Find below a list of questions that you could be asked whilst at interview

Warm-up questions

  • What made you apply for this particular position?
  • Briefly, how would you summarise your work history & education?

Work history

  • Can you describe for me one or two of your most important accomplishments?
  • How much supervision did you receive in your previous job?
  • Describe for me one of your biggest disappointments in your current job?
  • Why are you leaving your current job?
  • What’s important to you in a company, and what things do you look for in a new organization?

Job performance

  • What are your strong points for this job?
  • When you’ve been told, or discovered yourself, a problem in your job performance, what have you typically done? Can you give me an example?
  • Do you prefer working alone or in groups?
  • Starting with your last job, tell me about your achievements that were recognised by your manager?
  • What things you would like to avoid in a job and why?
  • What would you say is the most important thing you are looking for in a job?
  • What were some of the things about your last job that you found most difficult to do?
  • What are some of the problems you encountered in doing your job? What do you usually do about it?
  • What are some things you particularly liked about your last job?
  • How do you feel about the way you were managed?
  • If I asked your present or most recent employer about your ability, what would they say?


  • What aspects of your education or training have prepared you for this opportunity?
  • What courses have been of most help to you in doing your present job and why?

Career goals

  • What is your long-term career objective?
  • What kind of job do you see yourself doing five years from now?
  • What do you feel you need to develop in terms of skill & knowledge to be ready for that opportunity?
  • How does this job fit in with your overall career goals?
  • What would you most like to achieve if you were offered this position?


  • What are your three greatest strengths?
  • And what are your three greatest weaknesses?
  • What kind of things do you feel most confident doing?
  • Can you describe for me a difficult obstacle you have had to overcome?
  • How would you describe yourself as a person?
  • What do you think are the most important characteristics a person must possess to become successful?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest achievements to date? Why?
  • What things frustrate you the most? How do you usually cope with them?


  • Can you think of a problem you’ve encountered when the old solutions didn’t work & you came up with a new one?
  • What kind of problems have people recently called on you to solve? How did you solve them.


  • Do you consider yourself to be thoughtful, or do you usually make up your mind up quickly? Give an example.
  • What was your most difficult decision in the last six months? What made it difficult?
  • How do you go about making an important decision?

Range of interests

  • Tell me specifically what you like to do outside of work?
  • How do you keep up with what’s going on in your industry?

Work standards

  • What are your standards of success in your current position?
  • In your position, how would you define doing a good job?
  • If you were to manage the performance of another individual, what factors would you look for?


  • What approach do you take in getting your co-workers to accept your ideas?
  • How would you implement a specific change in the organisation?
  • How would you get co-workers who don’t want to work together to establish a common approach to a problem?
  • How would you describe your basic leadership style? Give specific examples of how you practice this?


  • What was the most important idea or suggestion you received at work and what happened as a result?
  • What was the most significant change made by your company in the last six months that directly impacted you, and how successfully did you adapt to this change?


  • What or who has been the most important event or person in your own self-development?
  • What kind of books & publications do you read?