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WinWay Resume includes hints and complete answers for over 200 of the most commonly asked interview questions.

  

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Interest in the Organization
Where or how did you hear about this opening?
Do you have any friends or relatives working here?
How could you contribute to our company's goals?
What made you apply for this position?
Why are you considering our company?
Knowledge of the Organization
All positions have pluses and minuses. What do you imagine would be the pluses in this position? The minuses?
What can you bring to this company?
What are your expectations of this job?
What do you know about our products and services?
What do you think are this company's biggest problems, and how would you go about solving them?
What material have you read about our company?
What do you know about the history of our organization?
Career Field Knowledge
How do you feel about government controls in your field?
What do you think is the greatest challenge facing your field today?
What do you think will be the next major breakthrough in your field?
Resume
Tell me about your work history.
Tell me about this gap in your employment.
Tell me more about the career objective I see here on your resume.
Career Search
Are you looking at other employers? Do you have any other offers?
How did you get your most recent job?
In your current job, is there room for advancement? If not, is that why you are looking elsewhere?
What is the reason you are out of work now?
If you do not get this job, what are your plans?
Does your current employer know you are looking for a job?
Why are you looking for work?
Why did you leave your last job?
Experience -- General
Evaluate for me your most recent company.
Which position has given you the most satisfaction?
Tell me about the first job you ever had.
Tell me about a problem you once had on the job. How did you go about resolving the problem?
Describe for me one or two of the most important accomplishments in your career to date.
Give me an example of a time you were innovative on the job.
What have you done in your previous positions to help reduce costs?
What opinions did you give to your most recent employer to help make the company successful?
Describe a project you initiated and how it turned out.
Experience -- This Position
What experience would you like to gain here?
How well are you prepared for this position?
What previous work experiences do you think prepare you for this position?
Management Style Preference
How does an ideal manager make you successful?
Are you able to do the work your boss does? Why? How do you do it better?
Describe for me the management style of your current employer.
How do you handle disagreements with your superiors?
Do you delegate authority well?
Describe for me your favorite supervisor.
How much direction or feedback do you require?
What do you look for when you hire people?
Have you ever had to fire an employee?
How do you get people to do what you ask?
How would you describe an ideal supervisor?
Do you have a proactive or reactive approach to problem management?
Are you comfortable with making decisions?
Give me an example of how you solve conflicts within the workplace.
As a supervisor, how would you handle an employee who is chronically late or absent?
Teamwork
What would your subordinates have to say about your management style?
Are you a good team member?
What types of people do you work best with?
Are you a leader or a follower?
Are you more comfortable working in a team environment or on your own?
What kinds of co-workers do you like best?
Are there any types of people who seem to "rub you the wrong way"?
Education -- College/School
At our company, we highly value college internships. Tell me what you learned by completing your internship.
Describe for me the most enjoyable experience you had in college.
Why did you choose your alma mater?
What courses did you like the most, and the least, in college?
How much of your education did you finance yourself? And how?
How did you choose your major?
Education -- General
How well did you do in school?
Tell me about the extracurricular activities you were involved in.
What have you done to further your education since your graduation?
Can you explain your high grades and low grades?
Did you work while going to school?
Did you ever drop a course in school?
If you could do it all over again, what courses would you take?
What was your class ranking in high school and college?
What didn't you like about school and why?
How did your teachers and professors influence you to pursue this profession?
How could you have done better in school?
Was the school you chose right for you?
Skills and Training
Can you give me an example of your problem-solving skills?
What special skills do you have?
How has your education or training helped you to perform jobs better?
Are you familiar with any foreign languages?
What are you doing to prepare yourself for advancement?
How do you feel about working with computers?
Goals and Career Objectives
If you could have any job here, which one would it be and why?
What is your dream job?
Why did you select this area of work?
Imagine that you're selecting your career path all over again. What would you do differently?
If you had a choice, where would you work?
Who was the greatest influence on your career development?
What do you expect of your future employer?
Would you like to be president of a company someday?
Job Performance
Give me an example of how you manage multiple projects.
Have you ever been fired? If so, what led up to the firing?
Can you give me an example of a project you failed at and how you handled it?
What areas of improvement were pointed out to you during your most recent performance appraisal?
All of us have some pluses and minuses in our performance; what are some of yours?
Describe for me the appraisal system used by your last company.
Tell me how you were evaluated during your last two evaluations.
In your last position, what were your three biggest disappointments?
In your last position, what were your three biggest disappointments?
In your last position, what were your three biggest accomplishments?
General
In the best of all worlds, describe for me your ideal work environment.
What percentage of your time would you be able to travel?
If asked for proof of citizenship, can you furnish it on your first day of employment?
How do you feel about working overtime?
What has been the longest period of time you have been absent from any job and why?
Do you have a valid driver's license?
We require a medical exam before starting. Are you willing to take one?
Self-Evaluation
What makes you angry?
What was the least exciting time in your career? What did you dislike about it?
Do you enjoy detailed work?
What would you say are your weaknesses?
What motivates you?
How well organized are you?
Describe the kinds of tasks you like the least.
When you are faced with an ethical or moral dilemma, what do you do?
If I were to call your references, what would they say about you? Are they expecting a call?
What would make you happy in a job?
What's the greatest honor you've ever had?
Have you been happy in your past positions? What would have made you happier?
How well do you handle criticism?
How well do you work under pressure?
What do you admire most about your best friend?
Can you describe your working style?
What would you say are your strengths?
Do you have a personal budget? Do you enjoy budgeting?
In your opinion, is conflict inevitable?
How do you perform under tight deadlines? Can you give me an example?
Outside Interests
What do you do to maintain good health?
What are your favorite sports?
What was the last movie you saw and why did you choose it?
How do you spend your leisure time?
Do you drink?
Do you belong to any professional associations? Which ones?
Do you smoke?
What book are you currently reading and why did you choose it?
Unlawful
Do you own your own car?
What is your native language?
Where were you born?
What does your spouse do for a living?
Your last name sounds familiar. Does your family attend the local church or synagogue?
What type of military discharge did you receive?
Do you own your own home or rent?
You look too old to be starting a career now.
Do you attend church regularly?
Have you ever been arrested?
How many children do you have?
Possibly Unlawful
Do you belong to any clubs or organizations?
How would you feel about working for a female boss?
How supportive is your family of your career?
"Off the Wall"
What do you think about the country's economy?
What article in today's paper did you find most intriguing?
Who are the U.S. Senators from your state?
What do you think the economic situation will be a year from now?
Of all the people you've been associated with, whom did you dislike most and why?
What do you generally have for lunch?
Can you type?
In your opinion, what is the best museum in town?
What did you do last Saturday and Sunday?
What television programs interest you most?
When you were growing up, what was your home life like?
Stressful Questions
You seem overqualified for this position. Don't you think you'd become bored quickly and want to quit?
Sell me the pen you're holding right now.
What would make you leave us?
Do you think you are uniquely qualified for this position? If so, why? If not, why did you apply for the position?
Imagine I told you you've done a lousy job so far in this interview. What would you say back to me?
All of us have some skeletons in our closets. We at this company do a thorough background check on all of our potential new hires. What would you rather tell us now than have us find out on our own?
Tell me the worst thing you've heard about this company.
If someone were to question your credibility, how would you react?
When will you consider yourself a success?
Evaluate my performance as an interviewer.
How long would you stay with our company?
Do you have any outstanding debts?
Your resume makes you look like a job-hopper. What could you say to convince me you'd stay with us for any length of time?
How would you feel working for someone younger than you who makes more money?
Are you sure you can handle going to school and working at the same time? Won't one or the other have to suffer?
If, after two weeks on the job, I were to tell you "you've been making a lot of mistakes lately and need to improve," how would you handle this criticism?
Why should we hire you?
Describe for me the worst boss you've ever had.
Interview Conclusion
If I were to extend you an offer now, would you accept it?
How soon can you start?
Could you leave me with a list of your references?
Are there any questions you would like to ask me?
 


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