Published Date: 02/03/2014
By Reneé Watkins
Interviews typically start off with a standard approach to provide information about the company and the position important to the candidate and to field any specific questions or concerns they might have. As the interview progresses, however, it takes on a life of its own and can travel down any number of paths during an exchange of information between the recruiter and the candidate. It is important to make certain you get answers to the set of questions most meaningful in order to determine if this candidate is a good fit for the position and for the company.
Although you may already have a standard interview process, it is always a good idea to know what information other employers think is critical when evaluating candidates. Glassdoor.com has compiled a list of the top interview questions for 2014, based on their annual employer survey, encompassing thousands of responses from employers across the country.
All of these questions will not be included in every interview. Compare this list to yours and select questions that may be important to your organization. Some questions may pertain to specific roles only, so you can mix and match. The list is included below:
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Why are you interested in working for us?
- Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
- Why was there a gap in your employment history?
- What can you offer us that someone else cannot?
- Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
- Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
- What is your dream job?
- How did you hear about this position?
- What would you look to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job?
- Describe yourself.
- Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.
- Why should we hire you?
- How would you deal with an angry or irate customer?
- What are your salary requirements?
- Give a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.
- What was your biggest failure?
- What motivates you?
- What’s your availability?
- How do you handle pressure?
- What are your goals?
- What would your direct reports say about you?
- Are you a leader or a follower?
- What are some of your leadership experiences?
- What do you like the most and least about working in this industry?