22 Most Revealing Interview Questions You Can Ask

22 Most Revealing Interview Questions You Can Ask

Russ Mountain, CPC

Your questions should not offend and should be designed to help you establish the applicant’s qualifications and likelihood for success on the job. Questions that determine values help verify if there are any misalignments.

  1. What are some of the things that make a job fulfilling for you?
  2. What three accomplishments do you take the greatest pride in?
  3. What is the toughest job you have ever had? How did you handle it?
  4. What kind of boss do you work best with?
  5. What would your present or former boss say about you? What would he have liked to see you do differently?
  6. How do you deal with your boss when he overrides a major decision that you have made?
  7. Some people say that the best way to learn is through our mistakes. Can you tell me about a mistake that you made, either work or personal, that taught you a significant lesson?
  8. What would your present/former fellow workers tell a friend about you?
  9. We seek people who actively pursue ways to improve. Give me an example where you sought to improve yourself over the last 3 to 4 months.
  10. Have you ever risked your job to do what you thought was right?
  11. What values do you admire most in your favorite Company?
  12. During a heated discussion between co-workers, if you could be either a peacemaker or a decision maker, which would you choose and why?
  13. Do you have any responsibilities that conflict with the job attendance or travel requirements?
  14. What motivates you to put forth the greatest effort?
  15. How are you with deadlines? Describe times when you’ve had to juggle several tasks at once.
  16. What work situations irritate you or make you angry?
  17. Describe an occasion when you took the initiative to handle something outside your area of responsibility. Why did you decide to handle the situation in that way?
  18. Suppose we had a product that you felt didn’t meet our customers’ needs – what would you do about it?
  19. What skills and abilities do you have that will make you successful in this position? Give examples.
  20. What personal needs do you expect to satisfy by accepting this position?
  21. What’s the highest leverage use of your time and talent?
  22. What do you wish you had more time to do?