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  1. Tell me about yourself.

  2. What is your greatest strength?

  3. What is your greatest weakness?

  4. Why should we hire you?

  5. Why do you want to work here?

  6. Tell me about a time you showed leadership.

  7. Tell me about a time you were successful on a team.

  8. What would your co-workers say about you?

  9. Why do you want to leave your current role?

  10. Describe your most challenging project.

  11. Tell me about something you’ve accomplished that you are proud of.

  12. Can you explain your employment gap?

  13. What are your salary expectations?

  14. What do you like to do outside of work?

  15. Tell me about a time you had to manage conflicting priorities.

  16. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

  17. Describe your leadership style.

  18. Tell me about a time you failed or made a mistake.

  19. Tell me about a time you worked with a difficult person.

  20. Tell me about a time you had to persuade someone.

  21. Tell me about a time you disagreed with someone.

  22. Tell me about a time you created a goal and achieved it.

  23. Tell me about a time you surpassed people’s expectations.

  24. Tell me about a time you had to handle pressure.

  25. Tell me about a time you had to learn something quickly.

  26. Do you have any questions for me?

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1. Tell me about yourself.

Overview

A lot of jobs require someone who can think on their feet or present ideas with crispness and clarity. This question provides employers with an early preview of your core skills, your personality and your ability to respond to an unstructured question.

Tips

Prepare for this question in advance and have a compelling story about your past experiences

Pull prominent skills from the job description

Be “SHE” (succinct, honest and engaging)

2. What is your greatest strength?

Overview

Employers want to see if you can strike the right balance between confidence and humility. Hiring managers also want to get a sense for how self-aware and honest you are and align your strengths to the role at hand.

Tips

Be authentic - don’t make up strengths that you think the employer wants to hear

Tell a story about a work experience

Be sure the strengths you share are aligned to the role you want

3. What is your greatest weakness?

Overview

The interviewer is assessing whether your weaknesses will get in the way of doing the job. Employers are looking for humility and whether you’re committed to learning and growing. This is a place you can showcase what you’re doing to improve.

Tips

Employers are looking for self-awareness and personal accountability

It’s good to be honest about what you’re not great at

Share what you are doing to actively improve on this weakness

4. Why should we hire you?

Overview

This question tests how persuasive you are. Interviewers want to see if you can make a calm, confident case for yourself, even if they’re acting skeptical. They’re looking for factual and compelling answers.

Tips

Start with the three or four best reasons you’ve got

Cite results, credentials, and other people’s praise so you don’t seem self-absorbed

Be concise, and invite follow-up questions at the end

5. Why do you want to work here?

Overview

Interviewers want to understand what prompted you to apply for this job. They don’t want candidates who are indifferent to where they work. Instead, they want someone who offers very specific reasons for why they want this job.

Tips

Make it about them first

Show you’ve done your research

Use this as a key opportunity to outshine the competition

Speak from the heart

6. Tell me about a time you showed leadership.

Overview

Employers want to understand your capacity to step up and handle tough situations that undoubtedly arise in the workplace. They want to know when you’ve seen an opening to lean in and lead with good judgment.

Tips

Describe a situation where there was a lack of leadership

Use the word “lead” to help describe the actions you took

Give credit to your ‘leadership skills’ when explaining the positive results

7. Tell me about a time you were successful on a team.

Overview

If you can show that you’ve helped a team move through a challenge, you probably have strong communication and interpersonal skills. These kinds of “soft” skills are in high demand and make people successful in their jobs.

Tips

Describe a problem that arose with a team

Outline your key actions with the team

Explain the positive result based on the work you did

Give credit to your teamwork skills

8. What would your co-workers say about you?

Overview

Interviewers want to know if you’ll fit in with the team. This question can also help you highlight your strengths without feeling like you’re bragging.

Tips

Share something that relates to the job description and back it with an example

Look to your recommendations and reviews for ideas

Be confident and succinct. It’s OK to shine!

9. Why do you want to leave your current role?

Overview

Employers say they want to hire people who are running “to” a role as opposed to running “away.” However, they are also interested in your honesty when things haven’t worked out and will give people second chances when they demonstrate hunger.

Tips

Don’t talk negatively about past roles or former bosses - employers don’t want to work with people who complain

Be gracious when things haven’t worked out in the past

Share some of the ways you’re working on improving

10. Describe your most challenging project.

Overview

Employers want to get a sense of what ‘challenging’ means to you. They also want to know how you handled the situation in a calm way. They’re looking for a storyline to prove that you can turn a bad story into a good story.

Candidate answer and feedback

In my current role, I was in charge of leading a major marketing campaign for a new product launching nationwide. The project was incredibly challenging both because of how large it was and because it involved constant communication with at least 7 teams inside my company. Even though I tried to share the same information with everyone, it was clear that not everyone was on the same page. Partway through, I discovered that some of the teams were not on schedule with their assigned tasks. The implications were significant and a delay to the campaign would negatively impact our revenue goals. I identified the root causes of the delays and set up a plan of action to address them. I planned in depth one-on-one meetings with the team leaders to help re-inspire them, we talked about the goals and set ambitious targets for getting these last items across the finish line. I then organized and led status update calls for the larger team, and implemented a public dashboard to keep everyone accountable.

In the end, we did meet the marketing campaign deadlines and the product launch was a hit. The company hit their revenue goals and everyone on the sales team received a well deserved bonus.

Why this answer worked well:

The candidate paints a vivid picture of a really challenging scenario at work. She describes the potential for serious negative consequences. Then she describes concrete action steps she took to overcome this challenge. She also shares positive results. It’s clear that her hard work yielded dividends for her company.

Tips

Have a clear story with a specific challenge

Describe the negative impact if you hadn’t resolved the issue

Discuss action steps you took and talk about the positive impact

11. Tell me about something you’ve accomplished that you are proud of.

Overview

This question assesses how you define a professional success. If the story resonates, the employer will want you to do similar things at his or her company. You should focus on the impact and outcomes.

Candidate answer and feedback

When I first joined the company, I noticed that the existing monthly budgeting process was quite time consuming and inefficient, because it was highly manual. There were errors and inaccuracies.

I took the initiative to implement a new budgeting template to automate the process and make it simpler. I developed automated calculations using Excel and fill-in-the-blank lines for departments to submit their numbers. Then I designed and led a training for all relevant staff. The new system made it easier for the departments to provide their budgets in an error-free way.

Overall, we had 25% less errors in the next cycle of budgets and my team became 30% more efficient. My manager gave me a very strong review for the quarter and noted that she appreciated my initiative to automate and make the process a lot less cumbersome.

Why this answer worked well:

This was a great way to answer this question because the candidate starts off by discussing the situation and then described the difficulties involved with the previous manual budgeting processes. The candidate went on to describe the action steps she took to streamline the budgeting process. From there, she quantified the positive results and relayed how impactful this was for her and her team.

Tips

Describe the problem that existed before you took action

Talk about how you took initiative to solve the problem

Explain why you are proud of the outcome and what would have happened if you hadn’t stepped in

12. Can you explain your employment gap?

Overview

This question isn’t designed to rule you out - it’s a good sign if you get the interview. Interviewers want to get more context about the gap and whether you’re still going to be a great fit for the role, despite the gap.

Tips

Expect that they will ask about the gap - prepare for it

Answer honestly and strategically

Be confident and succinct

Shine a light on the good that came out of that time

13. What are your salary expectations?

Overview

If this question arises early, odds are that the interviewer is really asking: “Can we afford you?” If it arises much later, the interviewer may be hoping that your salary requirements are aligned to what they have budgeted for this role.

Tips

Know the industry norms for similar jobs

Talk about ranges, rather than exact numbers

Make the case that you offer premium value

14. What do you like to do outside of work?

Overview

Interviewers want to know you’re going to be enjoyable to have around and not just that you have the hard skills for the job. Use this question to set yourself up as interesting, fun, curious, or a go-getter.

Tips

Share something that paints a favorable picture

Keep it short and sweet

Don’t bore them with long stories

Steer clear of the inappropriate zone

15. Tell me about a time you had to manage conflicting priorities.

Overview

Employers want to see how you handle competing priorities, understand the implications of missing deadlines, and can stay cool under pressure.

Candidate answer and feedback

I was asked at the last minute to assist with a major project. The deadline was just a few days away and the project had gotten majorly derailed. As I was working on this first urgent project, I was approached by two different clients with pressing requests as well. These conflicting priorities overwhelmed me at first.

Then, I devised a plan to prioritize the tasks I was given based on their level of importance. I prioritized based on which clients were the most critical to our business and who needed deliverables with the quickest turnaround timeline. I ranked the assignments and figured out exactly how long it would take me to finish these various projects. After that, I checked-in with my coworkers, clients, and manager to see if the timeline made sense to them. We added an additional team member and stayed in the office late for a few nights. The key was communicating to and aligning with the clients on the new timeline.

In the end, I was able to successfully complete all assignments and projects on time. Each client, manager and co-worker was satisfied with my work. More importantly, they were happy that I communicated my revised timeline, so that there weren’t any surprises at the end of the project.

Why this answer worked well:

This was a good response for a few reasons. First, the candidate clearly explained the myriad of conflicts in this particular week at work. She then went on to describe how she tackled the process and delineated what steps she took to invest the various stakeholders in the revised timeline. She ranked the assignments based on who the clients were and what they expected. The outcome was positive and the clients were content.

Tips

Talk about the most important priority and then share additional priorities and how they conflicted

Describe the steps you took to get the top priority done

Discuss the impact this had on the company or team

16. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Overview

Employers want to determine how serious you are about your career and whether your goals match the goals for this job. Employers don’t expect you to offer up a specific title you want. Instead, they want to know what you hope to accomplish.

Tips

Break the answer down in two to three year chunks

Focus on what you can give, rather than what you can get

Don’t bring up a specific job title that you want to move into one day

Make it specific to this particular company and position

17. Describe your leadership style.

Overview

Good leaders can explain their values and priorities in a few words. This is a test to see if you can explain yourself. It also helps to determine whether your approach meshes with the company’s own culture.

Tips

Start by framing your basic style in a few words

Give an example of your leadership style in action

Show that you can adapt well to unexpected situations

18. Tell me about a time you failed or made a mistake.

Overview

Being able to admit to a mistake shows maturity and personal accountability. Employers want to know you’re self-aware and that you learn from past experiences. Errors are inevitable in any job - it’s how you handle them that matters.

Tips

Use an honest example that’s believable

Explain why it was a mistake

Talk about what you’ve learned and any steps you’ve taken to show that you’re “working on it.”

19. Tell me about a time you worked with a difficult person.

Overview

Employers know that difficult people are everywhere and situations come up frequently. Explaining how you’ve been able to handle a challenging person in a mature way demonstrates your ability to manage difficult moments successfully.

Tips

Describe how the person was ‘difficult’

Explain the negative potential impact this could have caused

Talk about how you approached the situation

Be sure to highlight the positive result your efforts created

20. Tell me about a time you had to persuade someone.

Overview

This question is all about sizing up your emotional intelligence. Interviewers are looking for problem solvers, not shouters. Strong answers showcase your listening skills and your ability to guide people to better choices.

Tips

Pick an issue where your agenda is in the broader interest

Show how your careful listening helped you reframe the controversy

Explain how the other person’s change of heart led to a better outcome for all

21. Tell me about a time you disagreed with someone.

Overview

Occasional conflicts are a fact of life. Interviewers want to see if you can work through those tensions in a respectful way. If you helped steer things toward a good compromise, that’s a big plus. Signs of anger or bitterness will count against you.

Candidate answer and feedback

My team was given a new goal: to sell our product to a new customer segment that we’d not served in the past. The group had strong opinions about the approach we should take. In spite of their voices, I had real concerns about their strategy; I thought it may fail as it didn’t align with the clients’ core needs. But, I was in the minority and, when I spoke up, I wasn’t heard. I needed to find another way to make the case to my teammates.

I set up a focus group with a potential client so my team could understand the challenges and priorities of the very people we aimed to serve. The great news was they saw very quickly that our planned product wouldn’t meet these needs but, if we made some slight adjustments to the service, we could deliver something of real value. The team rallied behind this and got on board.

We were ultimately successful in bringing this client onboard, and 10 more. And, we surpassed everyone’s expectations!

Why this answer worked well:

This candidate shared a succinct example of a time when her opinion was in the minority, yet she succeeded in finding a creative way to change her team’s perspective. She came up with a new strategy and it worked. The outcome led to the best possible scenario - new clients, which always makes for a great punchline.

Tips

Pick an example involving business practices - avoid personal quarrels

Calmly explain both sides’ point of view

Show how a compromise or a fuller understanding led to a good outcome

22. Tell me about a time you created a goal and achieved it.

Overview

Strong answers reassure interviewers about your ambition and your determination to press ahead. Pick a trivial goal, and you’re at risk of being tagged as a slacker.

Tips

Pick an ambitious goal that’s part of a bigger life journey

Highlight obstacles and show how you overcame them

Finish with an insight about the way your accomplishment has paid off

23. Tell me about a time you surpassed people’s expectations.

Overview

Employers want to know they are hiring high quality people. If you have a story about surpassing an expectation, you’ve probably gone above and beyond the call of duty and that’s a great thing!

Tips

Describe a situation where you thought you weren’t going to be successful

Talk about what you did to compensate for a bad situation

Talk about the outcomes of your successful efforts

24. Tell me about a time you had to handle pressure.

Overview

Some jobs are high-stress and interviewers will test you to see if you can handle the heat. You’ll get partial credit for talking about your heroic efforts to get everything done, but you’ll get more points if you’ve enlisted allies.

Tips

Be clear about the project goal

Establish that you’re a strong person who doesn’t get flustered easily

Show your ingenious side, too, especially if your path to success involved redefining the task or enlisting colleagues

25. Tell me about a time you had to learn something quickly.

Overview

Interviewers want more than a one-time success; they’re looking for signs of a well-tested strategy that helps you gather information and put it to use. They also want to know if you feel comfortable with rapid learning.

Candidate answer and feedback

When I started in my role, I thought I was quite knowledgeable about Excel. I had told my employer that I knew how to calculate complex formulas, but quickly discovered that my experience working with advanced formulas was well behind that of my peers.

I didn’t want my boss to know that I was trailing in my capabilities just as I stepped into the new role, so I came up with a plan to teach myself everything I was missing. Every day after work, I watched at least an hour of Khan Academy videos. I also found practice worksheets online that allowed me to test myself and be sure I was mastering the content. Within three weeks, I was nearly as fast and fluent as my colleagues at work, and my boss never knew I came in behind.

Why this answer worked well:

This answer is strong for a few reasons. First, this person showed initiative and went above and beyond after work to catch up to her peers. Second, she was specific in what she didn’t know and then told a clear and concise story about what she needed to do to change the situation. Third, she shared the outcome - which is that with some focused and hard work she was able to catch up rather quickly. She demonstrated initiative and owned her learning.

Tips

Pick a vivid example and show why it was challenging

Break down your learning and mastery into three or four distinct steps(“First, I . . . .)

Share a tangible result and speak about it with pride

26. Do you have any questions for me?

Overview

This question isn’t just designed to make sure you leave with all of your questions answered; it’s intended to see if you’re prepared and to assess how curious and thoughtful you are.

Tips

Come prepared with 3-5 thoughtful questions

Ask questions that show you’re engaged, intelligent and interested

Avoid no-brainer questions or ones related to salary / benefits

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