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101 Interview Questions to Ask Candidates

101 Interview Questions to Ask Candidates

Interviews are an extremely valuable part of the recruitment process, helping identify prospective employees who align with your company's goals and culture.


Below are 101 questions to ask candidates during an interview:


  1. Are you good at multitasking?
  2. Can you describe a time when you led by example?
  3. Describe a time when you had to work with someone whose personality or work style was very different from yours.
  4. Describe a time when you failed to achieve your goals and had to follow a different approach. What happened?
  5. Describe a time you went out of your way to help somebody.
  6. Describe a time where you had to learn a new skill.
  7. Do you work best alone or on a team?
  8. Give me an example of a time when you motivated others.
  9. How are you at handling constructive feedback?
  10. How did you hear about this position?
  11. How did you prepare for this interview?
  12. How do you handle pressure?
  13. How do you deal with failure?
  14. How do you define success?
  15. How do you handle criticism?
  16. How do you like to be managed?
  17. How do you influence others to work with you?
  18. How do you manage deadline pressure?
  19. How do you set priorities or manage time?
  20. How do you stay organized?
  21. How do you want to improve yourself in the upcoming year?
  22. How does this position align with your career goals?
  23. How will you achieve a work/life balance?
  24. How would you deal with ambiguity in the workplace?
  25. How would you feel about working for someone who knows less than you?
  26. How would you help this company fulfill its vision/mission?
  27. How would your boss describe you?
  28. How would your previous coworkers describe you?
  29. Share a few traits or skills you've been praised for.
  30. Tell me about a difficult work situation and how you overcame it.
  31. Tell me about a risk you’ve taken. 
  32. Tell me about a time that a situation at work was solved because of teamwork?
  33. Tell me about a time you demonstrated leadership skills.
  34. Tell me about the last time you did something that scared you.
  35. Tell me about a time you had a conflict at work.
  36. Tell me about a time you had to manage a particularly heavy workload. How did you handle it?
  37. Tell me about a time you had to relay bad news to a client or colleague.
  38. Tell me about a time you failed to persuade someone to accept your point of view.
  39. Tell me about a time you took unexpected initiative.
  40. Tell me about a time you went above and beyond what was expected of you at work.
  41. Tell me about a time you were humble.
  42. Tell me about your approach to delegation.
  43. Tell me about your current job.
  44. Tell me something about yourself that isn’t on your resume.
  45. Tell me something that would surprise me about you.
  46. What advice would you give to your former boss?
  47. What approach do you use when you need to deliver constructive criticism?
  48. What are you most proud of in your professional life so far?
  49. What are your career goals?
  50. What are your long-term career goals?What are your salary requirements?
  51. What do you know about our company, and why do you want to work here?
  52. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
  53. What do you like least about your job?
  54. What do you want to accomplish in the first 90 days of this job?
  55. What is it about our company’s mission that resonates with you?
  56. What is most important to you in a role or work environment?
  57. What is something great about your current or previous job?
  58. What is the most difficult lesson you have had to learn thus far?
  59. What is the best job you ever had?
  60. What is the most interesting project you’ve worked on in a past position?
  61. What is the one thing at work you enjoy doing most?
  62. What is the professional achievement you’re most proud of?
  63. What’s your dream job?
  64. What is your management style?
  65. What is your work style?
  66. What is your greatest fear?
  67. What is your greatest strength?
  68. What makes you uncomfortable?
  69. What makes you unique?
  70. What motivates you?
  71. What nonprofessional skill would you most like to learn?
  72. What personality types do you work well with? Why?
  73. What project is your most significant career accomplishment?
  74. What salary are you seeking?
  75. What steps have you taken to improve your skills?
  76. What techniques do you use to manage stress?
  77. What three things are most important to you in your job?
  78. What type of goals would you have if you got this job?
  79. What type of working environment do you work best in?
  80. What qualities make a good leader?
  81. What will you miss about your previous job?
  82. When can you start?
  83. What do you know about our company?
  84. What do you procrastinate on?
  85. What makes an effective team?
  86. What tools do you use to keep yourself organized?
  87. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  88. Which of your previous jobs was the most fun and why?
  89. Which is more important: creativity or efficiency?
  90. Who are some industry leaders you follow?
  91. Who do you admire among the people you've worked with, and why?
  92. Who has impacted you most in your career and how?
  93. Who was your favorite manager and why?
  94. Why are you leaving your current job?
  95. Why are you looking for a new job?
  96. Why are you the best candidate for the position?
  97. Why do you want to work here?
  98. Why should we hire you?
  99. Would your former boss have anything negative to say about you?
  100. You have 1,000 unread emails in your inbox; whom do you respond to first?
  101. Do you have any questions for me?

Ask the right questions in order to find the perfect candidate!