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Sample Interview Questions

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Common

Common Interview Questions

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Of which personal accomplishments are you most proud?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Tell me about your best Supervisor, and why you regard them that way.
  • Tell me about your worst Supervisor, and why you regard them this way?
  • Describe your toughest problem and hot you handled it.
  • Tell me about a conflict with a co-worker. How did you handle it?
  • Tell me about a disagreement with your current or previous Supervisor. How did you handle it?
  • If you found out a co-worker was/is dishonest, what would you do?
  • If you were unable to meet a commitment or deadline, what would you do?
  • If a customer is disrespectful to you, what do you do?
  • If you were unable to resolve a customer issue by the date promised because another department did not do its job, what would you do, and what would you say to the customer?
  • What makes you the best candidate?
  • Do you prefer to work alone or in a group?
  • Tell me about your organization/time management style.
  • Described a project that you managed. Was the project completed on time and on/under budget? Why/Why not? What would you have done differently?
  • Describe how you motivate your staff or fellow team members.
  • How would your staff or team members describe you?
  • How would your current Supervisor describe you?
  • Where do you want to be in five years?
  • Why do you want this job?

Behavioral

Behavioral Interview Questions

  • Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion so successfully convince someone to see things your way.
  • Describe a time when you were faced with a stressful situation that demonstrated your coping skills.
  • Give me a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem.
  • Give me an example of a time when you set a goal and were able to meet or achieve it.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to use you presentation skills to influence someone’s opinion.
  • Give me a specific example of a time when you had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree.
  • Please discuss an important written document you were required to complete.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
  • Tell me about a time when you had too many things to do and you were required to prioritize your tasks.
  • Give me an example of a time when you had to make a split second decision.
  • What is your typical way of dealing with conflict? Give me an example.
  • Tell me about a time you were able to successfully deal with another person even when that individual may not have personally like you (or vice versa).
  • Tell me about a difficult decision you’ve made in the last year.
  • Give me an example of a time when something you tried to accomplish failed.
  • Give me an example of when you showed initiative and took the lead.
  • Tell me about a recent situation in which you had to deal with a very upset customer or co-worker.
  • Give me an example of a time when you motivated others.
  • Tell me about a time when you delegated a project effectively.
  • Give me an example of a time when you used your fact-finding skills to solve a problem.
  • Tell me about a time when you missed an obvious solution to a problem.
  • Describe a time when you anticipated potential problems and developed preventive measures.
  • Tell me about a time when you were forced to make an unpopular decision.
  • Please tell me about a time you had to fire a friend.
  • Describe a time when you set your sights too high (or too low).

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