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21 Interview Preparation Questions


Review the potential interview questions below and develop responses to be prepared. The goal is to have your story top of mind so that it flows freely and without anxiety or hesitation. 


  1. Tell me about yourself?

  2. How did you hear about this position?

  3. Why are you interested in working for (Company Name)?

  4. Why should we hire you?

  5. Describe a challenging situation and how you approached the issue?

  6. Where do you see yourself in five years professionally?

  7. Define your leadership and management style.

  8. How would your subordinates describe you?

  9. What did you wish to accomplish in your current job but were unable to do so?

  10. Define your decision making style.

  11. What is your dream job?

  12. What would the first 30 days in the position look like for you?

  13. Tell me about your communication skills?

  14. How do you determine or evaluate success?

  15. Who was your most valuable mentor and why?

  16. What is the worst mistake that you have ever made and how did you fix it?

  17. What are you looking for in a new opportunity?

  18. How long do you expect to stay with our company?

  19. What will you bring to this position that another candidate will not?

  20. What are your compensation requirements?

  21. Do you have any questions?


Potential Questions for Interviewer (Select One):

  1. What is the single largest challenge facing the company / department right now?

  2. How would you describe the work environment and corporate culture?

  3. What are you most passionate about in your job?


Thank the interviewer for their time, reaffirm your interest in the position, and ask what the next step will be. Send a thank you note including a few of the keywords from the discussion.

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