Career and Job Search Guide

Sample Interview Questions

Below are common questions asked during an interview, questions to ask the employer, and illegal interview questions. Common Interview Questions
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why are you interested in working for this company?
  • Tell me about your education.
  • Why are you interested in this particular field?
  • Describe your best and worst managers.
  • What are you interested in most or least in a job?
  • What is your major weakness?
  • Provide an example of how you solved a problem in the past.
  • What are your strengths?
  • How do others describe you?
  • What do you consider the most important idea you contributed or your most noteworthy accomplishment at your previous job?
  • Where do you see yourself in three years?
  • Consider a past event you deem a failure, and tell me why you think it happened.
  • How do you think you will fit into this operation?
  • If you were hired, what ideas or skills could you contribute to the company?
  • Provide an example where you demonstrated leadership and initiative.
  • Give an example where you contributed to a team project.
  • What have you done to develop or change in the last few years?
  • Do you have any questions for me?
Questions to Ask the Employer
  • What are the responsibilities for this position?
  • Are the job duties defined? Can its duties be expanded?
  • Describe an average day on this job.
  • What is this position's history? Why is it vacant?
  • What aspects of this job would you like to see performed better?
  • What challenges would I face if I were hired to this position?
  • Where can I go from here, assuming that I meet or exceed the job responsibilities?
  • What is the ideal candidate?
  • What are the company's short- and long-term objectives?
  • What outside influences affect company growth?
  • What are the company's strengths? What are its limitations?
  • When and how will I be evaluated? What are the performance standards?
  • With whom would I be working? Who would be my supervisor? Who would I supervise?
  • What is the department's work environment like?
  • When will you make the hiring decision? May I call you for the decision? When is a good time?
Illegal Questions
  • What is your spouse's name and where does he or she work?
  • Have you ever filed a Workers' Compensation claim or been injured on the job?
  • Do you have any physical impairments that would prevent you from performing the job for which you're applying?
  • Have you ever been arrested?
  • What is your hair and eye color? What is your height and weight?
  • Have you ever been hospitalized? If so, why?
  • Have you ever been treated by a psychiatrist or psychologist? If so, why?
  • Are you healthy enough to perform the job for which you're applying?
  • How many days were you absent from work because of illness last year?
  • Are you taking any prescribed drugs?
  • Have you ever been treated for drug addiction or alcoholism?
To learn more about illegal interview questions, contact your state's Department of Human Rights or your local state employment service office.