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INTERVIEW QUESTIONS A COMPANY MIGHT ASK A CANDIDATE
It is important to be as prepared as possible for your interview.  With that in mind, please review the list of  potential questions below that could be asked of you:

Questions about your Background and Professional Experience:
  • Why do you feel you fit this particular position?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest strength(s)?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • What is the one area in which you would like to improve your skills?
  • What are three words your colleagues would use to describe you?
  • What are three words your bosses might use to describe you?
  • What are three words your employees might use to describe you?
  • What is the greatest professional challenge you have faced with regard to an assignment? 
  • How did you handle it and what was the result?
  • What is the greatest challenge you ever faced with a colleague or subordinate? 
  • How did you handle it and what was the result?

Questions about your Leadership:
  • What has been your most difficult experience in giving others direction? 
  • What specifically did you do? 
  • What was the outcome?
  • What was your most challenging leadership role?
  • What was your specific role in the group? 
  • What was the result?

Questions about your Decision Making Ability:
  • What is the most important decision you’ve had to make in the last six months? 
  • Did you seek advice? 
  • What did you decide? 
  • Did it work?
  • Give an example of a decision you tend to make rapidly. 
  • Give one where you tend to take more time.
  • Tell me about your “To Do List”. 
  • What is always at the top and what is always at the bottom? 
  • How are new items added to the list?  W
  • Walk me through your priority setting process.
  • Tell me about procrastinating about a decision in the last 6 months.
  • Why did you do it? 
  • What was the outcome?

Questions about your Initiative:
  • What was the most difficult task you’ve had to learn? 
  • What did you do to learn?
  • What was the result?
  • What is a recent responsibility you have taken on? 
  • Why did you assume this responsibility?
  • Describe a situation where you went above and beyond the call of duty. 
  • What happened? 
  • Why did you do it?
  • Give an example of being in a situation where things were not going well and you turned it around. 
  • What did you do? 
  • Why did you do it? 
  • What was the outcome?

Questions about your Motivation:
  • Give an example of when you worked the hardest and felt the greatest sense of achievement. 
  • What did you do? 
  • What happened?
  • Describe a recent frustrating experience. 
  • Why were you frustrated? 
  • What did you do? 
  • What were the results?
  • What is your favorite club or activity? 
  • What specifically makes it your favorite? 
  • What has been your role/how have you progressed?
  • Describe your job search strategy. 
  • What actions have you taken? Results?
  • When did you feel the most significant achievement in a work situation? 
  • What did you do and why was it so rewarding?
  • How do you spend your free time? 
  • What do you like about that activity and why?

Questions about your Tolerance for Stress: 
  • Describe a situation in which you were rejected.  How did you handle the outcome?
  • What has been your greatest obstacle? 
  • How have you dealt with it? 
  • What was the result?
  • Give an example of when your work was criticized. 
  • What was wrong with it and how did you deal with it?
  • Give an example in the past year when you have been opposed in a discussion. 
  • How did you react?
  • What kind of pressure do you feel at work/school?
  • Under what conditions, and in what environment, do you work best? Give specific examples.
  • How often is your schedule upset by unforeseen circumstances?  Give a recent example and how you handled it.

Questions about your Persuasiveness:
  • Describe a relationship where a person started out as an adversary and is now a supporter.
  • Describe your most difficult supervisor.  In this example, how did you handle this supervisor?
  • Give an example of convincing someone to extend a deadline.
  • Elaborate on how you convinced a group to make a change you felt necessary. 
  • What was the change? 
  • How did you convince them? 
  • Why did you feel it was necessary?
  • Questions about your Current Active Status:
  • Why did you leave your last position?
  • Why do you desire to make a career change at this time?
  • What is your salary history for the past year or two? 
  • What is your salary requirement now?
  • What other factors could effect your decision to accept a position with us?
  • Who are your top three professional references?
  • When would you be available to start employment with us if hired?
 
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