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The All Time Top 70 Most Popular Job Interview Questions (And 18 Strange Ones)

One could literally spend their lifetime scouring the internet, reading books, flipping through manuals, and preparing till they were blue in the face.

When it all boils down to it, the majority questions you will be asked are derived from the 70 questions below.

And to keep it interesting, we threw in 18 ‘wildcards’ at the end to give you an idea of what some interviewers like to do to see if they can rattle you.

So, check out our list of 88 awesome interview questions below!

The Top 70 ‘Standard’ interview questions:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What are your strengths?
  3. What are your weaknesses?
  4. Why do you want this particular job?
  5. Where do you want to be 5 years from now? 10?
  6. What attracted you to this company?
  7. Out of all the applicants, why should we hire you?
  8. What did you dislike most about your last job?
  9. When are you most satisfied in your job?
  10. What can you do for us that the other people we are interviewing cannot?
  11. What were you responsible for in your last job?
  12. Why did you leave your last job?
  13. What do you know about what we do?
  14. What do you know about our company?
  15. Would you be willing to move?
  16. Any questions for me?
  17. What was the last project you were the lead on, and how did it go?
  18. Describe what going above and beyond looks like.
  19. Tell me about a time your work was criticized
  20. Have you ever been on a team where someone wasn’t holding up their end? How did you handle it?
  21. Describe a time you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did they take it?
  22. Describe your greatest failure. What did you learn?
  23. How do you handle working with difficult people?
  24. Your supervisor tells you to do something you disagree with. How do you deal with it?
  25. Share a difficult time in your life and how you overcame it.
  26. Give me an example of a time you made a significant mistake. How did you handle it?
  27. Explain a time you dealt with conflict in the office.
  28. If you were at a business lunch and you ordered a salad and they brought you a steak, what would you do?
  29. If you found out your company was doing something against the law, like fraud, what would you do?
  30. When were you given something beyond your ability? How did you get it done?
  31. What’s the most difficult decision you’ve made in the last 5 years? How did you arrive at that decision?
  32. There are 10 things to do today and time for 5. What do you do?
  33. What do you feel is a fair salary?
  34. What’s your salary history?
  35. What are your personal development plans this year?
  36. How do you want to develop professionally this year?
  37. What goals do you want to achieve here?
  38. If I were to ask your last supervisor to provide you additional training or exposure, what would they suggest?
  39. How would you go about establishing your credibility quickly within the office?
  40. How long do you feel it will take you to contribute here?
  41. What do you see yourself doing within the first 30 days of this job? 90 days?
  42. What is your work style?
  43. What would be your ideal working environment?
  44. Structured or Startup culture?
  45. What’s the best idea you ever had?
  46. How do you keep organized?
  47. Type A or B?
  48. What are you most proud of?
  49. Who was your favorite manager and explain why?
  50. How was your last boss?
  51. Who has inspired you in your career?
  52. What kind of personality do you find most complimentary to your own?
  53. What do you like to do on weekends?
  54. If I could make your dream come true, what would that look like?
  55. Where are you headed in life?
  56. What is your personal BHAG?
  57. What’s the nicest thing your last boss would say about you? Negative thing?
  58. How would your friends describe you?
  59. What are three positive character traits you wish you had? Didn’t have?
  60. Imagine you are me – what would you be looking for in this position?
  61. List 6 words that describe your character.
  62. What is your biggest regret? Why is that?
  63. What’s the most important thing you learned in school? University? At your last job?
  64. Why did you choose your major?
  65. What’s the one thing you’ll miss about your last job?
  66. What is the one non-work related thing you brag about?
  67. What does a great leader mean to you?
  68. Does respect come through fear or engagement?
  69. Do you take no for an answer? Explain?
  70. How would you feel about working for a boss that knows less than you?

And the 18 you weren’t expecting…

  1. Rate my interviewing abilities from 1-10.
  2. What’s the one question you hoped I wouldn’t ask today?
  3. How does one get from good to great?
  4. What kind of car do you drive?
  5. If you could be doing anything, anywhere right now, what would that be?
  6. Here’s a picture of my spouse – what do you think?
  7. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the last year?
  8. What would you do if you won 5 million dollars?
  9. Wanna grab a beer later?
  10. Favorite childhood memory?
  11. If I say there are a billion and ninety nine stars in the sky, how would you prove me wrong?
  12. Tell me 10 ways to use a pencil other than writing.
  13. How many pennies would you have to stack to reach the height of the Empire State Building?
  14. If you were an animal, which one would you want to be?
  15. How big is the room we’re sitting in?
  16. If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?
  17. Are you the smartest person you know?
  18. If you could get rid of any one of the US states, which one would you get rid of and why?