1. Tell me about you!
Keep your answer to one or two minutes; don't
ramble. Use your resume summary as a base to start.
2. What do you know about our company?
Do your homework before the interview! Spend some
time online or at the library researching the
company. Find out as much as you can, including
products, size, income, reputation, image, management
talent, people, skills, history and philosophy.
Project an informed interest; let the interviewer
tell you about the company.
3. Why do you want to work for us?
Don't talk about what you want; first, talk about
their needs: You would like to be part of a specific
company project; you would like to solve a company
problem; you can make a definite contribution
to specific company goals.
4. What would you do for us? What can you
do for us that someone else can't?
Relate past experiences that show you've had success
in solving previous employer problem(s) that may
be similar to those of the prospective employer.
5. What about the job offered do you find
the most attractive? Least attractive?
List three or more attractive factors and only
one minor unattractive factor.
6. Why should we hire you?
Because of your knowledge, experience, abilities
7. What do you look for in a job?
An opportunity to use your skills, to perform
and be recognized.
8. Please give me your definition of a...
(the position for which you are being interviewed).
Keep it brief -- give an action- and results-oriented
9. How long would it take you to make a meaningful
contribution to our firm?
Not long at all -- you expect only a brief period
of adjustment to the learning curve.
10. How long would you stay with us?
As long as we both feel I'm contributing, achieving,
and Management Questions
1. You may be overqualified for the position we
have to offer.
Strong companies need strong people. A growing,
energetic company is rarely unable to use its
employees' talents. Emphasize your interest in
a long-term association, pointing out that the
employer will get a faster return on investment
because you have more experience than required.
2. What is your management style?
(If you've never thought about this, it's high
time you did.) "Open-door management"
is best... And you get the job done on time or
inform your management.
3. Are you a good manager? Give an example.
Why do you feel you have top managerial potential?
Keep your answer achievement- and task-oriented;
emphasize management skills -- planning, organizing,
4. What do you look for when you hire people?
Skills, initiative, adaptability.
5. Did you ever fire anyone? If so, what were
the reasons and how did you handle it?
Give a brief example of a time when you faced
this, and stress that it worked out well.
6. What do you see as the most difficult task
in being a manager?
Getting things planned and done on time within
7. What do your subordinates think of you?
Be honest and positive...they can check your responses
8. What is your biggest weakness as a manager?
Be honest and end on a positive note, e.g. "I
don't enjoy reprimanding people, so I try to begin
with something positive first."
Are Leaving a Job
1. Why are you leaving your present job?
Refine your answer based on your comfort level
and honesty. Give a "group" answer if
possible, e.g. our department was consolidated
2. How do you feel about leaving all of your
Concerned but not panicked.
3. Describe what you feel to be an ideal working
One in which people are treated as fairly as possible.
4. How would you evaluate your present firm?
It's an excellent company that afforded me many
Your Experience and Accomplishments
1. How have you helped increase sales? Profits?
Explain in some detail, citing figures and specific
2. Have you helped reduce costs? How?
Describe in some detail with specifics.
3. How much money did you account for?
Give examples as to your responsibilities. Explain
how the budget was determined, and your role in
overseeing your department's portion.
4. How many people did you supervise on your
Explain the structure of your department and your
role as manager.
5. Do you like working with figures more than
Be honest but positive.
6. In your current or last position, what
features did you like the most? Least?
Be honest but put a positive spin on your least
7. In your current or last position, what
are or were your five most significant accomplishments?
Refer to the key accomplishments already identified
on your resume.
1. Why haven't you found a new position before
Finding a job is easy; finding the right job is
more difficult. Stress that you are being selective,
and are looking for the right "fit."
2.Had you thought of leaving your present
position before? If so, what do you think held
Explain that your job is no longer challenging
and that you feel your talents are best used elsewhere.
3. What do you think of your boss?
Be as positive as you can, even if you don't really
4.Would you describe a situation in which
your work was criticized?
Be as positive as you can and emphasize what you
learned from the situation.
5. What other types of jobs or companies are
Keep your answer related to this company's field,
and don't give out specific company names.
Work Habits and Style
1. If I spoke with your previous boss, what would
he say are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
Emphasize your skills, and don't be overly negative
about your weaknesses. It's always safer to identify
a lack of a skill as an area for improvement rather
than a shortcoming.
2. Can you work under pressures, deadlines,
Yes, it's a way of life in business. Be sure to
cite examples of your success.
3. How have you changed the nature of your
Explain how you have improved the efficiency,
productivity, and the like.
4. Do you prefer staff or line work? Why?
It depends on the job and its challenges.
5. In your present position, what problems
have you identified that had previously been overlooked?
Keep it brief and don't brag.
6. Do you feel you might be better off in
a different size company? Different type company?
It depends on the job -- elaborate slightly.
7. How do you resolve conflict on a project
Explain that communication is important, and that
you would first you discuss the issues privately.
8. What was the most difficult decision you
ever had to make?
Try to relate your response to the prospective
1. How much are you looking for?
Answer with a question, e.g., "What is the
salary range for similar jobs in your company?"
If the interviewer doesn't answer, then give a
range of what you understand you are worth in
2. How much do you expect, if we offer this
position to you?
Be careful; the market value of the job may be
the key answer, e.g., "My understanding is
that a job like the one you're describing may
be in the range of ______."
3.What kind of salary are you worth?
Have a specific figure in mind
don't be hesitant
1. Do you generally speak to people before they
speak to you?
It depends on the circumstances.
2.What was the last book you read? Movie you
saw? Sporting event you attended?
Talk about books, sports or films to show that
you have balance in your life.
3. What is the toughest part of a job for
Be honest. Remember, not everyone can do everything.
4. Are you creative?
Yes. Give examples that relate to your current
5. How would you describe your own personality?
Balanced is a good word to use, but remember the
type of company you are interviewing at. Some
companies may want someone who is aggressive and
6. Are you a leader?
Absolutely! Cite specific examples using your
current job as a reference point.
7. What are your future goals?
Avoid, "I would like the job you advertised."
Instead, give long-range goals.
8. What are your strengths?
Present at least three and relate them to the
company and job you are interviewing for.
9. What are your weaknesses?
Don't say that you don't have any. Try not to
cite personal characteristics as weaknesses, but
be ready to have one if the interviewer presses.
Turn a negative into a positive answer: "I
am sometimes intent on completing an assignment
and get too deeply involved when we are late"
1. If you could start your career again, what
would you do differently?
Nothing... I am happy today, so I don't want to
change my past.
2. What career options do you have at the
"I see three areas of interest..." Relate
those to the position and industry.
3. How would you describe the essence of success?
According to your definition of success, how successful
have you been so far?
Think carefully about your answer and relate it
to your career accomplishments.
on Nov 03, 2011