Interview Questions for Position
that all questions asked during a job interview are work related, since legally
you must be able to demonstrate a job-related necessity for asking the
question: The information must be necessary to assess the applicant's ability,
qualifications or job skills. If a discrimination case were
filed, the federal Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) would
want to know the interviewer's intent in asking the question as well as how the
information was used.
is by no means complete, but can serve as a template or starting point for your
own customized list. Pick and choose the questions
that best fit the position, and adjust them as necessary.
- Could you please give us a
short description of yourself in regard to your
- What are your skills and
- Given the job description and your
background, do you have the ability to perform these tasks?
- Are you fluent in more than one
language? Speaking and/or writing?
- Have you been a member of any
professional or trade associations (either now or in the past) that are
relevant to your professional experience or ability to perform the job?
- Why did you choose to attend
the school from which you graduated (or that you are attending)?
- What aspect of your education
applies to this position?
- How does any extracurricular
training you’ve received qualify you for this
- What activities outside of
formal schooling have you done in order to improve your expertise?
- What training opportunities
have you taken advantage of and why?
- How do you actively improve
your job skills?
are the areas of your experience that apply specifically to this position?
- Can you please describe a
typical day in your current position?
- How do your current or previous
positions qualify you for this one?
- How does your experience outside
of work qualify you for this job?
- In your current position, what
you have done well? Not done well?
- What have been the most
difficult assignments for you in your current position? At
- What are the steps you’ve taken in the past 10 years that prepare you for
- In the past two years, what
have you done to improve your qualifications?
- How have you made significant
contributions to your work group?
- In what areas does your
experience fall short for this job?
- What are the steps you will
take (or are taking) to make up for a shortfall in your expertise?
- How confident are you that you
can successfully perform the duties of this position and why?
- How have you demonstrated the
confidence you have in yourself?
- How has your manager
demonstrated his/her confidence in you?
- How have your colleagues shown
their confidence in you?
- In the position you held before
your current one, what were your greatest accomplishments?
- Could you please describe any
instances in your career where you’ve tried and
- What did you learn from failure
or would do differently in order to succeed?
- How do you go forward (or pick
yourself up) when you’ve tried and failed?
- What actions in your current
position have made you the most proud? Least proud?
- How creative are you? Can you
give us an example of your creativity?
- In a restrictive environment,
how do you come up with a creative solution to a problem?
- What is the extent of your
experience in high-pressure situations?
- How have you demonstrated your
ability to work under pressure?
- How have you asserted yourself
in an emergency or high-pressure situation?
- What are the methods you have
for dealing with stress?
- How do you deal with risk on
the job? To you? To your
- What is the greatest risk you
have ever taken?
- What is your greatest risk which resulted in failure?
- What are your analytical skills
- Can you please elaborate on
your analytical skills?
- Can you describe the steps you
take for analyzing and dealing with a difficult problem?
- On a scale of
one to ten (ten being the highest), how would you rate your analytical
- What would your manager have to
say about your analytical ability?
- If you perform an incorrect analysis,
how do you go about determining what you would do differently next time?
have you dealt with challenging work issues?
- Could you please elaborate on
your interpersonal skills?
- How do you deal with conflict?
- What can push your buttons?
- What steps do you take to work
effectively with people at various levels within your organization?
- To what extent have your
assignments required working with other departments?
- How do you deal with an irate customer,
so as to work effectively with him/her?
- In what kinds of situations do
you find it most difficult to deal with people?
- To what extent have worked with
executive or top management?
- What experience have you had
working with external agents or other companies?
- What are some of things at
which you excel?
- How do you define what is a
- What are your strengths and how
have they helped you to succeed?
- What part of your current
position are you the most comfortable with?
- What are
some of the things you find difficult
- How do you rank your weaknesses
(in order of severity) and why?
- What part of your current job
are you the least comfortable with?
- What are your weak points and
how have you overcome them?
- What about your expertise and
ability to do the job would you want to improve?
- What additional training or
development will you need to perform in this position?
Short & Long Term Goals
- What in the job
announcement/description interested you the most?
- What interests you about a
career in this field?
- Why did you choose this
profession and this specific position?
- Why are you interested in the position
and how does it fit you?
- Why are you making a career
- What goal(s) do you have for
- How will this position fit into
your career plans?
- What parts of this position do
you look forward to the most? The least?
- What challenges will you come
across in moving from your current position to this one?
- What can you tell me about our
- In your opinion, why is our
company more widely recognized than your current company?
- What part of our organization appeals
to you the most?
- Knowing our
organization, where would you make the greatest contribution?
- How able are you to handle
- How has your current position
prepared you for handling greater responsibilities?
- What has the most significant
responsibility in your career taught you?
- What do you think your
responsibilities will be if you’re hired?
- Which of your qualities will be
of most benefit in meeting the responsibilities for this position?
- What are the outside responsibilities
that would prohibit you from fulfilling job requirements?
- What are the outside
responsibilities that would keep you from working overtime?
- What motivates or gets you most
excited about your work?
- How do you motivate your
colleagues? Your employees?
- How do you rate yourself (on a
scale one to ten, ten being the best) in regard to
your work ethic?
- What opportunities do you take
to work independently?
- When and how often do you work
- If you started your own company,
what would that company do?
- Why do
you want to leave your current
position? After such a short/long time period?
- What do you intend to
accomplish by being a (“title”) within our company?
- What should a supervisor do to
help an employee develop in his/her job?
- What are some of the ways that
a supervisor can motivate and de-motivate staff?
- What are the situations where
you motivated your staff to achieve amazing results?
- Why should we hire you for this position?
- What specifically would
convince us to hire you?
- Why are you ready to be promoted?
- What can you contribute to our
- Why should we give you a chance
to perform in this job?
- Why should we hire you instead
of one of the other candidates?
- What other topics would you
like to address?
- Could you please elaborate on
anything that has not been discussed which you feel is important?
- What questions do you have for
- What would you like to say in
document is an integral part of a Will-it-Fly?® DKTS module.