Top Interview Questions


Candidates Need To Be Prepared For


Top Interview QuestionsThese popular interview questions are very common and get asked frequently. We rank them the top 31. Every company, and interviewers, have their own style of interviewing and their favorite questions they like to ask. However, these 31 questions come up time and again and it will help you to be prepared for them. In the past, it was mainly human resources people that liked to ask these type of questions. These days, many hiring managers are also like to ask a few of these questions too.

In the 38 page "Interviewing Guide for Newcomers" which is included in the Premium membership, we provide example answers for each question. The answers are tailored for newcomers. Some answers make no difference whether you're a newcomer or a native-born candidate, however, many of these top interview questions can be answered in a strategic way that does benefit a newcomer. This relates to many of the concerns interviewers often have about hiring recent immigrants.

For newcomers, personal interviews are a great opportunity to address these concerns by answering questions in a well-prepared and strategic way. You can answer what they are really trying to find out. Eg. will you fit into the workplace culture, take directions well, mesh well with the team and your boss, and can your strengths compensate for any weaknesses.

As mentioned already, on this page we are only listing the questions - without answers. If you join as a FREE MEMBER we would be more than happy to provide advice for answering any of these interview questions, and that includes providing example answers. You can do this in our members area, once you log in.


The Top 31 Interview Questions


  1. What can you tell me about yourself?

  2. Why do you want to leave your current job?

  3. Tell me about your past work experience?

  4. What’s your dream job?

  5. What is your biggest/greatest weakness?

  6. What is your biggest strength?

  7. What would your former boss have to say about you?

  8. How would your past or present co-workers describe you?

  9. Why do you want this job?

  10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

  11. What do you know about our company?

  12. Why should we hire you?

  13. Why haven’t you worked for such a long time?

  14. How do you perform under pressure?

  15. Do you consider yourself a team-player?

  16. Do you prefer to work in a team or independently?

  17. Tell me about an accomplishment you're proud of?

  18. Tell me about a mistake you made in a previous job.

  19. How can you contribute to this company?

  20. What challenges are you looking for in this position?

  21. What can you offer that other candidates can’t?

  22. What makes you think you can handle this job?

  23. Tell me about a tough assignment you’ve had, steps taken to complete it, how successful were you?

  24. How are you at meeting deadlines?

  25. Your resume shows that you worked several short-term contracts; do you prefer contract or permanent positions?

  26. Tell me about the best boss you ever had.

  27. Are you willing to travel?

  28. How soon can you start?

  29. What are your salary expectations?

  30. What are your personal interests outside of work?

  31. Do you have any questions for me?