking in candidates for this position?

Is this a new position? If not, why did the last person in this position leave?

What is the typical career path for someone in this position?

Can you describe the reporting lines?

What is expected of the successful candidate?

What is the timeframe for achieving these expectations?

Who will provide the training for this position?

Closing questions:

What is the decision timeframe and will there be a follow up interview?

Do you have sufficient information about my qualifications to make a decision or may I provide additional information?

What are the next steps? (Who will contact whom and when.)

Benefit Questions: (Do not ask on the first interview, only when an offer is made and/or discussed)

What is the benefit package?

What is the vacation entitlement?

Are any relocation expenses covered?