Chad Brooks | BusinessNewsDaily | 01.21.14
The 50 most common interview questions for 2014 were:
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Why are you interested in working for [insert company name here]?
- Where do you see yourself in five years? 10 years?
- Why do you want to leave your current company?
- Why was there a gap in your employment between [insert date] and [insert date]?
- What can you offer us that someone else cannot?
- What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on?
- Are you willing to relocate?
- Are you willing to travel?
- Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
- Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
- What is your dream job?
- How did you hear about this position?
- What would you look to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job?
- Discuss your résumé.
- Discuss your educational background.
- Describe yourself.
- Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.
- Why should we hire you?
- Why are you looking for a new job?
- Would you work holidays/weekends?
- How would you deal with an angry or irate customer?
- What are your salary requirements?
- Give a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.
- Who are our competitors?
- What was your biggest failure?
- What motivates you?
- What’s your availability?
- Who’s your mentor?
- Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
- How do you handle pressure?
- What is the name of our CEO?
- What are your career goals?
- What gets you up in the morning?
- What would your direct reports say about you?
- What were your bosses’ strengths/weaknesses?
- If I called your boss right now and asked him what is an area that you could improve on, what would he say?
- Are you a leader or a follower?
- What was the last book you have read for fun?
- What are your co-worker pet peeves?
- What are your hobbies?
- What is your favorite website?
- What makes you uncomfortable?
- What are some of your leadership experiences?
- How would you fire someone?
- What do you like the most and least about working in this industry?
- Would you work 40+ hours a week?
- What questions haven’t I asked you?
- What questions do you have for me?
Unconventional questions you may be asked:
- What don’t you want to be doing five years from now?
- What would you say is the biggest misperception people may have of you?
Questions you may be asked and what the interviewer is looking for:
Tell me about our company. Give your top-line analysis.
- Looking for: initiative, analytical ability, values, confidence.
Walk me through the first 5 things you would do if you got this job.
- Looking for: strategic thinking, prioritization skills, execution style.
What 3-5 things do you need to be successful in this job? What are the deal killers?
- Looking for: culture fit, expectations, work style.
Talk about a time that you took a risk and failed, and one where you took a risk and succeeded. What was the difference?
- Looking for: risk-taking ability and tolerance, self-awareness, honesty, conceptual thinking.
Tell me about one of your proudest moments at work.
- Looking for: drive, personal motivators, preferred work style (team builder, solo contributors, etc.).
What do you want for your career two jobs from now, and how does this position help you get there?
- Looking for: initiative, long-term thinking, self-awareness, personal motivators, professional development expectations.