Transition Masters

Developing Job Search Presentation Skills

Compilation of Interesting Interview Questions!

Posted on a LinkedIn forum 10/21/2014

  1. What question should I have asked you?
  2. What do you think is important?
  3. What would your boss tell me about you?
  4. What do you bring to the company?
  5. You impressed the interview team in your first interview. Why do you think you did?
  6. Who is your role model and why?
  7. (for management candidates) Do you think you are able to handle management responsibilities? Why?
  8. You are having a dinner party and are allowed to invite five guests. Who would you invite and why?
  9. Which key performance area did you most enjoy executing in your last position?
  10. What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from it?
  11. Tell me about a time when you avoided making a decision and it cost you.
  12. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment and how did you do it?
  13. What was the last thing you learned and what do you want to learn next?
  14. What aspects of your career/profession are you most interested in?
  15. If you found out tomorrow that you had become independently wealthy and could live comfortably for the rest of your life without having to work, would you continue working? If so, would you change anything about your job or work? 
  16. Who has had the most influence or impact on your career and why?
  17. What one word would people that have worked with say best describes you?
  18. What goal do you still have?
  19. Tell me what is not on your resume.
  20. Why is your career non-linear?
  21. What was the most enjoyable / successful project you were involved in at the previous employer and why? 
    What was the worst Project and why? 
  22. What’s a problem you have encountered that required deep analytical skills to solve. Take me through your thought process.
  23. Describe a database in terms that a five year old could understand.
  24. Tell me about a time that your boss was disappointed with your performance and what you did about it?
  25. Tell me about a time when you completely failed at what you were doing. How did you recover?
  26. If you could have any set of super powers, which ones would you want? Why?
    (part 2) If you were going to be stranded on a island alone, what book would you want with you and why?
    27. Tell me about an experience you had with your manager where you and she disagreed on a particular decision and what you did or said to try to change her mind.
  27. How do you feel when you uncover a big bug.. one that was never seen, but is going to be a real showstopper. 
  28. How do you stay current? Who do you follow, what do you read, where do you hangout online?
  29. So, what do you want to do when you've left here? 
  30. What problem in the world do you want to solve, and how would you go about developing a solution? 
  31. How do you feel about a trial period?
  32. What single project or task would you consider your most significant accomplishment in your career to date?
  33. How would you treat a situation with your boss if you think you were right and he was wrong?
  34. Where do you see yourself in a year? in 5 years?
  35. What is the one thing you think your current manager shouldn't have done?
  36.  How would you like your boss to acknowledge that you did a good job?
  37. What were some of the most difficult decisions you have had to make in your prior roles and how did you arrive at the conclusions?
  38. What's the biggest misconception that people have of you?
  39. If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be, and what decision process did you undertake to decide on that particular tree?
  40. What is the most useful criticism you have ever received?
  41. If you could start your career over again, knowing what you know, now, what would you do?
  42. If you have a department of your own, how do you structure, hire the staff and manage it?
  43. What kind of supervisor do you work best for? Provide examples. 
  44. Describe the most difficult customer service experience that you have ever had to handle. Be specific and tell what you did and what was the outcome. 
  45. What suggestions do you have for our organization?
  46. Describe a conflict you had with a colleague. What was your role in the conflict and how did you resolve it?
  47. How did you prepare for this interview?
  48. Tell us about a situation in which one of your strengths turned into a weakness. 
  49. What was the last spontaneous thing that you did?
  50. What book are you reading now? and What book has marked your career and your life? 
  51. What is your Legacy?
  52. Come back with a 30 min presentation in power point on why I will be selected.
  53. In your research on our organization while preparing for this interview, what improvement opportunities related to this position did you discover that you would pursue and how would you start the process?
  54. Tell us a few things about yourself that we might not otherwise know.
  55. What aspects of this job do you think you would need the most training to perform?
  56. What would be your dream job? 
  57. Tell me about your daily habits at your last job and how you think they may change in this job?
  58. Tell me your best three habits and your worst three habits.
  59.  You are the successful candidate that we choose to hire and two months later your dream job is offered to you, what would you do?
  60. If I lost my notes on our conversation and could only remember one thing about you when making the decision, what would you want that one thing to be?