Sample Interview Questions

Any potential employer will ask you a lot of questions, and so will your JobGiraffe consultant. Be prepared! We have broken the list into several groups beginning with those questions that we feel will be asked for sure, but also take time to read and consider the other questions we have listed as well – it’s very likely you will be asked these too.

JobGiraffe’s best advice – have your answers ready! How you answer the ‘soft’ questions are frequently what the interviewer remembers most about you. Your answers to these questions may actually count for as much or even more than your “real” accomplishments that are documentable via your work history.

Questions that will be asked for sure:

Why are you considering leaving your current job OR

Why did you resign from your last job OR

Why were you ended/dismissed/fired from your last job?

If you are not employed currently, what have you been doing since your last job?

What are your career goals?

What are you looking for/hoping to accomplish in your next job/with your next employer?

What is your greatest strength on the job?

What is your greatest weakness on the job?

Questions you may be asked:

Here are some other questions that you may very well be asked, either by your JobGiraffe consultant or during a client interview. Remember – your best strategy is to be prepared to respond to any of these questions with brief, intelligent answers that keep the conversation focused on your skills and your potential value as an employee.

Work history questions...

What were your expectations on your last job and to what extent were they met?

What were your duties and responsibilities?

How would you describe the pace at which you work?

What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them?

What have you learned from your mistakes?

What did you like or dislike about your previous job?

Which was most/least rewarding?

What was your biggest accomplishment/failure in this position?

What type of work environment do you prefer?

How do you evaluate success?

Describe a difficult work situation/project and how you overcame it.

Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you handled it.

Questions about your supervisors
and co-workers...

Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a co-worker who wasn't doing his/her fair share of the work. What did you do and what was the outcome?

Give me an example of when you took the time to share a co-worker's or supervisor's achievements with others?

If you know your boss is 100% wrong about something how would you handle it?

Tell me about a time that you didn't work well with a supervisor. What was the outcome and how would you have changed the outcome?

Have you worked with someone you didn't like? If so, how did you handle it?

Tell me about a time that you helped someone on the job.

Tell me about a time that you misjudged a person on the job.

Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?

Give some examples of teamwork you have been involved with.

What was it like working for your supervisor?

What do you expect from a supervisor?

What problems have you encountered at work?

Have you ever had difficulty working with a manager?

Who was your best boss and who was the worst?

Questions about you...

What is your greatest strength outside of work?

What is your greatest weakness outside of work?

How will your greatest strength help you perform on this job?

How will your greatest weakness hinder you on this job?

How would you describe yourself?

Describe a typical week in your life.

Do you take work home with you?

How do you handle stress and pressure?

What motivates you?

What do you find are the most difficult decisions to make?

What has been the greatest disappointment in your life?

What has been your greatest success in your life?

What are you passionate about?

What are your pet peeves?

What do people most often criticize about you?

When was the last time you were angry? What happened?

If you could relive the last 10 years of your life, what would you do differently?

If the people who know you were asked why I should hire you, what would they say?

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