Chad Brooks | BusinessNewsDaily | 01.21.14


The 50 most common interview questions for 2014 were:

  1. What are your strengths?
  2. What are your weaknesses?
  3. Why are you interested in working for [insert company name here]?
  4. Where do you see yourself in five years? 10 years?
  5. Why do you want to leave your current company?
  6. Why was there a gap in your employment between [insert date] and [insert date]?
  7. What can you offer us that someone else cannot?
  8. What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on?
  9. Are you willing to relocate?
  10. Are you willing to travel?
  11. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
  12. Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
  13. What is your dream job?
  14. How did you hear about this position?
  15. What would you look to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job?
  16. Discuss your résumé.
  17. Discuss your educational background.
  18. Describe yourself.
  19. Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.
  20. Why should we hire you?
  21. Why are you looking for a new job?
  22. Would you work holidays/weekends?
  23. How would you deal with an angry or irate customer?
  24. What are your salary requirements?
  25. Give a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.
  26. Who are our competitors?
  27. What was your biggest failure?
  28. What motivates you?
  29. What’s your availability?
  30. Who’s your mentor?
  31. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
  32. How do you handle pressure?
  33. What is the name of our CEO?
  34. What are your career goals?
  35. What gets you up in the morning?
  36. What would your direct reports say about you?
  37. What were your bosses’ strengths/weaknesses?
  38. If I called your boss right now and asked him what is an area that you could improve on, what would he say?
  39. Are you a leader or a follower?
  40. What was the last book you have read for fun?
  41. What are your co-worker pet peeves?
  42. What are your hobbies?
  43. What is your favorite website?
  44. What makes you uncomfortable?
  45. What are some of your leadership experiences?
  46. How would you fire someone?
  47. What do you like the most and least about working in this industry?
  48. Would you work 40+ hours a week?
  49. What questions haven’t I asked you?
  50. 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.


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