Most frequently asked questions at a job interview

Are you currently looking for a job? Are you new to the labor market? Or have you just been appointed as personnel director and are therefore looking for questions to ask future applicants? Then we have more than 70 common interview questions for you about work experience, motivation, education, skills, personalities and free time. The secret to a successful job interview is good preparation . You may have the most impressive CV in the world, but if you are faced with unexpected questions, you are likely to come across as clumsy and insecure and therefore make a bad impression. The best answers often come to you only after the job interview and then you naturally think: If only I had been asked the questions in advance. If you thoroughly prepare the answers to the following topics, you will rarely encounter any surprises.

Work experience

  • You previously held a completely different position. If you get the chance, wouldn’t you want to go back in that direction?
  • How come you have no experience at all?
  • What have you learned in your previous position?
  • What did you find difficult in your previous position?
  • What did you find easy in your previous position?
  • What did you think of your last employer and your colleagues?
  • Why were you fired? Have you resigned yourself?
  • Have you done this work before?
  • Why should we take you and not another candidate?
  • Aren’t you too young/too old for this job?

Job motivation

  • Why are you applying to our company?
  • Why are you applying for this position?
  • What do you know about the position you are applying for?
  • What do you know about the company you are applying to?
  • Where and why are you applying?
  • Why have you been unemployed for so long?
  • What did you do to find work?
  • How do you see this job and what do you expect from it?
  • What does the ideal job look like for you?
  • What activities or part of your job do you hate?
  • What are your expectations for within 5 years?
  • Are you willing to undergo training?
  • Are you willing to work overtime?
  • What does working mean to you?
  • How do you think you can combine your family life with your career?
  • What are your ambitions?
  • What are you motivated for?
  • Are you willing to move with your family for this work?
  • How long do you want to continue working with us?
  • Would you rather work in a large or small organization? Why?

Education and knowledge

  • What training have you received?
  • What did you find most interesting about your training?
  • What did you find boring about your training?
  • Are you still up to date in your field?
  • What do you do to stay informed of developments in your field?
  • Which magazines do you read?

Skills

  • Do you think you are the suitable candidate for this position?
  • What qualities do you think are important for a career in this company?
  • What can your employer expect from you?
  • Can you work well under time pressure?
  • How do you deal with problems?
  • Do you have the power of persuasion?
  • Can you work well together in a team?
  • To what extent do you have management skills?
  • How do you react in a difficult situation?
  • Are you customer-oriented?
  • Are you enterprising?
  • What are your business qualities?
  • Are you a specialist or a generalist?
  • Have you ever achieved something that once seemed impossible to you?
  • How long do you think you will be trained in?
  • What did you find most difficult about your previous job?
  • What did you find easiest about your previous job?
  • In what situation have you used your negotiation skills?
  • How successful do you consider yourself?
  • What character traits have hindered your career?

Spare time

  • What do you do in your spare time?
  • Do you play sports?
  • Do you like to travel?
  • Are you a member of an association?
  • Do you have many friends? Which?

Personality

  • Please sketch your own profile.
  • How do you see yourself?
  • Are you of good descent?
  • How do your friends see you?
  • How do your enemies see you?
  • Which are your best qualities?
  • What are your worst qualities?
  • Do you tolerate criticism?
  • What was the best experience of your life?
  • What was the worst experience of your life?
  • Do you have a political preference?
  • Are you affiliated with a trade union?

Other interview questions

  • How much do you want to earn (gross/net)?
  • Please sketch the profile of the ideal boss.
  • Can you give an example of a disagreement with a colleague?
  • Do you have any questions?