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Cheat Sheet: 50 Questions to Ask Job Applicants during Interviews

Summary: Not sure what to ask during an interview? Here are 50 questions to choose from.

Here are some sample questions that you can ask applicants in your next interview.

Here, in no particular order, are some questions you can ask during interviews.

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What do you really want to do in life?
  3. Why did you choose the career for which you're preparing?
  4. What are your long-range career objectives?
  5. How do you plan to achieve your career objectives?
  6. What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?
  7. What do you see yourself doing 5 years from now? And earning?
  8. Which is more important to you, the money or type of job?
  9. What do you consider your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  10. How would a friend or professor describe you?
  11. What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
  12. How has your experience prepared you for this job?
  13. Why should I hire you?
  14. What qualifications would make you successful in business?
  15. How do you determine or evaluate success?
  16. What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours?
  17. In what ways do you think you'll contribute to our company?
  18. What qualities should a successful manager possess?
  19. What is the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and those reporting
    to her or him? Describe it.
  20. What 2 or 3 accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
  21. What was your most rewarding experience? Describe it.
  22. If you were hiring a graduate for this position, what qualities would you look for?
  23. Why did you select your college or university?
  24. What led you to choose your field or major study?
  25. What college subject did you like best? Why?
  26. What college subject did you like least? Why?
  27. If you could do so, how would you plan your study differently? Why?
  28. What changes would you make in your college or university? Why?
  29. Do you have plans for continued study?
  30. Do you think that your grades are an indication of your academic achievement?
  31. What have you learned from participating in extra-curricular activities?
  32. What are your interests outside of work?
  33. In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
  34. How do you work under pressure?
  35. In what part-time or summer jobs have you been most interested? Why?
  36. How would you describe the ideal job for you following graduation?
  37. Why did you decide to seek a position in this company?
  38. What do you know about our company?
  39. What 2 or 3 things are most important to you in your job?
  40. Are you seeking employment in a company of a certain size? Why?
  41. What criteria are you using to evaluate companies?
  42. Do you have a geographic preference? Why?
  43. Will you relocate? Does relocation bother you?
  44. Are you willing to travel?
  45. Are you willing to spend at least 6 months as a trainee?
  46. Why do you think you might like to live in the community in which our company is located?
  47. What major problems have you encountered and how did you deal with them?
  48. Why did you leave your former job?
  49. What is favorite book? What are you reading now?
  50. Where else have you applied?

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