Review these typical interview questions and think about how you would
answer them. Read the questions listed; you will also find some
strategy suggestions with it.

(Excerpted from the book The Accelerated Job Search by Wayne D. Ford, Ph.D, published by The Management Advantage, Inc.)

1. Tell me about yourself:
The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short
statement prepared in your mind. Be careful that it does not sound
rehearsed. Limit it to work-related items unless instructed otherwise.
Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to
the position you are interviewing for. Start with the item farthest
back and work up to the present.

2. Why did you leave your last job?
Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major
problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers
or the organization. If you do, you will be the one looking bad. Keep
smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an
opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking

3. What experience do you have in this field?
Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for.
If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.

4. Do you consider yourself successful?
You should always answer yes and briefly explain why. A good
explanation is that you have set goals, and you have met some and are
on track to achieve the others.

5. What do co-workers say about you?
Be prepared with a quote or two from co-workers. Either a specific
statement or a paraphrase will work. Jill Clark, a co-worker at Smith
Company, always said I was the hardest workers she had ever known. It
is as powerful as Jill having said it at the interview herself.

6. What do you know about this organization?
This question is one reason to do some research on the organization
before the interview. Find out where they have been and where they are
going. What are the current issues and who are the major players?

7. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide
variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement.
Have some good ones handy to mention.

8. Are you applying for other jobs?
Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. Keep the focus
on this job and what you can do for this organization. Anything else is
a distraction.

9. Why do you want to work for this organization?
This may take some thought and certainly, should be based on the
research you have done on the organization. Sincerity is extremely
important here and will easily be sensed. Relate it to your long-term
career goals.

10. Do you know anyone who works for us?
Be aware of the policy on relatives working for the organization. This
can affect your answer even though they asked about friends not
relatives. Be careful to mention a friend only if they are well thought

11. What kind of salary do you need?
A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if
you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like,
That’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position?
In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not,
say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide

12. Are you a team player?
You are, of course, a team player. Be sure to have examples ready.
Specifics that show you often perform for the good of the team rather
than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude. Do not brag,
just say it in a matter-of-fact tone. This is a key point.

13. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
Specifics here are not good. Something like this should work: I’d like
it to be a long time. Or As long as we both feel I’m doing a good job.

14. Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?
This is serious. Do not make light of it or in any way seem like you
like to fire people. At the same time, you will do it when it is the
right thing to do. When it comes to the organization versus the
individual who has created a harmful situation, you will protect the
organization. Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in

15. What is your philosophy towards work?
The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here.
Do you have strong feelings that the job gets done? Yes. That’s the
type of answer that works best here. Short and positive, showing a
benefit to the organization.

16. If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?
Answer yes if you would. But since you need to work, this is the type
of work you prefer. Do not say yes if you do not mean it.

17. Have you ever been asked to leave a position?
If you have not, say no. If you have, be honest, brief and avoid saying
negative things about the people or organization involved.

18. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization
You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to
highlight your best points as they relate to the position being
discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.

19. Why should we hire you?
Point out how your assets meet what the organization needs. Do not
mention any other candidates to make a comparison.

20. Tell me about a suggestion you have made
Have a good one ready. Be sure and use a suggestion that was accepted
and was then considered successful. One related to the type of work
applied for is a real plus.

21. What irritates you about co-workers?
This is a trap question. Think real hard but fail to come up with
anything that irritates you. A short statement that you seem to get
along with folks is great.

22. What is your greatest strength?
Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples:
Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability
to work under pressure, Your ability to focus on projects, Your
professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Your positive attitude

23. Tell me about your dream job.
Stay away from a specific job. You cannot win. If you say the job you
are contending for is it, you strain credibility. If you say another
job is it, you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with
this position if hired. The best is to stay genetic and say something
like: A job where I love the work, like the people, can contribute and
can’t wait to get to work.

24. Why do you think you would do well at this job?
Give several reasons and include skills, experience and interest.

25. What are you looking for in a job?
See answer # 23

26. What kind of person would you refuse to work with?
Do not be trivial. It would take disloyalty to the organization,
violence or lawbreaking to get you to object. Minor objections will
label you as a whiner.

27. What is more important to you: the money or the work?
Money is always important, but the work is the most important. There is
no better answer.

28. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is?
There are numerous good possibilities:
Loyalty, Energy, Positive attitude, Leadership, Team player, Expertise,
Initiative, Patience, Hard work, Creativity, Problem solver

29. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor
Biggest trap of all. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of
your boss. If you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former
boss, you may well below the interview right there. Stay positive and
develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.

30. What has disappointed you about a job?
Don’t get trivial or negative. Safe areas are few but can include:
Not enough of a challenge. You were laid off in a reduction Company did
not win a contract, which would have given you more responsibility.

31. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.
You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure. Give an
example that relates to the type of position applied for.

32. Do your skills match this job or another job more closely?
Probably this one. Do not give fuel to the suspicion that you may want
another job more than this one.

33. What motivates you to do your best on the job?
This is a personal trait that only you can say, but good examples are:
Challenge, Achievement, Recognition

34. Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends?
This is up to you. Be totally honest.

35. How would you know you were successful on this job?
Several ways are good measures:
You set high standards for yourself and meet them. Your outcomes are a
success.Your boss tell you that you are successful

36. Would you be willing to relocate if required?
You should be clear on this with your family prior to the interview if
you think there is a chance it may come up. Do not say yes just to get
the job if the real answer is no. This can create a lot of problems
later on in your career. Be honest at this point and save yourself
future grief.

37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead ofyour own?
This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. Do not worry about
the deep ethical and philosophical implications. Just say yes.

38. Describe your management style.
Try to avoid labels. Some of the more common labels, like progressive,
salesman or consensus, can have several meanings or descriptions
depending on which management expert you listen to. The situational
style is safe, because it says you will manage according to the
situation, instead of one size fits all.

39. What have you learned from mistakes on the job?
Here you have to come up with something or you strain credibility. Make
it small, well intentioned mistake with a positive lesson learned. An
example would be working too far ahead of colleagues on a project and
thus throwing coordination off.

40. Do you have any blind spots?
Trick question. If you know about blind spots, they are no longer blind
spots. Do not reveal any personal areas of concern here. Let them do
their own discovery on your bad points. Do not hand it to them.

41. If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for?
Be careful to mention traits that are needed and that you have.

42. Do you think you are overqualified for this position?
Regardless of your qualifications, state that you are very well
qualified for the position.

43. How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience?
First, if you have experience that the interviewer does not know about,
bring that up: Then, point out (if true) that you are a hard working
quick learner.

44. What qualities do you look for in a boss?
Be generic and positive. Safe qualities are knowledgeable, a sense of
humor, fair, loyal to subordinates and holder of high standards. All
bosses think they have these traits.

45. Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute betweenothers.
Pick a specific incident. Concentrate on your problem solving technique
and not the dispute you settled.

46. What position do you prefer on a team working on a project?
Be honest. If you are comfortable in different roles, point that out.

47. Describe your work ethic.
Emphasize benefits to the organization. Things like, determination to
get the job done and work hard but enjoy your work are good.

48. What has been your biggest professional disappointment?
Be sure that you refer to something that was beyond your control. Show
acceptance and no negative feelings.

49. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job.
Talk about having fun by accomplishing something for the organization.

50. Do you have any questions for me?
Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? are


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  1. Might be a british but one of the questions I always get asked is my biggest weakness.

    For me there are two approaches to this either something really obvious like lacking experience (I’m a recent graduate) or the biggest interview cliche saying that you can work to hard. But I’ve had both thrown back in my face in a couple of interviews so what’s the answer should I just be honest?

    • Always respond with a weakness that is real/authentic (about self vs. business processes) but always offer a way that you have overcome the weakness and now have developed this into a strength…

      • Unless it is something that a boss is defenitley not going to be looking for in a person e.g. if your lazy you would’nt mention it because it would straight away ruin the interview. You may be lucky and have a good interviewer who is willing to give you a chance on the job though.

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      • i think if u feel that the interviewer is quite friendly nature and has good sense of humour then answer like i’n very fond of chocolates/icecreams and something like that.. but be careful that if u answer all the question in very confident manner.. But if u think that u dont know what HR is like then be frank enough to reply n even include that u r trying to overcome that by some alternatives and u r confident that u’ll overcome by tat time..

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    • I’ve had this asked of me in America, too. My answer (luckily, I’d prepared one!) was to go “Ummm.” [thinking hard for a second or two] and then give them something totally unrelated to the job at hand. In my case, I was really having nothing to do with budgets and numbers, but guessed that I had a weakness about doing math problems in my head, and gave an example of someone I knew who could walk into a room and do mental arithmetic calculations about the amount of electricity being used.

      • Bosco – this is the absolute best answer I have come across for the weakness question. I have been looking for an appropriate question for years!!!! Thank you so much! I have an interview this week and will definitely be using the skill answer to that question.

      • Hi all of you!

        23. Tell me about your dream job.
        The best is to stay genetic and say something
        like: A job where I love the work, like the people, can contribute and
        can’t wait to get to work.

    • The best way to answer this is simply mention a specific skill, but you are planning on developing or take courses to improve yourself. For example, if you are an accountant, say that you would like to improve your knowledge in taxation. If you work with technology, say that your weakness is not to know enough about certain technology/language/operating-system, and that you want to take training.

      This is very good answer because: (1) everybody understands that nobody can know everything, (2) it’s a weakness you can remedy, and (3) show that you are willing to improve your knowledge or skills.

    • For what was my question was what kind of customers do you like I responded;
      I dont like niggers, mexican, jews or indians, other wise I am good.

      • Too funny Jessica! I too, wish I had the nerve to say the same thing!

      • So Ignorant to say that statement!

      • Jessica,





        NOW…THANK YOU!

      • you fucking ignorant cunt

      • you fucking ignorant cunts (jessica and gary), hope you both haven’t procreated and produced more poisoned minds with your revolting racism

      • Jessica, I just read your comment and if you were being serious, I can only say that you are a despicable and sick “human being” and I use the term “human being” very lightly. You should be ashamed of yourself, but you can not take all the credit…I also would blame your parents for raising such a heartless and bigoted person. After all you heard the saying “the fruit does not fall far from the tree” I’m sure your parents are also despicable people. People like yourself make me sick!!!

      • Oh lord, some people just can’t take a freekin joke. Lighten up people and quit taking yourselves so damn serious. If Dave Chappell was to do that on a comedy skit, you all would be laughing your asses off.

        Plus, remember Jessica’s response next time you get a letter for jury duty, you’re guaranteed not to be called up! Make sure you end with your own race. That way they know you hate everyone equally! (This is a joke so it is ok to laugh).

      • on November 2, 2009 at 3:28 pm shantae williams

        you know what, i think sue was right but, i would have been a little nastier than that. you just plain out stupid to say somethung like that. i feel SORRRRRRRRRY!!!!!!!!!, FOR YOUR MOM AND DAD. I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU BECAUSE THE WAY YOU WAS RAISED………YOU SUCK

      • thank you jessica you made my day a little better

      • Jessica & Gary – 2 morons who would never get a job in Australia with a comment like that not that you’d probably care… do you even know where Australia is???

      • i hate fucking niggers too. i will pay money to have the ten- foot pole surgically removed from all of your uptight assholes. fuck.

      • That a girl Jessica FUCK THE OTHER RACES!!! you should have put something about sand niggers and the nigger in our white house lol

      • well thanks because the devil is coming for you watch out for the vodoo honey

      • get the fucking sticks out of your asses. this is the fucking internet, you can say whatever the fuck you want. no shit people woulndt say racist remarks in an interveiw but this isnt a fucking interview so lighten the fuck up people…. christ.

      • Holy god damn people, what is the big deal with racism we all do it every fucking day and there is no problem with it. If Russel Peters can do it then why cant we? and what is with voodo honey WTF your are a dumb hoe


      • Jessica,
        The real matter is that you do not like yourself for all of us are connected whether you like that fact or not. Too bad your so angry at the world. I hope you get well someday and see the sunlight of the spirit.

      • 😐 really guys your’re getting work up over this? your fighting a troll.
        here’s a little lesson on the wonderful interwebz. whenever you see something ignorant like that, just let it go. please you are simply adding fuel to the fire making more people want to agree with her just to piss you off.
        let’s put an end to trolling. just let te comment slide and enjoy your time on the interwebz 🙂

      • dont be such an asshole ! u rasist!!!

      • You go Jessica
        Fuck niggers, mexicans,jews and indians
        if u don’t like that fuck you too!

      • The message here is a simple one- racism is not funny.

        I doubt Jessica really gave this answer. A job interview is certainly not a place to make these kinds jokes. Who would hire an insensitive moron like this?

      • joke or not that really is a stupid thing to say, I also feel sorry for your parents.

      • Funny ! lol
        Buh i wouldnt ever say anythin like that, im not racist in anyway at all tho, i hav loads of coloured friends, all different races, but i Do hav a sense of humour, unlike anyone else below , except from Gary he got the joke 🙂

        Lighten Up People Really,

        Again Funny, 🙂

      • I hat Customer like Jessica.


      • Unfortunately for you Dejasder, personal threats are treated much more severely than racist comments. While the original comment was racist, ignorant, or just in bad taste, your outburst would lead to a much more severe punishment than anything anyone previously had said if the person were to take it seriously.

        While I sympathize with how a person could/would feel in this situation it does not help matters any to reinforce the behavior by allowing them the satisfaction of knowing they got to you. Especially in a way that could hold consequences for yourself rather than the person who offended you.

      • Hei Jessica does that mean that your racist?You seem to be a young person but you shocked me at this age and time you still hate other human beings or is it coz they are very hardworking -the mexicans,africans etc. You need to exit from that mentality and leave people alone and mind your own life even if you hate working with them or not just keep it to your pretty little white head and don’t let others know coz we don’t like you guys too but we don’t tell but rather keep it to our big foreign heads.Thank you and one thing without us so many things would be were they are today!!!!!GROW UP AND LET GO OF THE HATING MENTALITY LEAVE IT TO YOUR GRANDPA OR GRANDMA COZ THIS IS A NEW GENERATION HEADED BY ONEOF THE PEOPLE YOU HATE….MR PRESIDENT OBAMA full stop.

      • i would still like to maintain that all you people that dont findthe original comment, and the outcry of people afterwards funny, you need to lighten the fuck up. there is a giant stick up your ass that society has put there, and you need to remove it before you can have any fun in this life.

      • in response to allll of the feedback that jessica and gary recieved, it was not a proper comment on jessica,s behalf. although, in a situation like this you ALL must ask yourselves what makes you any better ? If jessica was serious , she may feel that way for blaming others( black, mexican..etc.) for things she believes theyy may be responsible for or maybe judging someone before getting to know them……..HMMM… seems similar to what you all have just done to her INNOCENT parents !!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU MAY NEVER ASSUME THAT SOMEONE ELSE IS TO BLAME FOR ONES ACTIONS !!!!!!!!! YOU ARE HARRRASSING HER FOR ( WHAT WAS PROBABLY A RESULT OF HER HUMOR) ….AND ATTTTTTACKING HER MOTHER AND FATHER !!!!!! YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES FOR ALLOWING THIS COMMENTTO PUT YOU IN SUCH A PATHETIC STATE OF MIND(IN THE EXACT SAME CATAGORY AS UR CONDEMING) INSTEAD YOU SHOULD TRY A MORE CONTROLLED AND INSPIRING AND MAYBE EVEN EDUCATIONAL APPROACH…IN THE CASE , OF COURSE, THAT SHE WERE SERIOUS !!!! THINK PEOPLE , THINK ABOUT WHAT U R SAYING AND HOW U DIFFER FROM WHO U ARE ATTACKING !!!!

      • Hi jessica, every body is an human , one cannot say i don’t like to live air , i love water, i like cold , not hot, it all about nature , human is an nature gift to earth to which ever body has to be consider with all equal, no colour,no country, unless we love each other there is no peace, everybody is related to each other somewhere, some else in this goble.

      • People have right to like or don’t like for their own reason(s).
        So let her alone

      • loL!!!

      • a fuck you u bigot die and burn in hells pit

      • your a stupid bitch i wish i new where you lived so you could say that to my face ill show you a nigger on the real white trash you are very stupid we would beat the shit out of you and any one else who talk shit

      • you are the kinda of person i would love to meet in person !!! your not funny … i hope some one beats the shit out of you my girl friend is black and i love here to dealth alot of them know how to treat people thats why i dont mess with dumb white girls like you!

      • on July 15, 2010 at 1:51 am Jessica is Immature

        @ micheal I think that u r absolutely right. @ Jessica that was kind of rude to say, all I know is that u would not say that to a black persons face… FYI! Hunni im black, and my mom taught me not to take any shit from anyone! I’m absolutely astonished, I have white men in my family and I am glad that they do not have your mentality. What you said is going to come back on you. Grow up, and this goes to everybody else that made a racist comment. And to the person that said that we have a black person in the white house, just to let you know a black man built it!

      • So……… did you get the job BITCH !!



      • WOW! People have way too much free time! lmao!

      • on August 17, 2010 at 2:09 am Black and Proud

        You guys are so funny.. I can’t believe that this informative web page turned into human hatred…but I guess that’s what you all do the best is hate….the most hateful people in the world if you ask me…and Austin…I’m sooooo glad that Obama being in the “White House” pisses you off…I’m tickled…love and peace everyone….

      • I have seen jessica eating the excreta of indian and drinking urine of indian

      • Hi!.. jesy.. fold your fingers and open the middle finger… f**k

      • on September 25, 2010 at 3:45 pm JoAnne Patterson

        Thank God for America! You do have freedom of speech. You, however, need to use your brain, mind and emotions. God forgive you!

      • She was joking!!! She did not mean that comment literally, jeez people! The hate going out towards her was much more real than what she portrayed. Please know that her comment was in bad taste, but your truthfully hateful responses (e.g. white racism, etc.) were disturbing.

      • dumb bitch.

      • @jessica okay so i know this was most likely a joke so i dont plan on talking about you in anyway…but for those that do think this way, that is pretty ignorant of you…im mexican -american & loveeee all cultures. im fluent in english and spanish and speak some arabic and some filipino. i love all cultures & i find it very amousing that people can have comments like these and think that it’s okay…racism=ignorance. my last 2 boyfriends have been arabic and i love white guys. yes, you can tell im sooo not racist.lol race is not something that should define anyone. every race has its pros and cons…we all have good and bad people, different traditions, etc. its not your race that defines you, its your abilities to succeed and your personality. its who you are as a person that defines you. much love, the least racist/judgemental person i know 🙂 best wishes.

      • wow one little comment like that and you people are still carrying on over a year later? fuck imagine if she said it to your face. im just surprised there are that many black/jew/mexicans/indians that can actually read english to respond to this… or did you guys have it translated?

      • you knw tht u can get F**d up for something like that rite cracker

      • why don’t u add ur mom to that list 😛

      • you’re an idiot! you have no culture-just ignorance!

      • jessica

        you’re an idiot! you have no culture-just ignorance!

      • People like this don’t really deserve your anger. She may have been joking but it’s really not funny any way you look at it.

        Also Lonzo, you’re showing about as much ignorance as Jessica. Quite a few white people respect other races and cultures and don’t think like that.

        And being angry at something like this doesn’t mean you have a stick up your ass. It means you’re human and don’t like being blamed for who you are.

      • Funny!Are you single? I know someone who you would really get along with. He thinks just like you. Just wondering…

      • I’m back bitches and I still hate dem niggers jews homosexuals and arabs!!!

      • Did it ever occur to anyone here that our president is half white and half black…… not just black…….

      • so pretty much you are a racist. The exact type of Co-workers OR customers I and normal human beings can’t stand.

      • stupid racist bitch

      • I’m sure you didn’t get the position….so ignorant

      • That will get you out of jury duty, and won’t get you a job.

      • pineapples

      • y u dont like to work with them jessica ,tats may be above people where fucking jessica and her mother same time and jessica’s father use to wipe the cumon both of their
        face ………..may be tats y bitch

      • Y’all nigguhs postin in a troll thread.

      • @Jessica……I’m sure you’ve spent countless months seeking employment. Life must be really lonely in your shallow world.

      • Jesssica, Hope your mum gets raped and ur dad dies of cancer. lets hope you dont have kids

      • Successful troll is successful

      • wow ur an idiot! the world doesnt need TRASH like you!! hope you expire soon!!

      • Jessica you are too racist and should work with your kind of people

      • In today’s times, we can’t even honestly express our likes and dislikes, thanks to a large population of those who need to improve. I am an Indian and I may not agree with your views but you, Jessica, have full right to express your views as they are. In fact you are among the few bold persons who still call a spade, a spade.

      • LOL…. Would love to have Jessica as a coworker….

      • Based on your comment Jessica, you revealed your own race. Hopefully you will have some experiences in life which will challenge your thinking and result in your acceptance of “others.” If we are to tolerate you, you are to tolerate us.

      • dont say anything bad if you dint want to be a bad Girl.

    • hi……………………

      • Guys, its funny because you would ABSOLUTELY NOT SAY THAT because its so despicable. Its irony. IRONY.

        – Bubbles (the half-mexican black lesbian jew)

      • Yo all the people talking in caps lock, you should turn it off you look like stupid niggers

      • It’s rather funny actually, for all the blacks commenting (obviously, we know who you are with those names) saying how she is the “stupid” one and how you are so smart, please re-read what you have written. Poor grammar and lack of language art skills. Before, you go ahead and claim someone as stupid, please try to at least make sense and stop being so illiterate. You are making yourselves look bad. Go ahead and say how this will be “black America” because we have a black president. You are forgetting one small detail…he is Muslim too. So I do believe that before he gathers all the blacks and takes over, he will bomb all of you first.

        Props to the original racist comment for having the balls to say it.

    • Most employers love a sense of character, something to differentiate you from the norm, while not being a bit too different. As stated below, you might pause and think for a few seconds and then state that your biggest weakness is “chocolate”, or some other hobby you crave. You’re turning a loaded question into one that gives you a bit of personality. Note, don’t be too different. You don’t want your employer to know that you are absolutely cuckoo for cocoa puffs.

    • LMAO! im spanish n not racist at all, but that is pretty funny. imagine an ignorant girl sayin this in an interview! the face on that person!! haha specially if that person interviewing her was of one of the races she mentioned! haha i wouldn be surprised is she got a punch to the throat! LMAO! good one jess, but just so everyone doesn get butthurt mention your own race at the end or something;)

    • on December 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Reply Silver Fighter

      Smiggs, when an interviewer asks you about your biggest weakness or weak point, you must always be positive in your answer and don’t go too deep in replying to this question because sometimes it is nothing more than a tricky question. You only reply by stating that if you knew what is your weak point, it won’t be a weak point of you anymore!
      This is a very neutral answer to this question

    • That’s an american thing too…

      For tech job interviews, I go read at http://bit.ly/hzRU2P

    • Hi! By this time, you may have been employed having successfully negotiated such tricky questions. Usually it is advisable to quote one of your areas of actual weakness, say communication skill, as your weakness. Your answer should sound confident to indicate that you have already started working on that particular weakness. Temperamental qualities should not be attributed as weakness since they are more associated with your personality.
      You may communicate through this blog about your actual weakness. Hopefully we shall settle on something that would help people like us.
      Good Luck.

    • Hi Smiggs

      I agreed with you, weakness and strength questions are most important questions for an job interview. But I think now it is popular so that I like behavioral interview.


    • hahahaha yall ned to get a life and get off the computahh>:)

    • Okay dont dtate your biggest weakness state something what you are stronger.

    • This is a trick question. I’ve been asked this and have also asked people this question. The proper way to answer a question like this is to think of things that might be perceived as bad, but make them actually strengths like: “I’m my worst critic.” “I have a tendency to get so caught up in my work, that I forget the time.” “I’m a perfectionist.”

    • ha ha i think you all(i doesn’t mean all ) guys previously hadn’t get (or have not even studied but its not about study also )basic human being traits which show the various different colors of humanity…. think think before you say say something…at least two times..you don’t know what danger your said words or statement will bring that’s why only diplomatic people used to go to higher political places in all over the world and this is necessary traits for leader.its all about words what we say in our lives that’s use to bring change in our daily lives,society,and country and world as whole.its makes and our character and point out what type people we are…so friends…just think about it…

    • This is indeed a notable aspect there.

  2. Regarding the “What is your greatest weakness?” question,

    ugh! That question is a sure indicator that the person interviewing you does not know what theya re doing. It’s a sure loser. Either the applicant is honest and stupid enough to market their truly worst flaws (and every applicant has some serious flaws, like arrogance or laziness or sex obsession… they ALL have something that they ned to control as part of the human experience)… Either they tell that or they lie. The most common and cliche inexeperienced lie they tell is the perfectionist flaw… what Lakuma said. This might work, I suppose, since your interviewer is probably an idiot, but it’s also a sure sign that you are not very experienced as doing much beyond reading simplistic career books.

    It’s a cliche answer to say you are super hard working… and somehow you truly greatest flaw is also what makes you a good worker… that’s so blatantly dishonest that it shows serious judgemental defieciencies. Can you imagine the worker who really thinks the fact that they are super detail oriented or a perfectionist is their greatest weakness? it is so nakedly false, fake, and disrespectful that people who say this must just not be thinking their answer through at all! And again, it is very very tired and cliche.

    No, a better answer is to name a legit flaw, but not one of your truly worst ones. Tell them you have a shy personality and it may take a little while for people to realize that you aren’t stuck up and really want to be friends (if this is true, if it is not tue it will be obvious).

    Or say that you have a no experience (a pretty good answer if true because it isn’t really giving any information up) I’m not sure how this gets thrown back in your face, smiggs, if it’s true, then reality was being thrown in your face, no disrespect intended.

    Tell them the truth and consider asking your interviewer what they mean to accomplish with that question. I want to know that the place I’m going to work takes its emplioyees seriously. That question indicates an unseriousness about interviewing. Almost like throwing artificial obstacles in the way of getting the right employee. Inviting dishonesty or stupid answers… it’s just not professional.

    The interview may not define the company, but all else being equal, I would consider it a strike against considering a job offer.

    • on January 22, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Reply Yaminashi Zooru

      you are all dumb in every way possible.

    • I’m preparing to retake an interview for a master’s program. Last year they had the weakness question but I felt it was a very good question. Everyone focuses on people’s strengths but what about the weaknesses that everyone has, they don’t just go away. We can find ways to make them work and that’s what the interviewer wants.

      In my situation they asked for my weakness and how I worked with it. We are all human. Some of us are better as some things and worse at others. So we can delegate somethings were bad at. Maybe you have trouble with public speaking then you spend more prep time, you write out all your notes in full before hand. It’s a weakness but it doesn’t mean you do a bad job, you just have to work harder. Companies want to see you doing your best for them.

    • superb reply

  3. One question I’ve often been asked, and which cost me the job (I’m pretty sure, in retrospect) the first time I was asked it is: where do you see yourself in (say) 5 years? The incorrect answer is that you want to open up a business just like this one, up the street over there.

  4. Biggest Flaw:

    For a while I refused to answer this question and told them why. Now I have to answer honestly and say something like, “Hmmm. I’d have to say that I get a little to upset with slow drivers. Most of them are old and have been around a long time and their driving ability does not define who they are as a person or their contribution to society.”

  5. “How soon will I be able to be productive?”


  6. One I got asked often was “Do you prefer to work solo or in a team?” I think this can be pretty tricky depending on the type of job.

  7. I agree with Eric, although, the idea is to try to make it relevant to the company as well. My answer to this is: ‘I tend to get annoyed when things are going inefficient”, and then IMMEDIATELY jump to the traffic situation. Most people will be able to identify with the stuck in traffic concept, and if you specify that you feel that you can do MORE in that time, then it is usually a sure-fire winner.

    In addition, the idea behind the worst-flaw type question is to see what you are doing to improve it. With regards to the traffic question, I usually reply that I try to relax by listening to classical radio stations or whatever. This shows that I am aware of my flaw, and am working towards fixing it.

    NEVER mention more than one flaw!

    • I always say that I am too efficient. I worked at a place where I was asked to update law books every week on Friday first thing in the morning.

      I take everything I am told to do very serious.

      So I did update them accordingly. and my supervisor told me that she did say to update them every Friday first thing in the morning but that people do not really have time to read the old version before I put it away. She said that I was “too efficient’. Then, corrected herself by stating that there was no such thing. I was asked to wait a few days before I updated it.

  8. Had 2 phone interviews with Google. Got rejected. Here’s the questions they asked me:

    You have a cluster of web servers, each with several log files. Each line in each log file contains the time that it took to serve the request. You have 1 other machine to use to coordinate the work. How do you find the median response time efficiently?

    The answer that the interviewer was looking for was this:
    Have each server sort its own log files. Ask each server for its median response time. Combine the responses and come up with your best guess at the median for the cluster. Ask each server how many response times were less, and how many were more than your guess. Use their replies to refine your guess. Repeat.

    You have a list of strings. How do you find the longest common prefix that occurs in at least 75% of the strings.

    How do Vectors in Java work?

    You have 2 unsorted arrays of integers. How can you efficiently determine their intersection?

  9. TR Bobby: yeah I’ve come to accept it as written that most people who do the interviewing don’t really know what they are doing. I think most of them know it as well and are just as nervous or in fact since I’ve become a bit blase about the whole process are more nervous than me. Most of them are determined to put you through the mill though so come up with the most cliche questions possible and then expect you to ask them seriously.

  10. on August 20, 2006 at 3:35 am | Reply Chris Sherret

    Regarding the “What is your greatest weakness?” question,

    There is an answer to this…
    The principle is: Don’t mention a weakness without knowing the solution. Everyone has weaknesses. To recognise this and have a solution is what makes the difference. Most people are lazy and not willing to go the extra mile to find an answer. Excuses don’t get the job done.
    Technical Person: “I am a technical person and I realise that my people skills may not be as strong as other people. In order to overcome this I have been reading people skills books because I know I need to improve.”. You better be telling the truth though.

    Only above average candidates will be able to answer honestly.
    Even if interviewers don’t know why they are asking the question they will recognise a gem or a fraud.

    The only reason to hide the weakness is if you don’t have a solution.
    Better figure out the truth and do something about it.

  11. On #11, the salary question, I don’t think this is a loaded question. You should establish as early as possible the range you expect. You have to determine that you both are on the same page. If the company has a hard limit that’s $20k below your minimum then you are all wasting your time. Salary may be one of the few hard points dictated to the person hiring you, and negotiable only within the range they’ve had approved.
    If you’re going into a stable company with low turnover, they may not hire enough people to know what to pay. http://www.salary.com is a good start.
    Once you’ve established that they’ll put you in the tax bracket you want, then you can proceed with the rest of it and put off the exact amount until they’re getting ready to make an offer.

  12. I would commend you for most of your answers except for these two:

    11. What kind of salary do you need?

    I think you should state the salary you want… and then some. This puts you on a higher plane in the mind of the hiring company. No matter how good you really are, no company will respect you if you work for peanuts. People (and companies) value what they pay most for.

    37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?

    Of course not!

    • I’m assuming your joking, funny stuff. Thats true about the peanuts, but only if your worth the pay. Someone just graduating from a four year college has to have a realistic view of acceptable salary ranges. Honestly I think I deserve to make $90,000 a year but if I tell the interiver that they will laugh in my face.

  13. 8. Are you applying for other jobs?
    Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. Keep the focus
    on this job and what you can do for this organization. Anything else is
    a distraction.

    There can be only one response to this question:

    “Are you interviewing other people for this job?”

    Duh. You are looking for the right job, not any job that comes along. They are looking fro the right employee. You are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. Do not let an interviewer forget that.

  14. Good list of questions! This would be a great tool for someone to use in preparing for interviews with a friend.

    A few other tips from my experience have been to always be positive in interviews. Negative comments say that you are an individual who is critical of others, and no one wants to work with an asshole. This will automatically put you in the second round interview pools if the rest of the interview goes smoothly. Why make it in two interviews, if you can make it in one by avoiding this pitfall.

    Avoid the negative at all costs!

    Do not try and be funny. Save the sarcasm and facetiousness for your firends. You are being interviewed by a stranger who might have a completely different set of values from your own, ie not getting the joke. Just don’t.

    “What is your greatest weakness?”

    I have never been asked this question. But I know this one is a test to see how tactful an interviewee is. A good reply would be “I’m sure I have short commings, but no one has ever enlightened me to them nor have they ever interfered with my productivity or work.” Not exactly these words, but you should get the sentiment. Do not make your reply to this question an introspection. This is an interviewer, not your shrink! A good thing to remember is interviewers are not your friend, they are merely doing their job by finding applicants to fill a vacant position. I think women have more problems with this question, as sexist as this sounds.

    “Do you have any questions?”

    This has been asked in every interview I have ever had, even if I was not applying for a job. Its a question that allows the interviewee an opportunity to answer potential questions some one might have, but also illustrates interest in a job, ie you are there for more than a quick dollar.

    Failing to ask questions is a mistake because it shows a lack of sincere interest on the interviewees part on a job position. Ask about the job…

    Do not be condescending, shaming, judgemental, critical, avoidant, short, frank, angry, or exhibit any sort of anti-social behavior.

    Above all, be inquisitive, be positive, be friendly, be courteous, and walk into this interview like you are going to your first meeting with your new boss… You’ll have the spot landed in no time.


    • John, I’m totally with you about staying positive and coming into the interview with a good attitude, but I would definitely disagree with your suggestion to avoid being funny. Certainly, acting clownish is a bad idea in general, but if you walk in with a good joke to break the ice, that could mean the difference between getting the cold shoulder and walking out of there on a first-name-basis with the interviewer.

      I suppose, on the other hand, if the interviewee completely sucks at comedy or is a closeted bigot, then joking should be avoided at all costs. So knowing your abilities in this area is probably an important consideration. For the rest of us, it can only help the cause.

    • Thank you for taking the time to write this. I plan to use your idea for a response on the (stupid) weakness question if asked tomorrow! “I’m sure I have short commings, but no one has ever enlightened me to them nor have they ever interfered with my productivity or work.”
      Thank you!

    • I myself have fallen into the void where all joke tellers are cast during interviews. If you’re going to joke, make sure there is no chance for misinterpretation at all. Even if it seems that one would have to be drooling and wearing a bicycle helmet backwards not to pick up how obviously you are kidding, don’t try it if there’s a chance they won’t.

      Interviewer: “And of course the drug policy is zero tolerance.”
      Me: “Wait, zero tolerance? Haha…ha…..ha?”
      Interviewer: “….”

      That one was obviously a bad idea, but I was young and way to confident this fellow had a sense of humor.

  15. 23. Tell me about your dream job.
    The best is to stay genetic and say something
    like: A job where I love the work, like the people, can contribute and
    can’t wait to get to work.

    Could you mean “generic?”

  16. 11. What kind of salary do you need?

    Say, Industry Standard!. Never disclose your salary. Say, your current CTC is confidential (Infact, it is, if u read the previous company policy).

    And honestly telling the present CTC will give the intervier, a ground to FIX your next salary …

  17. 37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?

    I belive the only correct answer would be something like “I shall struggle to make them coincide”. Nobody is going to believe you if you start saying that any organization is more important for you than yourself, and saying the opposite might seem selfish to the interviewer.

    Sorry for my bad english but it is not my mother tongue. I hope I have been able to get through to you.

  18. on the biggest weakness question I alway go with “I find I tend to lack Patience with stupid people, after showing them something more than 3 times I tend to get frustrated and let it show a bit”
    This won’t work in a Sales position but for most anything else it works well.

  19. Interviews go both ways. My honest answer to question #9 recently was “I’m not sure whether I want to work here or not yet. The interview process isn’t just about whether you want me, but also about how interested I would be in working here.” Or something to that effect. Not only did it get a great reaction from the fellow who was interviewing me, but I think it helped segue into all of the questions I had to ask about the company.

    And it worked. I am now quite happy in my new role at Essential Security Software.

    • I wouldn’t agree with this one. I once lost a job because I was equivocable about whether I wanted to work there. The interviewer said, “So, if you were offered the job, you would take it then?” I was so caught off guard by the directness and prematureness of the question, that I said, “I don’t know. I haven’t decided yet.” I felt I couldn’t say yes until I WAS offered a job and after we talked money and benfits, etc.

      In hindsight, I should have said something like, “Everything sounds positive so far. I feel strongly that if we could come to terms with the conditions of employment, we could definitely move forward.”

  20. on August 21, 2006 at 2:58 am | Reply The New Revelation

    Biggest Weakness:

    Here’s what I say… it’s a total deke… that I refuse to or that I simply don’t think of myself in terms of weakness. That it’s not how I define myself. That for me, I just see opportunities to better myself… that as a person, I view myself as a constant work in progress always looking to improve myself both personally and professionally,

    Then if I feel like, i’ll make up some example of a daunting task I took on (managing a project with unfamiliar people) and used that as a catalyst to force myself to further develop my leadership qualities and organizational skills…

    That’s all just “for example”, but I have a pretty good batting average with job interviews == you’re hired!

  21. ’29. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor… Stay positive and develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.’ — oh noes. I know if I were interviewing someone I would never believe it. Everyone has an argument with a supervisor sooner or later, for some reason, even if it’s just a friendly disagreement about the direction of a project or the right way to go about doing something. People ask this to find out about your internal dispute resolution skills, not just to see if you’re in the habit of fighting with the boss.

    The way to turn this into a positive answer is to think of a situation where you could talk about it reasonably and reach a nice compromise (or at least peace).

    • What about reaching way back into your past? This seems to have worked for me, anyway. The situation I recalled for the interviewer was on my first job right out of grad school and was with our communication styles. Handled it by gutting it out. That way I didn’t have any ‘recent’ problems with ‘recent’ supervisors.

      I think the question is looking for an acknowledgement that there are problems that arise, but that I can work through them amicably.

  22. I was once asked: “If you were an animal, what animal would you be?” What’s the right answer?

    • I think Dog. 🙂 Dogs are really faithful to their owners, so will you be to your company. 🙂 They feed you with money (bones), you’ll stick with them. They don’t have money (you’re getting hungry), and you’ll look for a bone (maybe you’ll find it in a different house/company).

    • How about …. human being !!! … or carbon based biped

    • Any answer would be correct. This question is used to show how you deal with an unexpected situation and how you overcome it.

    • A dolphin, because they are the only other animals who have sex for pleasure

    • Unfortunately there are stupid question and the “animal” question was it. But I guess if you were asked that question then you can’t not answer it. The best thing is mention an animal that is strong and current (no dinosaurs or mythical creatures). Don’t mention animals that are beautiful, because you may come off as spacy and young. Be specific and mention one characteristic this animal has that you also poses. (Spelling errors may be present)

  23. A question I always ask is: What was your biggest mistake at work and what did you do about it?

    I have passed over people for having no answer to it; or for the slightest whiff of lie or omission on many of the questions you advise people to answer with a lie or to weasel out of. Not everyone in the private sector belongs in a Dilbert strip. Playing that game might get you hired but it will never make you–or anyone who works with you–happy.

  24. What is your biggest weakness. A good manager will ask this to understand if you recognize things you need to improve (or do you think you’re perfect – a flaw in and of itself) AND more importantly what are the things that s/he can help you with from a career development standpoint.

  25. >21. What irritates you about co-workers?
    > This is a trap question. Think real hard but fail to come up with
    > anything that irritates you. A short statement that you seem to
    > get along with folks is great.

    If I heard this answer from a candidate I would not hire them. It indicates to me that the candidate has no depth, judgment or ability to hire the kind of people they need on their team, or to reject inappropriate team members or employees. Some people *do* fail to follow appropriate cultural or company procedures, are vindictive, abusive, dangerous, or otherwise unsuitable for any legitimate organization.

    • Exactly! ‘Co-workers who don’t pull their weight and contribute to team projects; ones who flaunt company rules; ones who habitually come in late and leave early; ….’ That’s the kind of answer I’d be looking for.

  26. #11 – The salary question

    I’m in HR and do a lot of interviews and I think that the best answer is:

    “I would expect to be paid competitively and commensurate with the level of skill, experience and responsibility that this particular job requires.”

    • This kind of a diplomatic answer did not work for me as I was asked to be specific about the amount of Salary. I don’t know what happened ?

      • Plus, job applications I’ve filled out recently want a salary history (starting & ending for each previous job) or a single number for past and current job. They’re going to know that you probably won’t take a pay cut if you’re currently employed.

        This is the hardest question I face because it’s so two-edged: don’t want to price myself out of their (unpublished!) range, but also don’t want to sell myself cheap.

      • The best thing to do is just to be honest. I was asked the same thing and I said, “The salary that would fit me is one that I could live off of.” Depending on the city you live in, wether the job is part time or full, and the kind of job you applying for this answer is fair. You can’t work at a job that does not pay you enough to pay your rent (especially if its full-time). Calculate cost of living for a year and use that number as a base. And if the company is not willing to hire you, you may wabt to look for another job. Thats the truth.

        Comfortable living In South Carolina (may be different for other state)

        Rent: $800 per month
        Utilities: $100 per month
        Groceries: $300 per month
        Gas: $200 per month
        Loans/Credit Card: $200 per month
        Other: $400 Per month

        Total= $2,000 per month
        Total= $24,000 per year (starting number)

  27. After being rejected for one of the biggest job opportunities I had, the head of the review board called me and asked if I wanted to come in and discuss why I wasn’t hired (which was VERY cool of him to do!). He went over all the questions, my replies and how it effected their decision.

    The biggest common flaw I had was that I wasn’t “upbeat” enough. I’d been out of college for over a year with no luck in my intended field. Most of my responces were centered around the fact that I have been down on my luck. I beat all the competing applicants hands down in my technical ability, but my personality came off as basically a loser.

    Just remember to keep a 100% positive attitude during the entire interivew. Act excited to be there, about the job opportunity, about your skills, everything.

    • on July 24, 2009 at 2:27 pm | Reply recent applicant

      Good point! Along with an upbeat, positive attitude, courteous manners are always essential, too. I asked to meet with an interviewer after failing to get hired to find out what I could do to improve my interview skills. I was glad I did, although it was tough hearing the truth. Turns out that I interrupted members of the panel several times when I was excited about a topic they were talking about, in my haste to let them know that I agreed or was informed about the topic. Interrupting is a bad habit that may be tolerated among “equals”/peers, but remains a definite taboo when talking with “superiors,” especially during a formal interview process in which I was being questioned. I learned a valuable lesson: stay quiet and say nothing until it’s my turn to talk! Use formal manners and don’t try to be too familiar/chummy with the interviewer(s).

  28. 29. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor
    Biggest trap of all. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of
    your boss. If you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former
    boss, you may well below the interview right there. Stay positive and
    develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.

    WARNING: This is bad advice. The question is designed to demonstrate the interviewee’s skills in resolving a conflict. Claiming to never had a problem is an interview ender. There are always personality and judgment conflicts that can appear to be problems. You want people on your team to disagree with you if they have a good reason to disagree. How everyone works through disagreements and problems to work together reaching a common goal is key.

  29. Another opinion from the hiring side:

    I often ask about greatest strength and greatest weakness that the person has FOR THIS POSITION in an interview. And I preface my question about greatest weaknesses by noting that everbody has area that stand out in both directions, and *no* working too hard is not the kind of “weakness” that I am talking about. Nor will I accept a statement about their experience.

    Often I get resistance on this question, but I press the issue. Everyone knows a significant weakness, they are just reluctant to bring it to light. But pressing this issue, I find that I can drive the interview to areas that really may affect their performance on this job.

    If you wanted to game this line of questioning, you could identify a list of minor flaws. But generally I can tell you are just dodging rather than sincerely addressing the question.

    I think the better answer was listed above. List real issues you have, but then explain your mitigation stratgy in a very positive way. The disdavantage of this approach is that you have alerted me to an issues that I will pay close attention to, when calling your references (which is my goal). But on the plus side, if I do sense this weakness in info that I find, I am already predisposed to accept your mitigation strategy.

    In general I agree, that an overwhelming positive attitude is huge (even though I try to discount the fact that people are often intentionlly doing that in an interview)

    Best of Luck.

  30. Really good tips for job hunters

  31. on August 24, 2006 at 9:58 am | Reply Still looking

    My two worst interview questions:

    #1: Name a hero.

    I got caught flatfooted on this one. Name a hero? Like, Captain America? Silly. So silly. I groped a bit and coughed up “Jon Stewart.” Pretty good, I thought. But the interviewer had never heard of him. Had never heard of the Daily Show. (!!) I had to spend the time explaining the Daily Show, explaining Jon Stewart, explaining the concept of “humor”… in all, eating up valuable interview minutes when they were limited and therefore precious. Booooo on that question. From now on I’m just sticking with Captain America.

    #2: Describe yourself in one word.

    Again, got caught flatfooted. How the hell do you describe yourself in one word. What one word is sufficient? I mean, my first name, sure. But besides that? Handsome. Beneficent. Well-hung, if hyphenated words count. But none of those are appropriate. I came up with “Authentic,” which is a nice way to say that “I haven’t told a lie this entire interview” and is therefore a great way to say nothing at all worthwhile. What a waste of a question.

    I’ve been waiting to complain about that one for months. Thanks for listening.

  32. “Do you have any questions for me?”

    I always ask the interviewer “What brought you to company X and what keeps you motivated to stay part of the team instead of working for one of your competitors?”

    This has always elicited positive responses from the interviewer about their history with the company (and people generally like to talk about themselves) and it is always perceived by the interviewer that I am loyal and looking for a long term relationship with my employer. The interviewer usually seems to open up to me more after this question. The key is sincerity in the question.

    • on November 2, 2009 at 11:39 pm | Reply stressprogress

      That’s a great response, Kib! I have an interview tomorrow and now I hope they say, “Do you have any questions for me?” I would then reply, “Yes I do… do YOU like working here? Why?”

      That’s a great way to turn things around onto them in a completely appropriate way. And you’re exactly right, everyone likes talking about themselves, at least a little.

      • i have read a lot of coments but no one ws such usful as yours

      • hey, kib
        thats really very gud point.. i am a fresher and after a few months my campus recruitment is goin to be held..
        thanks for these tips….

  33. Thanks Bhuvans , this is one great post and i am at a mistake , if i dont write a comment .

    I have a few tips , which i think would rather help readers more ,

    1. CONFIDENCE , is the Mother of all kinda thingy , you initially need in attending interviews . So i would say that , it is the most essential thingy needed , before , u attend the interview .

    2. NEGATIVE CONFIDENCE , is the one , which i want ALL Freshers , to hold onto . This may seem negative , but it is the most POSITIVE THINGY from my side . Consider , the JOB is ” NOT FOR YOU “.

    Consider , that something ( POLITICS may be ) has been commited , and u know that the job aint for u . Use this to build a confidence , that u have a BETTER JOB Waiting for u , and sincerly and completely believing it .

    Then , the actual part comes , with facing the interview , with this confidence and see how it helps you out .

    But one point is that , no “NEGATIVE feedbacks , or shouts or attitudes ” , should be accompanied with this method . Just the confidence , and a positive aurora , around this , and the JOB is 4 SURE .

    Thank You all , and esp. Bhuvana , thats a nice post .
    My Personal BLog is at , http://catshideout.blogspot.com/

  34. 11. What kind of salary do you need?

    Just say it depends on what (or even better, who, as in expertise) the position requires. If they press for a number say “depending on what I know so far of the reqs., up to $X” and know X before you go in. Make X more than you want but not by too much (5-10k perhaps because you may just get it and most people underestimate their worth). Don’t give a bottom number or that’s what they’ll give you.

    Your starting salary is the most important part of your new job hunt since all of your raises will be based on this number. Unless you have a really good reason, never take less than your last salary and try to always improve your salary by more than the standard 3-5% raise.

    37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?

    If you need a way to show how unfair this question is, ask them if the company is willing to put your interests above its own . If they need an example, ask them if they’ve ever had a layoff. The only time this question is valid is if the job truly requires a career-only, no-family employee and pays/rewards accordingly. So your answer should be NO and try to remember that when you’re working there.

    • re: #11 good take on the question. One piece of advice I got in grad school was that if they offer to pay for your move or add a little to your base salary … take the higher base (for exactly the reason you bring up).

      re: #37 What about answering with some sort of “Well, if the company ever veered away from its current principles so far that there was a conflict, I believe I’d have to stick up for my own interests and part ways.” That would show that we’re both on the same page now and I can’t imagine a conflict, but that either way I intend to remain true to high moral principles and standards. Not that I could ever imagine the company losing its bearings, of course!

  35. I love #37:

    Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead ofyour own?
    This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. Do not worry about
    the deep ethical and philosophical implications. Just say yes.

    This is such a Dilbert question. If I actually got asked this in an interview I’d know the job was probably not for me.

  36. […] Bhuvan just posted 50 common interview questions. […]

  37. on August 25, 2006 at 2:56 am | Reply Shaun Richardson

    Speaking as an employer:
    *be sincere and honest – it’s really obvious if you’re not
    *answer the questions to the best of your ability, but bear in mind that the interviewer has a whole lot of them, so don’t launch into a five minute epic on your high school grades
    *give examples – many interviewers are taught situational techniques to elicit a response from you that gives a concrete example of how you behaved in the past to give them an idea of how you might act in the future. If that is the type of answer the interviewer is fishing for, then you’ll help your cause a lot by talking about what you have done, not making stuff up about how you plan to behave after they hire you
    *don’t be late – interviewers are confronted with a large number of equally talented people. If you got to the interview, your resume shows you have the skills. The interviewer will then be looking to reduce the number of people they have to consider to find the best candidate.
    *ask your interviewer questions – tips 32 and 39 are great – asking questions shows that you are interested.

  38. Greatest Weakness – I was always told to respond with a weakness that can be used as an advantage by your supervisor. So I used a real weakness – I get bored easily – and expanded on it by saying I like to keep learning. If you’re working in IT (as I do) its a good weakness to have. Employers usually want people who keep learning. So always think if it in those terms as well.

  39. What is your greatest weakness?

    My inability to show my true potential in job interview like this one.

  40. Figz: Jaguar. Just sounds cool.

    Extending 28 + 29: Treat any question about a negative (weakness, thing you didn’t like about your old job, problem with a supervisor) as an opportunity to be honest — because interviewers know when you are not — and to demonstrate your drive to improve and/or problem solve. Pattern: [describe weakness, problem, dislike], so I [describe action taken to cure the weakness, solve the problem, address the dislike]

    Number one question to ask at the end of an interview, whether prompted or not: Do you have any concerns that would prevent you from recommending/selecting me for this job?

    It’s brutally hard to get in the habit of asking, but it always pays off. It gives you an opportunity to directly address any concerns that the interviewer has. One concrete example. I did my own thing for a few years. When I went to interview at an enormous company, there was some concern that I would be a cowboy who wouldn’t work in a formal structure. I was able to refer the interviewers (a pair) to earlier experience working at a large law firm where there was a lot of structure, oversight, organizational hierarchy. Totally took the issue off the table.

    Beyond that, I think “What do you like about working at the company?” is a great one. If the interviewer has stuck you with a lot of negative-type questions, turn it back on him, “What would you change about the company if you could?”

    Another good one, especially if you are interviewing with someone who has or likely had your position: “What positions did you have before this one?” Since most people don’t work in lockstep through an organization, this can remind the interviewer that good candidates don’t necessarily have all the exact specs on the job description.

    • Sean,

      Your tips are quite informative and relative. I will use this on my next and hopefully last interview.

      Thank you.

    • on February 7, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply Rose in Amazon

      Sean… I just attended an interview. I used your suggestion “Do you think I have any concern that prevents you….”

      To be frank it worked very well… the interviewer got really impressed. Thanks dude… a salute… I think the job will be mine…

      • on February 7, 2012 at 3:21 pm Rose in Amazon

        added a sentence: it will help me to overcome it in my next attempt if there are any…

        He said: I like your learning attitude…
        and he mentioned two points, for which I gave a reasonable comment…

  41. When you are asked about salaries,I suggest that you ask what he or she would say in your position. That always works for me.

  42. great great post …..

  43. This article is great, and comments are even better. I totally stumbled into my current job after not really looking around much.

    My position now includes hiring and I want to add a few points for consideration that I think have significance in this discussion.

    1. What kind of work environment are you looking for? Try to be aware of when some of the questions asked speak negatively of the atmosphere of the company.

    2. There has been debate about “correct” responses to questions. This is also colored by the type of company you’re interviewing with. If they are big, corporate, structured, the suggestions in the original article seem valid. If they are smaller, more open-minded, looking for creativity and innovation, you can be more free and honest with your answers. The interviewer should take you at face value and be impressed with your confidence and honesty.

    3. Remember that you are interviewing with a person, not the company. That person’s personal style may or may not reflect the company at large. It pays to try to get a read on the interviewer and tailor your responses accordingly.

  44. 50 Most Common Interview Questions

    Here is a massive list of the 50 most common inverview questions. I have been doing a lot of interviews at work lately and I think these would have been really helpful. It will also be helpful for when I eventually have to look for another job.

  45. This article has been most helpful for me in preparing for my interview. I’m hoping that it will get me the job, if nothing else, I will be prepared when the questions are asked.

  46. yes itis the most helpful thing for any interview. thank you

  47. I can’t belive I “Stumbled” on this list the day before I have an interview. I’ve been out of work for several months now and this list will help me prepare for tomorrow. thank you so much

  48. how do you answer the question ” why were you terminated from your last job ? “

    • Well, I suppose that depends, R, on why you actually were terminated. It’s only a difficult question if you were fired. Summer jobs, temp work, freelance, layoffs, company bankruptcy are all totally valid reasons that don’t speak ill of you in any way whatsoever.

      But if it’s a touchy situation, remember: all the interviewer has is your side of the story now. Don’t be harsh or accusative toward your former employer, but make sure to paint yourself in a positive light. No matter what happened, you left on amicable terms, agreeing to disagree. You consider it to your benefit that you left and you hold no ill will toward your former employer, even if it was Satan himself. That’s your best bet.

      • I was laid off due to failure of science portion of national board exam. I am Graduate of 2006 with Associate in Applied Science (major in Funeral Service), however I am struggling to pass science portion of board. It is rather costly and to be honest I have limited resources at the moment so can’t put that top on priorities. Re-entering workforce is a MUST.
        I have NOTHING negative to speak of former employer!! What shall my response be when asked “why was I terminated from previous place of employment?”
        I commend each of you for your responses as they are extremely helpful to many folks. Thank YOU!

  49. […] Bhuvana collected the most common interview questions and listed recommended answers for each. I honestly haven’t heard some of them asked in my own interviews so I’m not sure how common they all are. Be sure to read the comments because there are some really good additions from several HR people and other experienced interviewers there. […]

  50. […] Strategies for answering 50 common interview questions. […]

  51. I actually interviewed for a job today (3rd time around) with the V.P. Some of the above questions came up, the one that sticks out the most is the “What areas of improvement would your current supervisor say you need to work on?” I played it “safe” and thought about it for a few moments then claimed amnesia: “Nothing in particular was emphasized or otherwise brought to my attention during my last performance review.”

    This, of course, is a lie. Everyone has an area where they can improve, either a little or a lot. I didn’t feel comfortable stating, “Well, I’m trying hard to not be as big of an asshole as I used to be,” but I also didn’t like playing amnesia. However, the answers, for the super-majority of the interview, were very neutral and helpful.

    I tend to agree with some of the comments here regarding never having a conflict with a supervisor, or the ones about what irritates you about coworkers. When it comes to a supervisor, I would mention a conflict I once had about how to best approach a client issue. We disagreed on what was the best solution but we collaborated, listened to each other’s input and in the end we agreed to try both approaches. We agreed we’d try mine first and then we’d try his if that failed. In the end, it was obvious that both solutions would have worked out so I learned how to work out a difference without being confrontational.

    About co-workers, things that irritate me: When they’re stealing from the company (lie about timesheets, services, stealing items), racial/sexual harassment/discrimination remarks or anything else that is against the law. I’ve used this before and I was given high points for such.

    Not every answer fits every interview nor does every interviewer want to hear the same thing. However, the 50 questions in this blog entry do reflect the safest approach in MOST situations, not EVERY situation. So, yes, while John Q. Interviewer wants you to be neutral about certain items, the guy from Google might want you to tell him all about something in great detail.

  52. How about this question, “Tell me about a time when you were asked to compromise your integrity in behalf of the corporate objectives.”
    The CEO to the CFO, “The future success of this company depends upon YOU finding an accounting miracle.”

  53. […] Bhuvana Sundaramoorthy’s Blog » 50 COMMON INTERVIEW Q&A 37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead ofyour own? This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. Do not worry about the deep ethical and philosophical implications. Just say yes. […]

    • i had a strange job interview experience. I believe that i have done what is necessary but during the interview, they did not ask me any question but explaining the things to be done at work.I have treid to asked questions to stimulate them but still no effect.

      I came 20 minutes before the scheduled time and the interview lasted less than 10 minutes.
      I didn’t get the job and i do not understand why?

      • I would bet that they had already chosen someone else — maybe an internal candidate, maybe another interviewee — and they were just “going through the motions” with you so that they could pretend that they had conducted wide-ranging interviews to find the best candidate.

        The problem wasn’t you. It was them

      • I have a fairly different take on this. If you turned up 20 minutes early it may very well have ended your chances then and there.

        If you are early to any kind of meeting, especially a job interview then you put the interviewer in a situation where there are only two possible options:

        1) Keep you waiting and be conscious of it.
        2) Break from their current task to meet with you early..

        Either way you start the interview off on the wrong foot and by the sounds of things it was the latter that happened to you and the interviewer may simply have felt put out and wanted to get rid of you.

        Lesson: Punctuality is not about being early, it is about being on time.

      • @Deane Jessep about being early for an interview.

        I don’t have much experience on interviewing but what i usually aim to do show up early but clarify to who ever I’m am checking in with that ” Hi i have an interview at blank time. I know I’m early but i just wanted to make sure i found the place on time.” there response should be simple where i reply where i remind them. just take your time…. or is there a waiting area…… or ill be in your waiting area…… or just chat with the person there about the facility if the person i check in with is not the person interviewing me in order to prevent them for prematurely contacting the interviewer

        Anyone agree or disagree? It seems simple but i have though about it allot

  54. […] 50 COMMON INTERVIEW Q&A « Bhuvana Sundaramoorthy’s Blog (tags: interview career jobs questions) […]

  55. Well I was asked in one interview

    ‘Give me 3 reasons why we shudnt hire you’

    • Can u write me those 3 reasons plzz…..?

    • How about this: “We’re interviewing a number of people. Why should we hire you?”

      I told them “[brief pause] Because I’m the best?” And then went right on to give them a summary of my best points.

      I got the job, too.

  56. And I got that job 😀

  57. “What is your biggest flaw as an employee?”

    I ask that at interviews every time, and I don’t particularly care what the answer is, because the interviewee will either be too startled to answer effectively, or is going to lie to me. What I’m looking for is what the person does in response to the question. Yes, I can tell if you’re giving me a well-planned response, because you won’t be startled by the question and will answer too soon, and too assuredly. I can also tell if you’re going to lie to me, just by watching your eyes.

    What I can’t tell is if you actually become introspective, think about something important, and then lie to me. So if you’re going to lie in response to this question, that’s what you need to do. Think about some pleasant experience for a few moments, then give your canned response, slowly, as if recalling the experience.

    Any time I have a candidate who answers all of my questions without pausing to think or recall, I begin to wonder how much he has been interviewing and why nobody else has hired him.

  58. Great! This is absolutely wonderful. Looking for another position at the moment and I have a face-to-face interview at Sophos, UK. Has anyone in the UK being to a interview at Sophos or works at Sophos? I’d love to read what they have to say about their interview with them.

  59. Q: What is your greatest weakness?
    A: Answering to question about my greatest weakness! 🙂

  60. Got called back for my “second” interview next week for a job. I’m assuming that’s a good thing, but is it OK to ask the interviewer (will be same person as “first” round) how many other “final” candidates I’m up against? Is that appropriate? Is it OK to ask the person where I stand in the rankings, and how I can improve my chances? Or does that seem too desperate, even for a finalist?

    • “how many other “final” candidates I’m up against?” I would say OK… but “where I stand in the rankings, and how I can improve my chances?” as you say a little desperate…

    • on April 26, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Reply attitudeiseverything!

      I disagree! I don’t think you should ask how many candidates you are up against. You should display full confidence that the number of candidates you are competing with do not even exist to you because you know that YOU are the one for this position!
      Same answer for your other concerns; and if they were interested enough in you to do a second interview than that alone should be confidence building enough.
      I was told that the employer has basically hired you based upon your application/resume, the interview is the place were you have the ability to fire yourself.

  61. What do you recommend saying if an interviewer asks a question about your field that you do not know the answer to?

  62. I have my job interview tomorrow and I must say that I was a little worried and nervous at first but this site has really helped me. I feel much more confident now. Thanks!

  63. #37

    Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead ofyour own?
    This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. Do not worry about
    the deep ethical and philosophical implications. Just say yes.


    If you say yes, ‘they’ will immediately recognise that you are trying to trick them with your answers, and you’ll instantly loose credibility you built up with previous answers…

    You are applying for the job for your own interest… not theirs. It’s not like you are applying for your favourite pass-time.

    Arguably you are forced to put their interest above your own all the time, when your total hours amount to twice what you are being payed for.

    You work to live… not the other way around. Be honest about that and explain that you have no problem of putting in the extra effort when the need arises. Explain as well, that if it becomes a habbit, you’d like it to be reflected in your sallary.

  64. […] Nice tips from Bhuvana Sundaramoorthy’s site. […]

  65. I happen to visit your site. Congrats! It’s a wonderful site. But may I ask if you can give me a clue or two about how to set up additional navigational bars, in addition to home, and about… ie, Java Tutorial and Technical? Thank you in advance.

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  66. In resposne to #61:

    “What do you recommend saying if an interviewer asks a question about your field that you do not know the answer to?”

    Be honest. Don’t lie. Don’t try to make things up. You can approach this two ways:

    #1 – “That’s an area where I do not have experience.”

    #2 – “I have not professionally trained in that area, but I have been trained/have extensive experience in area ‘x’ which is very similar.”

    I used to B.S. when asked this if I had no experience, and I know I was transparent. Now I’m brutally honest with #1 being my preferred answer. Just look them straight in the eye and say, “I do not have experience in that area, but I am very motivated and a quick learner.” Give ’em the let down first with the BUT I AM WILLING TO LEARN part second so they remember that.

    • on October 22, 2009 at 7:59 am | Reply Blesson Thomas

      Great Post…
      Sir wat r the basic points we need to remember when interviewer is asking “tell me about yourself” question..

  67. that’s funny… i seem to remember commenting on this post, but i cant see my comment.
    and, i wrote a post on my blog (lifepbs.wordpress.com) about some differing opinions i had about some of these answers… but i can’t see my trackback anywhere…
    ugh, i wonder when i’ll stop being a “new” blogger!

  68. […] 50 COMMON INTERVIEW Q&A « Bhuvana Sundaramoorthy’s Blog […]

  69. People who say they have no weaknesses have no real sense of themselves. I ask this question, and as long as they pick an answer and have addressed it (I will ask how they overcome it if they do not tell me), I will move on. I have had at least a dozen people tell me they had no weaknesses. (Thanks. Don’t call me, I’ll call you.) I have had a few tell me about serious flaws (rather than weaknesses), and several had not addressed their weaknesses in any way. These are weak candidates.

    One trackback said the question is a sign of a weak interviewer, but I disagree. Not every question is looking for a philosophical answer or performance. I ask some questions because I know that some people who are not prepared or who have serious personality flaws will eliminate themselves. (Every workplace killer came in the door and applied for a job.)

    I also use silence in interviews. Some people cannot stand silence. They will get nervous and add to canned answers, and the follow up words will give a better insight into their true personalities. One interviewee, after a silence, told me that sometimes you have to “tell callers how it is” – a sign that he would be brusque with people when he ran out of patience. The position was for an emergency dispatcher who would have been dealing with distraught people – people who need someone who has infinite patience. He went to work for someone else as a 9-1-1 operator and was fired this year for inappropriate behavior.

    I am a retired highway patrol commander and have asked a lot of questions to people trying to hide the truth and their true intent. In HR I am not looking to interrogate a criminal (at least not on purpose), but the interview questions listed here all have their purpose and they can all in their way contribute to finding the best employees if used skillfully.

    • Oh, good thought: if I’m ever in a position to hire an interviewer, I should look for a retired highway patrolman! (just don’t ask me to be interviewed by one … did you take off your mirrored sunglasses?)

      • Silence, really? This is the type of interviewer who has his own agenda and not that of the organization. One with residual superiorority complex is not who you want to work for.

  70. Interesting list! Just what i need for my interview later today. . .

  71. Great site for interview tips – thankyou!

    Could i ask if anyone has had been for an assessment day with HSBC? Any advice on what happens on the assesment days please?

  72. Hi, On the HSBC online application form, could some one give me some example answers for the personal quality section please?


  73. What is your major weakness?

    Try this…
    I like to keep busy and productive at work. I always feel really bad during slow times because I feel that I am not contributing. So, when those times do come up, and that does happen on occasion, I have learned to ask other collegues if they need assistance or to ask my supervisor if there is anything that they would like me to help them with.

    This shows initiative and teamwork, something all employers want. 🙂

  74. Oh this is a good post.Thank alot.

  75. Hi there, I need help

    I applied for a certain job and they have sent me an email with these questions to support my application:

    1. Give an example when you have worked in a team
    2. What do you like and dislike about team working?
    3. Give an example of when you have had to follow technical procedures or technical instructions

    I’d appreciate any answers!
    thank You

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  77. 50 Common Interview Questions

    Collection of Common Interview Questions. It also contains about how to answer them.

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  79. thank you

  80. Wow, this is a really great post: almost a month later, people are still reading it and leaving comments.
    I just wrote a related post and posted it at my site (lifepbs.wordpress.com) a few minutes ago. It’s about dealing with the first few days at a new job.
    I hope some day I’ll be able to write a post which will continue to have people commenting on it one month later 🙂

  81. If you were asked something and you doesn’t understand the question and is happened for a second time, especially in a technical interview, you can answer:
    Please be more specific!

    you will have some extra time and information

  82. […] 60. EV – September 1, 2006 […]

  83. good job

    Think you are on track with this post

  84. Hi everyone — I’m going on an interview and my boss of course does not have a clue about this…but always at interviews and their forms they ask the question — can we contact ur previous employer…the first answer is of course (bc I dont have anything to hide and I know hes quite fond of me) but in the same respect if I dont get the job then my current supervisor will know and it wouldnt be a good situation.
    How would you handle this? Any help is appreciated.

  85. I would respond to this question saying that, of course they can contact your current employer once you have an agreement with them. Most employers understand that if a current employer is contacted before the employee has an opportunity to speak with them first that this may cause problems and possible termination.

  86. just tell your boss to go to zacks house

  87. or just tell him you dont want his job but you might have to take it anyway if you cant get this one

  88. thanks rochelle!!!!

  89. re: #11 – The salary question (see HR person’s comment posted below my comment)
    This is a loaded question, some people will work for less based on a number of factors. It depends on the economy (unemployment rates, etc.) and also the industry you are in (for instance pharmaceutical companies tend to pay more than many other industries, given similiar job function and experience).
    If you have the exact qualifications that a company is looking for and the hiring manager likes your personality – in many instances a company will make exceptions and pay a LOT more than they were originally willing to offer for the position. Don’t believe what a HR manager says (they are hired to find the best fit for a position for the LEAST amount they can get away with – I don’t care if they claim “they just want you to be happy”, it’s a load of crock- and the HR Director get’s paid based on their ability to save a company.
    re: #11 – The salary question
    you wrote: “I’m in HR and do a lot of interviews and I think that the best answer is:
    I would expect to be paid competitively and commensurate with the level of skill, experience and responsibility that this particular job requires.”

  90. Interview

  91. how r u?
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  93. Tips for all (During the Interview..)
    When you some one take your interview than during the interview, No take tension and don’t think that we are not eligable for this post. Sitting be cool and give answer with ful of confidence.

  94. the question that i am always asked on intervies is “What is one that that you can use to describe yourself” I dread that question because I can never think of a word. any suggestions?

  95. Be careful, I think a lot of the people writing these comments don’t know squat about interviews – some of them seem to be making up witty come-backs. For example, don’t ignore weaknesses – not being able to analyse your weaknesses is a weakness – remember, they are particular to you, your weak spot may be better than anyone elses good point – but you need to demonstrate being self critical.

    The main post was very good though, so thanks for that.

  96. plz send me interview question for call center along with answer i will change my name

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  98. In response to no. 77…

    Neal, I’d be happy to provide some answers for you. But first, can you please tell me a little about youself?
    First, Can you give an example when you have worked in a team?
    Second, What do you like and dislike about team working?
    Last, Give an example of when you have had to follow technical procedures or technical instructions

  99. please give me a list of strength and weakness that have aked in interview and how to over come weakness ??? also tell me

  100. hi thanks for urs comments and help .these is helping a lot of people .i have never faced any interview .know days i am planning to apply for job .so i am searching in the net so i got here.can u people send sample answers u have answered in the interview because these can help the who r attending there first interview .

  101. […] Job seekers have access to a number of books and websites that describe canned ‘best’ responses to the most popular interview questions. One response to the oft-asked “What are your weaknesses?” question is the predictable “I work too hard and ignore my social life.” Avoid old standby questions and ask incisive questions that make the candidate think. […]

  102. Thanks for the list. I have an interview later today. This sure comes in handy!

  103. I have an interview tomorrow and this has really helped.

    Thank you

  104. I found the Q&A list as well as the discussion quite informative and interesting. Thanks!!




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  109. great post!

  110. This is a great preparation sheet for game planning an interview offensively & defensively.

    Good work! I’m expecting a few TDs w this.

  111. Great Post..!
    i struggled with the “what is your weakness” question before.. this post just gave me an idea how to answer if someone ask me this question again.

  112. Excellent Post. I am going to try it soon. hopefully, will success:)

  113. Another Week, Another Beginning

    While browsing the web, I came across 50 interview questions; some of them are guaranteed to show up in just about every interview you’ll ever have. I know – I’ve gotten the “why did you leave your last job”…

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  115. I really appreciate the answers that were given on this site because sometime employers like to put you on the spot I know that they are just doing there jobs but it can be nerve racking at times if you are not prepared.

  116. I struggle with the what’s your leadership style or what kind of leader are you?

    I answer, that I’m honest and fair with my employees. accessible and approachable with an open door policy and I don’t hesitate to jump in and get my hands dirty when necessary (I’m a multi-unit retail manager). I lead by example in other words. I’m wondering if that answer seems cliche?

    I currently employed, but testing the waters.

  117. If you have been terminated from your previous job, how do you relate that to a prospective employer?


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  119. Excellent post. I appreciate the insight into the inner workings of interview questions.

  120. […] Bhuvans: 50 COMMON INTERVIEW Q&A August “1. Tell me about yourself: The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short statement prepared in your mind. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Limit it to work-related items unless instructed otherwise. Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. Start with the item farthest back and work up to the present.” […]

  121. this site has helped me a lot with my interviews.. but ive been interviewed 5 times in 5 diferrent companies now, but im unemployed still.. anyway, ive got an interview tomorrow afternoon, and im hoping that i would be hired. i will do my best, and with these tips on hand, i’d be more confident. thank you so much.

    PS: my problem would be the “do you have any questions?” part, coz i cant think of one… huhu

    pls pray for me that id find a job ASAP! thank u!

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  123. […] It’s never possible to be too prepared for an interview. One of the best ways of preparing is to read and consider as many interview questions as possible. That way, you will not be surprised if any particular interview question is asked. You can find 50 interview questions here. It’s also important to remember that being ready to answer questions is only half of the process. Be prepared to ask questions! Interviews can be long, have at least 10 questions prepared. […]

  124. on November 24, 2006 at 11:51 am | Reply S.Pradeep Kumar (Bangalore)

    Iam an MCA graduate (Fresher)
    So for i know to answer the technical questions
    I can clear the aptitudes
    but i felt it is very difficult for me to face the HR round
    and now iam feeling like i can answer for any type of question
    through this i learnt a thing ‘ Facing HR round is really an art ‘
    Thank you for this

  125. Hi,

    The only thing I can think to mention is to always remember that there will be other people interviewing for the same position that you are…..You don’t want to blow it by being a smart ass. It will get you nowhere fast!!!!!

  126. Weakness: How about telling your interviewer that sometimes you let your co-workers take advantage of you. For example, if someone gives you something to do, which they were supposed to do and you do it happily.
    I havent tried it but would like to hear your comments on this.

    During the interview, keep this mindset, “You know you are best person for this job. You are fully confident about yourself and your abilities. All you got to do is convey this message to your interviewer”
    As soon as you adopt this mindset, natural, positive and great answers will follow automatically.

    Good luck.

  127. list the factors you think are important to present you as a professional at the time of interview

  128. Why did you leave you last company when you made good money? Also ties into are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead ofyour own?
    I am a over a Hunderd thousand number during my last position and left for health reason. My delima is do I tell the true about my health or some story about how I made to much money. What is the best why to handle this question without lose the opportunity because no one what to hire someone that has been sick?

  129. Why did you leave you last company when you made good money? Also ties into are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?
    I made over a Hunderd thousand in 2002 now wanting to return in 2004. During my position and left for health reason. My delima is do I tell the true about my health or some other story. What is the best why to handle this question without loosing the opportunity because noone what to hire someone that has been sick?

  130. I was asked what do u mean by multi-disciplined environment,when i was attending an intrview

    I was not able to answer…

  131. where do yo u see urself in next 5 yers , 10 years

  132. pls answer my question no. 139


  134. I once got asked “What sort of person are you”. I thought what a pathetic question so I told them “I was a good bloke”. Needless to say I didn’t get the job but I did get satisfaction in knowing that I thrown the interview on purpose. I just couldn’t work for someone who considered a question like that to be anything other than insulting.

  135. I was told to bring something I was proud of and then explain why.

    I brought a newspaper that i did the graphics for and then gave the ‘show and tell’

    got the job 🙂

    Good list of questions and points. Thanks I enjoyed.

  136. Iam attending interview in big company tomorrow can u please help me on what type of questions they will ask.

  137. Hi there! I’m wondering how to handle this question if it comes up in my interview.

    I see that you did not include a reference from your previous employer, may we contact him?

    I’m not sure how to address this because even though technically I left work to go back to school, the real reason I left though is because my boss was conducting himself in an unprofessional manner towards the women in our workplace and I called him on it, since then we have not been able to get along and I don’t trust him now to give me any sort of good reference.

    How do I answer this?

  138. To 101: Now that’s just funny.

    To everyone who’s posting specific questions and hoping for answers: Consider that the HR process is designed to hire YOU. If you get hired based off of someone else’s answers because you do not have the eloquence or originality, that may come back and bite you in the butt when your personality and answers don’t match. I don’t know about hiring processes internationally (or even in any state in the USA besides Florida), but employers here usually hire you on a 90-day “trial” basis where you can be dismissed for any reason during the trial period. Be careful lest you find yourself washed out of the company because your clever answers found on the internet do not match your actual work philosophy.

    • I do agree here. Read the answers, relate the answers to your past experience and prepare a STAR- which is situation in your work or life experience related to work, the task, what action you took and what was the result. If each of the interview questions are prepared in the STAR mould, it makes it easy for the interviewer to assess and interviewee to explain, and try to be as close to reality as possible or else copying bites.

      There are too many interview questions on, weakness- I feel the purpose behind is that everyone has a weakness, so let them know of your weakness, but think of turning is around to your or company,s advantage. For example this was a new company and there was no one to help or rather it has an unstructured departmental set up and I could never get anyone to assist me. True, but this company taught me to be self managed and I shared this practise with everyone.

  139. […] first ever successful interview Bhuvans’s post had triggered an array of past memories. Yeah! Its an array with no bounds checking. Lots & […]

  140. Has anyone been for a graduate interview at Northern Rock? If so, could you tell me what sort of questions get asked and if there are any tests to do?

    Thank you!

  141. Thanks everyone, V useful.

    I think that if you are HONEST, do your Homework about yourself and the company then all may well go well, BUT remember just because you didn’t get the job it doesn’t mean YOU are unwanted or less than you were before the job interview, just a little wiser perhaps IF…you learn from you mistakes; i.e. review the job interview experience

    best wishes

  142. I got a question for an interview asking about my salary expecation and then why I think it is my worth. The interview is in 3 days I am making a power point presentation and that is the question I am struggling with . Any pointers?

  143. what is the best way to answer the question “Why should we hire you?”..please I need an answer now…. next week will be my job interview. thanks.

  144. great posts…

    plz send me more abt que n answers for the same

  145. I really enjoyed myself and able to digest more from your web but i still need more.Therefore, i would not mind if more of this can still be sent to my mailbhox.Thbanks

  146. I am from Nigeria boirn in a jcity of Lagos. I am a fresh graduate of Economics with 2nd class Lower Division and presently rounding up my service this month,so i need more experience on how questions are being answered.

  147. great article – thx for the help

    one i had was “tell me a time when you were proactive, what was the plan, and how did you go about implementing/getting approval?”.

    in the same interview, they also asked, “describe a time when you had to ask for help from a co-worker”.

  148. Hi G,

    Where was your interview for, if you dont mind me asking?

    what were your replies to those questions that you were given?


  149. what would you do if you find a better company than us?….
    how ca i answer this……

  150. Hello everyone great site, i have question…what is the BEST Animal to say when asked….If you were or could be an animal which would you be and why?

    Quick reply needed as ive got the interview tomorrow

    Thank peeps

  151. back to the weakness thing:

    an answer i used was :

    “i can sometimes get frustrated if i am working hard and others around me do not seem to be”

  152. what are your expectations from an employer?

    How do you feel about upgrading/ learning new skills (for eight weeks)?

  153. Here’s a question I havent heard in years.
    (Q)What kind of animal would you be and why?
    (A) I answer this one with “a Rino” A Rino is the baddest creature in the jungle always charging, nothing stops him from geting what he wants. Did you know a rino is the Fireman of the jungle? He will stomp out every fire he see’s?

  154. on January 21, 2007 at 2:07 pm | Reply Nagasha Jackie

    Good evening I am sending you this interview guideline to help you in your jod search.

    Wish you success

  155. Are you able to work on several assignments at once?
    can anyone send me best answer

  156. People have to understand that interviewers have heard pretty much every possible answer to their questions. Your best bet is to be honest, because honest answers always come out sounding better than the answers they want to hear. Another key thing is that you have to be up beat in an interview, be excited that you there and always keep a positive attitude. Don’t answer every question right of the bat because even if you’re not lying, it will come out sounding fake. Body language also depicts a lot in an interview. If you answer a question and use your hands, a slight shift of your body and tone of voice as if you’re answering with passion, the interviewer will concentrate less on your answer but rather more on your form and tone of response. You will come off that you are truly excited to be there and that you want to engage the interviewer in your answer so they could feel what you are feeling. Key is not to sound like everyone else, be distinct: be honest.

    For all recruiters out there, keep in mind that the most effective interviews are the ones where the interviewer try’s to build a rapport with the interviewee and asks basic life questions as opposed to the standard questions because they know they are not prepared for that type of interview so they like to see how you react and answer the questions. It’s a good way to lead into an interview and then ask some of the more formal questions.

    And remember 8 out of 10 interviews result with the interviewer asking you if you have any questions for them, and you better, and they better be good ones because that will make the interviewer think (you are interviewing them) about how to answer the question(s) thus it will reflect positively on you. Always go out of your way to look presentable even when not required and prepare a couple of days in advance, you will be surprised what a difference it will make.

    One last thing, the question that will almost always arise in an interview is “Why do you want to work at (company)?” Make sure you give a good answer because that question is the pivotal question of why you are there in the first place and it is usually asked at the beginning of the interview so if you blow that one, the rest of the answers to the coming questions won’t really matter.

  157. my self dharmenmdra shukla i have complited my b. tech mechanical engg. past time i m givin an interview in a company
    he tellinng me tell me about your strenth
    but i m not give hopefull answer.he also asking me about analysis power
    he ask me voice analysis but i m not understaand plz

    teling me abot strenth ex. and abot self

    thanking you

  158. “Can You Describe Your Weaknesses? “ This is not designed to be a personal question at all. They are simply looking to see how well you’ll express yourself, as most people tend to look inside & it throws them off completely. Simple answer: “Well I used to have a problem saying NO to people, today I prioritize my day completely and in so doing I let my time management skills decide what I can truly say Yes & No to” .. now you have an answer that is in fact very personal & yet perfectly job related & in your answer you identified another attribute you have, Time Management Skills .. or at least you understand the term well enough to explain it. If you answer sounds sincere and genuine, you’ll score 10 out of 10 in any interview.

    I hired and mentored people for 30 years & today teach college students young and old what to expect in the Job Search process (cover letters, resumes etc). Your qualifications & experience get you the interview & that’s all! Your interview skills will land you the job every time. HR is far more about EQ in 2007 than IQ … lots of high IQ’s out there that can’t express themselves at all .. totally internalized & deadly in an interview .. more EQ wins the day !! Best Wishes To All

  159. As far as being REAL in an interview goes. I have talked to a great many employers & believe me, they are tired of the template cover letter approach. Stir it up, be real .. it’ll be your edge. Take that Real person & that edge to an interview .. they may only see you for 20 minutes .. gotta make an impression that lasts. Tell them what motivated in your career path, that’s a thinking person talking, not another template … it’s all about communicating these days & not looking or sounding like everyone else … be yourself .. not who you think they want to see, when they see the genuine deal .. it scores very well too.

    • Your advice has totally consumed me and broadened my perspectives. I was originally from a small town where you interviewed with the “owner” rather than “hr” and now I am in what i call the “city”. I appreciate your advice. Thank you!

  160. I never thought that so easy questions can have so many traps. I’m little bit confused now. I need to preapre now before next interview with employer.

  161. give me the answer to this q:what is your weaknesses

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  164. what is the best way to answer the question “Why should we hire you?”…

    what is the best answer to the question why do I want to leave my current employer?

    please I need an answer now…. next week will be my job interview. thanks

  165. Could you please tell me how to answer this question? what if you don’t agree your supervisor?
    I said I will discuss it with him untill we get agreement. and the interviewer said what if you still couldn’t get agreement? I said”then, I just follow because he is supervisor”

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  167. Why is “EQ” so important when cognitive ability (IQ) is correlated so strongly with actual job performance? It seems completely unscientific and rather stupid. And what’s to happen to us poor folks with super high IQs but of course, lack the EQ because we are inward looking? Is this fair?

  168. really very helpful blog…
    recently i went for an interview and was asked abt my biggest wekness…i just could’nt come up with anything…finally i said bad handwriting….must hv sounded really stupid. ha ha ha

  169. I have my first phone interview with a pharmaceutical company. Anyone have any insight on what they may ask and what they are expecting?

  170. I have an interview tomorrow with a company who is a competitor to a company I was employed with for eight years.

    How should I handle a question regarding “loyalty”, as well as assure them I will perform the job their way without comparisons?

  171. i have a job interview tom with a company doing graphic designs. They do commercials and some other visual effects that you see on tv. Does anybody have suggestion on how i can win the job? what type of questions (and answers) should i expect from the interviewer? pls…Thanks!

  172. Thank you for this website! It was extremely useful.

  173. I went for an interview last week for a teaching job. I didn’t get it and i’m sure its partly to my response to this question:
    Tell us about a failure you’ve had in the past outside of teaching?

    What kind of response are they expecting from this question?

    • The real point of these kinds of questions is to hear how you dealt with the “failure” or “weakness” or “conflict” or whatever it is. How did you overcome it? Did you ignore it? Did it destroy you or make you stronger? AND, did you learn anything from that experience that’s going to make you a better employee here with us? They don’t so much care what the “failure” was.

  174. The information contained in this page is brilliant. I had a interview today and stumbled across it yesterday and almost every question they asked was in here so it helped a great deal and the interview went smoothly as i was more than prepared for these questions.

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  176. Thanks for this wonderful information. This really helps us a lot to get through in any interview..

    I have a known question…I am working presently for a small company (mnc) and applying for one of the leading banks in the world…..I’m afraid of the question “Why do you want to quit your present job”…I know, I should not say -ve about my past company..and ther are no reasons other than looking my future in one of the greatest companies..Even my past company is good but the growth is slow….How to proove my honesty in this situation…..could you please let me know some example answers for this question….any help is much appreciated.

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  178. on February 18, 2007 at 3:42 pm | Reply jayesh agarwal

    question are good but answer is not satisfactorial

  179. very good information!

  180. I was once asked if my room was organized. And I lied and said of coarse. But there are studies that prove that people who have messy desks/workspaces are more productive than people with clean and organized desks/workspaces. How do we respond to a question like that? It could go either way.

  181. on February 23, 2007 at 6:10 am | Reply dada007maharaja

    At one Interview I was asked that “Why was your agreegate on a decline ,starting from High School-to-higher secondary-to-Graduation ” It was like 77%-65.14%-63.05% ?”
    I am a Engineering Fresher
    It was my first Interview. I blew it up!!

  182. what is the answaer of:-

    why u leave the previous job???

  183. tell me about urself ?

  184. What do you want to do with your life?

  185. Do you have any actual work experience?

  186. How would you describe your ideal job ?

  187. Why did you choose this career?

  188. When did you decide on this career?

  189. What goals do you have in your career?

  190. What kind of salary are you looking for?

  191. Is money important to you?

  192. What do you want to work in the Industry?

  193. How much money do you need to make to be happy?

  194. Are you willing to travel? In the future?

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  197. Better to have answers with example so that freshers can implement it directly without hesitating on what to say and what dont.

  198. Hi,
    I work in IT and have interviewed many people. Apart from technical knowledge which is easy enough to measure what i always looked for was some one I could work with on a day to day basis. Somebody who appears confrontational or arrogant is doomed from the start. Be yourself, use common sense, and most importantly try and enjoy the experience. Life is too short to be stressing about things which are really out of our control.
    I myself have an interview in the next few days which is a second round HR type deal. I believe embracing the idea of failure as a learning experience takes away much of the anxiety and allows for much more natural expression, which I guarantee an interviewer will pick up on and give you an edge over other applicants.

    • I love your reply “ger” about the natural expression thing. I have been to interviews where I didn’t feel anxiety about performing/answering a certain way just to get the job. Those are the ones I did the best on. It is heard in sports all the time that when you enjoy what you are doing, you perform better.

      When you feel trapped and desperate enough so that you think you have to take the first job you are offered, your interview posture, verbal expression and aura will reflect that and the interviewer will easily pick up on it. Mental preparation is critical.

      While you’re responses shouldn’t be or sound “rehearsed,” you should write down potential responses and practice them dozens of times until they are ingrained in you to the point that they are part of you, and you don’t have to respond like you are thinking up the answer word-by-word as you are saying it, and if were you asked, your response would come out coherently as possible.

      THREE main ideas come to mind on what to do before the interview, during the interview, and after the interview.

      FIRST, thoroughly research the place of business. One strategy I was taught in a career search workshop was to stop outside as employees left, tell them you are doing research on the company, and ask things such as “What do you like most about working here?” or “What kind of training, skills, or certification did you need to work here?” or Knowledge gives the interviewee confidence and prevents canned responses. And you may find out before you consent to an interview that you wouldn’t be a good fit for that place of business.

      SECOND, being positive means having a cheerful demeanor throughout. You can not be genuinely cheerful if you are making stuff up by saying what you think the right answer will be and emitting a superficial positive mental attitude or looking through rose-colored glasses. While maintaining professionalism, allow yourself to be human. The interviewer is human too.

      THIRD, always do or say something after the interview to invite the interviewer to consider you again. For example, shake hands, thank the interviewer for his or her time followed by, “May I call you?”

      I hope these tips help.

      P.S. The advice from a teacher of my career workshop that helped me address my biggest interview weakness was, “You talk yourself out of jobs,””You can talk yourself out of a job,” and “Don’t talk yourself out of a job.”

      What he was getting at was this: Keep your answer long enough to give a specific example that shows concrete results but don’t over-elaborate and give extra information that will bore the interviewer or muddle his or her mind about the point of you being there.

      P.P.S. There are certain questions that have simple one-word or few-word pat answers that should always be the same. Examples include:

      Q: Do you have reliable transportation? A: Yes

      Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? A: With this company/business/organization

      P.P.P.S. One job I was offered and accepted. Later, out of curiosity, I asked one of the interviewees why they hired me. She said, “You were confident and we liked you. After you, we stopped interviewing. My point is that (and I could be mistaken because the only time I’ve ever formally interviewed someone was as a judge at a 5th and 6th grade science fair) as a general rule, organizations/interviewers want to hire someone they like and someone that is friendly.

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  201. on March 3, 2007 at 9:21 am | Reply rounak pandya

    hello i m sales guy.
    i m confused in what to tell in weakness polz guide me

  202. bless all of u who posted….got questions here, i’ll appreciate any respose .
    what’s the best answer to the question what do you think is your edge among all other candidates?
    I think i am up against those who have all the advantages to get the job and interviewers expect better than answering ” I’m a goal oriented person, flexible, honest, etc etc.Every applicant claims they have these qualities.
    and how do you deal with interviewers who keep on rephrasing his questions when you find it difficult to reconstruct your answer on the spot .It’ll sound awkward if u just keep on saying the same thing…any help pls..

  203. what are good answers for what tasks do you like the most and the least?
    Basically every job has a little of everything in it. I’m having trouble with the least liked.

  204. would it be really bad to say i procrastinate as a weakness?
    and perhaps follow it up by saying and thats why i started to follow a schedule?

  205. i was asked this question-> do u feel if u dont get this job?… well my ans was no as the previous question was regarding the positive attitude. so lost the interview…i regret tat every time i think of it… my answer should be yes…i felt like i was a fool to say that…anyways i cant do anything now… hope to learn something which will help me for futher interviews

  206. what r some good examples when they say tell me about yourself?? and examples of your strenghts?

  207. how do you handle irate customers?

  208. I keep on getting this question “How do you handle change”, any comments on what to say.

    • This is a good question to find out if you are adaptable. Companies make changes to match up with competition and be the best, and it gives an employee an opportunity to learn new things, change is good for both the growing company as well as employees and I am adaptable

      • You should describe a time when you helped make a change at your employer (rolled out a new product, revised a procedure, simplified a process). If you are a tech person, you might say something like “I’m an early adapter–I like to try out new things and am great at showing others how change can benefit them/the company”.

        Change in companies comes at a really fast pace these days. Employers are looking for people who can embrace and lead improving change. They are not looking for Luddites.

        But, you should also follow up with your own question at the appropriate time with, “You asked me about how I deal with change. Is the company anticipating making changes {in area you are interviewing for}?”

  209. In regards to “How do you handle change”? You have to be able to handle change. If not, how can you move forward? I work in IT and technology is constantly changing. My very last interview I was asked this question. I got the job.

  210. In regards to “How do you handle irate customers”? This is what I said at my last interview.—If a customer calls me yelling and screaming let them vent. Most of the time they just want someone to listen to them. Be empathetic. Understand how they feel. Let the customer know you are there to help them. When you show understanding to the customer/client they usually calm down. Find out exactly what the problem is, gather all pertinent information and resolve the problem.

  211. Your greatest weakness is supposed to be the mirror image of your greatest strength. For example, if you are results oriented and extremely assertive then your greatest weakness could be tailoring your assertiveness carefully so it doesn’t get misunderstood as aggression by those of us that are thinner skinned. This is why these questions are generally asked back to back. Strength and Weakness if answered honestly should be a reflection of each other. To know your weaknesses and improve on them constantly is to show that you are seeking continuos improvement of yourself both personally and professionally.

  212. thank you for the questions

  213. its a simple words…but difficult to answer..

    waht is your strength and weaknesses? help..

  214. Does anyone have help with this one? In my last interview I was asked, “If you had a project that you needed to complete, and you didn’t have all the information you needed, how would you handle it?”

    I answered that I find asking questions is the best way to get the answers I need to complete something.

    I wasn’t called back for a 2nd interview, but I realize now after reading this site that I made quite a few mistakes in my interview (I only had 2 hours to prepare, they called me at 8:30 a.m. for a 10:30 interview! I should have stalled them, I guess). I have another interview tomorrow and would like to have a good response to this question, in case they ask me!!


    • Try converting this question into STAR by moulding a past project into a situation, what was the task. what was the missing information and how you volunteered to get that information, for example contacted some SME’s or user departments and what results you got

  215. Michelle,
    I would suggest stating that you would compile all inforamation you currently had, then reach out to those that you feel would have additional information and/or resources to be able to complete the task. Also, asking for additional information from the project leader is always acceptable as well.

  216. These are some great answers to possible interview questions…. My problem is that I have not been honest at all in interviews. I have an interview tomorrow in which I am going to be totally honest about myself and strengths and weaknesses. I am not going to fabricate answers but use totally honest responses with no extra crap that they dont care about.

    I think after reading a few responses that this will be very helpful for me and will make it feel so much more casual.

  217. A bit off subject– I interviewed for and was offered a position- contingent upon a meeting the company had with an outside entity. When I was offered the job, the HR person said it was “unanimus” , all five people at three different interviews, chose me as their top canidate. After the meeting, the offer was recinded. I was told they needed to do some rethinking, and “would be talking to me”. The next thing I know, the position is being advertised again, and no one has returned my call. Any suggestions? I am confident I am the right canidate for this position. Is there a different blog for this type of question?

  218. I have been interviewing candidates for a job the past few weeks. The biggest purpose of the interview for me is to get a better sense of who each person is, and what their personality is like.

    While you should put your best foot forward, I think the best approach is to be honest about who you are. A lot of these questions don’t have right answers, (although I suppose there are some really “wrong” answers).

    A lot of these questions are different versions of “tell me about yourself”. I read your resume, I know your last five jobs, so if I ask what are your strengths and weaknesses, I’m thinking about the role the job needs and how that will fit, but I’m also just trying to get a sense of who you are as a person, and if you will fit in. As long as you don’t say your weakness is drinking on the job or something, I think it is ok. Refusing to respond seems a little wierd and defensive to me.

    I am trying to create a team, so it takes a balance of different personalities to make it work. If you fake it and still manage to get the job, I promise neither of us will be happy, and you will have to explain to yoru next employer why you got fired after 6 months.

    If you don’t get hired or called back, I don’t think there is anything wrong with sending a follow up email asking what the status is, and if there is any feedback. I know that often a certain job can be different things, depending on who is hired, and interviewing process helps the hirers narrow down what they want. (e.g. one candidate might be more analytical, and another more creative- both could do the job, but we need to decide which would be a better fit, and they both bring different strengths to the table.)

    Anyway, those are some thoughts. Good luck to all of you.

  219. […] a quick post today, and it’s and oldie, but goodie. Last summer, Bhuvana Sundaramoorthy put together the top 50 questions that you are likely to get in a job interview. There is also […]

  220. […] that in mind, I’m looking to ace any upcoming interviews I going to have.  And I found this gem of an article on the vast wastelands of the interweb.  It is a list of the top 50 questions asked […]

  221. Greatest weakness. Give them something that might sound like a weakness but is actually an asset in the workplace. For example, “I tend to get lost in detail… I get so caught up in the task at hand…”

  222. OK

  223. good job……………..
    to get good job……..

  224. […] an improvisation — it’s a rehearsed performance. And it’s no mystery what the most common interview questions are, so prepare you answers. Even if you end up fielding a question you didn’t anticipate, […]

  225. Great source of information!!!!

  226. How do you answer the question. What would you change about your past?

    I hate the dreaded phone interview-when you’ve applied for lots of positions and someone calls you back and goes right into interview mode. Somehow I never get called for a face -o-face interview after a phone interview.

  227. i’m glad i stumbled on this one. the discussion here really informs me a lot. im a fresh graduate and im having an interview day after tomorrow. hope your points of view works. and thanks! haha..

  228. i had a failing grade in college and the interviewer dig me into it asking why ive failed the subject? i was overwhelmed that i decided to be honest answering the question. i told them the truth that i and my professor did’nt get along very well. i wasn’t hired and i thought it was because of that response that i was rejected. can anybody suggest what i should have done or say instead?

  229. on March 19, 2007 at 2:09 pm | Reply Elizabeth Blair

    you should have mentioned about the exam being touch instead, or that due to many other subjects you were sitting for at that particular time, you had little time for this subject and hence you faild

  230. on March 19, 2007 at 2:11 pm | Reply Elizabeth Blair

    I was asked about the different between efficiency and effectiveness and I found this to be also one and the same think. what was I supposed to answer. please help.

  231. i was asked by this question during an interview, “how would you describe the color blue to a blind person?”. My answer was that i sang a beautiful song to him and that song meant the color blue. Could he hear the sweetness of the color? I didn’t know what was the most appropriate answer. I was rejected during the technical though.

    • that is cool question, man. You were right, but it is not the whole truth. before you song him, it takes to smoke…
      (sorry, joke)

  232. Would it be appropriate to negotiate your salary based on the hiring manager’s comments of ‘expect regular over time to get the job done’? i would a salaried employee and expected overtime is not part of my pay. I don’t mind the overtime but I would like to be compensated equitably if overtime is expected. Would that be a good negotitation method? Thanks!

  233. hi! i need help. How do you answer this question: What is your expected salary?

  234. okayy well , i have my first job interview tommorow ever. Im 15 years old and alot of these questions are going to be hard to answer because , first of all i havent worked before i have experience with babysitting , my mom’s bridal shop , and extracurricular activities … im basically looking for job expierience and dont expect a big pay . Too the person who was wondering what it meant when someone askes what animal you see yourself as , it is too tell them what kind of person you are , in my career studys class we learned about this … If you say a lion , you are Loyal&independant , if you say something like a mamouth you are more lazy and laidback and not what there looking for .

  235. what is a good example of showing initiative to solve problem??


  236. 244. Tina: Your 15, don’t worry about an animal question, if that comes up you simply respond I don’t know, I am not familiar enough with animals to answer. I know that I am eager to prove myself in the position I am applying for & will do my best not to disapoint you as an employer. I am older but have been in your position when applying for the first time for employment. I could not understand the intimidating questions as they were trying to stump or scare me? The person that they hired that was not scared was most likely not a good employee but a over confident slacker. The applicant that is concerned will most likely be the better hire. Relax & keep trying you will prevail.

  237. A tip to all. If you have an interviwer ask ridiculous questions, the job is not for you. It will be a ridiculous & politically motivated position. If you are willing & able to answer you may be the right one for the position if not believe me when I tell you it’s not what you wanted. Interviews should not be phony & intimidating just a form of getting to know somone at a first impression & learning the skills they possess. The other stuff is fluff & a sign of a bad job & a worst employer.

  238. I have one word, ENERGY! Show excitement and energy during your interview and dont make an ass of yourself and you are on the right path to getting the job.

  239. What type of questions are safe to ask the interviewer, and how many should generally be asked?

  240. on March 24, 2007 at 5:00 pm | Reply srinivasarao

    hr interiew questions

  241. very good questions but not what im looking for Lol!!!!!!

  242. the tips r good but ineed a professional answers for all .any way think of subject and make apersonal research and let the blog to be a reference space for the people

  243. In response to ” why were you terminated from your last job ? “, try giving the stated reason (they will get it from HR) followed by “I was stunned and so were my coworkers.” Then you can lead into your good work at that organization, your cooperation with colleagues, and suggestions on which coworkers to contact to get a better insight of how you really were on the job.

  244. Hi I have a friend who is switching fro Telecom to Software.He has only handled Software projects from a PMO level .
    He is shit scared that the interviewers might ask him question related to technology as he is not technically qualified , but he is good in concepts and can sell himself well.
    Please advise what he can do

  245. i have no prepare to give the answer obout my hoobies.please help me about that.

  246. […] point or another, but if you’re in the market for a new job, it might be good to study up on these to ace your next […]

  247. good postings, and really intresting what suggestions people are giving. got an interview tommorrow and its been fun reading this blog.

  248. Very good post… tomorrow i have tomorrow my job interview, so i hope this tips help me.

    i will get you posted

  249. Really a great post..But I need answer for ” where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

  250. SAMY: “where do you see yourself in 5 years” always want to be advancing within the industry/company.

    …”I see myself in your shoes” to a sup.

    … “I want to advance through the company…”

  251. How do you answer the question what can you contribute to this comapany? I always have problems with that question.

  252. great blog …In answer to “why were you terminated from your last job?” it is important to know the why yourself first,if you don’t know simply find out!(ring and get reasons or pretend to be employer and find out how they will answer) If you are responding to this question better to reflect what the reference is likey to say.
    also regarding the question on “biggest weakness” an answer like… ” I sometimes delay why own work to assist the needs of my colleagues if they need help (elaborate) this shows you care, are a team player and flexible

  253. “biggest weakness”

    I’ve always found that showcasing your greatest strength and double wammi to your greatest weakness.

    My biggest weakness would probally be multi-tasking because when i’m not busy, I tend to loose focus and day dream.

    My greatest strength is my ability to do many tasks at once and being able to stay focus and complete the jobs in front of me.


  254. Was at an interview yesterday and asked ..” What are your salary expectations from this job?” I replied “that I would expect the salary would reflect the responsibility,but that I not only motivated by money alone and that the challenges,new experience count for important motivators as well” Let you know the outcome in due course

  255. Whats the best way to answer the following the question?

    What do you do if the project you are managing is not going to meet the deadline?

  256. When I go on interviews I get nervous and have a tendency not to talk very much. Does any one have any suggestions to help me?

  257. In answer to kev, I think a good answer to your question would be:
    “Advise all stakeholders involved with the deadline as soon as you realise you may not meet the deadline, but also make them aware that you and your team are doing everything they possibly can to meet the deadline.”

  258. I have worked in the dental field for over 25 years, as front desk, assistant, and collections manager. After a horrific car accident last year (I was rear ended at a light), I lost my position of 15 years because my recovery took too long. So what do I say regarding why I was fired. I was heartbroken when I was told I no longer had a job but will a future employer see my long recovery as a weakness or someone that now has health issues? I am very torn as to what type of answer I should say to this question. Please help.

  259. This blog was awesome.I learned more from this blog.

  260. on April 7, 2007 at 5:26 pm | Reply blogMeTender

    @groom, @james

    Seeking post-interview feedback is as productive as “playing handball against the drapes.” You get nothing useful in return.

    Here are several reasons why it’s useless:
    1. Some people are very nice and don’t want to hurt your feelings. Or they follow corporate policies, stay quiet and protect themselves.

    2. Some people are very nasty with big ego trips. They love seeing candidates squirm after fraternity hazings, especially if they went through one to get hired.

    3. So few ever get any formal training in interviewing and evaluating people. This is especially true in fields like engineering where the best programmer becomes software development manager.

    4. The very performance that turns one person off turns the next one on. Someone says you’re cocky and another says you’re confident.

    5. Someone was threatened by you. Instead of volunteering that, they’ll criticize you and maybe even invent a fault you don’t have.

    6. They already have something you don’t, a job at BigNameCo. Therefore, what is in it for them to criticize your performance?

    And here’s one other thing people rarely consider — is the feedback valid? Just because they are authorities, does it mean they’re right? Your self-esteem can be needlessly battered in a time you need it most like job search.

    And here’s the biggest one of all — hiring is extremely subjective! If they really want you, they’ll let any flaw slip by. If you didn’t know multithreading, for instance, they could say, “Multithreading is no biggie, he’ll pick it up like we did.” If they don’t, someone on the hiring committee will make a federal case out of it, e.g., “He writes code and he doesn’t know multithreading? What a loser!”

    When I missed out on a few offers, especially from big-name companies, I used to ask how I did, where to improve, etc. As I collected responses, it was so inconsistent. Some even said they rated me highly, and couldn’t hire me due to politics. So I don’t waste my time any more. Instead, I pursue and work for employers who have their act together.

  261. awesome blog,thanks for the list!,

    btw what the best answer if you got this question?

    “what do you hope to achieve from the job that we are offering?”
    and fyi, the job is for the network engineer.


  262. thanks

  263. Oh my god…im freaking out…I’m applying as a TV researcher…and this article really helped..

    and i was just about to say

    My biggest weakness is that I’m a total and absolute perfectionist..

    so cliche…

    but now i know I wont 🙂

  264. 42. Do you think you are overqualified for this position?

    That can be another way of asking, “aren’t you too old?”
    and not get in trouble.

    If you answer politely, you might say, “To have someone with expertise, you need someone with 20 years of experience.”

    Of course, you could deflect to question by saying you realize there’s trade-offs to accepting this job, low pay, less responsiblity, get to live in the country….

  265. “Do you have any questions” (from the potential employer) I answered – “Do you have any doubt in my ability to do this Job/perform the role”?. A good one as this gets you feedback that you can respond to. On recently getting promotion at work, it was this question that clinched it for me, although bordering arrogant, it displays confidence and is an open-ended question. Both of my interviewers said that this had stuck in their mind and made my interview a memorable one as none of the other candidates had been as direct, if you are one of many candidates for the role, you need to be as memorable as possible.

  266. Thanx for the post.
    This will be helpful for me. I have an interview on Monday and I’ll make sure to read this blog as well as the comments of other people here.
    Hope to get the Job.

  267. some of the questions I was asked at a recent interview, may help preparation;
    1. give us an example of a difficult decision or task you had to deal with?
    2. what are your salary expectations?
    3. What do you consider to be the challenges in this new position?
    4. what strengths do you bring to this company?
    5. What would you consider to be your weaknesses/failings?
    (only a sample and not in any specific order)

  268. nice answers

  269. Thanks a lot for this post…

    Although im placed in 2-3 companies but this will surely help me:)


  270. hi this an amzing site thanks

  271. Here is the response I gave to Burger King when they asked me to list five words that ‘best’ describe me:

    1. Literate
    2. Competent
    3. Sober
    4. Ambitious
    5. Desperate

    I got the job!!!

  272. Thankyou for this blog – not just the questions at the start, but mostly the comments over the last six months from people who have given some wonderful advice.

    Don’t forget, as well as thinking about the questions they will be asking you, to have a few suitable questions to turn back on the interviewer at the end, during the “that about wraps it up, do you have anything you’d like to ask me” section.

    Many people are so pleased to have the interview over with that they will be only too pleased to shake their heads, get up and leave the room. But an interviewer can see a lot more if you ask some intelligent questions back, and it shows that you are interested about the position, and enthusiastic to learn more about the role.

    Think of some good questions to ask back – ask about the training opportunities that they will give you, ask about the most and least enjoyable aspects of the position, ask what happened to the person whose job you will be taking – was he/she promoted, did he/she leave? Be positive but curious about the company, ask questions relating to the product or work that you will be doing. Show that you have a genuine interest in the role you are applying for.

    Good luck to everyone!

  273. on April 17, 2007 at 1:00 pm | Reply Debbie Huggins

    11. What kind of salary do you need?
    I had a friend who recently did not answer this question on his phone interview, he gave one of those “it depends on the requirements” answers. When he did the face to face interview he was told the max salary was $20k less then what he was looking for! I advise at least giving a range so you dont waste you time.

    37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead ofyour own?
    If I was asked this I would say “It depends on the situation. If the company asked me to do something illegal or unethical b/c it was in their best interest then NO. However, if I needed to stay late to finish a project when I’d rather be home eating dinner then YES”

  274. I had a phone interview the other day and one question that came up was, “Do you consider yourself a competitive person at work?” Then I had to give an example. This was the question I had the hardest time answering.

  275. this helped me a lot to prepare for my interview

  276. List 38 reasons why you would be a horrible employee? 😉

    If this were asked, I’d just walk out right then.

  277. […] Ace the interview by preparing for it. Practice. Show up early in your corporate attire and be polite during the […]

  278. this is a very good site…i have really enjoyed the answers to the questions. I have an interview with a college and these answers really helped. 🙂

  279. This is great information, I stumbled upon it…and had a good laugh at comment 13…by the time I got to comment 60…well almost too much to read…But I am going to take all this information in mind when I go for my future interviews……….good luck to all the job seekers…

  280. Thank u for the post it helps me to be prepare 4my interview..later.. GODBLESS and more power…

  281. thanks for all the tips guys… im going to apply in a c.center after i finish my training and i get hired…

  282. on April 22, 2007 at 3:21 pm | Reply Bhawana Jayaswal

    First a fall ” Thanks to you “.
    Plz give me a answer for this question.

    What is your weakness?

  283. my weekness is i cann’t stay long time in the official parties.

  284. Do you think it is important that your supervisor should know all the jobs ?

  285. I have had some different answers to this question any suggestions?

  286. I just discovered this site, it is awsome. I believe it will be very helpful for the job search .

  287. on April 26, 2007 at 2:03 am | Reply kirah straathof

    37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?

    yes or no?? People are telling me different answers.

  288. thanks for this site.i’ll be having my interview tomorrow and this article will be a great help. pls guys wish me luck.

  289. Worst quality:

    I would say my worst quality is sometimes I bite off more than I can chew. I love being involved in things, but sometimes I overwhelm myself.
    OR….I get bored easily if my job is static. I like to keep learning and I like having constant opportunities and challenges…it makes things interesting.

  290. on April 26, 2007 at 10:16 pm | Reply kirah straathof

    this site was great. I’m having my interview in 30 min. thank you.

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  292. your greatest weakness

    your weaknesses should be your strengths and your strengths should be your weaknesses.

    ie competitiveness sometimes it is good to be competitive but other times it can get in the way.

  293. 12. Are you a team player?

    To be a good team player, you have to be a good individual first. If you have a poor foundation, how are you expecting to be able to support or develop a strong/large house?

    I am a player who works well in the team, bringing out the strengths in all team members, and utilizing them for their speciatlies. I am also a player who can hold his own in all areas and am able to support the team.

    How I answer that question.

  294. Thank you for the post it helps me to be prepare for my interview.

  295. What kind of salary are you looking for?

    Gee, lets say, somewhere in the neighborhood of what the CEO is making! Helloooooo, that is such a stupid question even if we say $100,000 for receptionist we are not going to get it, that answer would answer what irritates me about a (HR) coworker! Why not just throw a salary range, and ask the prospective employee if they would consider a position that pays in that area. I love it when I stumble upon job posting that are bold and honest enough to warn applicants: i.e., Title: Editorial Assistant Salary: Under $35,000.

  296. Hi,

    I found this site today (the day before my interview)!!!

    Anyway these are some great tips & these posts are even better. I d just like to thank you all lol.

    Wish Me Luck!!!!

  297. I found that best way to go about salary question is to say something like “well, I don’t know, right now I make $80K plus benefits, and my stok option worth about 10K/year etc.” Of course numbers are adjusted to company, but this way I was able to get more $ than I would have otherwise, probably because it makes HR to realize that if others already paying me this much they should as well. Make sure you sound troubled by question at first and telling absolute truth.

  298. […] be fun. The process is starting to be pretty predictable. I was web surfing and found a list of  50 common interview questions , and most of the questions I’ve been asked is on this list. I’ve also been checking […]

  299. Fantastic guys!
    Thanks for all the brainstorming.

  300. thanks for this site!!! hoping that this tips may help me soon for my interview…….

  301. really great help! 🙂 thanks

  302. Found this the day before my interview and I’ll be leaving for it in a few hours. Thanks a lot for the help.

  303. […] – 50 COMMON INTERVIEW Q&A « Bhuvana Sundaramoorthy’s Blog 12. Are you a team player? You are, of course, a team […]

  304. Found this site yesterday and found the topic and comments to be very helpful. I got an interview on Monday next week, hopefully it will go well.


  306. the interview asked “where do you see yourself in 5 years” i said IN A HIGHER POSITION THAN YOUR SELF !!! and the interview went all red in the face and he shook my hand and said im successful……. hahah

  307. Nice thread. Some useful stuff here. If anyone is interested, I have written a complete interview guide — with several winning interview answers for every question. The answers work for any type of job, but are well suited for technical people. Email me and I will send you a copy.

  308. Hi
    These are great. I’m an ESL (Eng. as a Second Lang) tchr here in Istanbul and now hv an Upper Interm. Bus. class. They are mainly college seniors and am gearing up for interviews and such. The truly great jobs in Turkey are extremely competitive, as I suppose, they are anywhere. But as people rarely change jobs here, it can mean a lifetime-or at least 7 years–of NOT changing.

    Thanks for your help.

  309. These stink i didn’t get the job! they didn’t ask any if these stupid questions

  310. I am trying to give an interview to my Bff Diana! for a school speech!

  311. I have been asked to give an example of customer focus : can you give me some of those and how i can phrase them please

  312. on May 17, 2007 at 4:19 pm | Reply Lanre lasisi

    I was asked to answer the questions below for an oil and gas interview .Pls,help me out now:You will need to continuously demonstrate competency in the following areas. You are asked to give real examples (academic or otherwise) of when you have demonstrated the following competencies. Please use no more than 100 words for each.
    Flexibility: Give an example of when you have had to change your behaviour or adopt a new approach in order to meet an objective or adapt to a new situation.
    Team Working Ethic: Give a recent example of when you were part of a team which met a stretching objective and tell us about your specific contribution to the team.
    Communication Skills: Describe a situation where you feel you have communicated effectively. What did you do to ensure the audience understood your message?
    Problem Solving / Decision Making: Tell us about a situation where you have resolved a difficulty that you have encountered. Please describe how you came to your final decision.
    Achievement Motivation: Apart from your degree, tell us about a major personal achievement.
    Leadership Skills: Explain how you have developed your leadership abilities, what you gained from this experience and what you would do differently next time.

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  314. Hey guys!

    that was a long list to read! Thanx for sharing all those tips and experience with us! I really appreciate it.

    I just started looking for accounting jobs and I got a total of two interviews so far (one per week). Is that too little?? (based on approx. 10-15 resumes sent each week)

    I know I blew the first interview cause I didn’t practice any questions. As for the second interview, I feel that I could do better and say more of what I wanted to say but I didn’t get the opportunity to. The interviewer asked me only THREE questions for the WHOLE interview.

    For those ppl who want to know the questions… They were: 1.) Tell me a little about yourself. (I think I did pretty well in this question); 2.) Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years? (I said I want to open a cosmetic retail business (I really do! but not 100% about the cosmetic part.) –> should I say that? cause I think he wanted to hear something else… should I tell him, I want to grow with the company, continue to learn, and make long-term contributions?;
    3.) Do you have any questions?

    any comments on my answer for the question 2?? should I tell him what he wants to hear or I want to do (and apparently don’t want to hear.)???? any suggestions?

    Thanx for listening guys! again, I really appreciate all the postings and for sharing your experience with us all!

  315. Hi! Thanks for all the advice. Man, I need to really prepare for my next interviews… but I have two questions… how would one answer:

    1/ 3 Reasons why we shouldn’t hire you (tough!)

    I would say “if you are looking for a workaholic, you would be disappointed because I cherish balance in all life aspects” but then, what about the other 2? Argh!

    2 / And another thing. I’ve been traveling, visiting family and in short, doing my own thing, for almost half a year and I dread the moment when they ask what I’ve been doing this time, as there is nothing related to my career or the job. I don’t think “done yoga 3 hours daily and I’m finally capable to do the Headstand.. I’m very proud of it!” will impress National Instruments much.

    Help! And thanks to everyone.

  316. Q. What are your weaknesses?

    A. I know that’s a common interview question but I admit I really don’t know how to answer it. I do my best at work, but like everyone else, I make mistakes. I learn from my mistakes and move on. [Be ready for the next question which may be to give an example of a mistake from which you learned something. Give a stellar example.]

    The point of this question, like many others, is not to get an honest answer. It is to see how cool you are when put into awkward situations.

  317. Q: What is your weakness.
    A: I was looking for any appropriate answer of this question. I have read all the comments and replies. These are helpful.
    I think one of the best answer to this question is
    I don’t say no to anybody for any kind of help. Doing so sometimes it blew me off the track and I loose my momentum. I talked about this to my boss and he suggested me few tips like Prioitize your work. I start prioritizing my work and I am seeing results of that.
    IF you have any suggestion to correct or modify this answer please post your views.

  318. This site is really exciting and it can help persons to get the desired job that one aims for.It will be more useful if 20 most common interview questions can be listed with detail answers enough to reply withut pausing during the interview sesson.Tomorrow i have interview in Delhi,i hope will be able to crack it after going through this site.
    Sumant Kumar

  319. Hi Jim. Photos i received. Thanks

  320. plz i have interviewes&give me all the questions possible.

  321. on June 5, 2007 at 2:19 pm | Reply Boipelo mere

    Good luck for the interview

  322. wishing myself good luck for my upcoming interview

  323. I wanted to thank you for the time you spent building this page. I will visit your website again. Thank you

  324. how do you handle a situation when you have an upsad customer?

  325. ^I had that same question at one of my interviews yesterday as well.

    Also, I had, “how do you define leadership?” and “how do you define success?”

    It was a tough interview, i tried as hard as i could but didn’t get it. Now i have another in 2 days and i hope this will help me out.

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  327. dear sirs,
    i would like to tell you that this is the most beneficial site for the interview highlights and thank you very much for sharing and lighting our sight with it

  328. i have an interview up agianst 9 people in 3 days… and i have to say this site is very very helpful! thanks..

  329. This site is very beneficial for all those who are preparing for an interview. I am also preparing for an interview could you please tell me the answer for the below question:

    Tell me about your family? Just i would like to ask from where i have to start to answer this question. Just telling about the family members is enough or i have to tell something else.

  330. I don’t believe they are asking you this to find out how dick, jane, and your dog spot are doing, so DO NOT give personal details about them, not only do you not have the right, but they are not interviewing for the position, you are!!!

    Feel free to ask them WHY they want to know about your family, so you can decide what it is you want to tell them, and what is none of their business. In truth though, I think what they realy might be wanting to know is whether or not you will put family ahead of your career or visa-versa. You need to answer this question as honestly as posible. If they don’t like the answer, then it’s not the company you want to work for anyway.

    I had this question once before, my answer was simple: “they are good, thank you for asking. how are yours?” the interviewer smiled, said good too, and moved on. I got an offer, but took something else instead.

  331. Yeah you guys really suk

  332. This site is so fuck ass stupaid.Why would you want to know the shit ass interview questions. i can make up my own interview questions like right now. For example: Why are you telling us about these fuck ass questions?
    Are you made of shit? Because I think you are.
    Why do you always smeel like yo’ momma’s ass?
    See So you can just shut that ass hole of yours and tell people that you can make up your own interview questions!

  333. “You suk” you need to go back to middle school and learn to spell. and i think you need to go back and read some of the things on this site so you could actually go out and get a real job insead of working at mickey d’s your whole life. I think this site really helped me prepare for my interview tomorrow with good example questions and a great responce to them. Thanks much 🙂

  334. Hi, anyone can answer my question. And i would really appreciate your answers if you’re gonna help me. I am applying for a job right now in a call center hope you could help me in a little way.I need sample answers with explanations.Heres my questions:

    1. What motivates you to work?
    2. What are your strength and weaknesses ?
    3. Why we should hire you?
    4. What is your short and long term goal?
    5. Why do you want to apply in our company?

  335. 1. You can always say your family movitates you to work. To be able to provide for them.
    2. It’s always good to stay positive when it comes to your strengths you can talk about your positive attitude, your ability to work well with others, your ability to prioritize and your ability to work under pressure. Your weakness is a hard one you don’t want to say too much but you don’t want to ignore the question you are going to have to think about that one.
    3. For this question you should point out how your skills can contribute to the company’s needs.
    4. Be realistic, otherwise you can sound immature. You can say to find a job where you will be can be happy and contribute to the company’s success. Long Term you can say that you have proven yourself and hopefully be considered for a manager or supervisors position.
    5. Your going to have to do some research for this one and see what the company is all about. Match your qualifications to what the position and company are looking for.

    Stay positive and good luck.

  336. I recently interviewed three females for a job position and following all the usual questions I asked each one the same question: “you find a £20 note on the shopfloor – what would you do?” the first girl said She would pick up the money bring upto the store manager and allow the manager to keep it safe in case someone distressed had lost it,it could be given back (she would give her name and address as well just in case it wasn’t claimed)
    Thought this was a good answer until I asked the second person the same question, she replied “I would pick up the money – bring it to the local police and declare that I found the money and if unclaimed after 1 year and a day ask that you give the money a local charity.
    Very good answer but then when I asked the last person this same question she said that she would “pick up the money, look around and pocket the money as it my good luck that i found it” who should I give the job to???

  337. I gave the job to the one with the biggest Boobs!

  338. on June 16, 2007 at 7:05 am | Reply sumant kumar

    I was asked during the interview in a FMCG company,What sales process would you adopt in this FMCG company and name the sales Process you are aware of?

  339. This blog really helped me so much in my interviews. I got hired by a multi-national. It is really great.

  340. good question:
    what’s your biggest achievement?

  341. on June 18, 2007 at 8:42 am | Reply ATATWEBWA GODFREY

    thanks alot for this kind of message. it has given me an insight on what i would expect in an interview. being a fresh graduate without any experience. i wish you could provide a mechanism where i could send my questions and have them answered back to my e-mail. good day.

  342. I must say this site is REALLY GOOD.
    Good work dude(s)!!!
    Read the postings, which are many but definately worth reading, filter out the HR people responses and get prepared for your interview.
    That’s what I did and I think it worked.
    I definately had a good “feeling” after the interview
    (I will let you know if I got the job……)
    A big advice…..
    Be relaxed, sound natural, dress well and be smart in any way

    Blessings+Luck 2 all the job hunters out there

  343. after going thru the sample Qs? i’m confident enough that i will get that intern job tomorrow.

  344. Nice site! I am preparing for my 2nd interview later in the afternoon and this site really helped me a lot! I’ll inform everyone about the result of my interview. Thanks so much1 more power and good Luck to all the jobseekers out there! May we find the best job that is most suitable to us! 😀

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    i really liked tips to handle interviews……..i m gonna 2morrow to face an interview……….

    best luck for the interviewee…………………………………………

  346. This site is realy gud but one thing which i feel missing is that no body told taht how to react when u r in starting carrer

    like “what is ur weakness” what should i say beacuase the mention answer above is not appropraite for a freash candiadate.

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  348. If somebody asks you ” what do you know about this company?”
    How would you answer it? I had this question before and I told the interviewer about something I found from their company websites. But the interviewer thought I did a bad job by doing that. How should we handle this question?

  349. on June 24, 2007 at 1:03 pm | Reply chandrabhanu


  350. “Amanda – June 13, 2007

    “You suk” you need to go back to middle school and learn to spell … and a great [*]responce[*] to them. Thanks much 🙂

    LOL. Pot, black, kettle… well you know.

    I’ve found that it’s definitely best to be yourself in interviews, and other than being smartly presented, not to *try* as such as that’ll come across negatively. Without being cocky, remember that the interview process is a great chance for you to interview the company for whom you’re considering lending your skills to (assuming that it is a skilled job and not one where candidates are 10 a penny) as well as to give the interviewer an impression of yourself. At the end of the day, literally, the interviewers are just people like yourself that you might have a pint with down the pub, and coming across friendly and open whilst not overly ingratiating works well. The interviewer may also be nervous, and helping to put them at ease is likely to have a positive effect.

    With tricky questions, if you’re not sure of an answer then you can always say so or ask the interviewer to clarify. Not knowing an answer isn’t always the wrong answer and could be the right answer in a sense because not everyone knows everything. Other answers such as going to a book, looking up on google or asking peers can be valid answers because there will be times when you can’t do something, and having the initiative to solve the problem is a skill in itself.

    With “tricky” questions like “what do you know about this company”, you might be honest and with a smile (but not a smirk) say “probably not enough”, and then immediately say that you did want to ask “XYZ about them”. Or you might say that you did some research but wanted to ask them… Obviously you need to know something about what they do, and should have been prepared by the recruitment consultant, whch of course you won’t get with any job boards and which is why they have a much less than 5% success rate and are a disaster.

    Biggest weakness, I would say “perfectionist”. It happens to be true (or at least one my biggest ones), and conveniently can be seen as a strength, particularly when qualified to show that you’re aware of it and that actually you know when to stop.

    Good luck to all.

  351. i definately have to say that this is a very good post. i read every single thing on this website because i’m going for an interview for my first full time job on wednesday. Ive been employ twice before in the summer and now im done with college its time to get a real job.the tips on here are very helpful, they put me at ease a bit cz im very nervous cuz i had no idea what they were going to ask and how were am i going to answer them. well wish me luck, i hope i get the job, i really want it. i’ll let you guys know how the interview went and if i got the job. guys…pray for me, wish me luck…thnks…later

  352. name a time when one of your co-workers wasn’t carrying their own and what you did about it?

  353. good information

  354. its really good

  355. testing!!

  356. I am terrified of interviews hence I’ve stuck to 1job for many many years, even when I read the materials and tips I get memory loss. How do I gain the confidence and be able to remember what I read?

  357. Anyone any apple interview questions??

  358. i had a job interview that i thought went very well. i recieved a phone call that i did not meet their credentials. i felt short changed as that was left on my machine. i really liked the position offered and felt there were things that needed to be discussed further. i asked for another interview and asked them to reconsider their decision as i still thought that i would be an asset to them. was that wrong? i looked at it two ways. i believe in determination and yet i did not want to seem as though i was begging. but how would one know if they did not try or ask what the credential was that was missing?

  359. thanks for this site I gained a lot of confidence reading those suggestions..thanks guys

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  361. VEry Useful Stuff…..COOOL !!

  362. I’m terrible at interviews and I think these sample questions will really help me to prepare for future interviews.

    One thing I wanted to state was that with the biggest weakness question, you should try to surround your answer with positive things even if it’s negative when it first comes out of your mouth.

    For example, one of my biggest weaknesses is that I don’t trust my instincts. A way to put a positive spin on this would be “I don’t trust my instincts which sometimes results in my double checking everything to make sure it’s correct.” Something of that nature.

  363. Hi everyone,

    This is a brilliant blog! I am going for my 3rd interview tomorrow with the same company and i am “NERVOUS”!!!
    I am also confident that i will make it cos i did make it all the way to the end 🙂
    The interview is 3HOURS long.
    Is there anyone here that has been for an interview with this duration?
    Please let me know what i should be expecting


  364. Hi Guys,tomorrow is my first interview..hope your advices will help me a lot to answers question to the interview..:)

  365. what would be the beat answer for the question:

    greater strength and weakness?

    hop you help me guys……

  366. what would be the best answer for the question:

    greater strength and weakness?

    hop you help me guys…

  367. Will definitely use this at my interview tomorrow. Good stuff.

  368. I agree with dan. I have an interview tomorrow, and this is very helpful. Thank you.

  369. lovin this 😀

  370. This has been somewhat helpful as I have not searched for a job for a long time…Some things I disagree with of course but I beleive i can make this work…..I have interview tomorrow and yeah… Ima nail It! Thanks

  371. Got an assessment at TFL assessment centre tommorrow. Wish me luck everyone

  372. I got the job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  373. hey guyzzz.. cn u pls answer the ff:
    1. What is your philosophy towards work?
    2. What is you ideal employer-employee relationship?
    3. What is your positive attitude towards work?
    4. What challenges are you looking for in the organization?
    5. Can you give me an example of leadership skills?
    6. What irritates you about co-workers?
    7.Explain how you would be an asset to the organization.
    8. What are your expectations from the company?
    9. What do you consider to be the challenges in this organization?
    10. What strenhts do you bring to this company?
    11. What are your expectations on the job?
    12. Do you consider yourself competoitive at work?
    13. What is ypour ideal work environment?
    14. Describe your work ethic.
    15. Tell me about a suggestion you have made.
    16. Give me an example of a difficult decision or tasdk you had to deal with
    17. Waht is your notable accomplishment?
    thanx..more power and godbless!!!!

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  375. I am applying for the jobboom.com website jobs
    and needs your feed back to make myself in a right direction.

    Here are some questions and need your guidance to answer these questions.

    1. Describe the most important challenge you have encountered during your career

    2. Describe the most important accomplishment of your career

    3. Describe what you look for in your ideal employer

    4. Briefly describe your vision of your career path over the next 5 to 10 years

    Best Regards

  376. I got asked the question ‘what made you the man are you are today?’ anybody have any ideas. honest answers only.


  377. i got asked the question .

  378. i got asked the question & their answer in a interview.

  379. on July 11, 2007 at 12:25 pm | Reply sandeepsharma

    how did u spend the time yesterday

  380. Good stuff !

  381. The questions really came in handy. I have an interview today and i feel so confident that i’ll ace it in JESUS name (Amen)

    • Nice… you ACEed it in His Holly name! This is what I’ll do it today! I go to the interview in His name, and I pray I won’t get the job if that’s not going to be His Will. AMEN!

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  384. Thankz for the gr8888 site. I feel much stronger now that i’ve gone through the Q&A, i’ve got an interview soon…

    Just planning ahead…

    Thankz again..

  385. has anyone interviewed with corning’s? if so, what kind of questions do they ask. i’m out of wilmington, nc. I got an interview with them this week.

  386. I am so thankful I found this site. I am going for my first real job interview very soon. I am startled at the kinds of questions I may be asked.

    I have been working in a temporary part time position for over a year. They have opened the job as a full-time position, which means my temp job will no longer exist and I have to apply for the full time one.

    My co-workers are crazy as batshite, but I love them and my job. How do I be tactful when or if I get asked about if I’ve ever had any problems at a job, or with a supervisor or co-workers? They are all going to be on the initial interview and hiring committee!

    “Yeah, it annoys me when Sally gets all drama-queeny and off-topic, and Jane criticizes me for simply not doing a job exactly as she’d do it, and Pam sits around all day and does nothing but talk about the bars she went to the night before. They all waste my time when I’m trying to work.”

    I guess this is where I have to lie?

    • Never lie, as this will become obvious eventually throughout the interview. Be yourself, be yourself, be yourself. Tell the truth, but avoid pointing fingers toward others. Don’t be negative in anything you’re saying. And if that’s the case, shell it in a positive matter; this way you show the interviewer you have big positive plans.

      I know this is too late for you, Elizabeth, and hopefully you’re enjoying your new full time job. But in case somebody else might go over your questions… 🙂 Hope will help.

  387. Great site:

    I can give everybody some of my experiences where I answered the question in the wrong way and was not hired.

    1) Greatest Weakness
    This is a real twit of a question. I was asked it only once and it changed my whole perception of the company and the interviewer ( although in retrospect they may have said it to test my reaction ). I wasn’t going to trot out the old “ my greatest weakness is my hard working nature/ I am too much of a perfectionist/ I am never happy until I give 150%” type of BS. So I was honest ( instead of just laughing out loud ) – I said that I had a weakness for doing paperwork and got bored with it – bad move. I never got recalled. I agree that it is a bit of an invitation to put your head in a noose and must be resisted.

    2) Making Jokes with the interviewer
    Bad move – the guy was playing it 100% straight and I put in a weak joke ( saying my salary included a Per Diem allowance and a Per Collate allowance for coffee etc – geddit? Per collate – percolate – coffee??? Side splitting eh? Well no , not in any sense – I wasn’t called back needless to say.

    3) Disagreeing with interviewee on technical point – no no and no ( although since he started to disagree with me I had probally lost the job anyway.)

    • Your points are valuable, and thank you for sharing them with me.

      Regarding: 1,2,3, I’ll answer in the order they were posted.

      The fact that somebody will ask you what your weakness is, does not mean you really have to divulge that you get bored with anything. I would have told them this way: “I tend to think that I get bored doing paperwork; however knowing the fact that I have a lot of work to do, I forget about being bored, and I just pursuit with finalizing my job as quickly as possible – this way, whoever needs the documents I submit, will take use of them”.

      Jokes with the Interviewer: Just had an interview with the Director of the given department I’ve applied for, and at the beginning he seemed to be very straight and with no smile on his face. Yet, as soon as I opened my mouth, his face changed and… you know what his rep told me when I was called for the second interview: “I really like that guy’s personality, very friendly and happy.” This encouraged me a lottt for this second interview, and in either cases: whether I’ll take the job or not, I’ll still be smiling and happy, as I know I have a target in this world. That job that’s for me, no one else will take it apart from me. And my Joyce relies on God all the time.

      Disagreeing with interviewer on technical point or any other point. You can disagree, but with delicatese. Be gentle when you go against his/her statement. If you see that the interviewer pushes with mantaining his idea, do it once – let him/her know what you’ll rather do that thing this way and motivate it on a founded opinion. If you see the interviewer pushes, tell him/her: “I really appreciate your honesty, and your concept is being respected”. Isn’t that easy?

      Hopefully this will be of help for somebody else. 🙂

      • “you know what his rep told me when I was called for the second interview”:

        the above statement should have been:

        “you know what the HR Rep told me about what the Director said about me, when the HR Rep called me for the second interview”:

        Sorry for my english; I’m more like technical oriented, rather then english (yet, I still speak English (broken, but… maybe you guys still can get some use of my words), German, French, Norwegian and Romanian. 😀

  388. I had an interview today for a city job, and I WISH they had asked me ANY of the questions listed, as I might have actually been able to answer them. Instead, I got questions that were so unexpected that I still don’t know how I was supposed to answer them. For example:

    What would you do if a supervisor directed you to do something that was against departmental policy? My response was that I would first make sure that I understood correctly what the supervisor had told me. Then I would have a sit-down with the supervisor to confirm that he understood the possible ramifications of what he was asking me to do. I then said that, in order to not be insubordinate, I would document everything and send a memo to the supervisor, confirming my understanding of what he wanted done, and then I would do it. Basically, I said that if the supervisor had no problem with his superiors knowing that he did directed me to do it, then I had no problem following his directives.

    Everyone I’ve talked to said “NO!!! Wrong answer!!!” Easy for them to say, as they weren’t sitting there being glared at by four people who were asking technical questions from a list that I couldn’t get clarification on, because they were just a panel of people hired to screen people, not the actual hiring managers. Also, I showed up early, the receptionist handed me a piece of paper, and before I could sit down and read it, they hustled me in to the room and started the interview. Only later did I get to read the paper & find out that these people had not been given a copy of my resume, and thus had no idea of what my background or experience was. And at the end, when they asked me if I had any questions, I asked two, and was told they didn’t know on one, and couldn’t disclose that information on the other. I was so thrown off by this, I couldn’t think of anything else to ask. Questions to them like: “Why did you accept your present job here?” wouldn’t really have worked, since they didn’t work in the group I would be hired by. They were just an HR screening board.

    I totally spaced on some questions, totally put my foot in my mouth once (something relating to my being the only ‘girl’ in the group, so I was asked to do all the documentation because I had the best writing skills), and stupidly apologized at the end for being nervous.

    Yeah, I don’t think I’ll be getting a call back. That’s okay, as there is another job I’d much prefer that I just got an ad for. I just hate these stupid questions. Tech people aren’t necessarily the best B.S. artists in the world, so it’s hard for some of us to play this little “game”.

    • I feel with you, and I can say I once was on your shoes. But still… don’t even bother yourself that they don’t have your Resume. Show them you really care about the job; that’s all that matters. Do this in a very respectful way. And yes, nervous… everybody feels that. Oh my… 🙂

      But… conquer this situation with smiling and relaxing on that chair. You see them with one leg on the top of the other one; why wouldn’t you show them you’re relaxed by doing the same thing… not at the very beginning, but as you go with the interview. 🙂

      I hope and I know you got a better then expected job. 🙂

  389. hi,
    I quite my job about 5 months ago. partly because my supervisor and also it was coincident with me being diagnosed with an early cancer. the surgery went well and I am up and running and have an interview soon. I heard they will be keen to know why I quite. I am not to mention the supervisor but should I mention the cancer? isn’t it an negative thing, despite the fact that I am cured now.

    • Why did you quit? Did you have health benefits? Any specific reason? The fact that you have cancer, shouldn’t have pushed you toward quitting your job.

      You cannot blame on your supervisor, the fact that you quit. Be honest, tell them what happened, you had to go through treatment or whatever reason you had, and… I’m sure you’ll make it.

      Don’t hide that you have cancer. But they don’t really need to know that either. So… this remains up to you.

      If I were you, I’ll tell them I quit my job for personal reasons, and… at this moment, I’m ready to go forward as I’m all prepared and EnGuard. 🙂

  390. I’ve had an interviewee ask me, “Which is more important to you…being liked or being respected?” I tried to straddle the fence and take the stand that both were important.

    It was for a finance position and I think it ended up costing me the opportunity for a second interview. I’d recommend taking the respect angle.

  391. Hi this really helped me in my interview last week.. i got a invitation for my 2nd interview next week friday.. 😀


  392. i want many interviw question papers, and about my self in this question, how should be represnt in correct manner and tell some example. some hr question and techanical question in c and c++.

  393. on July 19, 2007 at 7:38 pm | Reply deepmala bohra

    please tell me about questions asked in interviews of biotechnology industries

  394. A NEW ONE –


    My immediate response was to laugh and reply ‘As if I’m going to tell you that!’, which produced a hearty laugh from the panel. I was relieved. All of ‘the most’ embarrassing moments are going to be inappropriate. Thought I had got away with it, as was thinking something very very personal, when someone cleared their voice and said ‘ahem, no, really…’ and then all i could think about was that one really emabarrssing moment and nothing else.

    In retrospect i should have said ‘well, this is getting close…’

    But now I have being sick down the side of a freshly-cleaned bullet train at a platform in Tokyo, trying to aim it out of the open door between the platfomr edge and the side of the train onto the tracks by using my hands as a funnel. I looked up, and there, having just left the train, were the uniformed cleaning crew staring at me from the platform in complete disgust.

  395. Here’s one for ‘What’s your greatest weakness?”

    First start with the response given earlier in this blog: My innability to fully show my potential in a job interview such as this.

    Then sell yourself by stating that while you work, you show passion and dedication to whatever task that’s assigned to you.

    Then follow up with that by stating: The solution to that would be to offer me the position and then in 1-2 months after evaluating my performance, give me feedback on what my weaknesses are. I welcome feedback that helps me to improve what I do and make me a better employee.

    If you try this, let me know how this worked out for you!

  396. is there a really good site, which as the questions and answers for Business Analyst?

  397. is there a really good site, which as the interview questions and answers for Business Analyst?

  398. on July 25, 2007 at 2:30 pm | Reply Banda Gift Austin

    Hi please do send me some Interview Questions and Answers for the Warehouseman/Chauffuer position,

  399. Worst questions I’ve ever seen asked (and was done so just to judge how you react to something you don’t expect and how you think on your feet) were:

    “If you could paint your front door any color, which color would it be?”

    “If you out on a boat and you dropped a cannon ball off the side, how long would it take to hit the bottom of the water?”

    Kind of ridiculous if you ask me but I did actually get the job…by the way, for the 2nd question, I said “Honestly, I guess it would depend on the depth of the water, but my main concern would be why we were throwing away our ammo.”

  400. Hi i just came back from thje interview and they want me to meet the director next time because he was not in today….so what do u think guys????? is it a positive response????i need your suggestion….Please wish i get this job….and yes this site ROCKS!!!!

    • Well… it happened to me one time before when I had 2 interviews with the same guys. The director wasn’t there for any of these 2 times. They called me for the 3rd interview with the Director. A very cold She, faking her smile on her face – you’ll see if even from Europe. 🙂 She seemed to like me, but… something didn’t match in her questions which were not even close technical questions.

      And yes, the “She” turned me down.

      However, I got something better at that time, and I respected her decision. I’m sure God didn’t allow me to step on her department. Why? He only knows. 🙂

      But thanks be given to Him! ForEver!

      P.S! I’m sorry, but the job interviews shouldn’t study my psycho problems. 🙂 Just personal opinion.

  401. GOOD infromation guys Keep it up

  402. Good one Sweety76, thats a green light to meet the Director that means you have impressed them and all they need is confirmation fro the director and they can take you to the director if you were not yourself!!! WEll done

  403. Guys i have an interview tomo now the guys who are interviewing me are my friends outside work what would be the advice on how i should handle the interview!!!

  404. Thanks triple K

  405. hey…. good work…these will be really helpful i hope.. tthank u…

  406. this is so shit

    • Could you express yourself in a nicer way, if I don’t ask for too much? Lots of people coming here and… I don’t think they enjoy this s*** word. Neither do I. 🙂


  407. fuck this thing is so ass

  408. on July 30, 2007 at 3:39 am | Reply Leiya Worthington

    This site is AWESOME. I have a interview on Tuesday and the questions are similar to the ones I have been having problems answering during my interview. Thanks everyone for putting in your comments.

  409. In my Interview the question asked is

    “Why was your agreegate on a decline ,starting from High School-to-higher secondary-to-Graduation ”.
    I foolishly say due to lack of concentration.I think this is not right answer.
    please reply best answer for this question,because tomorrow there is an Interview for me.

  410. i have an interview today and want to answers to the followig questions: tell us about yourself, do you drink, why should we employe you? tell us about your achievements. what are you worth.

  411. has anyone ever been asked about their GPA? just curious.

  412. anyone have experience with a marketing or marketing assistant job interview?

  413. on August 1, 2007 at 8:57 pm | Reply Inglewood, CA Nobleman

    Hello everyone, I just went in for an interview today and I have to say I feel 95-99% good about my chances of landing the job. I researched the company, made a list of responses or replies I would make about myself, both negative and positive, and went in there looking professional. I made myself comfortable before the interview in the lobby by joking inside my head and smiling slightly but no so obvious that I would look like an idiot.

    I did a basic skills test regarding math and it was easy, nothing beyond algebra, but it was time consuming, and later proceeded to the interview. I was very relaxed, the individual who interviewed me was a great person, very positive person and not shady whatsoever. This helped me to relax even further. The interview felt more like a chat than an interview where we discussed what I had to offer. Needless to say, I was almost disappointed the interview was over when it ended (about 30 minutes).

    Luckily there were no weird questions, or even any tough questions. The question that can probably be considered toughest was, “what would you improve about yourself?” and I had little trouble with it.

    Hopefully they will call me back for another a second round.

  414. I do not know what to write but i just feel like writing. I’m on my way to discovering new heights. I was surfing to this net to look for some possible or I might say best answers for job interviews. But I’m lost with lots of this stuff in the internet. Besides I’m running out of time. Will somebody lend me a hand?

  415. Thanks for the information. I was asked these very same questions just yesterday. I know the lady used this site, do to the order of the questions she asked. I also believe I answered most of them well. However, I find it ridiculous! How about asking questions that pertain to the work? Good people being filtered out by people that don’t have a clue about IT/IS. {it could also be other departments. I only know about IT/IS} This website offers good information to have, but it is laughable. Not only do I need to make sure my resume is perfect. That when I apply for a position, I know how to achieve everything they are asking me to do. I also need to play games with arrogant goofballs that can’t do anything technical or ask technical questions. Yes people in HR.
    Again thank you for this information. I will have the canned answers that don’t sound too rehearsed for the next interview.
    Good luck to everyone looking for a job. It’s more a popularity issue than the amount knowledge you have.

    • Oh yeah, I understand your concern. I went through the same experiences, unfortunately. However, let them decide the game, as they are entitled to give you the job, and if they hire people that don’t have any idea about IT field, don’t worry… they got people inside that will take care of those that are being accepted, yet – no knowledge in the technical field. Anyway, if their personalities is what attracts them, then… that should be it. I will rather have a person with great personality, then a person that cannot share information at all (very quite and… backed on his office with his/her nose in the monitor)…

      This is my personal opinion. And I respect their decisions. If it is or not beneficial to me, I’ll still respect that, as I don’t have the right to judge them.


  416. on August 2, 2007 at 8:46 pm | Reply thank you note

    just a side note to everyone reading this, follow up your interview with a thank you note. put “ATTN:” name of the people who interviewed u. if there’s a tie, you’ll have the upper hand.

  417. Do you have any principale towards job?
    My answer will be – Don’t do the task which are acceptable, do the task which is right.

  418. i liked the collection & i am yet to face a job interview

  419. on August 5, 2007 at 5:25 am | Reply The Real Ben

    Smiling really helps too and if you’re goodlooking..like me!

    If its a google job position, well forget it, you might as well start wearing glasses and acting nerdy. They love that.

    Am I wrong in saying that?


  420. on August 5, 2007 at 6:37 am | Reply Sajid Saiyad

    Thaks a lot for this quations and answers.

  421. If an interviewer ask you what kind of animal you are and why, what do you suggest?

    • This will be my answer: “God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person”, or something like that. This should resolve the interviewer enigma. 🙂

      He might not like it, but this is my only Truth – the Bible represents the God’s Word.

      • you should really NOt use that. you will get fired. unless your looking for a job at a church or something, but even then you would just look retarded for not saying it right. lol and there is no god so stop wasting your time.

  422. Lol..I would say a dog because it’s man’s best friend!

  423. hi great site has anyone any tips on internal interviews i have an interview for quality co ordinator

  424. Another question that I find some interviewers ask in the UK is “What kind of boss do you like to work with?”

    The expectation here is to determine how the candidate handles having to answer a question where the answer that might be most acceptable is unknown.

    In my experience such a question has the same result as “tell me your weaknesses” because the interviewee will not say anything that is controversial.

  425. Yestrday, i hav attended the interview…..
    questions they hav askd are..
    tell me abt urself and why should we hire you??
    the answers tht i hav provided were no sufficient……

    Plz anyone gv better answers???

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  427. Greatest Strength : That Im a hardworker
    Greatest Weakness : That I sometimes get frustrated that I am working hard and that my co-workers are not. I overcome this by staying focused on doing my job to the best of my ability and staying positive as well as not worrying that my co-workers may be slacking off.

  428. One aspect of the interview is the questions that should be asked of the interviewers.

    This shows an understanding of the company (gained from the internet) and should also allow the interviewee to determine if the boss is someone that can act as a good employer.

    My two favourite questions are as follows:

    1) How would you describe the company’s management style?
    (reward management / communication)
    2) What efforts do you take to retain your top talent within the business? (Training/ communication etc)

  429. MADAM,


    • the so called “questions”, apparently in my knowledge, do not show me any related statements (the statement is wrong exposed, also… where’s the question mark?).

      So… can we get the questions?

      This is what I’ll reply to the interviewer, perhaps… but gently. 😀

  430. “37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?”

    Um, how about a big no, hell no to this one? Why would I work for an organization that was against my own interests in the first place? It is possible to NOT hate where and why you work, people. Not every business in America (where I live and work) is a soul sucking job that makes you want to jump out your office window into oncoming traffic, even if some are.

    • you didn’t quite understand that question. 🙂 Nobody ever will ask you to jump into oncoming traffic (they will still need you, right?).

      Unlike me – my interviewer “asked me” to jump on the rood of this company and grab a Hard Drive that apparently slept from the windows base. Imagine me: Engineer, getting my socks off of my feet, and… grabbing that HDD. I could have easily get onto the oncomming traffic.

      And guess what? I got the IT Engineer field job. 🙂

  431. Re: Do you have any weaknesses? / What’s your biggest weakness? Etc..
    My inclination is always to ponder for just a moment, remarking that it’s a very difficult question to answer. Consider throwing in “Well, I can look a bit serious at times, but it’s only because I tend to get very involved in my work.” But the curve ball is this: “I don’t think I have any weaknesses that would affect my ability to perform well in this job!”

  432. I am not sure how to answer the following questions, so let me know your thoughts-
    What two major contributions will you provide to the department for short term, and also for long term?

    Thanks for the input.

  433. “why are you wearing pink color shirt”?


    • Pink represents a mixture of Red and White colors. If you refer to RED, look at the Christ’s Blood. That Red marked, turned me into a WHITE person (I’m not a black person, but still…), and here I am: Pure (the White color meaning). And… I got a good reason to wear Pink Shirt. 🙂

  434. I have been asked to fill in the application job. how to answer this question? What is your ambition and why?

  435. Thanks for the question examples. I’m autistic, so these will help big time. Luckly I got a two week advance notice to get ready for an interview, in eight days.

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  438. I was in great confusion this site really helped

  439. hi plz tell me how to start when in interview they ask about the work experiece.

  440. I agree with Gav on the ‘What’s your biggest weakness’ question.

    I always pause and say ‘this question always throws me because, while i know i am not perfect and realise that from time to time there may be areas that i need to work on or improve I cannot think of anything that i would consider a weakness’.

    If asked to ellaborate on an area that i felt i needed to improve on in the past i always answer honestly with a minor flaw that would not have any great impact on the role i am applying for and then discuss how i improved on that flaw. . . eg,
    In the past I noticed that I was a little dis-organized in the way i kept my work space, i had to work out a system for keeping my desk in a more organised way.

    Or another time I said that in my first job after I left college I had trouble with time-keeping and punctuallity but luckily I was able to see it as a weakness and do something about it before it became a problem. Now i pride myself in always being on time and in my current job i received an award for my exceptional attendance and adherance. This was an interview for a job with Flexi-Time so lateness wasn’t an issue.

    I always try to pick something that wouldn’t affect the current job but show that i have the ability to recognize weaknesses and work out how to fix them.

    Another few tricky questions that I have come across quite a bit are;

    – Tell me about a challenge you faced, How did you overcome it.
    – What was the last thing you voluntered for.
    – Tell me about a time you overcame a conflict.
    – If you thought that something was being done wrong what would you do about it.
    – If you addressed an issue with a Superior and you were told that is the way it is done around here and you can’t change it. What would you do?
    – Here is a pen sell it to me. ( Sales interviews )
    – What do you think this job involves?
    – Ok, so you’ve had a look around our organization. What would you do to improve it? ( I hate that one )

  441. This is a reply to:
    TR Bobby – August 19, 2006

    Your criticism of the answer about perfectionist shows just how inexperienced you are across industries. Having been a hiring manager for many years in the IT industry I have found that the “perfectionist” flaw is indeed a real one at times. When dealing with programmers, QA analysts, BAs, and PMs that need to be extremely detail oriented most of the time it is not always easy for them to turn this characteristic off when they are asked to give a “rough pass” at something.

    Most of the time people can do it, but there are some individuals that simply cannot. These people are the ones that put every ounce of themselves into their work even when it is not needed or desired. They just don’t have the ability to turn in what they consider to be “sub-par”, but apparently you are not one of those people and have not worked with them.

    Extremely detail oriented people or perfectionists are very hard to find in a lot of industries, but for those of you out there that are interviewing for an IT related position, please do not discount that answer or wrongfully judge the person who gives it. Just ask them to give you an example how that has been a problem in the past. If they have to think about it, then maybe it is a canned answer. Just don’t write people off based upon the biased opinion of someone like “TR Bobby.”

    I mean no disrespect to TR Bobby, but please do not negatively editorialize unless you are a subject matter expert in every sence of the term. It is far better to have a positive outlook on people.


    • Good catch! Thanks a lot!… I do agree with you, 100%. Anyone against? 🙂

      Thanks for the info. I appreciate it!

  442. I’m not sure if this topic was discussed, but I’ve been interviewing with several companies over the past few weeks and have had this question/scenario thrown at me. “How do you deal with a supervisor/manager who’s unwilling to accept that he/she is performing a job function incorrectly?” (something to that nature) What are recruitment managers seeking when a candidate is answering that question? I believe it’s important to share ideas and explore options to get the job done, but if leadership is unwilling to you suggest your way, or allow them to continue on a path of distruction?

  443. I have taken an aptitude test for a company and need to send an email thanking them. (I did well and will get an interview) But, I don’t know how long it will be before the interview. How should I ask this without sounding to pushy in the email?

  444. This has also helped me so much.
    Thank you all, including the people responding, for the tips.
    I have an Interview in an hour. I’ll use this the best I can.

    Thank you, again.

  445. Thank your for the tips, it really helped a lot and i’m very muach sure that i will be the best candidate

  446. this is a great post!! thanks!!

  447. plz tell me such websites INTERVIEW ANSWERS was available

  448. plz tell me such websites INTERVIEW ANSWERS was available
    I spent lot of money to institutes learn for these methods

    • Well, you spent lots of money to find these methods… where are the results? What did you do with those methods? Can you share something…? 🙂 Will be really appreciated.

      Did you try to search on internet for “interview questions and answers” (search through ask.com, google.com [they got a little bit lazy with providing proper information in the last couple of years – I hope though they will get better as they were in the beginning], about.com, yahoo.com,… ).

  449. Thanks. Example questions are always helpful… especially to those who are attending their first interview.

  450. hi help me with these questions….im a doctor and need to reply these questions for applying for the post.
    1. Briefly describe your ideal job?

    2. Why did you choose this career?
    7. Do you have reference list?

    8. Why do you want to work here?

    9. Why should we hire you over the others waiting to be interviewed?

    10. Give us details of your present Employment Status.

    11. How soon can you travel down to any Location posted you(united kingdom)?

    12. What three Specific Job Positions do you target from the Company?

    13. Give us your full details on the Following; Full Name, Permanent Mailing address, Office/Work Mailing Address, Direct Contact Number(s), E-mail addresses (es).

    14. What is your Country of Nationality? Is it different from your Present Location?

    15. What is your Future Plans for the Hospital if Permanently Employed?

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  452. on August 18, 2007 at 8:54 pm | Reply meenakshi kaul

    hi i am working as an HR in a Bank and taking interviews is my daily activities…..i do not know wether you will be able to help me out with this ore not…..what kind of role dose body language play in the interview…? are there any king of questions that can be asked in an interview to judge a person’s attitude and behaviour.can you give some examples….that will help me and i am sure other people also who go for intervies….

  453. on August 20, 2007 at 1:06 pm | Reply P.K(Pinakin) & Arshi

    We got Our some answer in which we had confusion.

    Thank you lot off
    from Pinakin(P.K) and Arshi

  454. on August 20, 2007 at 1:11 pm | Reply P.K(Pinakin) & Arshi

    Give me my answer
    1) What is your weakness?

  455. on August 20, 2007 at 6:47 pm | Reply Raghu kishore

    felling my self bad for not achieving the set target or goals at desired time set by me,which make me to worka bit harder for the next time..

  456. what is the best answer for the question tell me about youself?

  457. please give me an answer

    1. what are your potentials

  458. Hi,
    I am very much deprresed that I was not able to get addm for MBA , Now I am trying to get diverted towards Animation and to do MBA externally from any deemed univ or to work in BPO,

    Please suggest me in which industry I should go for …
    Animation or BPO …?

  459. It has helped me a lot to prepare for the interveiw and after it has helped me to face the HR while asking the personal ambitions at the time of apprasial

    Just i want to know , what is the correct answer for How long do you work

  460. Probably best answer fro 1) What is your weakness? is
    “Answering trully to every question” (is my biggest weaknes)

  461. Excellent tips, Good and helpful enough. Thanks a lot.

  462. i have a interwiew 2 morro with a clothing store at the mall im so nervous!!!! but this has really helped me .thanks!!!

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  464. thank u for giving me a lot of confidence to attend the interviews .u given very good information abt the interviews and how to told the answers with respectively .thanks sir.Thank u my dear friends 4r giving thier own thoughts & suggestions on interviews.


  465. Wow…There are a lot of interviewers with personal issues!!! The one post where the interviewer said if the interviewee answered every question without hesitation, then I would be questioning how many interviews the candidate has been on, and why he/she has not been hired.???!!! R u serious??? Why the hell would you come up with that!!! Your the reason why candidate wouldn’t get the job!!! Do you feel great about that??? Ruining a persons chance of getting a job b/c of your beliefs, or what YOU think is right, or wrong!!! You suck

    • Wrong, Chris. They have the right to ask you that question. You could have easily answer them this way:

      “Apparently, I’m still searching for the proper position. So far, every interview I went to before, provided me with so much aspirations and challenge, and the positions I’ve applied for were very attractive. I got some good feedbacks, and I’m waiting for others notifications. However, I’m still looking for THE ONE and I do hope your job will be the Chosen One”. Why not? 🙂

    • YOU SUCK. no hesitation is a good idea. means you can think under pressure!!! THEY WANT THAT!!!! dumb ass.

  466. I`m off to an interview on the 5th Sep. These are a few of the questions I managed to get hold of:

    Please summarise your career aspirations and your reasons for applying for a position within the Food Industry. What research have you done for your application? What else do you want to know and why?

    Describe a time when you were proactive in seeking responsibility for a task or activity. What were you trying to achieve? How did you know you were doing the right thing?

    What is the biggest ‘people problem’ you have faced when working in a team? What part did you play in creating and/or resolving the problem? What did you learn from the experience?

    Describe a time when you simply had too much to do and you needed help. What did you do? How did you feel at the time?

    Tips would be gratefully accepted.

  467. i need help on this Question

    Please give an example of what you have done to build a good team spirit when working with others. Please include details of what you did, how you contributed personally to the outcome and what you learnt.

    what do i say

  468. Its rally very very good.

  469. Can any 1 help me plz what should i say.

    What is your biggest achievement so far? Please describe what obstacles / setbacks you have had to overcome to achieve this.

  470. In my interview last week, the guy asked me: what do you think my perception is of you right now?

    i felt like shouting out: i frikking hope u like me! altho i think i just stared blankly at him for a while and babbled a bit…. 😐

  471. This is realy good and worth to read.


    Ajith Kumar,
    Manager – HR & Administration,
    Talent resources
    Doha – Qatar.

  472. I was once asked to explain the color red to a visually impaired person.

    gee how should i know that?
    i told him that once you put a redlight behind closed eyes, the blind could determine the color.

    And i was rejected.
    did he really think i knew such?

  473. hi guys, could u help me to answer the question like ” what’s yr plan for next 5 years since u’ve been hired?”
    that came from the interview i had yesterday. i answerd ” i’d like to develop my career in yr company and try to extend my education to get a master degree in 5 years (i’m a bachelor of civil engineering graduat) by part-time study)”
    my answer correct?

  474. how will say my introduction . give me any reply i should be give my information to you or not .

  475. how will say my introduction . give me any reply i should be give my information to you or not .PLZ FAST

  476. Thankyou for the information I really hope that it does me some good, I have been practicing so I’ma pray and try to do my best, but I appreciate the advice and questions. Thanks and God Bless.

  477. Great site !! Its interesting to see the different questions and answers.

    I have one technique that has helped me get 3 job offers, and I took 2 of them. I hestitate to tell them, but I wish to share them for the benefit of everyone. Just don’t use them where I’m interviewing in the future…. LOL.

    At any point in the interview, if they haven’t suggested it to you, ask to see the area/office that you would be working in, or mention something positive/negative that you may have seen in the parking lot, bathroom, cafeteria, lounge, anywhere. Make it seem that you have been “looking” at their company as well as them looking at you.

    It really takes the interviewer by surprise if you ask for a brief tour, since they probably haven’t budgeted time for this request, and it puts them on the defensive to show the good side of the company. I actually was able to land a job because I asked to see the manufacturing floor I would be responsible for, instead of seeing it on day one. The hiring manager said she NEVER had someone ask to see where they would be working before they were hired, and she said that impressed her.

    Wouldn’t YOU like to see where you would be working before you said “yes” ? If your office was next to the bathroom, or 5 steps from the loading dock, or next to the timeclock, would you be very productive every day? Do you buy a car without at least driving first? Do you buy a house without inspecting it? A job should be no different.

    • Bravoooo…!!!!!! This is what I’ll do today… I’m sure they’ll ask me: “Do you have any questions?!” 😀

      This will be my question: “May I have a brief tour of the place I will be working on (location, departments,…)?”.

      • HEY KINDNESS, YOU’RE FUNNY! YOU’RE REPLYING TO COMMENTS that are 2 years old! i have an interview in two days and this stuff is really useful, thanks a lot guys!

  478. thanks for this big effort ana god will help you so much as you help us

  479. hi,

    I went to my first interview and they asked me about salary and my answer was lower than what is expected in the industry. now they called for the second interview, i really want this job and i am just graduated and it is my first professional job in IT sector. I was wondering how I can fix the mistake that i made in the first interview about the salary? I really really want the job and i am sure i will have great future with this company. but i messed up the salary question, what should i do?

    please help me, many thanks

    • The information you provided, is what they will go for. You are surely entitled to deny their offer, later on. You were not supposed to make such mistakes, since you wasted both: your time, and their time too. 😦

      How to fix it? Accept the job with the mentioned salary you specified, and expect increase to the market salary, as time goes.

  480. i used this for my homework..fuck yeah!!

  481. Awesome. I am in state government and this has been so helpful. I will post some great stuff I have found as well once I get past the interview. I am researching right now.

  482. please read all interviews which will imorove your ccc skills

  483. Sobrina,

    I doubt you can really bring up the salary again. That’s probably one of the reasons they’re bringing you in for a second interview. If you gave them a specific number, you’ve basically locked yourself into that. If you gave them a range, you have some room to negotiate. Go towards the high end of the range if you can. ALWAYS give them a range, never a specific number, unless they ask what your salary was at a previous other job (they can find out anyways, so you might as well just tell them)

    Maybe you could try for some other benefits, like flex time, extra days off, laptop computer, work from home. Ask if your work can be reviewed in 3-6 months, and maybe you can negotiate for some extra money.

    Being that this is your first job, you may not have alot of stuff you can ask for. Use it as a learning experience, if anything. Sorry.

  484. Can someone help with the following:
    Describe Success and professionlism

    Well I put them in my own words, but for whatever reason I never get the job. I dont know if I am answering wrong or what. I know the definition of them both but I am not sure where I go wrong.

  485. they’ll have you suicidal suicida. Serafino Raimondo.

  486. ANIMAL = DOLPHIN (everyones loves them) they are smart and easily trained…. aka I learn quick, hire me

    • Excuse me, but do I look like a Dolphin? 😀

      Never call yourself animal, unlike teachers used to call some of my classmates when I was student. 😦

  487. This is quite comprehensive and i have really learnt a lot from it. I have an interview tomorrow morning and i know i am going to get the job. This has really been helpful

  488. I get very confused / embarassed when the interviewer asks me the quaetion ” So, Mr. Anil why do you want to change your current job when you are getting the best in the industry, your Employer and co-workers appreciate your performance, and even when you are also enjoying your job”.

    and the situation worsens when they ask

    ” I can’t believe that you want to change your job just for a better position / salary package or just because you believe we are better than your present Employer and you want to learn or do something new”.

  489. thank you…

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  491. these are some great questions and they have really helped me prepare. I also got some more great questions at http://www.acetheinterview.com.

  492. on September 24, 2007 at 7:33 am | Reply eduardo barnillo

    What do you consider is the most important when working with customers?

  493. I had one questions which I wasn’t too sure of when I replied. The question was ” what does success mean to you”.

  494. on September 26, 2007 at 7:31 am | Reply DINESH VAISHNAV


  495. Will some help me please teach my spanish class, and will coach Q ever stop giving me bananas in the morning? if you know what i mean

  496. well, you should probably contact the po,ice with your banana problem, unless you are following the rainbow

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  500. I do a fair number of interviews as an interviewer, and one item I haven’t seen covered yet in these comments is the need to be prepared for situational questions. These will give a scenario to the interviewee and ask for a response, usually along the lines of “How would you handle the situation?” Important points to remember are prioritization of tasks, following generally accepted procedures/best management practices, and not going above your pay grade/responsibility in making decisions. That said, make sure to answer in a way that shows you can get the job done.
    Lastly, I agree with TR Bobby…the weakness question sucks.

  501. Hi people!

    I have an important interview for a notorious UK Bank tomorrow (graduate position) and I really want to thank you all for all the tips given.

    It sounds like a common statement to say, but work out things with honesty. It is more profitable than you think.

    Regarding the “talk about your weknesses” question I will tell the truth about myself, that is: I tend to be shy with people I don’t know and to overcome this, at University, I spoke with as many unknown students as possible, at meetings/classes and even parties.
    I then realised it wasn’t a real problem, but only a little fear inside myself. And when you overcome your fears, it made you stronger.

    Hope it can help.

  502. plz tell me what r the questions asked in the interview related to s/w testing? that will be my first interview in US.

  503. Actually i am a science back ground .now i am selected my profession in accounts.So pls answer the question why do like to choose this field?

  504. I have always made up to final round & then get rejected in the Operation manager round. Because of questions like why did you leave your current job? I have worked for 3yrs in an organisation as an accountant & admin & in a call center for 1 yr which i had to leave as i was unable to handle almost 120calls in day due to health problems & working for US shift. I quit the company 8 months back & still jobless don know what to say when asked. I have also done Fashion desingning but really dint work in this field as it was a 1yr course, dint fetch me a job besides this i have done B.A. Im always asked why dint you choose job in your field? Why there is so much of confusion in your resume? whats your weakness? Its become great challenge for me to get a job. Seriously dont know what to do please help me with these questions.

    • Do you really need to throw all that information on your Resume? No, I’m not asking you to lie or anything, as the truth will all the time become obvious. But… I don’t think I’ll tell them I’ve worked for McDonalds when I apply for a IT Engineer position. You may add that McDonalds, if you’re a beginner, but you said you applied for a Manager position. Well, excuse me… but as a manager, you cannot run from the hop 1 to the hop n (n>1).

      What I can recommend you, is just try to remove things that are not related to the job you applied for. Try to improve your resume by putting more related information, rather then something that’s not useful at all, and after all… information that could get you down even more.

    • I know some point about the question but do not say proper answer
      Please give me specific interview answer like

      1 Why did you leave your last job?why u want to leave present job? are u not happy with current employer?
      2. What do co-workers say about you?
      3. What do you know about this organization?
      4. What kind of salary do you need?
      5. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
      6. What is your philosophy towards work?
      7. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization
      8. Why should we hire you?
      9. What irritates you about co-workers?
      10. What is your greatest strength?
      11. Why do you think you would do well at this job?
      12. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is?
      13. What has disappointed you about a job?
      14. Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends?
      15. Do you have any questions for me?
      16. What is your Future Plans for the organization if Permanently Employed?
      17. What is your philosophy towards work?
      18. What is you ideal employer-employee relationship?
      19. What is your positive attitude towards work?
      20. What challenges are you looking for in the organization?
      21. Can you give me an example of leadership skills?
      22. What irritates you about co-workers?
      23.Explain how you would be an asset to the organization.
      24. What are your expectations from the company?
      25. What do you consider to be the challenges in this organization?
      26. What strengths do you bring to this company?
      27. What are your expectations on the job?
      28. Do you consider yourself competitive at work?
      29. What is your ideal work environment?
      30. Describe your work ethic.
      31. Tell me about a suggestion you have made.
      32. Give me an example of a difficult decision or tasdk you had to deal with

      I would be very tahnkfu
      Warm Regards

      • 15. Do you have any questions for me?

        ask them ….
        how old are u
        r u married
        what u are doing on week end

  505. Firstly, great site n great tips. have an interview with a biggg finance company in a hour so helped me brush up my skills.

    Mark, thts a great weekness answer. im gona use it if asked. thanks!!

  506. With regards to the ‘weakness’ question, I think the best answer is to be honest and point out a weakness in a skill and NOT a personality trait.

    For example I might say while I have great IT skills, I do not know that many software packages outside of the usual Microsoft Office and internet programmes. Obviously if the job involves knowing a lot of progammes this would be a bad answer, but generally it is a good answer because it really just focuses on something that can easily changed and is not an inherent flaw in your personality.

    This one may not be useful to everyone; but the idea is be honest and talk about something that can be improved on which is skill-based raterh than personality based.

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  512. I recently had an interview….which I wish I had seen this sight before having…
    A couple of questions that caught me off guard:

    1. What is the worse decision you’ve made in the past year?
    2. What is the best decision you’ve made in the past year?

    I really didn’t know what to say! “Not eating that extra slice of pizza”? 🙂

  513. Q. What is more important to you- your job/work or your salary?
    this question becomes more tricky when the candidate is a fresher.. coz here he can’t demand for much & not knowing what to expect, he might just spoil this vry gud ball at hand… a gud answr can be: sir, definitely work stands first for me but i wont go for a job that brings me misery. if my hardwork pays for nuts then it is useless..
    (any other suggestions???)

    • I’ve answered above to a similar question. You might look for that answer.

      As about your answer, that shouldn’t be an option – personal opinion. 🙂 Any other advices, are welcome. 🙂

  514. keep up the good work Fellas .. its alot of help this blog that is !

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  515. I have an interview in 2 days, I blew my last interview because I was so nervous and unprepared. Now I feel much more confident! Thank you!!

    Also, I was laid off from my last job due to the company moving its operations dept. to another state. I have been off work for a year by choice, so I could spend time with my family. How should I approach questions about my absense from the work force? I am applying for admin/receptionist positions in small offices, not large companies.

    Thank you

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  518. Heather,

    Explain that you were laid-off, but tell them you were looking for work while you were taking care of your family. Or say that because you were laid-off, you wanted to take a look at all options, not just the first job that came your way.

    Was this the first time you were laid-off? Its always stressful, and people know this. Sometimes it takes 3-6 months or more to find work.

  519. on October 15, 2007 at 7:18 pm | Reply sevvel mariappan

    great site . got many useful information , i m confident now to attend interviews

  520. on October 17, 2007 at 1:23 am | Reply Daisy E. Anaya

    DEA – October 16, 2007

    Thank you for all this great information. I have applied for many job openings and this can be really helpful. Once again thank you and keep up the good work.

    Hey…by the way one Q I was asked was: If your co-worker was slacking/or falling behind with her duties how would you help her/him? Would you let management know, or would you try to talk to her/him? How would you answers this?

  521. Very useful information….Thanks alot….am having an interview tommorrow..hope all goes well…Thanks guys…

  522. how do i handle the question why i left a job,where the reason i left was because my boss/ owner hit me??? (in the head 3 or 4 times)

  523. I need to offer you some advice that helped me land a very good job recently.

    When they ask you about your weakness, tell them this:

    I prefer to think that I do not have any character weaknesses, however my biggest weakness in the workplace would be attempting to do too much at times without asking for help.

    This is can be a huge hit with your potential employer because they see that as a strength! I even had the head boss tell me that! Atleast that way, you are not selling yourself out.

  524. Here are two more of the interview questions:

    Who was your worst boss? A) To be honest with you, I cannot recall ever having a bad boss. Each had their own way of effectively running the business.

    Was there ever a time when your integrity was tested? A) You have to give your own personal take on this.

    If a manager told you to do something that was against company standards, would you confront them on this issue? A) Yes, I would always adhere to company policy/standards no matter what, and hope that my supervisor would do the same.

  525. how do I answer Behavior -based skills questions, give me some examples of behavior-based questions that might ask during a respiratory therapy job interview, please.

    give me some questions that might ask during my respiratory care interview.

  526. can somebody answer those question for me?

    think of a specific time when you demonstrated each skills or ability.

    Tell us about a time when you had to communicate under difficult circumstances with a customer or a colleague.

    please describe a situation in which you experienced a lot of pressure in meeting deadlines. how did you handle the situation?

    give me an example of a time when you handled a customer complaint.

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  529. Any advice for phone interviews?What question should i expect?It’s my first one…Pls help!!

  530. The Tips and answers are great to say the list

  531. Enigma – phone interviews are actually quite easy, since you can have your list of questions, answers, and key words in front of you as they ask questions. They didn’t ask any questions that were out of the ordinary. You do have some thoughts and ideas written down, don’t you? If not, get writing!

    You can be in your jeans and a t-shirt, with a cup of coffee or soda nearby. I actually had a phone interview while watching TV. I got a second interview in person, but unfortunately didn’t get the offer due to not enough international business experience.

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  536. I was asked to come back for a second interview. During the first interview I asked questions related to the organization, management style, and an ideal employee. What are some other questions I need to prepare for the second interview? Also, do I need to handshake with interviewers again?

    Not only i got the job but i got the job of my dreams!!!!I can’t thank u enough!It’s so good 2 know that in this world you can still find good people willing to help!Thank u for the bottom of my heart!

    • you’re so cute. congratulations, and … hopefully tomorrow/today when I’ll have my 3rd interview (I’m sure there are big competitors that are willing to win over me – they won’t, unless God’s willing is different then mine, and this is my prayer. :)), I’ll be able to tell you what happend… in a positive manner. 🙂 Heheheh…

      God bless you all!

      Enigma, enjoy your job – hopefully you’re still there.

  538. good luck enigma.!

    remember to jot down the questions and post them here please!

  539. Oki-doki:)
    Here are the questions they asked me:
    Of course,,tell me about yourself”….Then about my experience i have for the position i am applying for.After that i was asked about a typical day at my job.I am still working for a company so they asked me why i want 2 leave,what are my duties there in details.My position is customer service supervisor so she asked me how many employees i have in my team,how i motivated them 2 work,and then about customer service :how i handle difficult customer,if i am willing 2 work overtime if they will ask me 2…Very easy questions….
    Then she told me about the position,she asked me if i am willing 2 attend 8 weeks training…she told me the salary,and that was it!

  540. P.S:)
    Another question:What i know about the company….

  541. great… it seems you had a great interview!

  542. Excellenet… do you have interivew questions asked in engineering interiviews?

    if yes, please send it to me,

    • “Engineering” is a big world. Could you “shrink” the real sense of this term? 🙂 I might be able to assist. 🙂

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  545. Hi! how are u

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    2. why are want this job
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  550. hi! thanks to this website, can you give some interview tips

  551. My question isnt directly related to the questions posted but I figured since there were so many people responding I would see what you guys say.

    I graduated from universtiy about 14 months ago and literally fell into the job I have right now. The pay isnt the best and the work is boring but I enjoy my work environment and the people I work with. I reciently got a job interview for another company. I was just wondering how I would go abouts telling my boss or even if I should be telling my boss. I don’t want to lie about why I will need the time off but if I am too vague she might ask what im going to be doing. I get along well with her and I don’t want it to affect our work relationship just incase I don’t get the position. Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance!

  552. got my phone interview today and went great. I really prepared for it. Now im on my second interview, which wont be over the phone 🙂

    they started asking about question 1 “Tell me about yourself” it seems this is the kicker for all interviews I had. The best way is to use your past experiences and education towards the job description. I tried to check all the points on the job description; so just build your presentation around that and you’ll be fine.

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  556. had face to face interview today… so they asked q’s

    2. Why did you leave your last job?
    5. What do co-workers say about you?
    6. What do you know about this organization?
    11. What kind of salary do you need?
    13. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
    15. What is your philosophy towards work?
    18. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization
    19. Why should we hire you?
    21. What irritates you about co-workers?
    22. What is your greatest strength?
    24. Why do you think you would do well at this job?
    28. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is?
    30. What has disappointed you about a job?
    34. Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends?
    50. Do you have any questions for me?

    I think the problem at least for me is to stop TALKING. sometimes I try to prove the point when I got the answer right.
    As they say, only say whats necessary! so hard to do. Overall Investigating the company and looking about what the position was about made a good impact on the interview. hope those extra things I said didn’t screw me up.
    This was for a Fortune 500 company, ranked top 5 on customer satisfaction plus other awards and the position is for a DBA.
    If all goes well I’ll have an interview with the manager…. till next time.


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  561. Even though i am only looking for my first job, i am very confident that these tips will help me in my upcoming interview.

  562. Has anyone had an interview with American Funds? I have a phone interview Monday–any suggestions?

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  564. Thanks Bhuvan and everyone else who posted their useful comments. I’m going to to be interviewed tomorrow and am pretty confident that I will win the job.


  565. Myself an aviation trainer, i have found many a questions being answered wrongly, i would like to quote one such question. Once one of my trained student was asked “Do you think you need to give special treatment to a passenger”

    Well the student gave the answer, “No, we need to treat all passengers at the same level, blahblah”. Here we need to know there are certain areas and certain situations where you need to think out of the box, see for yourself how these both answers fit into it
    ans.1. All passengers should be treated the same
    ans.2. : It is okay to “spoil” a passenger, provided all work is done and it is not against the law or company rules

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  586. what are some examples of activities and surrounding that motivate you?
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  611. I have been interviewing many people in the past and the trick to get them to “babble” more than they would have shared is to make them very very comfortable. Many candidates have told me that they were let go from other departments, whined about how they were overworked and under-payed and how they have a troubled dog at home who will needs their constant attention and hence leave from work…And I have also found those enthusiastic and dedicated few who have formed great team members. So be careful what you say and keep a positive attitude throughout !! Oh and one more thing: PLEASE have a “professional” email address rather than ‘strawberrylips’ or something to that effect….my pet peev !!

  612. Hello: It has been great reading this website and feeling confident. Does anyone have any Qs for ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN Interviews? Thanks.

  613. Sush: you are right about the interviewer making you feel very comfortable and there is always tendency to “babble” more. One must be alert at all times. After-all, once you get the job, you have to spend all that time together working – sometimes more than you do with your family !! Its a good weeding-out technique.
    Also, Thanks for the email tip 😉

  614. Another of my numero uno Q: ‘Have you encountered an upset customer and how have you handled the situation?’. The best possible answer I look for is that the sales-person keep calm and then tries to calm down the customer and re-assuring them they will help them out and look into the matter personally AND follow through on their promise !! Nothing can piss you off more when something with your order goes wrong and now the person who promised you the moon did not follow through !! During an interview a sense of how you can solve a problem, come up with solution and ALL this with a smile and a positive upbeat attitude is very important.

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    2.Describe a situation when you were required to ensure that customers (or others) were satisfied with a service or product you provided.

    3.Describe a situation when you were required to plan and implement a project or a specific assignment. *

    4.Describe a situation where you were responsible for achieving specific target(s) within a challenging timescale.

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    6.Tell us about a time when you provided assistance to others.

    7.Tell us about a decision you made which you felt was a good and fair decision.

    8.Describe a situation when you felt there was a need to improve yourself. What did you do?*

  623. to susan,
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  626. on January 9, 2008 at 3:17 pm | Reply K.Md.Rizwanullah

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  629. Need some help with the question, “Why did you leave your last job”? The reason for the call out for help is I was terminated from my last employer. To make a short story long I got cross ways with one of my bosses, and I made 2 of my subordinate managers mad by forcing them to do their jobs. So, they made false accusations about me. I was fired and filed for unemployment. My former employer tried to fight it and when it went before the TWC, my former employer showed the TWC they had no real grounds or evidence to terminate me. Therefore I kept my unemployment benefits.

    Now back to my question, how do I explain this to a potential employer without “talking bad” about my former employer and at the same time not make me look bad?

  630. i would like you to send me questions and answers on how to approach to interviews

  631. […] *cough* stumbled across this list of interview questions and HR insights. The body and comments both are well worth the read for anyone thinking of […]

  632. when you asked about you kpi what should you answer be ?

  633. Great Interview Advice!

  634. Hi,I have a phone interview tonight for a travel consultant position,does anyone have any advice for me?Thanks!

  635. thank you for the great tips. i have an interview tomorrow. wish me luck. many prayers and review of your tips will surely land me the position. YOU’RE THE BEST!!! SIMPLY FAB!!!

  636. […] 50 Common Interview Questions:  practice your answers to these, and it greatly reduces your chance of getting flustered in the interview.  […]

  637. Gr8t tips … I have an interview in the morning … I usaully DO NOT do well on interviews. I will rehearse these Q&A and say a pray or two .. maybe even three. Thanks!

  638. Hello people. I find this page useful too. I know one person who is willing to find a new job. I will show her these tips!
    Please go on sharing your suggestions. It is a very useful input.

    BE BLESSED!!!!!!!!!!!!

  640. on January 18, 2008 at 4:12 am | Reply beautifulwhore

    why should we hire you?

    because i have such a nice ass and all the guys here will have something to look forward to come to work everyday and always be happy. i can be the whore of this company sleeping with every guy and i will suck your dick if i have to to get in this company.

  641. Preparation for Interview

  642. Hey

    I have an interview in 3 day…URGENT HELP NEEDED!!!!!!!!

    My interview has a 10 minute ‘presentation’ which I have to do at the start. I am only told what the presentation is on 30 minutes before i go in.

    Anyone got any tips?

  643. I was asked about salary in the interview I had before xmass for the job I am now in. The recruiter had told me over the phone the range they were offering so when asked in interview I said I knew the range was x to y and I would obviously prefer the upper end of that range. I got the most they were offering and have a top job now.

    Tom, I was asked to prepare a 10minute presentation on a specific topic related directly to the job, I am not sure how you can prepare a 10 minute presentation half an hour before the interview. I think you should phone the person in charge of the interview and ask for more information. This might be difficult considering it is now the weekend and I assume your interview in on Monday? Maybe you should have took the initiative to ask or phone them back. Perhaps drop them a polite email and hope someone picks it up over the weekend.

    The presentation was a God send for me as I am not the most ‘people friendly’ person and I really wanted to show off my technical knowledge. I played this up and expressively thanked them for the opportunity to do the presentation and that I was excited about it (which I genuinely was). The presentation also forced me to research extensively the area I am now working in.

    If its a technical job you are going for you can research around the job role and pick something relevant.

    You have found one of the best pages on the net for interviews, this page is really helpful to quell your nerves.

    I got my mum to ask me random questions from the list above, it was really sad and quite embarrassing, but it helped me so maybe its worth a shot for others.

    best of luck to everyone viewing this page!

  644. Dont be worried though Tom, they might not tell you anything or your competitors anything anyway. Be as prepared as you can be, do not say anything negative- at all- and be yourself. Try and find a way to highlight all your best attributes as well as possible in each question they ask. They will be taking notes which they will use to summarise everyone at a later date. If you can have some killer points for them to write down this will help you when they come to reviewing the interviewee’s. Dropping an email to thank them for their time, and letting them know how you thought the interview went never hurts, keep it to 3 or 4 lines and you may just sway their minds if you are equally placed to get the job with another person.

    I didn’t get the first job I went for interview to and am now thinking this was due to over enthusiasm for the role they were offering. I dont think they believed me, slightly unfair in my opinion, but it was good practice for the next interview for which I got the job. I kept professional throughout this next interview and didnt allow myself to get as relaxed as I was in the first one.

    If you dont get the job, put it down to experience.

    Since they told you you will only have 30minutes to prepare the interview I cant see it holding much weight compared to your answers to the questions they have set already. Hopefully they will be some of the ones on here, or easier.

  645. thanks M!

    I am thinking they probably purposely only give you all the information 30 mins before so you have to get it done quickly. I

    did try to snoop out more information off the recruiter who phoned me but he was very cagey yet implied it would be job related when I probed him.
    Strange thing is …it is an interview with no visual aids apparently. seems more like a briefing or speech to me.

    it is not a technical role by the way it is public sector Border and Immigration

  646. I had a question I was asked in an interview which was: Who are you?
    I suppose that’s similar to #1, but I was a little stumped. I don’t have much experience in interviews, so I was hoping for some more in depth tips on how to answer #1 and the other question I posted.


  647. Sunny..if it was me I would say…

    i am a recent university graduate who has successfully combined my studies with bleh blah blah experience and now i am ready for blah blah blah

    short and sharp. but i have no experience, but i still think that answers good.

  648. […] Here’s where you might get tripped up a little.  Not only do you have to be well-dressed and have answers to various questons ready for a smooth delivery, you have to think about your setting—lighting, background, angles.  Not to worry, Interview […]

  649. One of the question i faced in the interview was..
    Tell me an instance when you have shown a quality of leadership?
    and why do you think others were not able to do that?

    I think this should make to the to 50 list.

  650. I think that this is a great site to consider in every interview!
    I have used this Q&A for a interview I had mid Dec. for a senior job.
    Actually I get told that I was considered to be in the final round, but the company could not make an offer while the company policy says that at least 2 candidates need to be in the loop.
    Needless to say that I am bit confused and disappointed..since the information was shared with me beg. of January.

    The feedback was then, that the HR people will go quickly through a 2nd round of getting CV´s and closing of the process by latest mid Feb. They repeatatly said how much they appreciated me.

    I am now in a phase of no communication and asked actually Friday last week the HR manager to have a quick chat about the current status quo. Was tough getting here..so she committed to call me Mon-Tue. Actually I have not received a call so far.

    I am a bit unsure how and what to do with that kind of situation…
    My current thinking is to tell them that I need to make now a decision and want this close off within the next 1-2 weeks latest.. Not sure whether the feedback can be then, well, thats to short for us….

    Any recommendation on what to do and what not to do?




  653. i’ve been sitting here for hours and hours reading preparation for an interview i have tommorow morning. in all honesty i don’t know A LOT of things about what i’m getting myself into. Fresh out of college with no experience what-so-ever. in addition to that, i have been ‘disconnected’ from the real world because of some deep issues, motivation has decreased, curiosity and staying on the top of my game…..flat. now i’m going for a system support interview, i applied online and didn’t check what it entailed, oh! that’s not all…when i got the call to come thru i didn’t take down the name of the person who called me.
    it’s a panel interview!

  654. pardon my manners. thanks for the tips

  655. Thanks!!!!!!!!! for the tips a really appreciate them
    just pray that my phone interview is successful XXX

  656. have any of you had a phone interview for hsbc call centre?? if yeah then please could you help me!!! by telling me what sort of questions they asked you? i really need help!!!!!!!!

  657. How do you answer the following question:

    Describe a time when your drive for results got you into trouble. Detail the situation and the outcome. What did you learn from that?

    i have been here for hours trying t oanswer it and my deadline is tomorrow!!! help please

  658. Hi, I need to apply chance of “customer care work force planner” in one organization. Can you guys help me to give some ideas on this question ” What if” questions.

  659. Hi .. Regarding weekness question. Since my English is not my first language,do you think I should tell them that is my weekness?

    Thanks for your advice !!


  661. hi help me with these questions….im a Quality Assurnce and qulality control inspector in avaition presently working in civil avaition authority pakistan and i had applied in ALSALAM AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURING FACTORY for the post of quality control inspector and need to reply these following questions

    1. Why did you choose this career?
    2. Do you have reference list?

    3. Why do you want to work here?

    4. Why should we hire you over the others waiting to be interviewed?

    5. Give us details of your present Employment Status.

    6. How soon can you travel down to any Location posted you?

    7. What is your Future Plans for the organization if Permanently Employed?

  662. how i want discribe my selff…. arrgghhh…

  663. hi im doing my m.b.a..i just want to know what are the questions should a HR ask to the interviewer ?

  664. hi

    im am applying for a post as complaint coordinator in a telecommunication company.

    Please help.Really Urgent…