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Top 100 Job Interview Questions With Explanations, Tips, and Advice

Ms. Inglish is a successful employment & training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

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Know the answers to the questions

100 Most Common Interview Questions

The following are 100 of the most-asked interview questions you are likely to hear during the interviews you have on the way to your dream job. That may sound like a lot of questions, but it really is not too many to cover in one to three interviews, so be prepared.

Once you decide for yourself what the best answers to each question are for you, you will be armed with enough interview ammunition to successfully pass through many job interviews with good results. You may want to write out your answers and practice saying them to a friend or yourself in the mirror.

Practice your answers

Practice your answers

Discussion and Practice Can Help

I have included some helpful comments with some of the following interview questions from my experiences on both sides of the interviewer's desk. I have been in charge of several hundred employees at a time in restaurants and sporting associations and have been one of several thousand staff people myself in another particular company. I have also worked in family-owned businesses and some very small businesses as well.

Once you decide for yourself what the best answers to each question are for you, you will be armed with enough interview ammunition to successfully pass through many job interviews with good results.

Questions and Answers

Here are the most common questions for which you need ready answers, along with a little bit about why some of them are asked.

Question 1: "Tell Me About Yourself"

1) Tell me a little about yourself.

This is really one of the more difficult questions to answer, because it is not specific. Do not be tempted to tell your life story, but concentrate on your education and work experience.

Especially highlight your accomplishments with hard data whenever possible. For example," I increased the customer base by 10% in the first 6 months of my employment with XYZ Company." End your summary of yourself by stating that you are interested in this new company and really want to be part of its success.

99 More Questions After "Tell Me About Yourself"

2) a) How did you find out about this job? b) What do you know about the job?

3) a) What do you know about this company? b) This department?

4) a) Why did you choose this particular career? b) Your major in college or tech school?

5) Why do you want to work here?

6) What interests you most about this position?

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7) What is your personal mission statement?

8) Does your boss know you're here today?

9) Are you a Type A, B or C personality?

Be careful in answering this question! Even with experience as a therapist, I don't agree with these types of labels, but many employers do use them to categorize people into groups. In their eyes, Types A and C both have disadvantages.

To employers, Type A means heart disease and C means cancer-and-depression-prone in terms of insurance, medical, and disability costs to the company and the costs of training your replacement if you are out sick or disabled. However, Type A can be very productive and accurate.

Type B is generally less stressed, but still productive, so you might describe yourself as Type B, but able to access Type A qualities when extra energy and drive are needed.

10) What are your strengths?

Have a list of 5 personal job-related strengths ready to name them and explain how you have used them.

11) What are your weaknesses?

Be ready to describe how you have turned one or two weaknesses into strengths. This will show that you know yourself and that you regularly examine your skills and improve them. You might describe how you have improved your organization skills and/or your communication skills.

Many companies are on a system of what is called Continuous Improvement. They are looking to improve their employees as well as their products and services and they like employees that improve themselves and are therefore more productive.

12) a) What is your idea of a strong work ethic? b) Does it mean working long hours?

13) Tell me about a time that you went "above and beyond the call of duty" on the job.

14) How do you define success? Failure?


  • Thomas Edison is to have said that he discovered 5000 ways a light bulb does NOT work.
  • Failure is not learning from a mistake.
  • Failure is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

15) What are your goals for the next five years?

16) Why did you leave (or are you leaving) your previous job?

17) What have you done to save your employer expenses and increase income?

18) a) What's the most important thing you've learned in school? b) In work? c) In life?

19) a) What does leadership mean to you? b) How does one become a leader?

20) How is it evident that you take pride in your work?

21) a) How good are your communication skills? b) Do you prefer oral or written communications?

22) Rate your vocabulary and grammar skills for me.

23) Describe some of your latest written communications and how effective they have been.

24) Describe for me two situations in which you were proactive.

25) Are you competitive? Give me an example.

26) Why is there a gap in your resume?

If you show any period of unemployment on your resume, prepare to explain honestly. Layoffs are a very common in this century, so do not say that you were a self-employed consultant if you were laid off and working on temp jobs. Temporary employment or an intense job search of several months are both fine. If you took time off to care for a sick family member, state this very briefly and do not dwell on it.

27) How do you take "No" for an answer?

28) What is the difference between a big ego and a healthy ego?

29) Describe a time when you had to help a coworker out that did not directly benefit you?

30) a) Do you have good manners? b) What types of people need to be treated with good manners?

31) a) How do you continue learning on a daily basis? b) Why is continuous improvement necessary?

32) What is thinking outside the box to you?

33) How do you rate yourself in computer skills? Please describe the programs and software that you can use well.

34) Can you perform Internet research? Please describe to me your steps in doing so.

35) How would you handle a client coming into town from a foreign country—say, Thailand?

Be prepared for your interview!

Be prepared for your interview!

36) Do you work better on a team, with just one partner, or alone?

Make sure that you demonstrate that you know there are at least two types of teams: 1) the vertical team and 2) the horizontal team.

The vertical team is a hierarchy with a leader at the top. The person at the top of the hierarchy gives the word and everyone below the leader does their part so that the goal is met. The horizontal team is a group of peers that work together on a project, each fulfilling a part that is important; members are all interdependent.

37) What role do you usually take in a team project?

38) a) Who are your heroes—living and dead, real or fictional? b) Why?

39) Name one world leader that you admire and why.

40) What would you do about the war in Iraq? (Or any current war)

41) Tell me a joke.

42) With which character on the series Game of Thrones (or Grey's Anatomy, True Blood, Modern Family, Star Trek, or any popular show) do you identify with?

43) a) Have you ever been fired? b) If so, what did you learn from it?

44) Describe a time when you stood up for something you believed in and were met with resistance?

45) What is intelligence?

A good answer to this is that intelligence is the ability to enter into a new situation and function well, whether it is in a new company or it is being dropped into a foreign land where you don't yet know the language.

46) Describe the characteristics and working style of supervisors you like to work with and for whom you have given the best results.

47) Tell me about your proudest achievement.

48) If you were at a business lunch and you ordered a steak cooked rare, and they brought it to you well done, how would you react, and what would you do about it?

Make no mistake—This is going to tell the interviewer how you handle problems on the job. How do you correct unacceptable work?

49) If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be?

50) Tell me about a person in your career field that helped make you a success.

51) Describe the ideal company for you.

52) What are your plans for career development?

53) a) Do you prefer structured or unstructured activities? b) Why?

54) a) Give examples of ideas you have originated and implemented. b) What were the results?

55) What is your dream job?

56) How would you describe your work style?

57) Tell me about a time when you had to deal with conflict on the job.

58) What is the last book you read?

59) What magazines do you subscribe to?

60) What one thing would you change about your last job?

61) What do you think of your previous boss?

62) How do you think I rate as an interviewer?

63) How would you react if you knew that everyone in your department was going to be let go except for one person?

64) What can you do for us that other candidates can't?

65) What were your responsibilities in your last position?

66) How long will it take for you to make a significant contribution here?

67) Are you willing to relocate?

68) What was the last project you headed up, and what was its outcome?

69) How do you usually deal with conflict? Give me an example.

70) What goals do you have in mind for this job if we hire you?

71) What would you do if you won the lottery?

72) Can you describe a time when your work was criticized?

73) a) Have you ever been on a team (school or work or elsewhere) where someone was not pulling their own weight? b) How did you handle it?

74) Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback and how you managed it.

75) What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?

76) What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it?

77) What is your greatest fear?

78) Tell me about a problem you solved in a unique way. What was the outcome?

79) Tell me about a time when you had to make a decision without all the information you needed.

80) What do you see yourself doing within the first 30 days of this job?

81) What is the first thing you would change if you were to start work here?

82) How do you handle change?

83) What will you miss about your current or last job?

84) What is your greatest achievement?

85) If I were your supervisor and asked you to do something you disagreed with, what would you do?

86) Describe a time when you anticipated potential problems and developed preventive measures.

87) What's the most difficult decision you've made in the last year?

88) What do you do in your spare time?

89) Why are you leaving your present job?

90) Tell me the difference between good and superior.

91) Tell me about the last time you took a risk and how it turned out.

92) a) What is your biggest regret, and why? b) What can be done about it?

93) If you found out your company was participating in illegal activity, what would you do?

94) What are your salary requirements?

Ask yourself questions, such as what the salary range of the position actually is in your city. You could check out Before you interview, make sure that you research the salary range for the job, appropriate to your area of the country.

95) Is there anything that will prevent you from getting to work on time?

96) If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?

97) What is the last movie you saw?

98) Describe how you would handle a situation wherein you must finish multiple assignments by the end of the day, but there is no way physically possible to do so.

99) Why should we hire you?

This is the time to strongly sell yourself to the interviewer without sounding desperate. Concisely summarize your strengths, qualifications, and assets. Be specific and don't just say you are hardworking and motivated. Tell the interviewer why you are different from all the rest of the applicants.

100) What questions do you have for me (us)?

Ask the Interviewer Some Questions!

1) What do you believe will be the greatest challenge for the new employee in this job position in the first 30 days and the first year?

2) How did this vacancy occur?

3) How do you see this position developing over time?

4) How does your company plan to expand in the next five years?

5) What are the chances for advancement with your company?

6) What is a typical workday in this position like?

20 Types of Information Employers Are Looking for When They Ask Questions

Job interviews are designed to bring out information about your background, skills, personality, and character, especially as these aspects relate to the world of work.

Twenty specific qualities that will be examined during most of your job interviews will include:

  1. Ability to Take Direction
  2. Positive, Proactive Attitude
  3. Productivity
  4. Flexibility
  5. Integrity and Honesty
  6. Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  7. Teamwork Style
  8. Loyalty
  9. Willingness to Learn
  10. Initiative
  11. Willingness to Help
  12. Time Management Skills
  13. Problem Solving Skills
  14. Planning and Organizational Skills
  15. Decision Making
  16. Goal Setting
  17. Motivation Level and Energy
  18. Stress Management
  19. Creativity
  20. Leadership Abilities and Style

The 100 questions above can reveal information about you in all of these categories.

Make Your Answers True to Yourself

Notice how interviewers react to your answers during interviews and adjust your answers accordingly if needed. However, don't be tempted to recite just what you feel the interviewer wants to hear because well-trained recruiters can detect this ploy.

It is important to stay true to yourself. You need to come across as an individual, although not so extremely independent, that you are not a team player or one who cannot be directed.

You also need to avoid looking like a total follower instead of a leader. Your good ideas will be welcomed in the right context and with the right presentation. There is a lot of "middle ground" to maneuver, but there will be times on the job when you can shine brighter than all the rest; those are your opportunities to be more individualized and outspoken in your manner. It is also good to keep communication open, ongoing and free of gossip and politics with supervisors and managers as well as team members and subordinates.

It is important to stay true to yourself. You need to come across as an individual, but not so extremely independent that you are not a team player or one who cannot be directed.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2007 Patty Inglish MS


sanasiddiqui on October 08, 2015:

Thanks, very informative content about interview tips, All 100 questions are generally asked during an interview.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 27, 2015:

Congratulations!! - and thank you for writing about those other question on your interview. It all sounds like a winner!

Imola Szilagyi on June 27, 2015:

Hi! Thanks for the response:) I read it as soon as you replied but wanted to wait after I got the response from the company. I got the job!!! :D They didn't ask the weakness question in the interview however, I did mention it as a characteristic that I want to improve and mentioned the objectives I set out to help me get over this fear and the actions I took to achieve them. One question that gave me a bit of hard time was "what would others say about you?" because I didn't want to be too repetitive after the "tell me about yourself" and "what are your strengths?" questions. But all in all, it was a positive experience, the interviewers were relaxed and quite funny and that put me at ease and allowed me to loosen up.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 20, 2015:

That is a good characteristic to handle as a weakness you want to improve. I wish we could say something besides "out of my comfort zone." Try saying something about stretching beyond your current reach in abilities and maybe something about overcoming fear so you can improve performance and be more creative in speaking and thinking. Good luck! Let me know what happens.

Imola Szilagyi on June 20, 2015:

i have an interview in a couple of days and i was thinking about answering the weakness question with "I'm not very good at public speaking because i get get nervous, but I'm determined to work on it by putting myself in situations outside of my comfort zone. For example, at group projects, I decided to be the first to present even if it scared me." how does this sound? (i'm about to graduate and this is my first interview)

RTalloni on December 09, 2014:

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Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 04, 2014:

Thanks for reading! I hope the information can help someone you know.

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Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 27, 2013:

I think that's easy - just what exactly HAVE you done to save your employers money or increase their incomes? If you have no answers, why not (you may have a good, reasonable answer to that one)? Think of ways you might save money and increase income of an employer and tell an interviewer that you would do these things on a new job.

Examples: I stopped wasting money at one job by not ordering paper supplies for 6 months (we had a whole storeroom full of them, because the last person ordered weekly no matter what). At a steakhouse chain where I was manager, we all had too many steaks thawed one night, so I ran a sale at 50-cents off each one and sold them all. The other managers at their stores lost hundreds of dollars in one night by simply tossing the food away. At another company, we began recycling.

Every employee can keep a permanent personal Employment Portfolio and a daily log of the things they do to save money and increase income on the job; and I feel that we all should do so.

Diane Ewing on February 27, 2013:

There is very good questions and answers, however, the question I had was not answered. What have you done to save your employer money or increase their income? In my previous jobs, I don't really have an answer to that, so I was looking for your suggestion.

Allen Sadiki Ngonyani on July 11, 2012:

This is absolutely awesome questions, I would like to congratulate the faculty for doing such a job to help people to prepare themselves before interviewing appointments.

anon on February 10, 2012:

Well the problem is I can't really think of any! Has anyone else had experiences like that?

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 08, 2012:

Have you had experiences like that? If so, tell us what you did so we can think about it.

Anon on February 08, 2012:

I always get stumped by this one,

"Describe a situation in which you have observed unethical behavior on the part of a professional. State what was unethical and why you believe it was so. What did you do (or wish you had done) about it?"

Any suggestions?

paiman on January 16, 2012:

thank you very much, I have learned lots of things from this tips,

DINESH on December 15, 2011:

Thanks For Interview Tips and this is very helpfully

lizbeth on December 06, 2011:

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shanel on November 04, 2011:

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Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 15, 2011:

Best of success Jordan! A few cases of stammering can respond to quick cures in a pinch, but the best you can do is to practice speaking as often as possible before the interview. Take a deep breath and speak. Singing as practice helps as well, but don't sing in the interview.

If you need to, tell the interviewer that you tend to stammer under stress and are workking on that. Hopefully, that will bring you respect, as is "working on a slight weakness." Cheers! Let us know when you get the job.

Jordan on October 15, 2011:

Hello, I'll be having my interview tommorrow. thanks a lot. Btw, do you have a quick solution on how to cure stammering? i know what to answer but when i feel nervous, i stammers alot and end up failing the interview. Im applying for the programmer position and i fail in social communication.thanks in advance. wish me luck

work experience on September 20, 2011:

Thanks for reading and great posting i like to see it please share more about the topic because its relevant to my business... work experience

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on September 19, 2011:

Thanks for reading! - Let un know about any new questions to get.

jugannelson on September 19, 2011:

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GAMIE_GAME on August 26, 2011:

This be helping those people who seeking to find a job,

I salute to those people who did this article!

thank you so much...

yaseen on July 22, 2011:

Nice patty, seems like you have done a lot of work for this article.

Kevin from Whistler Canada on May 23, 2011:

Great tips. That might be the longest hub I have ever read.

archi1 on May 05, 2011:

Inspite of having talent many youth are unable to qualify interview the reason is they remain unaware of the pattern of questions they are going to face during interview.But you have given a better solution to them by providing them so many interview related questions with answers.

JulieBMack from Colorado on October 21, 2010:

Great resource! I sued the suggested links in my last hub and found this! You have a lot of useful hubs! Thanks!!

sandeep on August 18, 2010:

this made me to face interview in asucessfull manner . thanks for this video

facelift on May 10, 2010:

Excellent work. I want for my first interview to teach Monday.These questions and answers will be extremely useful! Thank you very much

iskoban on May 06, 2010:

Thank you

eveconsult1 on April 29, 2010:

been there, done that)

Ladybird33 from Fabulous USA on April 29, 2010:

Thank you, this was very, very helpful to me. My best.

kingn0thing on March 26, 2010:

Awesome page, I've bookmarked this for future use if I need it. Thanks!

beenthere on February 24, 2010:

as a person who has been on both sides of the hiring fence most of the questions are bs, some are only tactical in nature just to place you into a bucket. This list is fine for someone who is a true and sincere interviewer but for the week interviewer who may not see past a lame question or two that a valued team member is in front of them. Remember, unless you are absolutely desperate if the interviewer does not like the answer you gave then maybe, just maybe that is not the place or environment you should be in. Never forget that.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 06, 2010:

Mrs. A, that's a tough one. You could say that you had a personal situation that required you to remain at home - the interviewer is not legally permitted to ask you if you had to take care of family or if you were sick. If he digs deeper, say that it was personal and that there is no further such situation affecting you now.

If you are under follow-up treatment that requires a lot of sick leave, high medication charges, etc., then that is discussed after you are hired and you meet with HR to sign up for health insurance.

Mrs. A. on February 05, 2010:

How should I explain a two year gap from the work force, doing the interview because of my Breast Cancer?

John Lakewood from Lakewood, CO on December 10, 2009:

Thanks for many more than I have ever seen.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 08, 2009:

Thanks for all the comments. I reall have been asked each and every question on this list in the last few years!

vatha - Interviews put you in a position of being analyzed and judged, which is often hard to endure. But what's thw rost that can happen? - You might not get the job, but there are others jobs. Try to relax before interviews.

vatha on October 07, 2009:

I don't know why do i afraid everytime have interview?

lyricsingray on September 28, 2009:

Fantastic Hub, so glad I dropped by. Thanks!

StevenCavendish on September 27, 2009:

Great tips Patty. I've probably conducted somewhere in the region of 500 interviews and the information you provide in this hub is very good.

abinavis from Bat Island on May 03, 2009:

Quite informative. Very useful for people who is looking for and between job. Your writing skill also excellent.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 17, 2009:

Congratulations, BJ! Prosper well and be happy in that new job.

Bj on March 17, 2009:

Thanks Patty, I got my new job because of your advices.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 03, 2009:

Thanks very much uboc and thanks for the link to the bank. Very timely information today!

uboc - me on March 03, 2009:

Yet another awesome post! Informative as usual,You have written this hub very excellently.thank you...

retirementhelp on February 22, 2009:

Great points! Your list of questions shows that thinking outside the normal line of questioning is important. Take some time to think about who you are and what you are looking for. I would stress knowing about the company and the interviewer if possible. With Google and other search engines there is no reason to not be aware of what the company does, their history, top executives etc. It is also helpful to have some knowledge of the person that is going to interview you. I was able to break into my current career because I interviewed the interviewer. I would also suggest dress for the position. I've interviewed people eho came in interviewing for a position dressed very casual. If the company promotes that it is ok, but if not you are going to lose points.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 17, 2009:

Congratulations so far! Language fluency, even in our native languages, usually requires quite a bit of talking in order to make the output processing of the brain effective for speech. Even just reading out loud a few minutes every day helps. I know people that read to their cats in order to be better speakers. Others just read aloud alone in a room, or outside in a park. But, we wish you success with the language proficiency program!

Hubbyist on February 17, 2009:

I passed the initial interview and tests but the rectuiter says that they will have to put me in their language proficiency program and IF I do good I'll have the position I wanted and if not they will put me in a non-voice position. I'm really jut not good in talking...anyway thanks again it helped me a lot.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 14, 2009:

I routinely interview to keep up with questions in the employment scene -- An interviewer within a penel interview asked me the question about weaknesses in 2006. He was unsatisifed with my answer, became angry, and stated loudly that what I had shared was not "bad enough" and that I had, in fact, been able to channel it into a positive attribute over time. This was a well known community college, so I was unpleased with that type of low caliber treatment of job candidates.

LondonGirl from London on February 14, 2009:

I agree with other comments further up, as well - "what weaknesses do you have" is a half-witted question. Is someone really going to answer, "well, I can't get out of bed in the morning, I always run late, but like to leave bang on time"?

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 14, 2009:

Job candidates for a number of legal professions in America are asked these sorts of questions as well. Much more specific, as you say. Thanks!

LondonGirl from London on February 14, 2009:

I interview for new members of Chambers, and our questions are much more specific - "What do you think of the new Terrorism Act?" or, "Which courts do you like, and why"?

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 14, 2009:

That is GOOD news, Hubbyist. Best of success to you and let us know when you are hired!


Hubbyist on February 14, 2009:

Its a great "training manual" for an introvert like me to land a job...and I have an interview in Monday! I really appreciate your hubpage. Keep up the good work!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 07, 2009:

How wonderful! Glad you found it as a jumping off point for good material. Much success to you in your career and hiring.

Hub Love from United States on February 05, 2009:

Thanks for putting together this great list of questions. I wasn't interviewing for a job, however, I was doing the interview :) This list helped me devise a list of my own that was most appropriate for the job. Thanks!

britneydavidson from united kingdom on January 28, 2009:

wow this is really amazing...thanx for sharing such a great information...

it will be really helpful.thanx lots

jayrpascua on January 08, 2009:

Excellent hub with a great deal of focused content. Lots of tips here and the questions to ask the interviewer are worth their weight in gold.

fashndash@yahoo.c on January 04, 2009:

Great hub. Very informative. Keep up he good work.

faithwisdomlove on December 10, 2008:

Very nice and informative -Great Hub....

please check out my interview questions and answers and let me know what you think when you get the time.


diggersstory from #1 Tourist Trap O Town USA on December 05, 2008:

What a great hub page. You don't miss anything and in this is so timely. So many people losing their jobs.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 19, 2008:

Pam, I agree with you about the scenario questions. These can be difficult and even frustrating, while the reaserch can help quite a bit. "Why should I hire you" at the end of an interview can be frustrating as well -- One sometimes wishes to simply shout, "Because, I'm the best!"

Interviews seem to be changing in focus and content every couple of years, so I'll have more questions to add to this list. There's all this thought about corporate culture and fit with current work groups and such. It's becoming more comlpex a process and given that some companies are laying people off while new companies are opening green jobs that require additional training, the process can make job candiates frantic.

Thanks for commenting!

Pam Roberson from Virginia on November 19, 2008:

Patty, these are invaluable tips, especially for those of us who haven't been to an interview for a very long time and may need to do so in the future. I think the hardest part of an interview is when the interviewer asks specific questions about what you think about a specific problem/situation or what you would do in relation to that specific business. So it's definitely worth fully researching the job you're applying for.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 07, 2008:

Thanks, BreckRealEstate. New questions will surely crop up soon as well!

BreckRealEstate from Breckenridge on November 06, 2008:

Wow great hub keep up the good work!!!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 29, 2008:

I certianly hope they help you a lot! I want to help people to be prepared. Thanks for reading.

spycamuser from Sweden on October 29, 2008:

This is a very informative hub, it sure will help me in my life.. thanks and take care

Elizabeth Stanfill on October 20, 2008:

Great hub! Thank you for the information.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 15, 2008:

Yes, and see the Hub called Weird and Wacky Interview Questions for even more! I have been asked every one of them and some are unbelievable!

seamist from Northern Minnesota on October 15, 2008:

Great hub! I would have never dreamed an employer that ask that many varied questions.


hardikinn on October 08, 2008:

Nice Hub .thanks for such nice list of question.

aprilkerr from UK on October 07, 2008:

I have always found job interviews to be awful and am so terrible at them that I never seem to have been able to get any job I went for. Luckily I'm now self-employed but would really hate it if I had to go back to looking for a job.

Dayboro Accommodation on October 02, 2008:

Very comprehensive resource. The "tell me a little" about yourself question is supposed to be an ice-breaker. It's important to not get too personal and focus on how you got into the industry, how you acquired the skills for the job and what you can offer the employer.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on September 27, 2008:

I have wrtten dozens of these work-related Hubs - use them all! Thanks for reading, avatarlagi.

avatarlagi on September 26, 2008:

I think I will use this hub as my textbook for job interviews. It is hard to get jobs nowadays..

market solution from Minneapolis, MN on August 22, 2008:

A great resource. I know someone who needs them and will pass your info on. Thanks!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 11, 2008:

Thank you, greathub. I will certainly consider it now. Hub Pages has really helped with my writing practice. Thank you for your encouraging thoughts.

greathub from Earth on August 11, 2008:

Madam, your articles are fantastic, A-one, top-notch, excellent. I don't have words to praise your articles about job interviews, resume writing. You really should write a book on this job-related topic. It would be a success. You would certainly make a splash.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on July 24, 2008:

Glad to be of service; please do spread the word. Much success to you and your clients!

joblot from Ringwood on July 24, 2008:

This is a fantastic resource and one that I'll be recommending to my clients who are looking for new careers. The well researched candidate is the one who is most likely to get the job - I'd say that your research starts here. Brilliant.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on July 11, 2008:

Thanks very much for the positive comment. I hope th epage is easy to use.

Stayathomejobs from NC on July 11, 2008:

A lot great advice here. I like the way your hub is laid out.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 24, 2008:

Best of success to you!  Keep us posted on the job hunt. :)

zaszczyt on June 24, 2008:

Very informative and usefull hub!In fact i have used some tips from here on my interview 2 days ago lol.thank you and keep writing:)

StephanieP from Los Angeles, California on June 16, 2008:

Thank you for this well done Hub page. Will keep it in mind next time I inteview.

In The Doghouse from California on June 16, 2008:


I have bookmarked this Hub for reference in the future. I have two college age kids who are about to embark on the adventure of job hunting! lol Thanks.

VinceSamios from Australia on May 26, 2008:

I did great in my interview - partially thanks to your hub. Thankyou!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 25, 2008:

Hi Uninvited Writer! - I try to do well in interviews, but sometimes I wish I could just print out out my Hub Pages and hand them to the HR interviewer; or email the contents to potential clients... I CAN use a couple of them in that way, for clients.

When I am tired (too many interviews in a day), I feel a temptation to view interviewing as an uneeded game. But then, how is a company supposed to get to know the job applicant otherwise? -- I like the "working interview" that dental practices often have. They do a phone screener interview, then a short face-to-face, then a full one-day workday for the applicant with the usual staff on duty to see how things go. I wonder if we could try this in other jobs?

Thanks so much for your input.

Susan Keeping from Kitchener, Ontario on May 25, 2008:

Thanks for this great hub. I do so badly in interviews.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 10, 2008:

Hi shira, this Hub has helped a few people be hired, so I hope it helps your friend as well. I have a few others on actual questions from interviews - they may help as well.

Best wishes!

shira from U.S.A on May 10, 2008:

I am impressed!! I am going to use this info ASAP one of my friends has a BIG need to know this stuff!

Thanks, you got another fan...

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 06, 2008:

CONGRATULATIONS! Just for that, I'm your fan. :)

I am so happy for you! Let us know how it goes, how you like it, and how you progress. I am dancing for you! Joy joy joy...

boberto on May 06, 2008:

great post, I recently had an interview for well known company and used a few of your tips you suggested...I start on monday!!!!

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