175 common interview questions

General presentation

1. Tell me about your self.

2. Present your background.

3. Introduce yourself.

4. Walk me through your resume.

5. Discuss your career progression.

Pre-career questions

6. Tell me about your family.

7. Tell me about your childhood (or high school) years.

8. Tell me about your college (university) experience.

9. How would you describe the environment in which you grew up?

10. What were the greatest influences in shaping your character?

11. Were you a good student?

12. Do your university grades reflect your ability?

13. In what extracurricular activities did you participate?

14. What courses did you enjoy the most? The least? Why?

15. Why did you decide to major in (subject)?

16. If you could go back in time, would you chose a different major? Why or Why not?

17. How would you describe yourself in college? Which adjectives would you use?

18. Who had the greatest influence on you at your university?

19. What student offices did you hold, if any?

20. What leadership roles did you play at your university?

21. What role did you play in your seminar?

22. Did you have any part-time jobs while a student?

23. How did your college education prepare you for your career?

24. What were the greatest benefits of your college education?

Career related questions

25. What led you to decide a career in (your profession)?

26. What attracted you to join your company?

27. Did you consider other companies (or careers)?

28. Describe your organization and the industry you work in.

29. Tell me about your job.

30. Describe a typical work day.

31. What is your position?

32. Do you supervise employees? How many?

33. What are your key responsibilities?

34. Which aspects of your job do you like the best? The least?

35. Among the positions you have held, which did you like the most? The least?

36. If you could change your career, what profession would you choose?

37. Describe the changes you would like to make in your organization.

38. If you became President of your company tomorrow, what would your plans be?

39. What improvement steps would you like to take in the management of your company?

40. What are the major problems or challenges facing your organization?

41. How will you contribute to solve these challenges? What approaches need to be tried? What results would you anticipate? Why?

42. In which ways will you contribute the most to your company’s success?


43. Describe your three most notable accomplishments.

44. What was your specific role in these experiences?

45. How have you contributed to your company’s success?

46. What impact have your accomplishments had on your organization?

47. Describe your impact on groups.

48. Describe your contributions to groups.

49. How have you developed in your career? What have you learned?

50. Tell me about a time when you exercised leadership?

51. Tell me about a time when you contributed to a team?

52. Tell me about a time when you took initiative or innovated?

53. Tell me about a time when you took a stand different from the consensus view.

54. Tell me about a time when you resolved a conflict in a group.

55. Tell me about a time in your career when you solved an important problem.

56. Tell me about a team experience that was a failure.

57. Describe the hardest challenge you have faced at work.

58. How do you resolve conflict on a team?

59. What is your leadership style?

60. How do you approach leading groups?

61. What is your team style?

62. What kind of responsibility do you delegate? What kind do you reserve for yourself?

63. What do you define good management? Bad management?

64. What criteria do you use to judge good performance? Bad performance?

65. How do you counsel poor performers?

66. What steps do you take in planning a project?


67. What are your greatest management strengths? Weaknesses?

68. In which ways could your performance improve?

69. Have you ever had a formal evaluation of your performance? What was it?

70. If managers were describing you, what would they say?

71. If colleagues were describing you, what would they say?

72. Name three words or phrases to describe yourself to others.

73. What are your personal strengths?

74. What are your personal weaknesses?

75. How are you working to overcome your weaknesses?

76. What will the Admissions Committee see as your weakness?

77. What areas do you need to develop?

78. What are the weaknesses in you application?

79. What are your developmental needs?

80. What personality trait would you like to improve?

81. When you leave for MBA studies, what will your colleagues miss least about you?

82. Describe the characteristics of a leader you have known or read about. Which characteristics do you have? Which do you seek to develop?

83. What are your managerial qualities, and how have you demonstrated them?

84. If I talked to your supervisor about you, what would he tell me?

85. What do others think of you as a manger? How do they differ in their views?

86. How would you like to change yourself?

87. What self-improvement plans have you made?

88. How do you feel about yourself? Are you satisfied with your development?

89. What one thing would you like to change about yourself?


90. What do you do for fun?

91. What do you do outside of work?

92. What are your hobbies and extracurricular interests?

93. What do you like to do on weekends?

94. Do you have enough time for leisure activities?

95. Are you involved in community activities?

96. In which ways have you shown leadership in the community?

97. If you could take a day off, what would you do?

98. What did you do last weekend?

99. If you had a long vacation right now, where would you like to go?

Outlook on human nature or career

100. If you could take a year off, what wo