Top Interview Questions

lady-1038728-m“Be prepared” is a familiar motto.

It’s a good one to remember when going in for a job interview, not only to be able to wow them, but – more importantly – to help you clarify your own goals. A Career Counsellor is available at Career Link if you are unemployed or under-employed (working fewer than 20 hours per week), to further help you respond to questions like these below in a professional and honest way. Call us at 604.485.7958 or drop by Career Link (#103, 4511 Marine Ave. Powell River, BC) to set up an appointment.

Recently, the online jobs and career community Glassdoor sifted through tens of thousands of interview reviews to find the questions hiring managers most frequently ask.

The 50 top interview questions

  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 5 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 can not?
  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 resume.
  17. Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.
  18. Why should we hire you?
  19. Why are you looking for a new job?
  20. Would you work holidays/weekends?
  21. How would you deal with an angry or irate customer?
  22. What are your salary requirements? 
  23. Give a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.
  24. Who are our competitors? (see over for more….)
  25. What was your biggest failure?
  26. What motivates you?
  27. What’s your availability?
  28. Who’s your mentor?
  29. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
  30. How do you handle pressure?
  31. What is the name of our CEO?
  32. What are your career goals?
  33. What gets you up in the morning?
  34. What would your direct reports say about you?
  35. What were your bosses’ strengths/weaknesses?
  36. If I called your boss right now and asked him what is an area that you could improve on, what would he say?
  37. Are you a leader or a follower?
  38. What was the last book you read for fun?
  39. What are your co-worker pet peeves?
  40. What are your hobbies?
  41. What is your favorite website?
  42. What makes you uncomfortable?
  43. What are some of your leadership experiences?
  44. How would you fire someone?
  45. What do you like the most and least about working in this industry?
  46. Would you work 40+ hours a week?
  47. What questions haven’t I asked you?
  48. What questions do you have for me?
  49. What questions haven’t I asked you?
  50. What questions do you have for me?


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