Interview Questions About You
Many readers write in asking about job interview questions. While some questions help determine your skill and knowledge levels, many questions uncover your personal approach to life, pressure, problems, work and the ability to fit in. Questions interviewers use to explore what kind of person you are.
When you develop your answer, don’t assume you can use the same answer in each interview. All your answers must be considered against the specific job description and the corporate environment in which you may end up working.
Be aware that answers will lead to assumptions being made about your character and ability to fit in and do the job. Don’t say anything you may regret, but don’t avoid answering difficult questions or being silly with the ones you think are meaningless.
A friend was recently asked what car she drove in order for an interviewer to demonstrate how people often make big purchases based on superficial reasons. When she responded with a Ford, he explained and commented on how interesting it was that she didn’t conform to the norm.
No disrespect to Ford!
You you you???
- How would you describe your work style?
- What would be your ideal working environment?
- What do you look for in terms of culture—structured or entrepreneurial?
- Give examples of ideas you’ve had or implemented.
- What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organized?
- If you had to choose one, would you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detail-oriented person?
- Tell me about your proudest achievement.
- Who was your favorite manager and why?
- What do you think of your previous boss?
- Was there a person in your career who really made a difference?
- What kind of personality do you work best with and why?
- What are you most proud of?
- What do you like to do?
- What are your lifelong dreams?
- What do you ultimately want to become?
- What is your personal mission statement?
- What are three positive things your last boss would say about you?
- What negative thing would your last boss say about you?
- What three character traits will your friends use to describe you?
- What are three positive character traits you don’t have?
- If you were interviewing someone for this position, what traits would you look for?
- List five words that describe your character.
- Who has impacted you most in your career and how?
- What is your greatest fear?
- What is your biggest regret and why?
- What’s the most important thing you learned in school?
- Why did you choose your major?
- What will you miss about your present/last job?
- What is your greatest achievement outside of work?
- What are the qualities of a good leader? A bad leader?
- Do you think a leader should be feared or liked?
- How do you feel about taking no for an answer?
- How would you feel about working for someone who knows less than you?
- How do you think I rate as an interviewer?
- Tell me one thing about yourself you wouldn’t want me to know.
- Tell me the difference between good and exceptional.
- What kind of car do you drive?
- There’s no right or wrong answer, but if you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
- What’s the last book you read?
- What magazines do you subscribe to?
- What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the last year?
- What would you do if you won the lottery?
- What do you do in your spare time?
- What is your favorite childhood memory?
- What are your long range and short range goals and objectives?
- What specific goals other than those related to your occupation, have you established for yourself for the next ten years?
- What do you see yourself doing five years from now? Ten years from now?
- What do you really want to do in life?
- Why did you choose this career?
- Can you explain this gap in your employment history?
- What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
- How would a good friend describe you?
- Describe the best job you’ve ever had.
- Describe the best supervisor you’ve ever had.
- Why should we hire you?
- How do you determine or evaluate success?
- What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours?
- In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our company?
- Do you have any hobbies? What do you do in your spare time?
- Have you ever been fired or forced to resign?
- What qualities should a successful manager possess?
- Do you consider yourself a leader?
- What are the attributes of a good leader?
- Describe the workload in your current (or most recent) job.
- Which is more important: creativity or efficiency? Why?
- What’s the most recent book you’ve read?
- Describe the relationship that should exist between the supervisor and those reporting to him or her?
- What, two or three, accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
- Describe the most rewarding experience of your career thus far.
- If you were hiring a job-seeker for this position, what qualities would you look for?
- Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree?
- How do you work under pressure?
- Are you good at delegating tasks?
- How well do you adapt to new situations?
- What, two or three, things are most important to you in your job?
- Are you seeking employment in a company of a certain size? Why?
- What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?
- What have you learned from your mistakes?
- What have you accomplished that shows your initiative and willingness to work?
By: Leonie Hall