Get prepared with sample interview questions

Want to feel prepared for anything? Use the Sample interview questions as part of your job interview preparation. So now you know about the common interview question categories, let’s think about how employers look at them. Working through these sample interview questions is great groundwork.


However talented or experienced you may be, you need to show you are manageable. Remember the core question of will you be able to fit in? The interviewer will want to know that you can join their team. They also want to make sure that you are not the type of person who gives their manager a bumpy ride; after all, no one knowingly takes on trouble!

Now for some sample interview questions about manageability:

How do you motivate yourself?

Are you punctual?

Would you be willing to work overtime?

What was the best company you worked for? Why?

What was the best role you’ve held? Why?

How do you get on with your boss?

How do you respond to criticism?

What have you done using your own initiative?

How do you think your manager would rate you?

How would you describe your current employer?

What did you dislike in your previous role? How did you deal with this?


What will you be like to work with, manage and motivate. The ideal personality fit depends on the company and the role.

Different traits suit different roles. Think about what the employer would be looking for from you. How has your personality shone through and made a positive impact on your work?

Now for some sample interview questions about personality:

Do you prefer working alone or within a team?

What kind of work do you enjoy?

How do you respond to criticism?

How do you define success?

How do you cope with pressure?

How do you deal with a difference of opinion with your manager?

Are you an innovative person?

What areas of your role do you enjoy most?

How do you get along with your colleagues?

How would you describe yourself?

What do you do best?

What size company do you want to work for?

What do others think about the way you work?

What do others think of the way you work?

What are you looking for now?

What motivates you?

How do you find communicating with different levels of the company hierarchy?

How do you communicate with those outside the IT function?

Describe a difficult challenge you have faced

What do you do in your spare time?


Whatever your ambitions they can worry an interviewer if it makes them think the company will not be able to offer you the chance to achieve them. Show them that the role and company will allow you and the company to work towards your goals, together.

Think about the role and company structure. What is the logical progression? What are they able to offer? Consider what it is that you want. Where do the two meet? These are shared goals and this is the area to focus on. Be prepared to talk about how the company allows you to meet your goals.

Now for some sample interview questions about your ambitions:

Why are you looking to leave your current role?

Where do you want to be in 5 years?

Why do you want this job?

How long will you stay with us?

What is your ultimate career aim?

How would you feel about relocation in the future?

When do you expect to earn a promotion?

How does this role fit into your career goals?

What are you looking for in your next job?

How do you aim to develop in this role?

What skills do you want to develop further in this role?

Why have you changed job so often?

Why have you stayed with your current employer so long?


Your Experience is a key piece of the puzzle because it is the proof that you can do the job, and you have done the job. This is a good indicator that you will do the job in future.

Being face to face gives you the chance to really allow them to tap into your achievements and get an idea of the character behind them

Now for some sample interview questions about your experience

What training have you had?

How have you developed your skills for this role?

How have you changed your current role to make it more effective?

How do you cope with the demands of your current role?

How has your career progressed to this point?

What has been your biggest failure?

How do you aim to grow and improve as a professional?

What is your biggest achievement?

How does your role fit into the overall objectives of the company?

What have you learned from each role up to now?

How have you delivered in major projects?

How have you progressed through the company?

What is your decision making responsibility?

How do you make decisions?

How has your role prepared you for increased responsibility?

How have you kept up with changes in the field?


Remember that the interviewer will already have a good deal of confidence in your strengths. You wouldn’t be called to interview if they didn’t believe you could do the job. Your job is to underline every positive aspect they believe about you and shore up any weaknesses.

Now for some sample interview questions about your experience:

How do you make key decisions?

How do you cope with the responsibility of working unsupervised?

What areas do you enjoy least?

What are your weaknesses?

What are the strengths you feel you can offer us?

What makes you successful in your role?

What would your manager describe as your strengths?

What would your colleagues describe as your strengths?

What skills have proved most valuable to you?

What do you receive praise for?

What has contributed to your success so far?

What are the most important aspects/responsibilities of your role?

What do you spend the majority of your time doing?

You now have a great set of sample interview questions. Now you’re ready to move on to thinking about how to put together the kind of answers that will set you on the path to success. Click here for The Ultimate Guide To Interview Answers.

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