The 100 Top Interview Questions


In order to feel comfortable during a job interview, you need to be well prepared. Part of being well prepared is having a good idea of what to expect during the interview. To help you prepare for the interview, below are the top 100 interview questions. You may not hear all of these questions, but if you review them beforehand, you will be ready to give the best interview possible.

To help you prepare, you may want to write out short answers to each question as you read it. A good way to practice your interview skills is to have a practice interview with a friend, or even look in a mirror as you practice by yourself. During your real interview, you will have to be able to think on your feet and adjust your answers accordingly. However, with practice, you will be able to do this easily and with confidence.

The purpose of a job interview is to let the interviewer find out more about you. They are trying to find out more about your background, skills, education, goals, personality and work ethics. In general, there are 20 qualities that interviewers will be looking at during a job interview. These are:

  • The ability to take direction
  • A positive, proactive attitude
  • Productivity
  • Flexibility
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Teamwork style
  • Loyalty
  • Willingness to learn
  • Initiative
  • Willingness to help
  • Time management skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Planning and organization skills
  • Decision making skills
  • Goal setting
  • Motivation level and energy
  • Stress management
  • Creativity
  • Leadership abilities and style

Interviewers will use the following 100 questions to find out all of this information during the interview process.

  1. Tell me a little about yourself.
  2. How did you find out about this job? Do you know what this job entails?
  3. What do you know about our company?
  4. Why are you interested in this particular career?
  5. Why do you want to work here?
  6. What interests you the most about this position?
  7. What is your personal mission statement?
  8. Does your boss know you are here today?
  9. Are you a Type A, B or C personality?
  10. What are your personal strengths? Have about 5 personal job-related strengths ready and explain how you have used them in the workplace.
  11. What are your weaknesses? Talk about how you have turned 2 or 3 weaknesses into strengths.
  12. What is your work ethic?
  13. Give me an example of a time when you went above the call of duty at work.
  14. How do you define success and failure?
  15. What are your goals for the next five years?
  16. Why did you leave (or are leaving) your previous job?
  17. How have you saved your employer money and increased income?
  18. What are the most important things you learned in school, at work and in life?
  19. How do you define leadership? What makes a good leader?
  20. Do you take pride in your work? How does it show?
  21. Do you have good communication skills? Are you better at written or oral communication?
  22. How good are your vocabulary and grammar skills?
  23. Describe some of your effective written communications.
  24. Tell me about two occasions when you were proactive.
  25. Are you competitive?
  26. Can you explain the gaps in your work history in your resume?
  27. How do you react when you receive "no" for an answer?
  28. Can you tell me what you think is the difference between a healthy ego and a big ego?
  29. Tell me about an example of helping a coworker when you got no direct benefit from it.
  30. How are your manners? What kind of people do you think deserve to be treated with good manners?
  31. Do you try to learn something every day?
  32. What does "thinking outside of the box" mean to you?
  33. How are your computer skills? What programs and software are you familiar with?
  34. How are your internet skills?
  35. How would you handle a client from another country?
  36. Do you work better as part of a team, with just one other coworker or alone?
  37. When working as part of a team, what role are you more comfortable playing?
  38. Who are your heroes? Why?
  39. Name one world leader that you admire and tell me why.
  40. How would you handle the war in Iraq?
  41. Tell me a joke that you feel is funny.
  42. What character from a popular TV show do you identify with?
  43. Have you ever been fired?
  44. Tell me about a time when you stood up for something you believed in.
  45. What is your definition of intelligence?
  46. Tell me about the characteristics and working styles of supervisors you like to work with.
  47. What is your proudest achievement?
  48. What would you do if you were at a business lunch and the steak you ordered cooked rare was served well done?
  49. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  50. Tell me about someone who helped you in your career.
  51. What is your ideal company to work for?
  52. How do you plan to further development your career?
  53. Do you prefer structured or unstructured activities? Why?
  54. Give me some examples of original ideas that you have had, and how you implemented them.
  55. What is your dream job?
  56. What kind of work style do you have?
  57. Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a conflict at work.
  58. What is the last book you read?
  59. What magazines do you like to read?
  60. What is something you would want to change about your last job?
  61. What is your opinion of your former boss?
  62. What is your opinion of me and my interview skills?
  63. What would you do if you found out that your entire department would be laid off, except for one worker?
  64. What can you offer us that the other candidates cannot?
  65. Tell me about your responsibilities at your last job.
  66. How long do you think it will take for you to make a significant contribution to this company?
  67. Will you relocate?
  68. Tell me about the latest project that you led.
  69. How do you deal with conflict?
  70. What are your goals in this job?
  71. Why should I hire you?
  72. If you won the lottery, what would you do?
  73. Tell me about a time when your work was criticized. How did you handle the situation?
  74. Have you ever been a part of team, at work or school, where there was someone who did not pull their weight? How did you handle this?
  75. What is your greatest failure? What did you learn from the experience?
  76. How have you handled having to give someone difficult feedback?
  77. What kinds of traits irritate you about other people? How do you deal with it?
  78. What is your biggest fear?
  79. Tell me about a problem that you solved in a unique way.
  80. Tell me about a time when you had to make a difficult decision without all the information you needed.
  81. Tell me what you think you will be doing in the first 30 days of this job.
  82. If you started working here, what is the first thing you would change?
  83. How do you handle changes in life?
  84. What will you miss about your previous job?
  85. What is your greatest achievement in life?
  86. If your boss asked you to do something you disagreed with, what would you do?
  87. Tell me about a situation when you anticipated problems and what you did to take preventative measures?
  88. What was the most difficult decision you have made in the last year?
  89. What do you like to do in your spare time?
  90. Why are you leaving your present job? Or, why did you leave your last job?
  91. What do you think is the difference between good and superior?
  92. When was the last time you took a risk and how did it turn out?
  93. What is your biggest regret? Is there anything that can be done about it?
  94. If you found out that your company was doing something illegal, what would you do about it?
  95. What kind of salary are you looking for?
  96. Are there any reasons that will stop you from getting to work on time every day?
  97. If you could be any superhero, who would it be?
  98. What is the last movie you saw?
  99. If you have multiple assignments that are due at the end of day, but it is not possible to finish them all, what would you do?
  100. Why should we hire you?

In addition to you answering the interview questions, during the interview is your chance to ask questions. If you have any questions about the company or specifics about the job details, now is the time to ask. A few things that you might want to know include:

  1. What might be some of the challenges facing a new employee during the first month and first year of the job?
  2. Why is this job open?
  3. How will this job develop over time?
  4. Does the company plan to expand over the next five years?
  5. What are the opportunities for advancement within the company?
  6. What is a typical workday like?