Sample Interview Questions

A wide variety of questions may be asked during interviews. Most of them can be anticipated. Some you are sure to be asked.

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?
  3. Why did you leave your last job?
  4. Why do you want to work for us?
  5. How did you like your last job?
  6. What kind of salary are you looking for?
  7. What do you know about our company?
  8. Why should we hire you?
  9. What did you think of your old boss?
  10. What are your long-range goals?
  11. Do you like to work overtime?
  12. You seem over-qualified (or under-qualified).

Here are some common questions interviewers ask. Take time to prepare and practice our answers. This gives you a competitive edge over others who have not done their homework.


  1. What were your most rewarding experiences in school?
  2. What were your grades?
  3. What were your outside activities?
  4. What were your favorite classes? Why?

Work Experience

  1. What did you like most about your previous job?
  2. What did you accomplish in your last job?
  3. What are some of the job disappointments you have had?
  4. How much did you make in your last job?
  5. Describe your previous boss.
  6. Why did you leave your last job?
  7. What is your most rewarding job so far?
  8. Why have you changed jobs so often?

Job Related Questions

  1. What do you know about the type of work we do here?
  2. How long would it take you to learn what we do?
  3. How did you become interested in our industry?
  4. How much money would you like to make long term?
  5. What would you like to know about us?
  6. Why should we hire you?
  7. How long would you stay with us?
  8. Who can we contact as references?

Personal Qualities

  1. What is your greatest strength?
  2. What are areas in which you need to grow?
  3. What do you see yourself doing in the next five years?
  4. What things have you done on your job that make you proud?
  5. Describe your ideal job.
  6. Do you prefer to work alone or in a group?

Hobbies/Outside Activities

  1. What are your hobbies and outside interests?
  2. Outside of work, what experiences have impacted what you do?
  3. Describe your lifestyle.