Tough Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your next job interview, here are 30 of our hardest interview questions.

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What is your long-range career objective?

Onboarding new employees is a time consuming and costly endeavor, so the interviewer wants to make sure that this role will be a long-term fit for you. Be open to the interviewer about your dreams within this company, on a long-term basis. Share what promotions you hope to eventually receive and discuss what you wish to learn from being a part of their organization. The key to answering this question is to express to the interviewer that you plan to stay with the company for many years to come.

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30 Tough Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. What is your long-range career objective?

  • 2. Why should we hire you?

  • 3. Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.

  • 4. How has your post-secondary education prepared you for this job?

  • 5. Do you consider yourself a team player?

  • 6. Have you ever experienced conflict with a boss or professor? How was it resolved?

  • 7. What would your most recent boss say about you if they were asked to describe your character?

  • 8. What qualities do you feel make a manager successful?

  • 9. What was one question you didn't want me to ask today?

  • 10. What questions do you have for me?

  • 11. Do you ever use your sense of humor to diffuse a situation at work?

  • 12. What is your biggest regret?

  • 13. Tell me about the worst manager you ever had.

  • 14. What was your least favorite job? Why?

  • 15. Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult person. How did you handle it?

  • 16. Why do you think you will be successful in this role?

  • 17. How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?

  • 18. What motivates you?

  • 19. Why should we not hire you?

  • 20. Take a few minutes to bring your resume to life for me.

  • 21. What do you know about us?

  • 22. Why are you looking for a new job?

  • 23. If you could change anything about your current job, what would it be?

  • 24. Name one suggested area of improvement from your last performance review.

  • 25. Describe yourself in just three words.

  • 26. Would you rather lead or follow?

  • 27. What does greatness, and success, mean to you?

  • 28. Besides compensation, what do you value the most in the workplace?

  • 29. How do you feel about relocation or substantial amounts of travel?

  • 30. How much do you think this job should pay?