Interview questions

Job interviews often feel nerve-wrecking. The good thing about them is that you can expect certain questions to come up, so you can prepare ahead of time to ease that anxiety. Below is a list of common interview questions I collected over the years. Before you go through the list read tips from Interview Cake on how to prepare answers to these common interview questions.

  1. Tell me a bit about yourself.
    • Avoid personal life and focus on past employment or accomplishments.
    • Connect the dots on your resume by talking about why you took and left certain jobs.
  2. Where do you see yourself in 1/3/5 years?
  3. What kind of work environment do you like best?
  4. What is your greatest weakness?
    • Great opportunity to show self-reflection and ability to take criticism.
    • Try not to be too memorable with the weakness. Spend more time on how you (are) overcome(ing) it.
  5. Tell me about a time you disagreed with a decision. What did you do?
  6. Tell me about a situation where you did not get along with your team/superior.
  7. Describe a situation where you were part of a failed project.
    • Make sure to describe in detail what you learned and how you plan to avoid it next time.
  8. Why should we hire you out of all other candidates?
  9. What do you like to do outside of work?
  10. What questions do you have for me? My favorites:
    1. Could you give me an example of a typical work day?
    2. What kind of management style rules here?
    3. If I got the job, what would my first few weeks look like?
    4. If I were hired, what would be my immediate tasks and what expectations would be tied to those?
    5. How will my performance be evaluated?
    6. Hypothetically you offer me the position and I accept. A year from now I have my annual performance review, I’ve exceeded expectations and you're very impressed. What are things that I have done which have made that impression?
    7. How did the best person you hired for this position look like?
    8. What traits have made someone excel in this role?
    9. If you were to rank them, what are the three traits your top performers have in common?

Updated 2 March, 2019