Awesome Resource: Common and Uncommon Interview Questions



Most Common 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. 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? (Hint: if you’re not sure what’s a fair salary range and compensation package, research the job title and/or company on Glassdoor.)

  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’ve 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?

Top 10 Oddball Interview Questions for 2015

  1. “What would you do if you were the one survivor in a plane crash?” – Asked at Airbnb

  2. “What’s your favorite 90s jam?” – Asked at Squarespace

  3. “If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them how would you choose which ones to answer?” – Asked at Dropbox

  4. “Who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Batman?”- Asked at Stanford University

  5. “If you had a machine that produced $100 dollars for life what would you be willing to pay for it today?” – Asked at Aksia

  6. “What did you have for breakfast?” – Asked at Banana Republic

  7. “Describe the color yellow to somebody who’s blind.” – Asked at Spirit Airlines

  8. “If you were asked to unload a 747 full of jelly beans, what would you do?” – Asked at Bose

  9. “How many people flew out of Chicago last year?” – Asked at Redbox

  10. “What’s your favorite Disney Princess?” – Asked at Cold Stone Creamery

Again, remember that preparation is key. You don’t need to have a memorized answer for every question on this list, but you should have some idea how you would answer them. Be comfortable, stay positive, and focus on what it is about you that uniquely qualifies you for the job. Have an answer you want our opinion on? Ask it in the comments!

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