118 Most Frequently Asked Job Interview Questions

Whether you are an employer/recruiter/HR manager searching for some of the best job interview questions to ask potential job seekers and candidates for your job openings or you are a job seeker trying to prepare for an upcoming interview you are looking to stand out and land your next job review this list for help.

Also, if you would like to add to this list let us know as we will keep it updated and add a job interview question to our bonus section.

For now, here are the most common job interview questions when surveying employers in all industries across the United States.

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Most Common Job Interview Questions

  1. What are your strengths?
  2. What are your weaknesses?
  3. Tell us about yourself?
  4. What did you like about your last job?
  5. What didn’t you like about your last job?
  6. Why are you applying for this position?
  7. What can you add to the position you are applying for?
  8. What do you like the most about the job position you would like an offer for?
  9. Why do you think you would be the best candidate for this position?
  10. What is the biggest reason we should hire you for this position?
  11. What is a reason we shouldn’t hire you for this position?
  12. Would you consider any other position or job opportunities at our company?
  13. What other job positions interest you at our company?
  14. Why do you want to work for our company?
  15. What do you know about our company?
  16. How did you learn about our company?
  17. What do you like about our company?
  18. What don’t you like about our company?
  19. How did you decide on applying for this position?
  20. What other positions did you apply for?
  21. How many other interviews have you had?
  22. Do you have any other job offers at this time?
  23. If you did have another job offer what would make you choose one job over the other?
  24. What was your last role?
  25. How long were in in that role?
  26. Why do you think you are the best candidate for this job?
  27. What did you contribute to your last company?
  28. What did you love about the companies you have worked for before this interview?
  29. What didn’t you like about your past work experience?
  30. What is the #1 thing you learned so far in the workplace?
  31. What is #1 thing you would like to take back from your work experience?
  32. What’s one thing you regret about your past work experience?
  33. What’s the one thing you love about your past work experience?
  34. What awards or accomplishments are you most proud of at your last job?
  35. Why did you leave your last job?
  36. What was one thing you loved about your last job?
  37. What was the one thing you didn’t like about your last job?
  38. What did you contribute to your last position?
  39. Do you work well in teams?
  40. Do you work well by yourself?
  41. Do you prefer direction or do you prefer autonomy within a narrow job role?
  42. What excites you about working for our company?
  43. What would you bring to the table working for our company?
  44. What would you like in a manager that you are responsible to report to?
  45. What wouldn’t you like in a manage r that you are responsible to report to?
  46. Would you consider yourself an A, B, or C level player?
  47. What motivates you?
  48. What de-motivates you?
  49. What get’s you inspired?
  50. Where do you want to be in the next ten years?
  51. Who are your heros?
  52. What do you like to do for fun?
  53. What do you do in spare time?
  54. Do you do any charity work?
  55. If so, what are some of your favorite charities?
  56. Do you volunteer? If so, where?
  57. What is a favorite childhood memory?
  58. Would you prefer monetary bonuses or acknowledgment?
  59. Where do you see yourself within our company?
  60. How would you be team player?
  61. Do you prefer to work in teams or work better by yourself?
  62. What are you favorite passions outside of work?
  63. What is the last book you read?
  64. What did you learn from that last book?
  65. Do you use social media?
  66. If so, what social media platforms have you used?
  67. What do you know about customer service?
  68. What do you know about sales?
  69. What is your description of a great leader?
  70. Tell me about your work experience?
  71. Tell me what you would do in a situation in the workplace that made you irate/uncomfortable?
  72. Tell me about a work accomplishment you are proud of?
  73. Tell me about a work experience you are not so proud of?
  74. What is your take on management roles in companies?
  75. Where do you see yourself in the next year?
  76. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
  77. How do you keep yourself at the top of your game for this position?
  78. How do you develop your skills further and stay fresh with the industry?
  79. Whats your biggest regret?
  80. What do you think is the biggest lesson you learned in school?
  81. What time of salary requirements do you have?
  82. What’s the most you have made so far at previous jobs?
  83. How much did you make at the last few jobs?
  84. Did you ever get a raise, if so why?
  85. What do you expect from an employer?
  86. How much vacation or sick days do you usually take each year?
  87. Describe yourself in 5 words?
  88. Tell me something about yourself you wouldn’t want someone to know?
  89. What’s your biggest success?
  90. What’s is your biggest failure?
  91. How would you change a mistake you made in the past?
  92. What was the worst thing you did at your previous job?
  93. Five words that describe your character?
  94. What kind of car do you drive?
  95. What are some of your favorite brands and why?
  96. Are you on social media and if so what platforms?
  97. What is your “internet” experience? (sites, blogs, social ect..)
  98. What is your education experience? (last grade completed)
  99. What did you major in and why?
  100. What is the best result, success story, or accomplishment in your personal career?
  101. What is the biggest accomplishment for you personally outside of your career?
  102. What are the top traits of a leader or manager?
  103. Name five traits you would like in a leader, manager, or a founder of a company?
  104. What’s your salary history?
  105. If you accepted our job offer, what would you wish your job description would be?
  106. Share an experience where you messed up or did something wrong and how did you handle it?
  107. What are your personal goals?
  108. What are your career goals?
  109. How are do you plan on accomplishing your goals?
  110. What would previous employers say about you?
  111. What do you think your best trait is?
  112. What is your worst trait?
  113. What is something you are working on about yourself?
  114. What is something you think is a strong point about you?
  115. What would your top 5 friends or family members say about you if we called them?
  116. Why should I hire you?
  117. What do you know about our company?
  118. What do you know about the position you are applying for?

Bonus Job Interview Questions:

  1. What do you think of job titles?
  2. What would you want your job title to be?
  3. What do you prefer your work hours be?
  4. How often do you work early or stay late?
  5. Do you think an employer should provide you with everything you need to succeed?

If you are a job seeker looking for help on answering job interview questions or how to answer job interview questions here are some guiding principles to help you.

  • Don’t be negative
  • Always look for a positive in an answer
  • Be truthful
  • Don’t “over answer”
  • Be real and true with your answers don’t give them the answers you think you want them to hear
  • Don’t be too short or long winded with your answers
  • Keep eye contact
  • Avoid saying um or other bad fillers
  • Smile
  • Be professional
  • Dress for success
  • Better to be dressed up then dressed down
  • Know your stuff