Sample Interview Questions

Any potential employer will ask you a lot of questions so be prepared!

We have created a list of FAIQs (Frequently Asked Interview Questions) and separated them into several groups beginning with those questions that we feel are most likely to be asked, but also take time to read and consider the other questions that may be asked as well.   You may be faced with a combination of questions.

How you answer questions is frequently what the interviewer remembers most about you. Your answers to questions may actually count for as much or even more than your actual documentable accomplishments in your work history.

Questions that will be asked for sure:

Why would you like to leave your current job?


Why did you leave your last job?

What were your duties and responsibilities? (Really, this seems simple, but you need to 'rehearse' your answer in order to sound clear and confident about past job duties!)

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

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

What are your (short-term/long-term) career goals?

What is your greatest strength on the job?

What is your greatest weakness on the job?

Tell me about a difficult situation in your last position where you feel you handled it/yourself well.

Tell me about a difficult situation in your last position where you feel you did not handle it/yourself well.

Other types of questions you may be asked:

Here are additional sample questions that you may be asked during an interview. Remember – your best strategy is to be prepared to respond to any of these questions with brief yet meaningful answers that keep the conversation focused on you and your potential value as an employee.

Work history questions...

How would you describe the pace of your last position?

At what pace do you work best?

What type of work environment do you prefer?

How do you work under pressure and/or with deadlines?

How do you handle having extra time or not having enough to do?

Can you handle multiple tasks at one time?

What did you like/dislike about your previous position?

Which did you find most/least rewarding in your previous position?

What was your biggest accomplishment/failure in your last position?

How do you evaluate success?

Describe a time when the situation/project was very difficult 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...

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

Tell me about a time when a co-worker was not doing his/her work correctly. What did you do and what was the outcome?

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?

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 or situation on the job.

Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?

Give some examples of teamwork you have been involved with.

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/worst boss?

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 are you passionate about?

What do you like to do best in your free time?

Are you involved in any clubs, organizations or other community activities?

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

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