50 Most Common Interview Questions

Prepare for your interview by reviewing the 50 most commonly asked interview questions.

Several of these questions require you to have knowledge of the company you are interviewing with and all of them are meant to assess you and give the interviewer reasons to select you above all other candidates. The interviewer wants you to be specific and relevant to THIS interview.

Many candidates make the mistake of applying to ANY position advertised that suits their skill sets when they should be taking a more targeted approach. As a candidate you should assess the position being advertised, do your research on the company and decide whether YOU want to work for this company in this position. You should also note the reasons WHY you want to do so. This evaluation will give you perspective during the interview and will demonstrate to the interviewer that you are invested in the process and that you have a desire to work with them specifically.

Don’t take a “hit and miss” approach to your employment search, be deliberate and targeted. This discernment will reflect positively upon you in the interview and it will enable you to demonstrate that THIS is the job you want and that you will be an asset to the company.

What are your strengths?

  1. What are your weaknesses?

  2. Why are you interested in working for [insert company name here]?

  3. Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?

  4. Why do you want to leave your current company?

  5. Why was there a gap in your employment between [insert date] and [insert date]?

  6. What can you offer us that someone else can not?

  7. What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on?

  8. Are you willing to relocate?

  9. Are you willing to travel?

  10. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.

  11. Tell me about a time you made a mistake.

  12. What is your dream job?

  13. How did you hear about this position?

  14. What would you look to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job?

  15. Discuss your resume.

  16. Discuss your educational background.

  17. Describe yourself.

  18. Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.

  19. Why should we hire you?

  20. Why are you looking for a new job?

  21. Would you work holidays/weekends?

  22. How would you deal with an angry or irate customer?

  23. What are your salary requirements? 

  24. Give a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.

  25. Who are our competitors?

  26. What was your biggest failure?

  27. What motivates you?

  28. What’s your availability?

  29. Who’s your mentor?

  30. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.

  31. How do you handle pressure?

  32. What is the name of our CEO?

  33. What are your career goals?

  34. What gets you up in the morning?

  35. What would your direct reports say about you?

  36. What were your bosses’ strengths/weaknesses?

  37. If I called your boss right now and asked him/her what is an area that you could improve on, what would he/she say?

  38. Are you a leader or a follower?

  39. What was the last book you’ve read for fun?

  40. What are your co-worker pet peeves?

  41. What are your hobbies?

  42. What is your favorite website?

  43. What makes you uncomfortable?

  44. What are some of your leadership experiences?

  45. How would you fire someone?

  46. What do you like the most and least about working in this industry?

  47. Would you work 40+ hours a week?

  48. What questions haven’t I asked you?

  49. What questions do you have for me?