Whether you’re an employer who needs to refresh your interview guide or you’re a candidate looking to practice for an upcoming interview, below are 50 interview questions (categorized by topic) for 2018 that are worth a look.
Tell me about yourself.
What are your strengths? (Pro tip: Add “And how can you improve the business with them?”)
What are your weaknesses? (Pro tip: Add “And how are you improving upon them?”)
How did you hear about the job?
Why do you want to work here?
Why are you looking for a new job? (Don’t jump into a rant about the company, manager or coworkers in your current role.)
What are your salary requirements? (Providing a range will show that you are flexible but know what you’re worth. For interviewers, make sure you are aware of local laws before asking about salary.)
What haven’t I asked you that’s important to share with me?
Do you have any questions for me? (Be sure you have some prepared. This article at com will help you brainstorm some ideas.)
What makes you qualified for this role? (Get specific.)
What skills did you gain from your last/current job? (A mix of soft skills and technical skills will show the interviewer that you’re looking to improve all aspects of yourself.)
What did you like most and least about your last/current job?
Can you tell me about a time you led by example?
Can you tell me about a project you’re proud of accomplishing?
Can you give me an example of a big decision you’ve had to make?
Can you describe a time you faced conflict with your manager or team? And how did you handle it?
Can you describe a time your work was criticized?
What was your most challenging life event? And how did you deal with it? (This doesn’t have to be work-related. Be honest.)
What’s your biggest failure? And how did you deal with it?
What gets you up in the morning?
Why should we hire you? (Focus on your biggest strengths and how they can make a difference to the hiring manager and company.)
What can you do for us that someone else can’t? (Let your experience shine here.)
Do you prefer to work alone or with others?
How would your friends describe you? And your work ethic?
Can you describe the toughest supervisor you’ve ever had? (Talk about how it helped you become a better you.)
What do you think is the most important issue affecting our industry?
How do you define success?
How do you handle conflict?
How do you deal with failure?
Can you tell me what you think this job entails? (You should do your research and prepare based on the job description and company objectives.)
What are you hoping to get from a new job – and this job in particular? (Pro tip: Consider asking what challenges the interviewee is looking for in a position to see how they want to grow.)
What do you think you’ll like the least about this job? (Be honest but let the interviewer know you understand it’s an important part of the job. And maybe with some practice, you won’t like it any less than other aspects of the job.)
What do you expect out of your coworkers?
What qualities do you want in a manager?
How much do you expect your company to take your opinion into account in its overall operations?
How would you describe our company culture? (Again, be sure you did your research! Pro tip: Check out the company’s branded hashtags to view user-generated content. It will tell a truer story.)
How long do you plan to work with us?
Where do you see yourself in five years? And 10?
What is your dream job? (If the job you’re interviewing for is a milestone to get there, that will resonate with the interviewer.)
Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses? (from Whole Foods)
What would the name of your debut album be? (from Urban Outfitters)
How would you sell hot cocoa in Florida? (from J.W. Business Acquisitions)
If I gave you $40,000 to start a business, what would you start? (from HubSpot)
How many basketballs would fit in this room? (from Delta Air Lines)
If you had a choice between being invisible or flying, which would you choose? (from Microsoft)
What kind of tree would you be? (from Cisco)
If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors? (from Apple)
How would you solve problems if you were from Mars? (from Amazon)
What do you think of garden gnomes? (from Trader Joe’s)
(For a whole list of oddball questions and why companies use them, check out this article from Forbes.)