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Personnel Selection: Interview Questions: Achievement

Past

Do you enjoy working on difficult projects?

Do you have accomplishments you are proud of?

Do you have initiative?

Have you ever accomplished something difficult?

Have you ever accomplished something you did not think you could?

How have you shown initiative?

How have you shown willingness to work?

Tell me about a time when you went beyond the call of duty.

Tell me about accomplishments of which you are the most proud.

Tell me what initiatives have you undertaken recently?

What challenging accomplishments have you had?

What are some examples of important recommendations or decisions you've made recently?

What are some of your recent accomplishments in your current job?

What are the five biggest accomplishments of your life?

What are your major accomplishments? Your failures? Your disappointments?

What challenging experiences have you had?

What difficult challenges have you solved?

What difficult problems have you worked through?

What do you consider to be your most important accomplishment and why?

What has been your greatest accomplishment? Your greatest disappointment?

What have been the most memorable accomplishments of your career?

What have been your biggest accomplishments?

What have been your greatest accomplishments?

What have been your greatest disappointments?

What initiatives have you undertake recently?

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?

What is the most difficult task you have undertaken?

What is the most important accomplishment in your life?

What is the most challenging thing you have ever done?

What is the most stimulating thing you are looking for in a job?

What is your greatest accomplishment?

What is your most significant accomplishment?

What is your proudest accomplishment?

What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?

What was the job's biggest challenge?

What was the most/least challenging part of the job?

What was your greatest accomplishment?

What was your greatest disappointment?

What was your most significant accomplishment in your last position?

What were your most memorable accomplishments with your last employer?

Future

Are you willing to take risks?

Describe a significant risk you took to accomplish a task.

Describe how you can take risks to accomplish tasks.

What kinds of risks do you face when implementing a new initiative?

What risks have you undertaken recently?

What risks did you take at your previous job?

Motivations

Are you a self starter?

Are you a competitive person?

Describe two things that motivate you at work?

Describe when you felt motivated to do your very best work and did.

Do you enjoy challenges at work? If so, what kinds of challenges have you recently faced.

Do you feel motivated in your current job?

Do you feel motivated to work harder?

Do you work to achieve your objectives? If so, describe how hard.

Does competition increase your desire to succeed?

Have you received any recognition for significant accomplishments at work?

How important are promotions and advancement to you?

How important is challenge to you?

How important is recognition to you?

How important is responsibility to you?

Is recognition important to you?

Were there any special difficulties you overcame in achieving these accomplishments?

What are your motivations?

What challenges are you looking for in a job?

What do you get out of completing difficult tasks?

What has your last employer done that motivated you to work harder?

What have you done that shows initiative and willingness to work?

What have you done which shows initiative and willingness to work?

What kinds of responsibilities are important to you in your work?

What makes you put forth your greatest effort?

What motivates you?

What motivates you in a job and in your personal life?

What motivates you in accomplishing difficult tasks?

What motivates you to be successful in your job?

What motivates you to put forth your best effort?

What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?

When do you put forth your greatest effort?

Would you describe yourself as motivated more by your goals or by money?

Sense of Self/Definitions

Are you successful in completing projects at work?

Describe what success means to you.

Describe situations in which you are most successful.

Do you feel you have been successful in your job?

Do you generally think of yourself as a risk-taker or someone who plays it safe?

How do you define 'success?'

How do you determine if you are successful?

How have your successes benefited your previous employer?

How would you describe your standards of performance?

How would you evaluate success?

Tell me about your recent successes.

To what do you attribute your success?

What are some of the reasons for your success?

What do you think has contributed most to your success so far?

What does 'failure' mean to you?

What does 'success' mean to you?

What is your definition of success.

What projects have you recently completed successfully?

Why are you better than your co-workers?

Why are you successful?

Would you define yourself as a self-starter?

Would you rate yourself as an overachiever?

Weaknesses

Do you achieve all of the goals you set? If not, why not?

How could you have improved your progress?

What weaknesses have you overcome when accomplishing difficult tasks?

Interview Questions: Behavior

A fellow employee told you what his/her salary is and wants to know yours. How would you react and what would you do? (situational)

Describe a conflict with an employee and how you handled it.

Describe a complex problem you solved.

Describe a work situation in which you were not proud of your performance. What did you learn from this mistake?

Describe an important goal you have set and tell me how you reached it.

Describe how you have been able to apply something you learned from your degree program to a real-life or work-related situation.

Describe a (recent) project in which you failed? What did you learn from this?

Describe a (recent) situation in which you asked for advice?

Describe a (recent) situation in which you asked for help?

Describe a (recent) situation in which it took several tries or approaches before you were able to figure out what was going on.

Describe a (recent) situation in which you had to quickly establish your credibility and gain the confidence of others. What did you do ?

Describe a (recent) situation when you didn't know who you needed to speak with in an organization too get something done. What did you do ?

Describe a (recent) situation when you were able to identify a conflict between two individuals and were instrumental in the solution to that conflict. (skills)

Describe a (recent) situation when you worked in a team environment.

Describe a (recent) situation in which what was really going on with someone else was much more complicated than it might have seemed on the surface.

Describe a (recent) situation on your last job that you did not handle as well as you might have.

Describe a (recent) situation that you just couldn't handle.

Describe a (recent) situation when miscommunication created a problem on the job.

Describe a (recent) situation when you were confronted by a difficult problem and how you solved it.

Describe a time when you had to take on something very new or different and you had little or no guidance and support in doing so. How did you handle it ?

Describe a time when you organized a project where your directions were vague?

Describe a time when you simplified or clarified a situation by putting your finger on the key issue.

Describe a time when you went above and beyond the call of duty.

Describe a time when you accomplished a challenging goal.

Describe a time when you accomplished a difficult goal.

Describe a time where your performance went above and beyond expectations.

Describe how you work under pressure. Do you anticipate problems effectively or just react to them?

Describe how your (office/department/company) is organized.

Describe how you would handle rude, difficult or impatient people.

Describe how you have handled rude, difficult or impatient people.

Describe projects that have required accuracy and attention to detail.

Describe situations you have been under pressure in which you feel you have handled well.

Describe projects you have been involved in the last few years.

Describe techniques you've used with great success in your field. Have you ever managed people in the positions you've held?

Do you feel you can ask for help?

Do you feel you can assist others in their jobs?

Explain how you overcame a difficult situation.

Finish this sentence: Successful managers are the ones who....

Given a situation when you disagree with your supervisor, how would you deal with it?

Has competition had any positive or negative impact on your achievements? How?

Have you ever been absent from work? If so, how often?

Have you ever been late for work? If so, how often?

Have handled rude, difficult or impatient people?

Have you prepared and communicated ideas and information in a formal setting?

How do you complete a boring job?

How many hours a week does it take you to get your work done?

How many hours can you work in a week?

How many hours do you usually work in a week?

How many hours do you work per week?

How would you ask for advice?

How would you ask for help?

You effected considerable organizational changes in you last position. Could you tell me how you did it?

I notice you failed your second year initially. Tell me about that?

Looking back now, is there anything that you could have done to improve your relationship with that one bad boss?

Please give me an example of your experience in staying late to finish a project. How do you feel about that?

Please tell me a situation where you were in a dilemma to make a decision and how you dealt with it.

Please tell me a situation where you were very stressful and how you handle it.

Tell me about a particularly difficult or awkward conversation you needed to have with someone?

Describe a particularly difficult or risky challenge you took on because you felt it was important for you to do so.

Tell me about a significant failure in your life.

What do you feel would be an acceptable attendance record?

What role do you take ina group situation? Give examples.

What would you define as a satisfactory attendance record?

When have your verbal communications been important enough to follow up in writing?

Your supervisor left an assignment in your 'in' box, then left town for a week. Now, you can't reach him and don't understand the assignment. What would you do?

Your supervisor tells you to do something in a way you know is ineffective. What would you do?

You've been with your current employer for a very short time. Is this an indication that you'll be moving around a lot throughout your career?

You've changed jobs quite frequently, what assurances do we have that you will stay with us?

Personnel Selection: Interview Questions: Creativity

Are you an innovator?

Are you creative?

Did you implement any new procedures in any of the positions you've held?

Do you consider yourself creative?

How would you get subordinates who didn't like each other to work together?

What are some innovations you're particularly proud of?

What are some of the most creative things you have done?

What is the most creative thing you did on your last job?

What new products are we working on now?

What was your most creative idea?

Would you prefer routine or creative work? Why?

Personnel Selection: Interview Questions: Education

Past

Do you have a college degree?

Do you have a college education?

Do you have an advanced degree?

Did you drop out of collge? If so, why? What did you do during the time you were not in shcool?

How long have you been in school?

Tell me about your educational background.

Future

Are you going to go back to school?

Are you going to take evening classes?

Are you interested in continuing your education?

Are you planning to continue your education?

Are you planning to go to graduate school?

Do you have any plans to continue your education?

Do you have plans for additional education?

Do you have plans for continued study and/or an advanced degree?

Do you have plans for continued study?

Do you have plans for graduate work? Are you willing to relocate or travel?

Do you plan to return to school to pursue additional education?

Do you feel your choice of major was the right one?

Do you feel your college choice was the correct one?

Can you take classes in (_____) to improve your skills at work?

Now that you've had some real-world experience, would you change anything about your education?

What are your plans for furthering your education?

Why didn't you continue your education?

Would you consider obtaining a higher educational degree for job advancement?

Current

Are you in school now?

Did you take any classes recently?

Have you ever taken any classes recently?

How are you improving yourself?

What classes have you taken recently?

What classes have you taken recently to stay on the top of your field?

What educational goals do you currently have?

What seminars have you taken recently to stay on the top of your field?

What specifically have you been doing since you entered this field?

Why did you choose to be a business major? Do you think you have received good general training?

Majors

Are you planning to change majors?

Did you change your major in college?

Have you ever taken any training for work?

Have you had courses in (____)?

How did college prepare you for this position?

How did you choose your field of study?

How did you choose your course of study?

How does your degree prepare you for this position?

How does your education prepare you for your chosen field of work?

How has your education prepared you for a career?

How has your education prepared you for this career?

How is college preparing you for your career?

How will your degree help you to succeed?

Tell me about your course work.

What college subjects have you liked best? Why? Least? Why?

What courses have you taken in school that give you special qualifications for this position.

What did you learn in college?

What relevant training have you received?

What subject did you dislike? Why?

What subject did you like the most? Why?

What type of education has best prepared you for this career?

What was your favorite subject in school?

What was your least favorite class in school? Why?

What was your least favorite subject in school?

What was your most favorite subject in school?

What were your strongest subjects subjects at school? What were your weakest subjects?

When did you decide on your major?

Why are you majoring in ____?

Why did you choose your field of study?

Why did you choose your major?

Motivations

Did you have a favorite teacher?

Did you like the courses you took for this field?

Did your college challenge you?

Did your college education challenge you?

Do you like going to school at (____)?

Is there any class you have completely disliked? Why?

What classes have you enjoyed the most?

What courses did you enjoy?

What courses do you like the best? The least? Why?

What did you learn about yourself in (_____) class?

What did you learn from your high school, university education?

What do you like the most and least at school?

What was your most favorite subject in school?

Who is your favorite professor and why?

Why did you choose your (college/university)?

Why did you choose your major?

Why did you decide to get this degree and attend this university?

Why did you decide to go to grad school?

Why did you drop out of college?

Why did you go to the school you attended?

Strengths/Weaknesses

Do you take advanced classes?

How can your college education be useful on the job?

How developed are your skills in this area?

In which classes did you get the worst grades?

What correlation do you see between grades in school and success in the workplace?

What were your biggest problems in college?

Which classes did you find useful?

Which classes did you like the least?

Which courses did you like least?

Which courses in college did you like best? Why?

Which courses would you like to take if you go back?

Which of your school years was (the most) difficult?

Achievement/Grades

Are your grades an accurate reflection of your academic achievement?

Are your grades a good indicator of your true ability?

Are your grades reflective of your work?

Are your grades reflective of your intelligence?

Did your rank in school reflect your achievement?

Do you agree that grade point average is an indication of how successful you would be in this company?

Do you feel you have done your best work? If so, why? If not, why not?

Do you feel your grade point average is an accurate indication of your academic achievement?

Do you grades reflect your scholastic achievement?

Do you think that your grades are a good indication of your ability in (____)?

Do you think that your grades are a good indicator of your academic achievements?

Do you think your grades are a good indication of your intelligence?

Do you think your grades are an accurate indication of your academic achievement?

Do you think your education has prepared you for this position?

Has your education prepared you for this position?

How did you rank in you graduating class?

How do you feel about your GPA?

Should we consider your grades?

What is the (Grade Point Average) GPA for your major?

What is your GPA?

What is your overall GPA?

What kinds of grades did you get in this area?

What kinds of educational goals have you set?

What was your most difficult class?

What were your grades and class standing?

Which were your best classes?

Which were your most useful courses?

Which were your worst classes?

Extra Curricular

Are you glad with your selection of schools to complete your studies?

Are you willing to spend at least six months as a trainee?

Can you attend training on weekends?

Did your college education change you?

How did you pay for your college education?

How did your college education change you?

How do you feel about spending time on weekends at work?

How do you find time to study?

How have you changed since you started college?

How have you financed your college education?

How much influence did your family have on your college choice?

How were your college expenses financed?

In what school activities have you participated?

Is there anything you have been involved in at college that you are really proud of?

Was this school your first choice?

What are a few of your most memorable experiences from college?

What did you do during your summers between semesters?

What else did you do while you were in college?

What other areas of preparation do you have for this position?

What percentage of you college expenses did you earn?

What were your responsibilities in your university activities?

What would you do differently if you were to start college over again?

When did you decide to go to grad school?

Who paid for your education?

Personnel Selection: Interview Questions: Experience/Responsibilities

Are you experienced in making presentations?

Can you describe a typical day at your (last/current) job?

Describe a mistake you made. What have you learned from that mistake?

Describe your current job for me.

Describe your experience handling telephones.

Describe your experience working with computers.

Describe your experience working with difficult people.

Describe your experience working with money.

Describe your experience working with numbers.

Describe your typical workday.

Do you have military experience?

Have you given any (speeches/presentations)?

Have you handled fiscal duties?

Have you made presentations?

Have you made presentations before large audiences?

Have you served in the military?

How much experience do you have with (____)?

How much experience do you think someone should have in this position?

How many years have you used (____)?

What are the responsibilities of your position?

What are your (major/primary) responsibilities?

What experience did you gain from your internships?

What experience do you have for this job?

What experience do you have in making oral presentations?

What experience do you have?

What experience do you have with computers?

What experience do you have with (____)?

What experience do you have working with (other/difficult) people?

What experience do you hope to gain from this position?

What experience do you think makes the best employee? Manager?

What experiences did you gain from college?

What experiences did you gain from your (previous/current)?

What experiences did you have in the military?

What experiences have influenced you?

What experiences have benefited you the most?

What experiences have taught you the most?

What experiences led you to choose this occupation?

What experiences led you to choose your career path?

What have you learned from participation in extra-curricular activities?

What have you learned from some of the jobs you have held?

What have you learned from some of the other jobs you have held?

What have you learned from your (education/college)?

What have you learned from your experiences?

What have you learned from your extracurricular activities?

What have you learned from your jobs?

What have you learned from your (previous/current) job?

What have you learned from your mistakes?

What have you learned on your current job?

What is an example of a working relationship outside of your company that you've handled successfully?

What is the least relevant job you've taken?

What is your level of experience with (_____)?

What is your typical day?

What jobs have you held?

What kind of projects using leadership skills have you done?

What kind of projects using typing/word processing skills have you done?

What was the most important lesson you've ever learned?

What was the most interesting job you've had?

What work experience has helped you the most?

When were you in the military?

Where were you stationed in the military?

Which are the most important (functions/divisions) that you control?

Which of your jobs presented the best (learning) experience?

With which departments did you interact most with in your first position?

Personnel Selection: Interview Questions: Goals

Describe an unusual goal that you have?

Describe your most significant goal?

Did you have an impact on your company's goals?

Did you have goals that you were unable to (accomplish/complete/carry out)?

Did you reach goals you have set so far?

Did you set goals for next year?

Do you achieve all of the goals you set? If not, why not?

Do you have any unconventional goals?

Do you have financial goals?

Do you have goals for learning how to use the latest technology?

Do you have goals to become a manager?

Do you have goals to become an expert in any particular field?

Do you have political goals?

Do you have things you would like to accomplish in life?

Do you see yourself doing your supervisor's job?

Do you set your own goals?

Have you ever thought of completely changing your career?

Have you recently developed any new goals?

How are your present goals different from those of ten years ago?

How are your goals different from those of your supervisor?

How did you choose your last employer?

How did you choose your career?

How did you decide on this profession?

How did you decide on your goals?

How did you have an impact on your company's goals?

How did you reach goals you have set so far?

How did you set goals for next year?

How did you start in this line of work?

How did your accomplishments in last job relate to the goals of your company?

How do you accomplish your most (important/significant) goals?

How do you set (important) goals for yourself?

How is your current position a stepping stone to the advancement of your career?

How has working for your employer changed your goals?

How have your career goals changed over time?

How have your goals changed since you finished shcool?

How have your goals changed since you started working?

How many goals do you have?

How often do you set goals for yourself?

How, on a long-term basis, do you plan to achieve your goals?

How, on a short-term basis, do you plan to achieve your goals?

If you could start your career over, what would you do differently?

If you stay with your current employer, what will happen to your career?

If you get hired, what do you think you will be five years from now?

If your boss' job became vacant, would you apply for it?

Our company has a mission statement that provides direction. What is your mission statement?

Tell me about your career goals.

Tell me about your most important long-term goals.

What are financial goals you would like to accomplish?

What are goals you would like to accomplish in the next year?

What are goals you would like to accomplish in this profession?

What are goals you would like to accomplish in your current job?

What are goals you would like to accomplish in working with other people?

What are goals you would like to accomplish with your current employer?

What are goals you would like to accomplish with your life?

What are other goals you wish to achieve?

What are some of your (most significant) goals?

What are some things you had planned but were unable to accomplish?

What are some things you would like to accomplish in life?

What are your (most significant) career goals?

What are your career goals for the future?

What are your future career goals and how do you hope to achieve them?

What are your career plans for the future?

What are your future vocational plans?

What are your goals and your plans for reaching them?

What are your goals for the next year?

What are your goals for the rest of this year?

What are your long range and short range goals and objectives, when and why did you establish these goals and how are you preparing yourself to achieve them?

What are your long range career goals?

What are your long range career objectives?

What are your long range career objectives? How will you achieve them?

What are your long term goals?

What are your other goals?

What are your personal five-year goals?

What are your personal long-term goals?

What are your personal short-term goals?

What are your professional five-year goals?

What are your short term and long term career goals? How are you preparing yourself to achieve them?

What are your short-term and long-range goals and objectives and how have you prepared yourself to achieve them?

What are your short-term and long-term objectives?

What are your short-term career goals?

What are your short-term goals?

What do you hope to be doing five years from now?

What do you plan to do in the coming year?

What do you really want to do in life?

What do you see yourself doing five years from now, 10 years?

What do you see yourself doing five years from now?

What do you want to be doing five years from now?

What do you want to do with your life?

What educational goals do you currently have?

What goals do you want to achieve within the next five years?

What goals have you accomplished recently?

What goals have you set for yourself? Why did you choose these?

What is your career objective?

What is your long-term goal with relation to your occupation?

What kinds of career goals have you set?

What goals, other than those related to your career, have you established?

What goals, other than those related to your occupation, have you established for yourself for the next 10 years?

What types of goals are you most anxious to accomplish?

What would you like to be doing in five years? Ten years?

What would you like to be doing in two years?

What would you like to be making in 3 to 5 years?

When do you change your goals?

Where do you see this company going?

Where do you see yourself next year?

Where do you see yourself five years from now? Ten?

Where would you take your department if you got this position?

Who sets your goals at work (you or your supervisor)?

Would you want to do your boss' job?

Personnel Selection: Interview Questions: Interests

Are you interested in sports?

Are you looking for a permanent job?

Are you really interested in this job, or are you thinking more about getting out of your present job?

Are you seeking employment in a company of a certain size? Why?

Describe the perfect job.

Describe your ideal job based on the industry right now.

Do you like working in different locations?

Do you like working indoors?

Do you like working inside?

Do you like working long hours?

Do you like working outside?

Do you like working overtime?

Do you like working with computers?

Do you like working with gadgets?

Do you like working with numbers?

Do you like working with machinery?

Do you like working with people?

Do you like working?

Do you play any sports?

Do you play golf?

Do you read often?

Do you recycle?

Do you watch a lot of television or go to movies?

Do you watch sports?

How did you choose this occupation?

How do you spend your spare time?

How does your ideal job measure up against the description of the job you're applying for?

How interested are you in sports?

How would do describe the ideal job for you following graduation?

How would you describe the ideal job for you following graduation?

How would you describe the ideal job or you?

If I hired you for this position, what responsibilities do you most look forward to filling?

If you could construct your own job within our company, what factors would you include?

If you could create an ideal job, what responsibilities and working atmosphere would you like to have?

If you were to start college over tomorrow, what courses should you take? Why?

In what extra curricular activities did you participate in school? Do you think they were worth the time you devoted?

In what jobs have you been most interested?

Is there any class you have completely disliked? Why?

Is there anything you have been involved in at college that you are really proud of?

What activities have you participated in? Were these worthwhile?

What are some of your outside interests or hobbies?

What are the extracurriculars you participated in during school? What position you held? What did you learn?

What are the most important characteristics you are looking for in a job and why?

What are the most important rewards you expect in your (business) career?

What are the most important rewards you expect in your profession?

What are the most important things to you in a job?

What are the most important things you want to get out of a job?

What are the most important things a job can offer you?

What are two or three things that are most important to you in a job?

What are you expecting from an employer?

What are your hobbies?

What are your interests? (or What types of activities do you like the best?)

What are/were some of your extracurricular activities? What did you learn from them?

What aspects of the job are the most important?

What aspects of the job do you believe are the most important?

What aspects to this line of work do you enjoy the most?

What brought you to enter this field?

What determines your personal choices?

What did you like about your previous employer?

What did you like (most/least) about your previous job?

What did you like least about college?

What did you (like/dislike) about your current job?

What didn't you like about your previous (position/employer)?

What do you do with your spare time?

What do you do to maintain good physical condition?

What do you hope to do in your next job?

What do you hope to do in your next job that you can not do in your present position?

What do you hope your next (job/employer) will be like?

What do you like most about your profession?

What do you like most about your current employer?

What do you like most about your current job?

What do you like most about this job opening?

What do you like most about our company?

What do you like to do the most?

What do you like to do with your spare time?

What do you like/dislike most about your current position?

What do you look for in a job and why do you look for those things?

What do you particularly like about your position?

What do you think is the most important thing in working in a company? What do you think is the least important?

What extracurricular activities did you take part in?

What extracurricular activities were you active in?

What factors are important to you in a job?

What industry do you want to work in?

What profession do you want to work in?

What interests you about our product (or service)?

What interests you about our company?

What interests you about this position?

What is most important to you in a job?

What is the latest book you read?

What is the most important aspect of your current job?

What is the most recent movie you saw?

What is the reason for a career change?

What is your favorite computer platform?

What is your favorite hobby?

What is your favorite job?

What is your favorite sport?

What job are you interested in?

What job do you want to do immediately?

What jobs do you like to do?

What jobs have you enjoyed the (most/least)? Why?

What jobs have you enjoyed least (in your career)?

What jobs have you enjoyed most (in your career)?

What kind of job are you looking for?

What kind of job do you like to do?

What kind of job do you want immediately?

What kind of position are you looking for?

What kind of work interests you most?

What kind of work interests you the most? The least?

What kinds of extra-curricular activities have you been involved in?

What lead you to choose your (college/university)?

What lead you to choose your field of study?

What led you to choose your major? What courses have you enjoyed most? Least? Why?

What led you to choose your major field of study?

What position are you interested in?

What position in our company interests you?

What about our company interests you the most?

What sports do you play?

What is most important to you in a job?

What trade journals do you read?

What types of books and/or magazines do you read?

What was the last book you read?

What was the most favorite book you read?

What was the last movie you saw?

What was wrong with your last employer?

What was wrong with your last job?

What was your most boring job?

What was your most boring employer?

What was your most interesting job?

What was your most interesting employer?

What were some of your extracurricular activities in college? What did you learn from them? Did you hold any offices?

What were the most enjoyable aspects of your last job? What were the least enjoyable aspects?

What were your favorite extracurricular activities?

What work do you like the (most/least)?

What would you do if money was not a concern?

What would you do if you knew you were going to die tomorrow?

What's your favorite book or TV show?

What's your idea of the ultimate job?

Which activities did you most enjoy? Why?

Which of your jobs have you liked the (most/least)?

Why are you changing jobs?

Why are you looking for a career change?

Why are you looking to change jobs?

Why are you majoring in (____)?

Why did choose the career for which you are studying?

Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?

Why did you choose this career?

Why did you choose this (college/university)?

Why did you choose your (previous/current) job?

Why did you leave your previous position?

Why did you major in (____)?

Why did you pick this minor?

Why did you quit your job?

Why do you like working in this (field/profession)?

Why do you want to work for our company?

Why do you want to work for our organization?

Why do you want to leave your current employer?

Would you prefer excellent pay or job satisfaction?

Personnel Selection: Interview Questions: Job Search

Are you looking for permanent or temporary work?

Are you still employed?

Describe to me what you're looking for in a job.

Do you have any objections if we check former employers for references?

Do you know much about our company?

Does your current employer have any policies that you consider unfair?

Does your current employer know that you are interviewing for another job?

For what period of time do you envision yourself working with us?

Have you had any other interviews?

Have you seen our Web site?

How are you conducting your job search?

How badly do you want to get this job?

How did you do your most (interesting/boring) job?

How did you feel when you started your last job?

How did you find your current job?

How did you get promoted in your last job?

How did you get summer jobs?

How did you get the time off to interview?

How did you get your first job after college?

How did you get your last job?

How did you get your previous jobs?

How did you happen to apply for this job?

How did you hear about us?

How did you learn about this job?

How did you plan to interview?

How did you prepare for this interview?

How did your previous jobs relate to his position? What did you learn from them?

How do you interview while still employed?

How do you manage to interview while still employed?

How do you rank your current job with others that you've held?

How do you spend most of your time in your current job?

How do you think this industry works?

How does this job compare with any other jobs you've applied for?

How does this job fit into the goals of the company?

How does this job fit into the goals of the department?

How long has your current job search lasted?

How long have you been looking for a job?

How long have you been looking for a new job?

How long have you been looking for another job?

How long have you been unemployed?

How long would you plan to work for this company?

How long would you stay with us?

How many interviews have you had?

How many offers have you received?

How many other companies have you interviewed for?

How many other positions have you applied for?

How soon could you begin work?

How would you define your profession?

If you have these complaints about your current company, and they like you, why haven't you brought your concerns to their attention?

If you're happy with your current employer, why are you looking for another job?

In what type of position are you interested?

In what type of position are you most interested?

In what type of position are you most interested? Why? What do you know about this field?

In what ways did you prepare for this interview?

May I contact some of your references?

May we check your references?

May (I/we) contact your (current) employer?

Tell me what you know about this organization [company].

Tell me what you're looking for in a job.

Tell me why you left your last job.

Tell me your career goals.

What about your current job do you find the most unpleasant?

What are some of your reasons for considering other employment?

What are the disadvantages of your chosen field?

What are you looking for in a job that you do not have in your current job?

What are you looking for in a job?

What can you tell me about our company goals?

What can you tell me about our company?

What can you tell me about our customers?

What can you tell me about our products?

What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?

What criteria are you using to evaluate this company as a potential employer?

What criteria are you using to interview employers?

What do you find least interesting about this job?

What do you find most interesting about this job?

What do you like least about this job?

What exactly do you do for a living?

What factors are important to you in a job?

What has caused you to change jobs so frequently?

What interests you most about our position?

What interests you most about this position?

What is missing from your last job that you'd like to see in this one?

What is more important to you, the money or the type of job?

What is our corporate culture like?

What is the biggest mistake you ever made in selecting a job?

What is the silliest thing you've ever done?

What is your present position?

What job do you like doing the least?

What jobs have you held?

What jobs have you held? How were they obtained and why did you leave?

What makes this job different from your others?

What other firms are you talking to and why?

What position are you most interested in?

What research have you done on our firm and on our industry?

What story could you tell me that would make you stand out from the other candidates?

What the most important thing you're looking for in a job?

What type of career are you looking for?

What type of position do you have now? (or What exactly do you do at ___? Or, Tell me more about your work at ___).

What was your most meaningful job, whether paid-time, full-time, summer or volunteer? What was special about that job?

What will be the determining factors in choosing a job?

What's your present job like?

When can you start working?

When did you leave your last job?

Where did you learn about this job?

Where else have you applied to?

Which of the following matters most in deciding to take the job: money, recognition, challenge, or responsibility?

Who made you a job offer?

Who made you the job offer?

For what kind of position?

Why are you interested in our company?

Why are you interested in this company, this position?

Why are you interested in this position?

Why are you interviewing with us?

Why are you seeking a position with this company?

Why did you decide to seek a position with this company?

Why did you leave your last (employer/job)?

Why did you interview with this company?

Why do you think you would like this particular type of job?

Why do you want this job? What are you looking for from this job?

Why do you want this position?

Why do you want to be manager? (or Why a ______?)

Why do you want to change positions?

Why do you want to leave your current employer so soon?

Why do you want to leave your job if you like it so much?

Why do you want to leave your present job?

Why do you want to work for me?

Why do you want to work for us?

Why do you want to work here?

Why do you want to work in a job for which you are overqualified?

Why do you want to work in this industry, and for our company?

Why didn't you complete any internships?

Why have you changed jobs frequently?

Why have you changed jobs so frequently?

Why have you changed jobs?

Why would you like this line of work?

Why would you want to work here if I hired you?

Would you rather go to another company?

You've been with your current employer for a very short time. Is this an indication that you'll be moving around a lot throughout your career?

You've changed jobs quite frequently, what assurances do we have that you will stay with us?

Personnel Selection: Interview Questions: Knowledge of Company

Are your work practices similar or different from ours?

Describe our (products/services).

Describe our company for me.

Describe our corporate environment for me.

Describe your work (methods/processes) in comparison to ours?

Do our competitors do things that we should be doing?

Do you have any concerns about working here?

Do you have any questions about (our/this) company?

Do you know how long we have been in business?

Do you know what products we make?

How could you have prevented your (judgmental) errors?

How do you think our company determines success?

How does you present employer communicate with others in your department?

How was your company management viewed by your subordinates?

How would you evaluate your present employer's strengths?

Tell me how you found out information about (our/this) company?

Tell me what you know about (our/this) company?

Was there anything your company could have done to be more successful?

What about our company do you like best?

What about your present employer (do/did) you like best?

What advantages do you think our competitors have over us?

What advantages do you think we have over our competitors?

What are the greatest challenges that this company faces?

What concerns do you have about this company?

What direction do you think this company is headed in?

What do you dislike about our company?

What do you know about (our/this) company?

What do you know about (our/this) operation?

What do you know about our competitors?

What do you know about our customers?

What do you know about our products?

What do you know about our products or services?

What do you know about our stock?

What do you know about our web site?

What do you know about the way our campany (works/operates)?

What do you know about this position?

What do you think are the challenges facing this company?

What do you think are the greatest challenges facing this company in the near future?

What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours?

What do you think it takes to be successful in our company?

What do you think the atmosphere here is like?

What is the financial stability of your last company?

What questions do you have about our organization?

What would make someone successful in our business?

What is the (best/worst) thing you have heard about (our/this) company?

What is the (best/worst) thing you have heard about (our/this) department?

Personnel Selection: Interview Questions: Leadership

Are you a better leader or follower?

Are you a leader? Give some examples.

Are you a natural leader or a natural follower?

Are you able to lead others?

Are you more of a leader or follower?

As a department manager, how would you establish staff rapport?

Can you lead a group of (__) employees to complete a task? If so, give an example or explain.

Can you instruct a group of employees without feeling intimidated?

Can you take instruction without feeling upset?

Can you take instructions without feeling upset or hurt?

Can you take instructions/criticisms without feeling upset?

Can you take instructions?

Can you work with direct supervision?

Define cooperation.

Describe an incident in which you had to discipline a subordinate.

Describe an incident in which you had to give a verbal warning to a subordinate.

Describe how you are mentoring an employee.

Describe how you supervise other employees.

Describe how you would discipline a subordinate for tardiness.

Describe how you would discipline a subordinate for missing work.

Describe how you would discipline a subordinate for missing a deadline.

Describe how you would discipline a subordinate for inappropriate behavior.

Describe the (best/worst) manager you have ever had.

Describe the (best/worst) subordinate you have ever had.

Describe the ideal supervisor-subordinate relationship.

Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and subordinates.

Describe the toughest (manager/subordinate) you have ever had.

Describe your approach to management or supervision.

Describe your management philosophy. Have your disappointments helped you improve yourself?

Do you consider yourself a leader or a follower? Why?

Do you have a unique approach to management or supervision?

Do you have job performance appraisals?

Do you have the attributes of a good manager?

Do you need direct supervision?

Do you publicly disagree with your supervisor?

Do you report to more than one supervisor?

Do you require close supervision?

Do you see yourself as more technically or management oriented?

Do you sometimes get flustered when working with supervisors?

Do you supervise others?

Do you think you have the personality to be a (manager/supervisor)?

Do you think you would make a good (manager/supervisor)? Why?

Do your subordinates come to you with personal problems?

Explain an instance when you used your leadership skills to solve a problem.

Explain how you have used your skills to resolve a conflict between your boss and a co-worker.

Explain how you have supervised others.

Explain how you have worked successfully with a team.

Explain how you motivate others to work more efficiently.

Have any employees you have mentored been promoted?

Have you ever had to make decisions when your supervisor was unavailable? Explain.

Have you had any supervisory experience? Explain.

Have you held any leadership responsibilities? Explain.

Have you mentored (anyone/a subordinate)?

Have you supervised any subordinates? Explain.

How closely are you supervised?

How closely do you supervise others?

How closely have your past supervisors managed you?

How closely would you supervise an employee who was having difficulty?

How did the employees you hired work out?

How did you get along with your last supervisor?

How did your boss rate your job performance?

How do you communicate with your subordinates?

How do you communicate with your superiors?

How do you delegate responsibility?

How do you establish rapport with your subordinates?

How do you establish rapport with your subordinates?

How do you feel your supervisor could have done a better job?

How do you get along with superiors?

How do you handle leadership?

How do you supervise your staff?

How do you think that supervisors and subordinates should act toward one another?

How do you think your boss or a co-worker would evaluate your current job performance?

How good are you at personnel management?

How have past managers gotten the best out of you?

How have you selected any subordinates you've had in the past two years?

How many employees do you supervise?

How many employees have you mentored?

How many immediate subordinates have you removed from their jobs recently?

How many levels of management did you interact with?

How many people are you comfortable supervising?

How would you characterize your leadership and use of authority?

How would you deal with a subordinate who violated a company policy?

How would you decide who to fire?

How would you define your management philosophy?

How would you discipline a subordinate?

How would you evaluate your present employer's weaknesses?

How would you go about creating a plan for your department if you were the boss?

How would you go about terminating an employee?

How would you handle a supervisor challenging one of your decisions?

How would you handle reporting to more than one supervisor?

How would you organize your staff if you managed this operation?

How would you typify your relationship with your former boss?

How would your subordinates describe you?

How would your supervisor describe your leadership abilities?

In relation to others, how do you view yourself on taking initiative?

In what respects have you improved as a supervisor in the past few years?

In what ways do your leadership skills show?

Tell about your leadership skills?

Tell me about a time where you had to stand firm and make a tough or unpopular decision in order to maintain the standards you had set.

Tell me about an experience where you had to manage people conflicts at work -- could you describe an incident like this?

Tell me about the best boss you've ever had.

Tell me about the worst boss you've ever had.

Tell me more than your resume does about managing our department -- for example, how do you handle acquisitions?

What are the most important attributes of a good manager?

What are the qualities that are most important to a manager?

What are you looking for in a supervisor?

What are your team-player attributes?

What challenges have you faced in a leadership position?

What did you dislike about your supervisor?

What do your subordinates consider your strengths?

What do your subordinates think of you?

What factors do you think have contributed to your effectiveness as a supervisor?

What is the title of the person who you report to, and what were his or her responsibilities?

What is your management philosophy?

What is your opinion of your current boss?

What is your opinion of your last boss?

What kind of boss do you prefer?

What kind of boss/supervisor do you prefer?

What leadership positions have you held?

What management positions have you held?

What organizational techniques do you use to manage your workload?

What qualities do you think a successful manager posses?

What qualities make the best manager?

What qualities should a successful manager possess?

What quality should a successful manager possess?

What role do you take ina group situation? Give examples.

What steps would you take to terminate an employee who is not performing adequately?

What techniques do you use to motivate people?

What type of supervisor brings out the best performance in you?

What was the best boss you've ever had?

What was the worst boss you've ever had?

What would you look for in hiring people? For this job?

What would you say about a supervisor who was tough to work with?

What would you say about a supervisor who was unfair?

What would your former supervisor say about you?

What would your past supervisors tell me about you?

Personnel Selection: Interview Questions: Money

Are you willing to work overtime?

Are you able to accept a job paying less than you are currently making?

Are you able to work on commission?

Are you currently unemployed?

Are you 'under' employed?

Are you looking for a salary advancement?

Can you work overtime?

Do you feel that money is the most important aspect of a job?

Do you have a minimum salary for which you will work?

Have you had financial problems?

How do you live within your means?

How do you see your salary requirements changing in the near and far futures?

How important is money to you?

How important is overtime to you?

How much commissions do you receive?

How much compensation are you searching for?

How much compensation do you currently earn?

How much compensation do you (need/want)?

How much compensation will it take to get you here?

How much do you think you expect to be making in five years?

How much money do you currently make?

How much money do you hope to earn at age (30/35/40/45/..)?

How much money do you see yourself making in ten years?

How much money do you want to make?

How much money would you like to be earning?

How much of your current compensation is paid on commission?

How much overtime could you work?

I can imagine you must have a specific number in mind for salary in order for you to accept the position. What is it?

I understand your reluctance to commit to a salary estimate here, however I need to know what salary you are seeking in order to know if your salary is within our range.

Is money important to you?

Is there a particular benefit you want from (our/this) company?

Should your profession be higher paying?

This job might entail a cut in pay. Is this acceptable to you?

What amount of compensation are you seeking?

What are you earning now?

What are your current salary requirements?

What are your needs for salary?

What benefits are you looking for?

What do you expect to be earning in five years?

What do you think about working overtime?

What do you think would make a fair compensation package for this position?

What do you think your salary will be in five years?

What do you want in salary?

What increase in salary are you looking for?

What is your salary (history)?

What is your current salary (grade) range?

What kind of money do you need to make?

What kind of salary are you looking for?

What range of salary do you want?

What salary are you worth?

What salary do you (expect/need/desire)?

What salary were you thinking of for this position?

What type of salary are you worth, and why do you think so?

What types of benefits does your current employer offer?

What was your salary history (on your last job)?

What would be an adequate payment for your efforts?

Where are you in your current salary (grade) range?

Which is more important to you, the money or the type of job?

Who paid for your education?

Why are you willing to take a cut in pay?

Why do you think you deserve your current salary?

Would you be willing to work for less?

Would you select a job primarily on the basis of (compensation/money/benefits)?

Would you take a cut in salary to work here?

Personnel Selection: Interview Questions: Flexibility

After being with the same employer for so long, do you think that it might be difficult to start at a new job?

Can you forget your education and start from scratch?

Can you start in this new profession?

Can you work irregular hours?

Describe how your job changed.

Describe the biggest change you've brought to your present company?

Describe the changes that took place at your (previous/current) employer.

Describe the most difficult problem on your last job, and tell me how you overcame it.

Describe situations in which you had a variety of projects simultaneously.

Do you feel comfortable making procedural changes affecting your department?

Do you have a problem with irregular hours?

Do you have a problem with non-routine tasks?

Do you like routine work?

Do you think you've been with one company for too long?

Do you view job security as of prime importance?

Has your job changed as a result of re-organization? Please explain.

Have you been through a re-organization?

How do you cope with change?

How do you deal with surprises?

How do you handle change?

How have you handled difficult changes in your working situation in the past?

How have you responded to your greatest disappointments?

How important is job security to you?

How would you change your current working conditions?

How would you handle a decision for which no procedure existed?

If you could change something about this position, what would it be?

If you could change something in the course of your life, what would you change?

This is a much larger company than you've ever worked at. How do you feel about that?

This is a much smaller company than you've ever worked at. How do you feel about that?

What adjustments do you expect to make in this job since it is so different from your (previous/current) employment?

What are your opinions on the challenges facing our company?

What can you do to help adjust to a new job?

What changes do you see this industry making in order to stay competitive?

What changes would you make in your current job?

What do you do when starting a new job?

What happens when two priorities compete for your time?

What is the most difficult change you've encountered in your career?

What is the most difficult change you've faced in your career?

What job responsibilities would you like to avoid on a new job?

What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?

What major problem have you encountered and how did you handle it?

What major provlem have you encountered? How did you resolve it?

What problems do you have tolerating people different from you?

What will be the most difficult aspect of making the transition from college to your career? Why?

What will you do to compensate for your deficiencies?

What will you do to correct weaknesses?

What would you change about your current job or position?

What would you do to meet a deadline of a project?

Would you be happy in an entry-level job?

Would you consider a career change?

Would you prefer a large or a small company? Why?

Personnel Selection: Interview Questions: Organization

Are you a very organized person?

Are you systematic?

Describe your study habits.

Do you manage your time well?

Have you been in charge of budgeting, approving expenses, or monitoring departmental progress against financial goals?

Have you ever postponed a decision you wanted to make right away?

How do you determine your priorities?

How do you feel about your current employer?

How do you feel that you've improved your planning process in the last few years?

How do you fix unexpected problems?

How do you keep track of projects?

How do you organize your time?

How do you organize your workload -- could you describe it?

How do you plan for large projects?

How do you plan to achieve your career goals?

How do you plan to correct your weaknesses?

How do you plan to prevent from having your biggest failures again?

How do you plan your day?

How do you plan your week?

How do you prepare for major projects?

How do you prepare for speeches?

How do you usually plan your day?

How important are details?

How organized are you?

How would you change your planning for your future if you could?

Tell me about a time when you organized a project where your directions were vague?

Tell me about a time when you simplified or clarified a situation by putting your finger on the key issue.

Personnel Selection: Interview Questions: Personal Relations

Describe the ideal employee.

Describe the most difficult boss or co-worker you have ever worked with, and tell me how you coped with the situation.

Describe your best friend and what he or she does for a living. In what ways are you similar or different from your best friend?

How did you get along with your co-workers?

How do you deal with interpersonal conflict?

How do you deal with people at different levels?

How do you deal with rejection?

How do you handle people who are critical? (or How do you handle rejection?)

How do you interact with you superiors?

How do you resolve conflicts?

How have you developed your interpersonal skills? Are they good?

How have you ever embarrassed yourself?

How would you describe your character?

How would you handle a difficult situation with a co-worker?

How would you handle an angry co-worker?

How would you handle an angry customer?

How would you handle an angry supervisor?

How would you help a co-worker with a personal problem?

How would you work with someone you didn't like?

If you could change one thing about your personality, what would it be?

Is it an effort for you to be tolerant of persons with a background and interests different that your own?

Tell me about a particularly difficult or awkward conversation you needed to have with someone?

Tell me about a time where you had to stand firm and make a tough or unpopular decision in order to maintain the standards you had set.

Tell me about a time you used your spoken communication skills to get a point across.

What was a team project that you helped complete?

What's the toughest communication problem you faced?

Inspirations

How did your boss help you to be your best?

What's been the greatest influence on your career plans?

Which person has had the most influence on your life?

Who has been an inspiration to you?

Who or what has been the greatest single influence in your life?

Likeability

Do your subordinates come to you with personal problems?

How do you earn respect from co-workers?

How do you establish rapport with your subordinates?

How do you feel your subordinates would describe you as a communicator?

How do you get along with co-workers?

How do you get along with superiors?

How do you think a friend who knows you well would describe you?

How do you think your co-workers would describe you?

How do you think your friends would describe you?

How would a close friend or professor describe you?

How would one of your friends describe you?

How would others describe you as an individual?

How would someone you work with describe you?

How would you be described by your best friend?

How would your best friend describe you?

How would your co-workers describe you?

How would your supervisor describe you?

If a friend or professor were asked to describe you, what would he/she say?

The successful candidate for this position will be working with some highly trained individuals who have been here for a long time. How will you fit in?

What would your references say about you?

When have your

Dear Shyamali, I,m desperately waiting for guidance regarding the answers... Please do mail me urgently. Thanx.. Sunita
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