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50 Interview Questions to Help You

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Kalibrr for Business| 50 Interview Questions

We put together a little cheat sheet of interview questions summarized per
competency that will indicate whether a candidate is a fit for your company.

The Big Picture Questions

These questions seek to understand the whole person, their overall motivations and their
general approaches to work.

1. Tell me about yourself

2. Tell me about your last job
3. Tell me about your career so far
4. Tell me about your ideal job
5. What do you know about our company?
6. What interests you about this job?

Growth and Self-Examination Questions

These are the questions that seek to find how driven the candidate is, how they go out of their
comfort zone and find opportunities for growth and self-development.
7. Explain to me something that's complicated but you know well.
8. Tell me about a time you failed.
9. Tell me about your proudest achievement.
10. What are your strengths?
11. What are your weaknesses?
12. What have you learned from mistakes on the job?
13. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
14. How well do you adapt to change?
15. Why do you want to leave your present job or company?
16. What skills would you like to develop?
17. What challenges are you looking for in this position?

Discipline Interview Questions

This refers to finding how strong their work ethics are, how they demonstrate focus, maintain
mental and emotional discipline, and their perseverance and grit.

18. Are you willing to work for long hours, if the project demands that from you?
19. Why did you choose this particular career path?
20. What motivates you?
21. What are your career goals?

Kalibrr for Business| 50 Interview Questions

22. How do you plan to achieve those goals?
23. What’s the biggest decision you’ve made over the past year? Why was it such a big
24. What’s your definition of hard work?
25. Describe your ability to work under pressure.
26. Tell me about your salary expectations.

Analytical and Problem-solving Interview Questions

These questions seek to understand a candidate’s habits that shows their analytical and
problem solving skills.

27. What do you find are the most difficult decisions to make?
28. Give me an example of a time when you had to think out of the box.
29. Tell me about the time you were given a project you didn’t know how to do. How did
you overcome it?
30. Give us an example of a situation where you didn’t meet your goals or objectives. How
did you handle it?
31. Give us an example of a situation where you faced conflict or difficult communication
32. If you know your boss is 100% wrong about something, how would you handle this?
33. Tell me about a time when you had to deal with an irate customer. How did you handle
the situation?
34. Tell me about when you were particularly challenged?

Cultural Fit Questions

Determining if a candidate has the relevant skills and experience is only half the battle. The
other half is to see if they're a good fit for the company.

35. What excites you to get up and come to work at your last job?
36. What’s your favorite non-professional activity?
37. What would your former colleagues say about you if you weren’t in the room?
38. Tell me about a bad professional relationship you’ve had. Why didn’t it work? Know
how they overcame the situation.
39. Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
40. What’s your superpower...or spirit animal?
41. What do you love best about the culture here?
42. What attributes do you look for in a company when you want to apply for a position?

Kalibrr for Business| 50 Interview Questions

Fostering Teamwork and Work Environments
Many jobs need you to work in teams and across departments. These questions seek to
identify their ability and desire to work cooperatively with others, and how they are able to
work effectively in a certain work environment.

43. What is teamwork to you?

44. Do you prefer to work alone or with others? Why?
45. Describe the management style that will bring forth your best work and efforts.
46. Describe the work environment or culture in which you are most productive and happy.
47. How do you feel about working in a diverse workplace?
48. Do you prefer a job with clearly defined tasks, or one that is more self-directed? Why
49. What qualities do you look for in a boss?
50. How have you delegated tasks in the past?

Kalibrr for Business| 50 Interview Questions