Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Interview Questions

There are hundreds of questions a prospective employer may ask, and no matter how much time you put into your preparation, there is bound to be a question you did not consider. And that is ok! The confidence you build during your preparation, will better equip you to respond to those unexpected questions in a professional manner. Always be truthful; if you don’t know an answer or are unable to respond, say so. Some questions are not just factual, but situational. Consider your answers carefully when asked a situational question. Also, some questions are designed to put you at ease or change the subject and have nothing to do with the company, the position, or the work environment. These types of questions may very well be followed with a tough one!

What do you know about our company?
How did you learn about the vacancy?
Why should we hire you?
Tell me about yourself.
Have you ever been fired from an employer before?
Why did you leave your last job?
What are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
If we contacted your previous employer, what would they say about you?
You don’t appear to be qualified for this position, what do you have to offer?
How would you manage an employee with poor performance?
Are you prepared to travel?
How many days of leave or sickness have you had off in the past year?
Do you drive? What kind of car do you have?
Do you have any major financial debts?
What do you think the most important factors are in running a business?
What jobs have you had that you enjoyed the most/least?
Tell me five words that describe your work ethic.
Do you work best on your own, or as a member of a team?
Where do you see yourself in five years?
How do you feel about overtime?
Give me an example of a difficult decision you have made in a previous job.
What is your most significant achievement?
How do you respond to stressful situations?
Have you had any legal convictions?
What supervisory or leadership positions have you held?
Describe a time where you performed above and beyond the call of duty.
What motivates you?
What hours do you prefer to work?
You have five minutes to tell me why you should get this job.
How many ping pong balls do you think will fit into a mini-van?
How do you respond to criticism?
What type of community activities do you participate in?
What is your work ethic?
How do you release frustration at work?
What were your duties at your last job?
If you had to dismiss 30 people, how would you decide who to let go?
What was your compensation package at your last employment?
Do you consider yourself a good leader?
Are you a team player?
What is the most recent book you have read?
Can you explain this gap in your employment history?
What are your long range career objectives?
Why did you choose this career field?
Are you willing to relocate?
Give me an example of a mistake you have made and what you learned from it.
How do you adapt to change?
What three things are most important to you in seeking employment?
Do you have any hobbies?
What percent of yourself do you give to your job?
Have you ever had a disagreement with a supervisor?
How do you resolve conflict in the work place?
Give me an example of when you last motivated your peers in the work place.
Tell me how you would handle a situation involving a fellow employee who stole from the company.
Describe a time when you identified a potential problem, and what you did to resolve it.
How do you feel about following company guidelines, rules and regulations?
Have you ever been counseled on a safety violation?
Do you own your own tools and/or safety equipment?
How do you feel about working in adverse weather conditions?
Are you willing to participate in a physical fitness evaluation?
Do you have any medical conditions that would prevent you from performing in this position?
Do you have knowledge of computers and automation programs?
Have you ever had an accident in the work place?
Have you ever been accused of theft in the work place?

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