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Sample Interview Questions

The types of interview questions you face are often directly related to the hiring manager. Younger, less experienced hiring managers often ask standard questions such as: “What is your greatest weaknesses,” or ”Why should I hire you for this position?”

Standard Interview Sample Questions:

  • Tell me about your professional history.
  • What are your goals?
  • What is your greatest strength? Weakness?
  • What are you really knowledgeable about?
  • Do you prefer a fast, medium or slow paced environment?
  • How do you keep up with the latest technologies?
  • Do you prefer to focus on one area and get good at it, or more well rounded?
  • Describe a situation in which you recognized a potential problem as an opportunity. What did you do?
  • Describe the system you use for keeping track of multiple projects. How do you track your progress so that you can meet deadlines?
  • How do you deal with conflict or opposition?
  • Tell me about a time when you came up with an innovative solution to a challenge your company was facing. What was the challenge? What roles did others play?
  • Describe the best team you’ve ever worked on or played on. What made it best?
  • Are you the person others come to when something needs to be done? Why?
  • Why should I hire you?

Technical Interview Sample Questions:

  • How could you determine if a linked list contains a cycle in it, and, at what node the cycle starts?
  • How would you reverse a doubly-linked list?
  • How would you configure a three-router network with an Internet connection?
  • How would you automatically start a daemon on Sys 5 R4?
Behavioral Based Interview Questions:

  • Do you ever feel content at the end of a day? Tell me about it.
  • Do you outperform others at work? Tell me about a time when you did this.
  • Do you have long days? Tell me about it.
  • Do you feel the need to stay busy all the time?
  • How do you feel when you are not busy?
  • Can you tell me about a time when you didn’t follow through?
  • If you could choose who you work with, what characteristics would you look for?
  • Do you prefer to work in a structured or unstructured environment?
  • Tell me about a time when you missed an obvious solution to a problem.
  • Do you learn a lot about a little or a little about a lot?
  • Are you different things to different people? Tell me more.
  • Do you change your style according to your audience? Please explain.
  • Do you enjoy telling others what to do?
  • All things being equal, would you rather be part of a group or lead it?
  • Please give me an example when you had to deal with conflict.
  • How do you feel when you are the unpopular voice in a group?
  • Would you rather be on a successful team with casual acquaintances or a less successful team with people you are close to?
  • Are you always clear on what the ethical thing to do is?
  • Do you trust people until they prove you can’t trust them or do people have to earn your trust first?
  • Describe the best manager you’ve ever had.
  • Are you able to stay on task in the face of distractions? Please illustrate.
  • Would people describe you as helpful? Why?
  • When faced with a problem, do you usually make decisions based on fact or intuition?
  • Do you tend to treat all people the same? Please explain.
  • Do some people deserve special treatment?