Below is a list of questions an employer might ask you during an interview. Most employers look at interviews not only as a way to measure your abilities against other candidates, but also as a means of assessing your attitude, personality and mental agility.

REMEMBER: A successful interview is one that is well planned and well prepared. The employer’s impression of you will depend on the brief time you are in his or her office.

Don’t be modest! SELL yourself. Tell the employer why you are qualified to do the job. Your self-confidence really makes the difference.

How will you answer these questions in an interview? PRACTICE your answers.


  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. Why are you changing jobs?
  3. What are your long-range goals? How are you preparing to achieve them?
  4. What specific goals, other than those related to your occupation, have you established for yourself in the next 10 years?
  5. What do you see yourself doing 5 years from now?
  6. What do you really want to do in life?
  7. What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?
  8. What do you expect to be earning 5 years from now?
  9. Why did you choose the field you are in?
  10. Which is more important to you – the money or the career opportunity?
  11. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  12. How would you describe yourself?
  13. How do you think a friend (or co-worker) would describe you?
  14. What motivates you to put forth your greatest efforts?
  15. How has your experience prepared you for your career?
  16. Why should I hire you?
  17. What does success mean to you?
  18. What do you think it takes to be successful in a company such as ours?
  19. In what ways can you contribute to our company?
  20. What qualities should a successful employee have?
  21. Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and an employee.
  22. What accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
  23. If you were hiring a candidate for this position, what qualities would you look for?
  24. In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
  25. How do you work under pressure?
  26. How would you describe the ideal job for you?
  27. Why did you decide to seek a job with this company?
  28. What do you know about our company?
  29. What 2 main things are important to you in your job?
  30. Will you relocate?
  31. Are you willing to travel?
  32. What hours are you willing to work?
  33. What major problems have you encountered in your career (or life) and how did you handle them?
  34. What have you learned from your mistakes?
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