50 Top interview questions
Strong interview skills can make a huge difference when you're searching for a job. Regardless of when you had your last interview, it never hurts to brush up on those skills and prepare yourself for some common questions a hiring manager might ask you.
"Over and over again, we see some very common interview questions asked at companies for nearly all job titles, " Scott Dobroski, a Glassdoor career trends analyst, told Business News Daily. "If you are aware and prepared for what is nearly always asked in any interview, you'll start the interview off on a great foot."
Glassdoor analyzed thousands of interview reviews and compiled a list of the 50 most common questions asked in interviews. Prepare for your upcoming interview by knowing how you'd respond to these questions. [See Related Story: Why Hiring Managers Really Ask These 12 Common Interview Questions]
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Why are you interested in working for [company name]?
- Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
- Why do you want to leave your current company?
- Why was there a gap in your employment between [date] and [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?
- 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/her what is an area that you could improve on, what would he/she say?
- Are you a leader or a follower?
- What was the last book you 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?
Dobroski said hiring managers can always tell when a candidate has spent time prepping for an interview.
"Try practicing answers to these questions out loud in front of a mirror, or ask a friend or family member to listen to your answers and give feedback, " he said.
"Practice is key, " added Dana Leavy-Detrick, founder and chief creative scribe at Brooklyn Resume Studio. "The more comfortable you become speaking about yourself in a marketing context, the easier it will be to answer any type of interview question that comes your way."