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Sample Interview Questions

Sample Interview Questions

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SAMPLE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
OPENERS:
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Tell me about your favorite position, and what role your boss played in making it so unique.
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Tell me about your least favorite position.
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Why should I consider you for this position?
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What can you do for us that someone else can\u2019t?
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How would you describe your ideal job?
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What five adjectives best describe you?
ACHIEVEMENT\u00adFOCUSED QUESTIONS
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What makes you stand out amongst your peers?
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What has been your proudest accomplishment? Tell me about it.
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What would your current boss say makes you most valuable to him/her?
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Tell me what \u201csuccess\u201d means to you.
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What do you consider your greatest strength?
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How do you set goals for yourself?
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Where do you see yourself five years from now?
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What motivates you?
"PRESSURE\u00adCOOKER" QUESTIONS
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Tell me about your last performance appraisal. In which area(s) were you most disappointed?
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Where do you disagree with your boss most often? How did you handle the last time he/she was wrong and
you were right?
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Were you ever in a situation where you had too many things to do in the time available? What happened
and how did you handle it?
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What was your worst mistake last year, and how did you deal with it?
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How do you work with new and weak members of your group?
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What kind of people do you feel represent a challenge to work with and how do you best deal with them?
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You\u2019ve changed jobs frequently. How do we know you\u2019ll stick around?
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You\u2019ve stayed with the same company for years. Why did you decide to leave?
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I see you were unemployed for a period of time. Tell me about it.
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What do supervisors tend to criticize most about your performance?
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How does your boss get the best out of you?
BEHAVIORAL QUESTIONS
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Tell me about the most difficult assignment you ever had. How did you go about completing it?
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Tell me about a situation in which your boss was upset with the way you did something. How did you
handle your boss?
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For management\u00adlevel applicants: Tell me about a particularly difficult employee you were able to turn
around and help to become a good, solid worker.
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Tell me about a decision you made on the job that did not work out well. How did you make that decision?
What would you have done differently in retrospect?
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Tell me about an occasion when, in difficult circumstances, you pulled a team together.
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This position will be working with individuals who have been with us for a long time. How will you mesh
with them?
SUPERVISORY QUESTIONS
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What type of supervisory training have you had in the past?
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Tell me about the type of people you have supervised.
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How have you handled a difficult employee?
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If you\u2019ve had to fire someone, how was it handled?
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What characteristics do you look for in a possible new hire?
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How do you motivate employees if pay raises aren\u2019t an option?
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How would you supervise someone like yourself?
WORKING WITH OTHERS
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Do you prefer working alone or with others?
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How would your co\u00adworkers describe you?
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What kind of people do you have trouble getting along with?
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What kind of people do you get along with the best?
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How do you handle a personality conflict with someone you must work closely with?
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How do you feel about socializing with co\u00adworkers outside of the office?
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What level of management are you most comfortable working with?
WORKING FOR OTHERS
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Tell me about your favorite boss.
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What attributes were lacking in your worse boss?
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How well do you feel your boss rated your work performance?
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Tell me about a time when you and your boss had a disagreement.
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What would your boss tell me about you?
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How do you handle having trouble with a boss?
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Is the customer always right?
ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTIONS
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Tell me about a typical workday.
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How do you handle several important projects simultaneously?
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What do you do when things are slow on the job?
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Tell me about a task that you just couldn\u2019t seem to complete and why.
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Describe the top of your desk.

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