MBA Style magazine Interview Questions
An interviewer develops an impression of you in the first few minutes of your
meeting, and spends the rest of the interview confirming, not altering, their initial
impression. Therefore, practice, practice and practice some more. According to
Procter & Gamble, Inc., the first thing you need to do prior to interviewing is assess
yourself. This includes listing your strengths and weaknesses, your accomplishments
and achievements, reviewing your strong and your weak subjects, and recording some
of the key decisions you have made in your life. As if that wasn't hard enough,
candidates should then review their interests, the disappointments they've
encountered, their work environment likes/dislikes, their business and personal
values, their goals, needs, restrictions, and life style preferences. Once you're done
reviewing the above, you're ready to practice answering the following potential
Tell me a joke.
Why should I hire you?
What are your strongest abilities?
How do your skills relate to our needs?
What are you looking for?
What would you like to know about our firm?
Tell me something about yourself?
What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
Why do you want to work for us?
Where did you grow up?
What does "success" mean to you?
What does "failure" mean to you?
What are your three major accomplishments?
What if I told you that you'd work very hard, but recognition of your contributions
would be nil?
What have you disliked in your past jobs?
What kinds of people do you enjoy working with?
What kinds of people frustrate you?
How long before you can make a contribution?
In the past year, what have you been dissatisfied about in your performance?
How long a commitment do you plan to give me?
What is your ideal job?
What can you tell me about your past bosses?
Which is more important to you: money or the type of job?
What have you learned from your activities?
Were your extracurricular activities worth the time you put into them?
What qualities should a successful manager possess?
What two attributes are most important in your job?
What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
What have you done that you consider creative?
Who do you admire? Why?
Why are you interested in our company?
What interests you about our company?
What do you get passionate about?
What courses are you taking?
Why did you choose the school that you are attending?
Have you ever managed a conflict? How?
Describe to me a recent (marketing campaign / finance deal) you like?
What concerns you about our company?
What are the most important attributes of a good manager?
Do you have these attributes (of a good manager) ?
What stocks do you recommend? Why?
Should I buy stock in Netscape?
Where are interest rates going in the next 3 months?
How many new highs did the Dow reach last year?
Questions you should ask the recruiter
What are your company's strengths and how do you capitalize on them?
What are your company’s weaknesses and how are you dealing with them?
What changes do you anticipate in the industry?
What risks will your company face due to industry changes?
What are the best opportunities at your firm for new hires?
How have you strategically responded to the competition?
What legislation is pending that will affect your firm?
Where will the major sources of your business be in the next 5 years?
How is worker performance measured and reviewed?
Do you have a mentor program? How about formal training programs?
What is your company's management style?
What challenges are facing this company? Do you think your company is reacting to
Why do people leave?
Why have you stayed with the company?
Describe my initial assignments?
If you hire me, what are the three most pressing issues you need resolved?
Some ILLEGAL Questions (in the USA)
What political party are you affiliated with?
Are you a member of the local country club?
Do you go to church regularly?
Are you currently married? Are you divorced? What is your sexual orientation?
What are your outstanding debts?
What charities are you involved with?
Do you drink?
Do you have a boyfriend?
Your last name is _______. What kind of name is that?
Do you have a girlfriend / boyfrend / Are you planning to have children?
Do you have a physical disability?
Do you have any health problems?
Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
How many children do you have?
How old are you?
This is a Christian company. Do you think that you can be happy working here?
What does you father/mother do for a living?
What is your first language?
What is your IQ?
How much do you weigh?
What's your religion?