Top 100 Job Interview Questions with Explanations, Tips and Advice

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100 Most Common Interview Questions

Preparing well for your job interviews can help you feel much less like you are stepping off a cliff into the unknown!

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 1 to 3 interviews, so be prepared. If you should have 2 or 3 interviews with the same company in their process of weeding out job candidates, you will probably hear more of these important 100 questions.

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 giving them to a friend or to yourself in the mirror.

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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. It is interesting to see what motivates both employees and management;and hopefully, there can be a good middle ground on which to compromise on expectations and requirements for both.

In addition to the following questions and comments, 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, but 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 presenation.There is a lot of "middle ground" to maneuver, but there will be times on the job that you can shine brighter than all the rest -- That will be your opportunity 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.

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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.

It all begins with your interview!

Here are the most common questions for which you need ready answers, along with a little bit about why some of them are asked. For specialty occupations and professions such as law, medicine, and technologies, there are additional questions as well, tailored to the particular profession.

100 Top Interview 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 following questions can reveal information about you in all of the above 20 categories:

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.

Tell Me About Yourself

More "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?

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 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 in to town from a foreign country - say, Thailand?

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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)

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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?

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 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 where 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?

What Salary Range Are You Expecting?

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)?

Don't forget to have a few questions ready for the interviewer as well.

Ask the Interviewer

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?

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Kurt 9 years ago from Seattle

"What are your weaknesses?" I hate when I get asked that question in an interview. You listed some good tips here.

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Patty Inglish, MS 9 years ago from North America Author

Yes, that is a brain-wrecking question to ask. Are they looking for reasons to not hire you or are they looking to see if you know your own limits? It used to be that you could answer that you do too much and need to learn to say "no", etc.;but answers like that are now no good either. I described a weakness I overcame and one interviewer told me, "That sounds like a strength; I want to know a weakness." I replied, "I don't like to socialize at work. I want to work, not talk." He was silent after that. The others on the panel asked more questions.

Heart Talk 9 years ago

This is great resource for anyone in a hiring position thanks

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Carol Stokes 8 years ago

Great hubpage

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for the comment Carol!

ink 8 years ago

Another terrific hub! Well written and tons of valuable information.

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks Ink. Interviewers can ask a lot of questions.

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mattford1 8 years ago from Mustang, OK

wow great hub keep up the good work

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for the encouraging words, mattford1!

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Catawn 8 years ago from Portland, OR

Very useful. And I think the 'What is a weakness of yours' is always one of the worst questions. Thanks for the great advice!

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Veronica 8 years ago from NY

Excellent full-coverage article. I'm not surprised that so many of the comments focused on the "weakness" question, that really is a tough one.

During one interview with an executive that seemed to have a great sense of humor, I said I have two weaknesses: chocolate, and really good coffee. He laughed and told me when he was interviewing for that company, he answered that same question by saying his weakness was the Red Sox. I wound up getting that job.

Most times I've tried to say something that could easily be fixed. For example once I said I'm weak in my German, but that a few years ago I was weak in my Spanish and was able to correct that with a couple of night courses at the community college, so I'm hoping to do the same with German language. Another example for that kind of answer would be a computer program you're not yet proficient in, and again stating a resolution plan, such as a book or a class you found on "Oracle" or "Power Point".

I think a lot of times the interviewer wants to see if you can think, answer quickly and hold your composer. Sometimes the specific answer isn't as important as the confidence and comfortableness you exhibit while answering.

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Veronica, I think you are absolutely right. Thank you for such useful input.

Catawn - you're right - the "weakness" question can be a killer. :) Thanks for the comment.

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

What timing stumbling upon this article! Im supposed to list and compile interview questions for hiring of our teachers. I too agree with Veronica, sometimes the specific answer isn't as important as the person's confidence and comfortableness in answering it. Im bookmarking this one. Thanks Ms. Patty.

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

I am very glad this is useful to you! Enjoy!

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aperd1 8 years ago from Malaysia

Hey Patty,

Great post, That was full of chuck for those who want's get a new job better get this article in hand and get all your respon right from the beginning

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

It is something to keep working on from before your very first interview in life. In a ouple of years, you have a good repertoire of honest answers that grab the attention of the interviewer without laying out your whole life story.

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Shawn Sorrells 8 years ago

Interesting post. I'd love to see more!

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beh 8 years ago

very educating and you will learn a lot... keep up the good work

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thank you beh! I'm glad you stopped by.

Christina Lyons 8 years ago

Wow, you are a very, very informative writer! You have many good tips in here, alot that people wouldn't think of especially when they are nervous. Thanks for sharing, I've made a lot of mental notes! :)

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thank you very much Chrsitina! I have been asked nearly every one of these questions myself, so I had to share.

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johnr54 8 years ago from Texas

I had a boss who used to make sure he asked at least one question that he was sure the person couldn't answer. His goal was to see the person think on his feet, and how he handled the stress. That gets to the point that you need to make sure you are genuine in your interview, and don't pepare to the point that your natural strengths are obscured by some scripted responses. Having said that, it's good to have at least considered how you would answer most of these questions.

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for the input. It is indeed good to leave some mind-room open for other answers.

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tinyteddy 8 years ago from INDIA

r u sure about the type c patty

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

It has been taught to a certain proportion of corporate interviewers that if a job candidate says "Type A" or "Type C", not to hire them so fast, because they will increase insurance risk and company portion of medical premiums. Still, it is more "pop psychology" and many interviewers have never heard of it. My advice is to admit to "Type B personality with the ability to gear up to Type A during special company projects."

Personally, I don't believe in "personality types" in the long term, even though I have worked long years in psych/educ/vocational assessment, training, and counseling. Labels and psych compartments are too easy, and they overlap. Indidivuals are individuals. Some elements of each "personality type" - and there are DOZENS of sets of these types formulated by different theorists - can apply to many people.

Use what works, whatever it is called.

Thanks for the comment.

vijayanths 8 years ago

this is indeed a great hub.It is very useful and informative.

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raymondphilippe 8 years ago from The Netherlands

Wow Patty. These questions can take you a long way. Very informative hub. Thanks

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thank you! I've either been asked or asked them all myself in the last 15 years. Lots of practice. :)

SavePress Editor 8 years ago

A very good list for job applicants. I am impressed with your writing style. Good work!

jdrosie 8 years ago

This really helped me. Better yet, I got the job and the manager asked me where I learned to nail the questions. haha. that one was a "tuffy" but I told him I was "hubbing". lol ............ thanks alot

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

CONGRATULATONS! This is wonderful...I am very pleased that this helped you. Much success in your new career, jdrosie!

If you need anything else that you don't see, make a request and we will answer it for you as best we can. And please tellus about your new job when you are settled in.


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LansingS 8 years ago

This information is crucial and really valuable. I'm in the process of trying to land that first career-oriented job and these questions will definitely help me train for interviews. Just going over them once has already made me feel better about the whole process. I just joined Hubpages today and am glad to have stumbled upon your section right away. Do you have any tips on writing cover letters? I would say that's my wekest point in the whole job hunting process.

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Hi Lansing -- Thanks for your visit!

I have some samples of cover letters under my Hubs about resumes. Link:

This will lead you to some other related Hubs as well. Vitally, make your Cover Letter sound professional, determined, and fresh. If you have questions about particular phrasing - or anything else - post them here and I'll write you some alternatives.

Best wishes to you in your career!

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boberto 8 years ago

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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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

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...

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shira 8 years ago from U.S.A

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...

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

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!

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Uninvited Writer 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

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

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

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.

VinceSamios 8 years ago from Australia

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

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California


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.

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StephanieP 8 years ago from Los Angeles, California

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

zaszczyt 8 years ago

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:)

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

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

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Stayathomejobs 8 years ago from NC

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

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

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

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joblot 8 years ago from Ringwood

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.

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

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

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greathub 8 years ago from Earth

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.

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

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

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market solution 8 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

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

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avatarlagi 8 years ago

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

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

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

Dayboro Accommodation 8 years ago

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.

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aprilkerr 8 years ago from UK

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.

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hardikinn 8 years ago

Nice Hub .thanks for such nice list of question.

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seamist 8 years ago from Northern Minnesota

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


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

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!

Elizabeth Stanfill 8 years ago

Great hub! Thank you for the information.

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spycamuser 7 years ago from Sweden

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

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

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

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BreckRealEstate 7 years ago from Breckenridge

Wow great hub keep up the good work!!!

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

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

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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

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.

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

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!

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diggersstory 7 years ago from #1 Tourist Trap O Town USA

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

faithwisdomlove 7 years ago

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.


fashndash@yahoo.c 7 years ago

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

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jayrpascua 7 years ago

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.

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britneydavidson 7 years ago from united kingdom

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

it will be really helpful.thanx lots

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Hub Love 7 years ago from United States

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!

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

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

Hubbyist 7 years ago

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!

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

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


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

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"?

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

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!

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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

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"?

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

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.

Hubbyist 7 years ago

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.

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

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!

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retirementhelp 7 years ago

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.

uboc - me 7 years ago

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

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

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

Bj 7 years ago

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

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

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

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abinavis 7 years ago from Bat Island

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

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StevenCavendish 7 years ago

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.

lyricsingray 7 years ago

Fantastic Hub, so glad I dropped by. Thanks!

vatha 7 years ago

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

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

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.

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John Lakewood 6 years ago from Lakewood, CO

Thanks for many more than I have ever seen.

Mrs. A. 6 years ago

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

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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

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.

beenthere 6 years ago

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.

kingn0thing 6 years ago

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

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Ladybird33 6 years ago from Georgia USA

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

eveconsult1 6 years ago

been there, done that)

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iskoban 6 years ago

Thank you

facelift 6 years ago

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

sandeep 6 years ago

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

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JulieBMack 6 years ago from Colorado

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

archi1 5 years ago

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.

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kcreery 5 years ago from Whistler Canada

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

yaseen 5 years ago

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

GAMIE_GAME 5 years ago

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

I salute to those people who did this article!

thank you so much...

jugannelson 5 years ago

Nice and very informative information.... I had just got a tip off the last time from my friend regarding this blog, today I thought I should go for the trial and guess what this trial search for the blog worked very well..... moleskin I am happy I opened up the article and read it

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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

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

work experience 5 years ago

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

Jordan 5 years ago

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

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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

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.

shanel 4 years ago

this a very good thing i love the way you do this..oweeeeeee

lizbeth 4 years ago

i really like this website

DINESH 4 years ago

Thanks For Interview Tips and this is very helpfully

paiman 4 years ago

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

Anon 4 years ago

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?

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

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

anon 4 years ago

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

Allen Sadiki Ngonyani 4 years ago

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.

Diane Ewing 3 years ago

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.

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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

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.

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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

I have not had browser compatibility issues so far at all. Thanks!

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Miles Lilly 2 years ago

This is a well written hub.

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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

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

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Nzumi Malendeja 2 years ago

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dhimanreena 2 years ago

Very in-depth and useful content.

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RTalloni 22 months ago from the short journey

Useful on so many levels--thanks.

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Imola Szilagyi 16 months ago

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)

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Patty Inglish, MS 16 months ago from North America Author

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.

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Imola Szilagyi 16 months ago

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.

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Patty Inglish, MS 16 months ago from North America Author

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

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sanasiddiqui 12 months ago

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

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