99 Job interview questions

Job interview questions can be difficult to anticipate. Here are 99 possible questions you may have to answer during an interview.

Typical Interview Questions

These interview questions are the most common questions you will encounter at an interview.  Yo won’t have to answer all of these questions but you will most likely have to answer at least some of these questions for any country you interview with.

  1. What are your strengths?
  2. What are your weaknesses?
  3. Why are you interested in working for this company?
  4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
  5. Why do you want to leave your current company?
  6. Why was there a gap in your employment between [insert date] and [insert date]?
  7. What can you offer us that someone else can not?
  8. What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on?
  9. Are you willing to relocate?
  10. Are you willing to travel?
  11. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
  12. Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
  13. What is your dream job?
  14. How did you hear about this position?
  15. What would you look to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job?
  16. Discuss your resume.
  17. Discuss your educational background.
  18. Describe yourself.
  19. Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.
  20. Why should we hire you?
  21. Why are you looking for a new job?
  22. Would you work holidays/weekends?
  23. How would you deal with a customer?
  24. What are your salary requirements?
  25. Give a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.
  26. Who are our competitors?
  27. What was your biggest failure?
  28. What motivates you?
  29. What’s your availability?
  30. Who’s your mentor?
  31. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
  32. How do you handle pressure?
  33. What is the name of our CEO?
  34. What are your career goals?
  35. What gets you up in the morning?
  36. What would your direct reports say about you?
  37. What were your bosses’ strengths/weaknesses?
  38. If I called your boss right now and asked them what is an area that you could improve on, what would he say?
  39. Are you a leader or a follower?
  40. What was the last book you’ve read for fun?
  41. What are your co-worker pet peeves?
  42. What are your hobbies?
  43. What is your favorite website?
  44. What makes you uncomfortable?
  45. What are some of your leadership experiences?
  46. How would you fire someone?
  47. What do you like the most and least about working in this industry?
  48. Would you work 40+ hours a week?
  49. What questions haven’t I asked you?
  50. What questions do you have for me?

Unusual Questions

The following interview questions are designed to get to know how you think. When you answer these questions, the interviewer may be paying more attention to the your reasoning behind the answer than the actual answer itself.

  1. How many people are using Facebook in San Francisco at 2:30pm on a Friday
  2. Just entertain me for five minutes, I’m not going to talk
  3. If Germans were the tallest people in the world, how would you prove it?
  4. What do you think of garden gnomes?
  5. Would Mahatma Gandhi have made a good software engineer?
  6. If you could be #1 employee but have all your co-workers dislike you or you could be #15 employee and have all your co-workers like you, which would you choose?
  7. How would you cure world hunger?
  8. Room, desk and car – which do you clean first?
  9. Does life fascinate you?
  10. Given 20 ‘destructible’ light bulbs (which breaks at certain height), and a building with 100 floors, how do you determine the height that the light bulb breaks?
  11. Please spell ‘diverticulitis’
  12. Name 5 uses of a stapler without staple pins.
  13. How much money did residents of Dallas/Ft. Worth spend on gasoline in 2008?
  14. How would you get an elephant into a refrigerator?
  15. You have a bouquet of flowers. All but two are roses, all but two are daisies, and all but two are tulips. How many flowers do you have?
  16. How many planes are currently flying over Kansas?
  17. How many different ways can you get water from a lake at the foot of a mountain, up to the top of the mountain?
  18. What is 37 times 37?
  19. If you could be a superhero, what power would you possess?
  20. If you were a Microsoft Office program, which one would you be?
  21. Pepsi or Coke?
  22. Are you exhaling warm air?
  23. You’re in a row boat, which is in a large tank filled with water. You have an anchor on board, which you throw overboard (the chain is long enough so the anchor rests completely on the bottom of the tank). Does the water level in the tank rise or fall?
  24. How do you feel about those jokers at Congress?

Odd questions asked during real interviews

The following are questions that were actually asked during real interviews.

  1. If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office what type of parade would it be? – The Zappos Family
  2. How lucky are you and why? – Airbnb
  3. If you were a pizza deliveryman how would you benefit from scissors? – Apple
  4. If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be? – Red Frog Events
  5. Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer? – Dell
  6. If you were on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would you bring? – Yahoo
  7. If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why? – Bed Bath & Beyond
  8. Do you believe in Big Foot? – Norwegian Cruise Line
  9. Why is a tennis ball fuzzy? – Xerox
  10. What is your least favorite thing about humanity? – ZocDoc
  11. How would you use Yelp to find the number of businesses in the US? – Factual
  12. How honest are you? – Allied Telesis
  13. How many square feet of pizza is eaten in the US each year? – Goldman Sachs
  14. Can you instruct someone how to make an origami ‘cootie catcher’ with just words? – LivingSocial
  15. If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children? – McKinsey & Company
  16. You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?– Urban Outfitters
  17. How does the internet work? – Akamai
  18. If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you, and why?– SinglePlatform
  19. What’s the color of money???…. – American Heart Association
  20. What was the last gift you gave someone? – Gallup
  21. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently? – Applebee’s
  22. How many snow shovels sold in the US last year? – TASER
  23. It’s Thursday, we’re staffing you on a telecommunications project in Calgary, Canada on Monday. Your flight and hotel are booked; your visa is ready. What are the top five things you do before you leave? – ThoughtWorks
  24. Most unexpected question: Describe to me the process and benefits of wearing a seatbelt. – Active Network
  25. Have you ever been on a boat? – Applied Systems

Now that you have seen the questions, hopefully you can prepare better.  Good luck on your interview and let me know you did.  By the way, what are some of the questions you’ve encountered during interviews? Let me know in the comments below.

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