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Interview Questions: 25 Great Ideas

interview systemUpdated on Wed, June 12, 2013

Do you have a thoroughly planned-out interview system, or do you simply ask candidates the questions that come to mind (and remember better questions later on?) Or are you struggling for creative interview questions that go beyond the old standard “Tell me about yourself”? We’ve organized 25 sample questions to help you develop a more effective interview system that asks the right questions at the right time.

Ice-breakers
1.Why did you apply for this job?

2.Why are you leaving your current position?

3.Tell me what you know about our company.

4.What do you find most satisfying about your current (previous) job?

5.What do you find least satisfying about your current (previous) job?

6.What accomplishments are you most proud of?

7.If I were to meet your current (or most recent) boss, what kinds of things would he or she say about you and your work?

8.In what type of environment do you work the best?

9.Give me five adjectives that describe you.

Work Habits, Leadership, and Risk-Taking
10.In terms of your professional future, where do you see yourself five years from now?

11.What motivates you?

12.Describe a time when you were assigned a task without any direction.

13.What would you do in your first 30 days on the job?

14.Based on what you know about the position, what are your biggest strengths that would help you be successful in this position AND help our company be more successful?

15.Nobody is perfect, and everyone has areas where they can improve. Tell me about areas where you have the greatest opportunity to improve.

16.What have you done on your own to prepare for career growth?

17.Do you have someone who you consider to be a professional mentor? If yes, what is the best career advice or wisdom you’ve received from this person?

18.Describe a time when you were a member of a successful team. What part did you play in the team’s success?

19.You’re working on a team and you disagree with a decision the team made. How would you handle it?

Accountability
20.Someone told you that you made a mistake. How would you react?

21.You discovered that a co-worker made a mistake. What would you do?

Conflict Resolution
22.Describe a time when you had to work with someone you didn’t like.

23.Your boss has given you an unrealistic deadline. What do you do?

24.Tell me about a time when you handled a crisis.

Finally … give them a chance to sell themselves.

25.Why should we hire you?

We’d love to hear about your interview system: which questions work for you, and which don’t. Feel free to share tips that make your hiring process easier!

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