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ASK THE INTERVIEWER
Tell me about yourself.
What are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
Why are you the best candidate for us?
When were you able to resolve a problem within work?
When have you significantly contributed to obtain a corporate goal?
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.
Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond.
Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.
If you were hired today, what would you accomplish first?
What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve?
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
Tell me about a time that you have helped a co-worker accomplish an important goal.
Tell me about a project you completed recently that was ahead of schedule.
Describe an ongoing problem at your current or former employer, that you were able to overcome.
When were you able to resolve a problem within work?
What was the greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?
What will you accomplish in the first 90 days of working here?
What is the most significant achievement you have on the horizon?
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
Tell me about a time when you made a suggestion requesting change in an organization.
When have you had to adapt to change in the workplace?
When have you had to change a major component of your project due to new information being presented?
What was the biggest change you have had to deal with in your career?
When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?
When have you had to think quickly in response to sudden change?
When have you faced an unexpected difficulty?
When have you shown a willingness to learn a new method?
When change occurs in the workplace, do you naturally adjust or do you first think of the worst?
When have you had to shift your priorities in response to sudden changes?
How do you react to an increase in your workload?
Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine?
When planning, how often do you create alternative scenarios to help you adjust to changing situations?
If your current company shut down today, what would you do to quickly adapt?
How do you react when you are dissatisfied with the quality of your work, or the outcome of your work?
What was the most difficult decision you have had to make?
Tell me about your learning style and study patterns.
How would you build a relationship with someone who intimidates you?
How would you approach making a good impression on a new client?
How do you handle working with little to no supervision?
Have you ever worked in a situation where the rules and guidelines were not clear? How did you cope?
Tell me about a time when you worked on a team based project when a member was not doing their share of the work.
Tell me about a time when you were unable to meet a project deadline. How did you react?
Tell me about a time when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with.
Tell me about a time when you worked with a person who did things very differently than you. How did you collaborate?
Tell me about a time when you used good judgment and logic to solve a problem.
Tell me about a time when you had to address an angry customer. What was the problem and how did you resolve it?
Tell me about a time when you had to make a decision without all the information you needed.
Tell me about a time when you were in danger of missing a deadline. What did you do?
What is your greatest work related accomplishment to date?
Tell me about a time when you showed initiative by taking the lead on a team project.
Tell me about a time when you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
Tell me about a time when you had to collaborate with a co-worker whose personality was the opposite of yours.
Tell me about a time that you failed. How did you get back up again?
Think about a difficult boss, professor or coworker. How did you successfully interact with this person?
Tell me about a time when you had to learn something new within a short deadline.
What is the riskiest decision you have ever made in the workplace?
When have you had to make a split second decision? How do you react under unexpected pressure?
Describe a time when you motivated yourself to complete an assignment or task that you did not feel like doing.
Tell me about a time when you had to adapt to major change in the workplace. How did you cope?
Tell me about the most competitive work situation you have experienced. How did you handle it, and what was the result?
Which statement sounds more like you: 'I hate to lose' or, 'I love to win'?
Tell me about a time you wish you had handled a workplace situation, differently.
How do you handle working under very close supervision?
What career path interests you the most in this company?
How does this position fit into your career goals?
Why is this job right for you at this time in your career?
What are your career aspirations beyond this job?
If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
Have you ever taken a role in a company that hasn't fit into your long-term career plans?
By this time in your career, you should have advanced further. What has slowed down your career progression?
Where do you see your career one year from now?
Tell me about a career related goal that you set and did not reach.
Describe for me a time when you made the wrong career decision. How did you correct your misstep?
What is your dream job?
Do you have a big career goal that, right now, seems unattainable?
Which career development goals have you set for yourself this year?
If hired, what can we do to help you achieve your career goals?
Common Interview Questions
Tell me about your education.
What do you think we could do better?
Are you willing to travel for work?
How did you hear about this position?
Which other companies are you interviewing with?
Tell me about your dream job.
What will you deliver to us in your first three months?
What is the hardest decision you have had to make recently?
Why do you want this job?
What are your strengths?
How do you get along with others at work?
Why do you want to work for our company?
Where do you see yourself in five years?
What is your greatest achievement so far?
Why are you the best candidate for us?
What are your weaknesses?
How would you describe your work ethic?
How would your most recent manager describe you?
Tell me about yourself.
Why are you looking for a new job?
Tell me about an idea you implemented at your last job.
How do you handle conflict in the workplace?
Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
What type of manager brings out the best in you?
Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
Describe your leadership skills.
What do you know about our organization?
Has a co-worker ever been mad at you?
Have you ever been terminated?
What negative things have you heard about our company?
How do you show your co-workers the importance of communication in the workplace?
How do you handle communicating bad news to a fellow worker or subordinate?
How would you handle working for a boss who was a poor communicator?
Rate your listening skills from 1-10. What would your coworkers say about your listening skills?
What are the components of a successful, and effective, presentation?
Do you consider yourself a persuasive person?
How do you build rapport with your clients?
Tell me about a time when you had to use your verbal communication skills in order to get a point across that was important to you.
At your current or former place of employment, how important was communication and dealing with others?
Tell me about an error or mistake you made because of a breakdown in communication from you or one of your team members.
Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.
How would you describe your written communication skills?
What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
When entering a new job, describe how you build relationships with your new coworkers and supervisors.
How do you handle a situation where your supervisor does not properly communicate information to you?
Tell me about a time when your communication skills greatly benefited your team.
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
Tell me about a time when you improved communication between yourself and a co-worker or client.
After receiving information from your supervisor, how do you ensure you properly communicate this information to your team?
Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.
What do you know about our company culture?
Describe your working relationship with your previous or current colleagues.
How would you describe your personality?
What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
What work situations excite and motivate you?
How would you describe your relationship with your customers or clients?
How do you believe you will complement our department, if you were hired?
Considering your background is in an industry different from ours, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for this position in this industry?
Looking at your resume, it seems there are certain skills necessary for this position that do not stand out. How do you think you will be able to compensate for these missing skills?
When have you worked among a diverse group of people?
Tell me why you are the right fit for this company and this position.
What is the worst thing a previous manager could say about you?
What type of situation would make you quit your job?
Give me an example of a challenge you overcame in your last position.
How do you deal in uncomfortable situations?
Name a few things you were asked to do in your most recent position that you weren't necessarily trained to do. How did you cope?
Do you consider yourself a patient person? How do you increase your patience level in challenging situations?
How do you deal with conflict on your team?
Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What skills did you use to achieve this goal?
In your opinion, why is it important to develop relationships with coworkers?
How has your current job changed over the years?
How do you deal with stressful situations in the workplace?
What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?
Have you requested extra responsibilities in any of your previous roles?
How do you handle a larger than average workload?
When have you taken an unusual risk in the workplace? What was the outcome?
Do you have confidence in your communication skills? What is your communication style?
Tell me about a time when you took a creative approach to solving a problem.
Tell me the ways in which you brought value to your most recent position.
With the ongoing changes in this industry, how do you keep your knowledge current?
How did you maintain a good relationship with your most recent boss?
Are you capable of handling disputes in a professional manner? How do you respond to customer complaints?
Give an example of when you used your listening skills to complete a task properly, or solve a problem.
How do you explain complicated concepts to those who may not understand?
How did you go about suggesting changes in your most recent company?
What feedback did you receive from your most recent manager?
What skills did you learn in your most recent position that will help you in this new role?
Why are you the best candidate for this position?
What is the most creative or innovative project you have worked on?
Tell me about a time when you created a unique idea or solution, and it was rejected by your colleagues. How were you able to bounce back?
When have you had to think outside of the box to solve a problem?
When have you taken an existing process and used your own creativity to make it better?
Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?
When have you created a new product or service?
Would you consider yourself a creative person?
What ideas have you created in the last year that benefited your current or former employer?
Tell me about a project you worked on where a conventional approach was not suitable.
How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
How often do you discuss work with your colleagues in order to think up new systems and styles of working?
When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?
When did you come up with an innovative solution to a challenge your company, class, or organization was facing?
What does the word 'innovation' mean to you?
How can we inspire your creative side?
If you could not make a customer happy, what would you do?
How do you deal with customer rejection?
How would you sell a product that you did not believe in?
How do you feel about promoting a product, or upselling, during a customer service based interaction?
Tell me about the last customer service skill you learned.
How would you help a customer who you found difficult to understand, due to a language barrier?
Have you ever received a negative review from a customer?
What is the difference between customer service, and customer support?
Have you ever worked with a CRM, or client management software?
What tools do you need to deliver excellent customer service?
How would you react if a customer was lying to you, to gain a refund or free product?
What would cause you to lose your temper with a customer?
Do you like being around people?
Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond for customer service.
When was the last time you turned an angry customer around?
Give me an example of how you delivered excellent customer service at your last position.
How do you feel about saying 'no' to a customer with unreasonable requests?
Have you ever broken company rules to make a customer happy?
Have you received any formal customer service training?
How would you handle a rude customer?
When have you received exceptional customer service? What made the experience stand out?
Tell me about your customer service experience.
What skills do you believe you possess that help you deliver excellent customer service?
What customer engagement strategy is the most rewarding for you?
How do you define good customer service?
Give me an example of a time when you had to be extra diligent in order to meet a deadline.
When have you had to be extra thorough in completing tasks?
How often do you take work home with you?
How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
When you have a problem at work are you one to carefully consider what is at stake or do you jump in and hope for the best?
When given an important assignment, how do you approach handling it?
If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
Do you always double check or proofread your work?
Tell me about a time when you took on a new course to study in order to improve your own work performance.
Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
How many days were you absent from work last year?
Would your former or current boss describe you as a worker who gladly goes the extra mile to complete their tasks?
How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
Tell me about a time when you were particularly effective in prioritizing tasks and completing a project on schedule.
How do you motivate yourself to keep going, even when you do not feel like remaining on task?
What challenges are you looking for in a position?
What concerns do you have about working in this position or for this organization?
Why did you leave your last job?
Are you willing to travel?
Do you have any plans for continued education?
How do you handle sick days?
What is the toughest problem you've had to face? And how did you overcome it?
Was there a person in your career who really made a difference?
What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
How would you ultimately describe your work style?
Are you applying for other jobs?
What is your philosophy towards work?
Do you know anyone who works for us?
Have you ever been asked to leave a position?
Why should I hire you over my other top candidate?
How did you hear about this position?
How would your references describe you?
Why do you have an interest in this profession?
What extra-curricular activities interest you?
Referring to the job description, what will be your favorite part of this job?
Are you a leader or a follower?
How do you feel about working evenings and weekends while you amp up your career?
If you were hiring for this job, what qualities would you look for in a candidate?
Why did you choose your major?
Which school subject did you struggle with the most?
Which school subject did you enjoy the most?
Why did you choose the University that you attended?
Tell me about a time when you went out of your way to help someone.
Have you ever had a mentor?
Name the top skill you learned from your education.
Why are you ready to enter the workforce now?
Have you ever volunteered?
Tell me one thing you are most proud of.
Is there anything you would like to add before we wrap up?
Referring to the job description, what will be your least favorite part of this job?
How would a coworker or a close friend describe you?
How will this position help you in your career?
Tell me about one of your goals. How are you working towards it?
How has your education prepared you for this career?
Why do you want to start your career with us?
Do you have an off-the-wall dream job?
What was the most difficult aspect of your post-secondary education?
How do you keep up-to-date on new technologies and trends in this industry and career?
With your experience, what contributions do you believe you will make to our department?
How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?
Judging by your resume, you appear to be overqualified for this position. What would keep you here, if you were offered the position?
Do you have experience in corrective discipline and terminations?
Tell me about a significant crisis you have faced in your most recent position. How did you overcome the crisis?
We believe there is always room to grow. Tell me about one professional qualification you would like to obtain.
Being in such a prominent role, how do you balance your work requirements with your everyday life?
What is your favorite book on leadership and business?
How do you react if your board or senior leadership team ask you to do something with which you do not agree?
Do you consider yourself an overachiever? Why or why not?
Do you consider yourself someone direct and forthright with others?
What motivates you the most in your current role?
On a scale of 1-5, how happy are you as a person?
When you think about joining a new company, are you nervous about meeting new people or is this an exciting thought for you?
Do you have a best friend at work? Is it important for you to have close friendships within the workplace?
How do you gain buy-in from your coworkers when it comes to delivering quality work?
Do the values of our company align with what you view as important?
How often do you give yourself challenges outside of your comfort zone?
What steps have you taken this year to encourage your professional development?
How can we encourage your professional development?
How do you know if you're doing a good job?
Would this job give you the opportunity to do what you do best, every day?
How do you react when you do not have the materials or equipment needed to perform your work?
Do you understand what is expected of you in your current role?
Name for me one task in your current job that you wish you could perform more often.
Do you think a chain of command is essential in the workplace?
When a leadership opportunity presents itself, are you excited to jump in, or do you feel nervous? Tell me about a time you acted as a leader without first being asked.
Walk me through your morning routine.
Give an example of a time when you showed integrity on the job, and in your personal life.
What does integrity mean to you?
Would you prefer to earn a set salary or be offered an uncapped pay based on performance?
How do you keep track of your day-to-day tasks and activities?
Have you ever put your professional work ahead of your personal life?
Tell me about a time when you provided honest feedback to a coworker.
Do you consider yourself a quick thinker? Tell me about a time when your quick thinking saved the day.
What is the kindest thing a boss has ever said to you? How did the compliment make you feel, and did you agree with the praise?
Tell me about a time when you felt uncomfortable or unprepared in your job.
Tell me about a time when you felt successful.
What does being competitive mean to you? How competitive are you?
We have had concerns with employee theft recently. What would you do if you caught an employee or co-worker stealing?
When have you shown great integrity at work?
How will you earn the trust of your coworkers?
Tell me about a time at work when your integrity was challenged. How did you handle it?
Have you ever kept the remainder of an expense that was allotted to you?
Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
In what type of situations is it better to stretch the truth in order to sell a product?
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
Have you ever been advised by a fellow employee or supervisor to lie about a situation? How did you handle this ethical dilemma?
On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?
Have you ever taken the fall for a situation, where it was really not your fault, in order to protect a coworker?
When have you spoken up for cause, knowing that it would directly look unfavorable on you, because it was the right thing to do?
Do people see you as a trustworthy and honest individual?
What would you do if a co-worker asked you to help them steal?
What is your first reaction when you do something wrong at work?
I see you are engaged or married, do you plan on having children soon?
When do you think you'll get married?
Since you are in your early twenties, do you think you'll be able to handle this job?
Are you a Christian?
What race do you consider yourself?
Do you have any disabilities?
What religion are you?
Are you heterosexual?
What is your nationality?
How is your health?
What is your height and weight?
What is the date of your last your last medical exam?
Have you had any recent illnesses?
What type of discharge did you receive from the military?
Have you ever been arrested?
What is your birthday?
What is your native language?
Are you a social drinker?
Do you observe any religious holidays?
What is your age?
What year did you graduate?
Are you married?
Do you plan on having children?
Where were you born?
What gives you satisfaction in this particular career?
What causes you to feel dissatisfied on the job?
Describe to me your ideal employer.
How do you define success?
What attracts you the most to this particular position?
What kind of people do you enjoy working with?
Do you prefer to work in a team based position or individually?
How can we motivate you on the job?
How do you feel about joining a new organization?
Tell me about a responsibility in your former or current position that you really enjoyed.
What is the one thing you would change about this career path if you could?
Tell me your favorite, and least favorite, aspects of your current or most recent position.
Latest Interview Questions
Do you have any near impossible goals set for yourself? Tell me about one of them.
Does this job on your resume really relate to this position? Tell me why you believe it does?
Do you enjoy motivating others around you?
What was the latest piece of industry related news you've read?
What was your greatest accomplishment in your most recent position?
How capable do you think others around you are?
What was something about your last job that you dreaded doing?
What do you do very poorly? Your example can be from work or your personal life.
What are you hoping to get out of this job, in terms of being able to advance your career?
What in your life pushes you forward?
What brings you here today?
What fascinates you about this industry?
What are some trends you see happening in our industry?
How do you respond to unsolicited feedback?
When was your last work evaluation? What were the positive and negative comments you received?
When has a customer or client annoyed you? What happened?
If a coworker had to make a pitch to me about your personality, what would they say?
What distracts you in the workplace?
Tell me about your last manager. What did they do to motivate you?
If you never worked another day in your life, what would you be doing?
Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
What does micromanagement mean to you?
Do you prefer group discussions or one-on-one meetings?
What do you look for, before giving someone on your team a promotion?
How do you react when your team misses a deadline?
How do you present bad, or disappointing news, to your team members?
As a leader, how will you measure the success of your team members?
Which leadership book have you most recently read?
How will you guide your team in terms of personal development?
What is the most important task of a leader?
What is the difference between a leader and a manager?
Tell me your favorite part of being a leader.
Do you demonstrate leadership qualities even when you are not in a leadership role?
Have you ever had to give an employee a poor performance review? How did you feel about that responsibility?
If you were hired for this position, what are the first changes you would implement?
Tell me about your leadership qualities.
When do you best demonstrate yourself as a leader?
Tell me about a time when you took charge of a meeting. Was the outcome a positive one?
Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks.
Tell me about a time when you took charge of a situation but the outcome was disappointing.
Have you had the opportunity to teach an important skill to a co-worker?
What do you believe would be your biggest leadership challenge in this role?
What do you find to be the most difficult aspect of leading your current team?
Tell me about a time when you tried to encourage a fellow team member. Was the encouragement well received?
When are your leadership skills the most effective?
How can we motivate you as a leader?
Have you ever helped to implement a significant company change in one of your past roles?
Tell me about a time when you led a difficult project. What was the outcome?
When have you had to lead by example?
Give me an example of a time when your communication style helped you to be a more effective leader.
Why do you believe you will have success at this position?
Tell me about a situation in which you had to lead a team member who did not like you.
What do you see as the most difficult task in being a manager?
As a manager, what is your greatest weakness?
As a manager, how have you built successful teams in the past?
How many people did you supervise at your last position?
What type of employees do you find difficult to manage?
What do you think our company's biggest challenge is? How will you help with this need as our manager?
What do you believe is the biggest challenge you will face in this management position?
Tell me about a critical decision you have made that greatly affected your team's performance.
What do your team members think of you as a team leader?
As a manager, who has been your greatest influence?
What personality traits do you look for in people you are hiring?
How do you evaluate success among your team members?
Tell me about a time when you were effective at managing multiple projects at once.
Have you ever had to fire an employee? What were the reasons for their termination?
How do you successfully motivate your team?
When have you made a mistake delegating tasks to your team members?
What type of goals do you like to set for yourself and your team?
How do you effectively delegate tasks to your employees?
What would you do if an employee was not meeting their goals?
Tell me about a situation in which your team began to unravel. How did you overcome the challenge and lead your team?
What characteristics contribute to your success as a leader?
Tell me about one of your worst supervisors you have had. What character flaws did they possess that made them a poor leader?
What has made you ready for the responsibility of managing others?
After noticing bruises and burns on a patient, they disclose their spouse is physically abusing them. The patient begs you not to tell anyone. What do you do next?
Share your thoughts on gender selection and the topic of family balancing in the in vetro fertilization process.
Many pediatric associations recommended that male circumcisions no longer be routinely performed. Do you agree with this recommendation?
In 2019, the Reproductive Health Act expanded abortion rights. What were these changes, and how do you feel about them?
An emergency room patient will die without a blood transfusion. The patients' medical records state refusal of blood transfusions due to religious reasons. What do you decide to do?
Your sister brings her new boyfriend home for the holidays. You recognize him as a patient you treated for herpes simplex type 2. What do you do?
What would you do if your mother decided to rely only on alternative medicine to treat a critical illness?
An underage patient asks you for a birth control prescription but asks that you not tell her parents. What do you do?
Pharmaceutical companies largely influence the medical profession through lobbying. What do you believe is the impact?
You witness a group of male colleagues speaking inappropriately about a female colleague. What do you do?
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? What is the very first thing you would do with this superpower?
If an alternative treatment existed for a terminal illness, would you recommend it to a patient, even if there were no scientific evidence to support its efficacy?
As a physician, do you feel a responsibility to be a healthy role model for your patients, or is your medical training and knowledge more than enough when it comes to counseling your patients on lifestyle changes?
Hippocrates said, 'Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.' What does this quote mean to you as you pursue a career in healthcare?
What experiences and qualities lead you to believe that you will be an excellent physician?
If you were given the opportunity to change one thing about the healthcare system, what would you choose to do?
Under what circumstances would you recommend a homeopathic approach to treatment?
Discuss the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana. Would you ever prescribe or encourage the use of legal cannabis? Why or why not?
Discuss the Human Genome Project.
How do you feel about stem cell research using fetal tissue?
One of your patients asks for a doctors' note to excuse them from a work conference. You do not see any symptoms of illness. Talk to the patient about your decision to provide or not provide them with a doctors' note.
A fellow medical student often shows up on rotation hung-over and smelling like alcohol. You decide to talk to them in private. Enter the room and have this conversation.
Talk about physician-assisted death. When is this an appropriate solution?
How does the American healthcare system differ from the Canadian healthcare system?
Talk to me about one crucial healthcare issue that is unique to your region.
Which is more important to you; changing behavior to prevent disease or working harder to treat existing disease?
You have two patients who need a kidney transplant. One patient is an elderly physician with kidney failure; the other is a 20-year-old high school dropout brought in again for binge drinking. You have only one kidney. Who do you give the kidney to?
Which would you choose: To travel 1,000 years into the past or 1,000 years into the future? Choose your preference and discuss.
Do you believe a family doctor is obligated to report their patients' infectious disease to their public health agency? Why or why not?
Is it ethical for healthcare workers to go on strike? Why or why not?
Why do you believe you are qualified for this position?
Do you have reliable transportation?
What is your availability?
What are your strengths? How will they help you in this new role?
What do you hope to learn from this job?
What do you think will be a challenge for you in this job?
How do you handle situations that could cause you to be late or miss work?
Describe what you think an average day will look like in this role.
Without any job experience, why should we hire you?
Why are you looking for a job?
Who is a person you admire and why?
What are your career goals?
Tell me about a time you were honest.
What are you looking for in a job?
If hired here, how long do you believe you would stay at our company?
Tell me about a difficult situation you had to deal with. What steps did you take to resolve it?
How would your favorite teacher or professor describe you?
Tell me about a time when a teacher or professor gave you constructive criticism.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
What questions do you have about this job?
What do you hope to gain from this position?
Are you pleased with your performance in your most recent position?
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your performance in your most recent position?
Tell me about your most recent performance evaluation. Name one positive highlight, and one area for improvement.
Describe a change you recently made that improved the performance of your work.
What was your area of excellence in your most recent position?
How was your performance measured, in your most recent role?
Do you perform better in a group setting, or when working alone?
Are you able to remain productive even when working remote, or from a home office?
How fast do you respond to customer emails and web inquiries? What timeline do you feel is appropriate?
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your technical abilities?
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
Tell me about the proudest day of your life.
Are you a reliable friend?
What is your least favorite personal trait, and what are you doing to improve yourself in that area?
What is your ideal work environment?
What are you reading right now?
How competitive are you?
How do you balance life and work?
What types of activities keep you busy, outside of work?
What is your personal mission statement?
What unique qualities about yourself would you bring to our company?
Tell me one thing about yourself that you would like to improve upon.
If you could alter your career path, in any way, what would you change?
Do you participate in many social activities with your fellow workers?
If you had $50,000 to build your own business, what would you do?
What is something you would be happy doing everyday for the rest of your career?
Who is the smartest person you know? Explain your answer.
What is your definition of hard work?
If you could teach me about any topic, unrelated to your career, what would you choose?
What excites you?
What steps do you take to solve a problem?
What do you think might be the greatest challenges faced in this job? How will you overcome these challenges?
Rate your problem solving skills from 1-10. How do you justify your rating?
Give me a recent example of a valuable lesson you learned from a problem you faced at work.
After you implement a solution to a problem, how do you test the effectiveness of that solution?
Tell me about the most challenging aspect of your previous job. How did you overcome it?
Tell me about a time when your analysis of a problem was deemed to be incorrect. What would you have done differently?
Tell me about a time when you discovered a problem and went beyond regular expectations to fix it.
What steps do you take when you have to make an immediate decision without all the relevant information?
When a problem requires a quick solution, how do you respond?
What sources do you look to when you need to solve a complicated problem?
How do you deal with distracting coworkers who stand in the way of your progress?
How do you prioritize multiple projects when they all seem equally important?
In your opinion, what makes you a great problem solver?
Tell me about the most challenging problem you have encountered in your professional career.
When a major problem arises, what is your first reaction?
When you cannot seem to find the right solution to a problem, how do you deal?
Tell me about a time when you had to troubleshoot to solve a problem.
When it comes to problem solving, are you a strong collaborator?
When faced with a problem, are you more likely to jump into solving it, or are you the type to carefully assess the issue first?
Tell me about a time when you failed to solve a problem. How did you overcome the failure?
When faced with a problem, how do you decide on the best solution?
When change occurs in the workplace, it can create new problems. Do you see these as inconvenient problems, or opportunities to learn?
Tell me about a time where you had to analyze a set of data and then make a recommendation.
Tell me about a recurring problem that you run into in your current position, and how you handle it.
What are your salary expectations?
Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
How do you feel about performance incentives?
How would you prefer to be compensated?
What is your current salary?
Are you comfortable being paid on a 100% commission basis?
Do you feel that you are currently paid what you are worth?
Is compensation the most important factor for you when taking a new job?
What is the most amount of money you have ever earned? Why did you leave that position?
Will you be willing to take a salary cut?
Discuss one important decision you made in your last role and the impact that decision had.
Tell me about a time when you received criticism from your manager. How did you react to that criticism? How did you make improvements based on that criticism?
Tell me about a time your former manager or a coworker upset you. What did they do to upset you? How did you handle it?
Describe to me your method of convincing others to see things your way.
Tell me about a time that you naturally took on a leadership role without being asked. Did you enjoy being a leader? Were you happy with the outcome?
Describe a time that you did not fit in. How did you ensure that you found a way to fit in and make yourself comfortable?
Tell me about a time that you had to resolve a conflict between two employees. How did you ensure that a resolution was made without hurt feelings?
If you had a co-worker call in sick and you were asked to take over their project requiring overtime from you, how would you react? Where do you draw the line when it comes to being a team player?
Describe to me a time when you made an error at work, and the impact your mistake made. How did you correct the mistake, and what did you learn from it?
Discuss a time when you went above and beyond the call of duty. What did you do? How was it above your normal job requirements?
What would you do if a client asked you about a product or service and you were unsure of the answer?
What would you do if you were made aware of a co-worker being dishonest or stealing from the company?
Tell me about a time that you were asked to collaborate on a project with a colleague whom you did not necessarily see eye-to-eye with. How did you ensure that you got along well and met your deadline?
Tell me about a time you handled an incredibly difficult client. How did you come to a resolution with this person?
Tell me about a time that you almost missed a deadline. How did you ensure your project was completed on time?
How do you handle stress on the job?
Which parts of your current position brings you the most stress?
What could your current employer do for you that would have prevented you from looking for a job?
Looking at your resume, you've had a number of job changes, what would make me think that you will stay with our company?
Are you applying for any other jobs?
Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps between employments, what were you doing during those gaps?
How long have you been looking for a job?
What is the worst thing you have heard about our company?
How long will it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our team?
Why were you fired or let go from your last job?
Can you talk to me about your GPA during undergraduate/graduate school?
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
What advice would you give to a colleague who was stressed out?
How do you prevent stress from your personal life entering your professional life?
How did you prepare for this interview?
Tell me about the most rewarding experience you have had, working in a team environment. What made it so rewarding?
Give an example of when your team motivated you. How did this gesture enhance your performance?
Tell me about a time when communication became an issue during a team project.
What qualities do you believe are most valuable for a team lead to possess?
Have you ever had to adapt your work style to fit team objectives?
When have you been on a team project that failed? What did you learn from that experience?
If I were to put you on a team project today, what questions would you have before beginning your work?
Do you prefer to work on your own, or as a part of a team?
Tell me about your exposure to team building exercises.
Have you ever worked in a cross-functional environment?
When was the last time you contributed to a team effort and what was your role?
Tell me about a time you worked on a team.
How do you handle working in challenging team environments?
How do you make tough decisions knowing they will affect your entire team?
How do you motivate your fellow team members?
Tell me about a time when you accomplished a team goal. Why do you think your team was successful?
Have you experienced difficulties working with a previous manager? How did you handle the difference of opinion?
Tell me about a time there was a serious conflict on your team. How did you resolve it?
What role do you usually take in team projects?
Tell me about a time when you led a team. What was your biggest success factor?
If asked, how do you believe your coworkers would describe you?
Do you have difficulty working in a team environment?
Do you think it is possible to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader?
How do you develop trust among your team in a virtual, or work-from-home, setting?
Tell me about the type of team members you dislike working with.
What are the top duties in your current position?
What do you know about this position?
Tell me one valuable skill that you are currently working on.
Briefly walk me through your work history. Please include why you left each position listed on your resume.
When would you be available to start?
What is the most important thing you are looking for in your next company?
Why did you apply for this position?
What is your long-range career objective?
Why are you looking for a new position?
How many years experience do you have in your field?
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
You have a few gaps in your resume. Can you explain these?
Where did you find our job posting?
After reviewing our job description, are there any required skills listed that you feel you are lacking?
What would you change about your current role, if you could?
I'm interested in knowing more about the type of work you are seeking, and your ideal workplace culture. What is your ideal position at this time?
Tell me more about your post-secondary education. Are you interested in expanding your education, or gaining any other certifications?
Would your current employer be willing to provide a reference for you?
How do you feel this position would fit in with your long term career goals?
All of our candidates must pass a criminal record check and education verification. Is there any reason why you would not be comfortable with this?
Our company is looking for a team member with flexible work hours. Are you able and willing to work overtime, as needed?
We are quickly moving into second interviews. What is your availability like over the next few days?
Are you actively interviewing with other companies? Are you close to offer stage with anyone?
What challenges are you looking for in a position?
Are you willing to travel?
Describe a typical work day in your current role.
Tell me one thing about yourself that is not on your resume.
When was the last time you helped out a coworker?
How does this position fit your long-term career plans?
What type of manager do you best work with?
Why should we hire you?
Besides compensation, what do you value the most in the workplace?
What does greatness, and success, mean to you?
If you could change anything about your current job, what would it be?
What do you know about us?
Take a few minutes to bring your resume to life for me.
Why do you think you will be successful in this role?
Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult person. How did you handle it?
What is your long-range career objective?
Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
What qualities do you feel make a manager successful?
What would your most recent boss say about you if they were asked to describe your character?
How has your post-secondary education prepared you for this job?
Have you ever experienced conflict with a boss or professor? How was it resolved?
What questions do you have for me?
What motivates you?
Tell me about the worst manager you ever had.
How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?
What was your least favorite job? Why?
Why should we not hire you?
Do you consider yourself a team player?
Why are you looking for a new job?
What is your biggest regret?
Name one suggested area of improvement from your last performance review.
Describe yourself in just three words.
Would you rather lead or follow?
Do you ever use your sense of humor to diffuse a situation at work?
What was one question you didn't want me to ask today?
How do you feel about relocation or substantial amounts of travel?
How much do you think this job should pay?
Work From Home
How will you motivate yourself to remain proactive with little face-to-face supervision?
Walk me through your average day when working from home.
Do you have the tech and tools needed to succeed in a remote work environment?
Do you have any questions or concerns related to working from home?
How do you schedule your day when working from home?
Why are you looking for a work-from-home job opportunity?
How do you balance work and personal life with a home-based office?
Are you prepared to work with little face-to-face interaction with others?
If you had a technical problem arise, how would you handle the situation?
What would you do if you encountered a communication issue while working remotely?