Top 50 Job Interview Questions

Put Your Best Self Out There by Knowing the Answers Before You’re Asked the Questions

A friend of mine who worked in the placement office at the University of Kansas asked dozens of recruiters for a copy of the questions they used while on campus. After sorting through all of them, this is a list of the ones that candidates were asked most frequently. They can save you a lot of time if you need to come up with questions for the interviews you’re conducting.

Use these 50 questions to get ready for your next interview. Practice your answers out loud, but don’t sound too rehearsed or fake during your actual interview.

Questions 1-24 ask about your “values and objectives,” while questions 25-40 focus on your “personal philosophy” and questions 41-50 are about your “educational experience” and especially helpful for recent graduates.


  1. What are your long- and short-range goals and objectives, when and why did you establish these goals and how are you preparing yourself to achieve them?
  2. What specific goals, other than those related to your job, have you established for yourself for the next two to four years?
  3. What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
  4. What do you really want to do in life?
  5. What are your long range career objectives?
  6. What are the most important rewards you expect in your business career?
  7. What do you expect to be earning in five years?
  8. Which is more important to you, the money or the type of job?
  9. What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  10. How do you think a friend, colleague, client or professional who knows you well would describe you?
  11. What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
  12. What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours?
  13. How do you determine and evaluate success?
  14. In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our company/organization?
  15. In what kind of a work environment are you most comfortable?
  16. How do you work under pressure?
  17. Why did you decide to seek a position with this company?
  18. Are you seeking employment in a company of a certain size? Why?
  19. What do you know about our company?
  20. What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?
  21. What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it? What have you learned from your mistakes?
  22. Do you have a geographical preference?
  23. Will you relocate? Does relocation bother you?
  24. Are you willing to travel?
  25. Why are you interested in __________? Why did you choose a career in __________?
  26. Which _________ skills are you using to find a job?
  27. What is your USP (Unique Selling Proposition)?
  28. Why should I hire you?
  29. What qualifications do you have that make you think you will be successful in _________?
  30. What qualities should a successful professional __________ possess?
  31. Describe the relationship that should exist between _________ and __________ functions?
  32. Do you have written goals?  Can I see them?
  33. What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?
  34. Describe your most rewarding experience?
  35. What _________ skills help make someone a better professional?
  36. What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
  37. What does a good _________ know how to do?
  38. What do you know about __________ and have you ever used it?
  39. What do you know about marketing return on investment? How should it be integrated into the __________ process?
  40. How might you help us to improve our overall results?
  41. How has your college experience and other marketing training prepared you for a business career?
  42. If you were hiring a marketing candidate, what qualities would you look for?
  43. What college subjects did you like best? Least?
  44. Who was your favorite professor? What did he or she do that helped you the most?
  45. If you could do so, how would you plan your academic study differently? Why?
  46. What changes would you make in your college or university?
  47. What plans do you have for continued study?
  48. To what extent do you think that your grades are a good indication of your academic achievement?
  49. What have you learned from participation in extracurricular activities?
  50. How would you describe the ideal job for you following graduation?