Typical Questions Asked by Clients and Candidates

Typical Questions Asked by Clients

  1. Tell me about yourself
  2. What do you know about our company?
  3. Why do you want to work here?
  4. Why are you looking to change positions?
  5. What do you like most about your current job (or manager)?  What do you like least?
  6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  7. What is the best thing (strengths) that your boss will say about you?  What is the worst (improvement area)?
  8. How much money do you want?
  9. Why did you choose to major in ______?  Why that particular college?
  10. What is there about this job (this company, this industry) that interests you?
  11. What do you do in your spare time?
  12. Can you do this job?
  13. Why are you the right person for this job?
  14. What are you really good at?


Typical Questions Asked by Candidates

  1. What skills do you feel are important to be successful in this position?  Reconfirm strength or overcome a weakness.
  2. What can I do if I am to start here to ease your workload or make an impact over the first few months?
  3. What is it going to take for a person to come in and be successful at doing this job?
  4. What are your plans for the company/department and where do you see US 2-3 years from now (mentally jump on board and join the team)?
  5. Based on good performance in the current position, where could you see this opportunity leading 2-3 years from now?
  6. What in your company has caused you to look outside for a person to fill this job?
  7. Are there problems you are trying to solve by hiring from the outside?
  8. Could you share with me a little about your background and why you decided to join this company?  (People love to talk about themselves and it lets the person take off their interviewer hat for a moment).
  9. What is the culture/environment like?
  10. Can you give me any insight about the company (beyond what is on the website)?.
  11. What concerns do you have about my background that would prevent me from being a viable candidate?