Warm-Up Questions

  • Please tell me about yourself.
  • Briefly, would you summarize your work history & education for me?

Work History

  • Can you describe for me one or two of your most important accomplishments and one or two of the biggest disappointments in your work history?  
  • Why are you leaving your present job? (or, Why did you leave your last job?)
  • What is important to you in a company? What things do you look for in an organization?

Job Performance

  • Everyone has strengths & weaknesses as workers. What are your strong points for this job?
  • What would you say are areas needing improvement?
  • How did your supervisor on your most recent job evaluate your job performance?
  • Do you prefer working alone or in groups?
  • What kind of people do you find it most difficult to work with? Why?
  • Starting with your last job, tell me about any of your achievements that were recognized by your superiors.
  • What are some things you would like to avoid in a job? Why?
  • In your previous job what kind of pressures did you encounter?
  • What would you say is the most important thing you are looking for in a job?
  • What are some of the problems you encounter in doing your job? Which one frustrates you the most? What do you usually do about it?
  • What are some things you particularly liked about your last job?
  • If I were to ask your present (most recent) employer about your ability as a ________________ , what would he/she say?


  • What courses in school have been of most help in doing your job?

Career- Goals

  • What is your long-term employment or career objective?
  • What kind of job do you see yourself holding five years from now?
  • What do you feel you need to develop in terms of skill & knowledge in order to be ready for that opportunity?
  • How does this job fit in with your overall career goals?
  • Who or what in your life would you say influenced you most with your career objectives?
  • What would you most like to accomplish if you had this job?
  • What might make you leave this job?


  • What kind of things do you feel most confident in doing?
  • How would you describe yourself as a person?
  • What do you think are the most important characteristics & abilities a person must possess to become a successful ( )? How do you rate yourself in these areas?
  • Do you consider yourself a self-starter? If so, explain why ( and give examples)
  • What do you consider to be your greatest achievements to date? Why?
  • What things give you the greatest satisfaction at work?
  • What things frustrate you the most? How do you usually cope with them?


  • In your work experience, what have you done that you consider truly creative?
  • Can you think of a problem you have encountered when the old solutions didn’t work & when you came up with new solutions?
  • What kind of problems have people recently called on you to solve? Tell me what you have devised.


  • What was your most difficult decision in the last six months? What made it difficult?
  • The last time you did not know what decision to make, what did you do?
  • How do you go about making an important decision affecting your career?
  • What was the last major problem that you were confronted with? What action did you take on it?

Range of Interests

  • What organizations do you belong to?
  • How do you keep up with what’s going on in your company / your industry/ your profession?


  • What is your professional goal?
  • Describe how you determine what constitutes top priorities in the performance of your job.

Work Standards

  • What are your standards of success in your job?
  • When judging the performance of your subordinate, what factors or characteristics are most important to you?


  • In your present job what approach do you take to get your people together to establish a common approach to a problem?
  • What approach do you take in getting your people to accept your ideas or department goals?
  • What sort of leader do your people feel you are? Are you satisfied?
  • How do you get people who do not want to work together to establish a common approach to a problem?
  • How would you describe your basic leadership style? Give specific examples of how you practice this?
  • Do you feel you work more effectively on a one to one basis or in a group situation?
  • Have you ever led a task force or committee or any group who doesn’t report to you, but from whom you have to get work? How did you do it? What were the satisfactions & disappointments? How would you handle the job differently?

Oral Presentation Skills

  • Have you made any individual presentations recently? How did you prepare?

Written Communication Skills

  • Would you rather write a report or give a verbal report? Why?
  • What is the extent of your participation in major reports that have to be written?


  • What was the most important idea or suggestion you received recently from your employees? What happened as a result?
  • What do you think about the continuous changes in company operating policies & procedures?
  • How effective has your company been in adapting its policies to fit a changing environment?
  • What was the most significant change made in your company in the last six months which directly affected you, & how successfully do you think you implemented this change?

Stress Tolerance

  • Do you feel pressure in your job? Tell me about it.
  • What has been the highest pressure situation you have been under in recent years? How did you cope with it?

Stability & Maturity

  • Describe your most significant success & failure in the last two years.
  • What do you like to do best?
  • What do you like to do least?
  • What in your last review did your supervisor suggest needed improvement?
  • What have you done about it?

Interest in Self Development

  • What has been the most important person or event in your own self development?
  • How much of your education did you earn?
  • What kind of books & other publications do you read?
  • How are you helping your subordinates develop themselves?