50 challenging interview questions you should know

A job interview is not a one-way road for the recruiter to find out more about you - it`s also a great opportunity for you to learn more about the company, the vacancy and the culture! This is your chance to present yourself and ask any questions you might have. Here are just a few tips to prepare for your interview, followed by 50 essential interview questions:

- Be prepared: make sure you did your homework and are well-informed about the company and the position. Get a good night`s sleep as well before.
- Presentation: you never get a second chance to make a first impression! It`s better to be overdressed than underdressed.. Be confident and show an open body language.
- STAR methodology: Situation, Task, Action, Result. Questions which are best answered using this methodology will certainly appear to test your actions in certain situations. Come up with good examples from prior experiences.
- Ask questions: make sure you have prepared a list of questions you would like to have answered.
- Show respect: listen to your recruiter, be friendly, positive and show interest.
- Tip: send a thank-you email after the interview. You can confirm your interest for the vacancy and say your enthusiasm for the position has increased. This will definitely distinguish you from other candidates.
Click on the questions below to see sample answers and further advice.

1. How would you describe yourself?
2. Describe yourself in one word.
3. Name 3 of your strengths and weaknesses.
4. What type of books, magazines and newspapers do you read? Which were the latest ones you read?
5. Why did you choose your specific university?
6. How was your transition from high school to university?
7. Tell me more about your academic performances.
8. How will your university education benefit your future career?
9. Do you have any plans to continue studying, for an advanced degree for example?
10. If given the chance, would you have done anything differently in your university career?
11. What would you have done anything differently in your life until now?
12. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
13. What makes you angry?
14. Describe your ideal job following graduation.
15. What career goals have you set yourself?
16. What influenced you to choose this career path?
17. What traits and qualifications do you have which will make you successful in this career path?
18. Why do you want to work at our company?
19. What do you know about our company?
20. Why should I hire you?
21. I can also hire someone internally in the firm. Why should I hire an external person such as you?
22. What changes would you make in our company if I hired you?
23. You`re standing in an elevator with your potential future boss - how would you sell yourself in 10 seconds?
24. You are allowed to ask someone in history a single question. Who would you choose and what is your question?
25. How many airplanes are there in the world?
26. How would you gain the confidence of a client who has over 30 years experience?
27. Do you prefer working alone or in a team?
28. What is the role you adopt whilst working in a team?
29. Tell me about a problem you faced whilst working in a team. How did you resolve the problem?
30. How good are you at solving conflicts?
31. What would you do if a colleague is underperforming, which is hurting you and your division as well?
32. Are you good at dealing with stress? Give me several examples which demonstrate this.
33. Are you willing to travel for the job?
34. Are you willing to relocate for the job?
35. What was the biggest challenge you ever faced?
36. Describe a situation where you successfully convinced others of your ideas.
37. Describe a situation where you arrived at a compromise with a colleague.
38. Please give me some examples which show that you can adapt to a variety of people, cultures, and environments.
39. Which areas of the world would you like to explore and why?
40. Are you good at handling several tasks and responsibilities simultaneously?
41. How do you determine priorities in your planning?
42. How would your friends describe you?
43. Have you ever considered starting your own business?
44. Tell me more about your prior internship/job experience. How would your previous colleagues describe you?
45. What is the most significant contribution you made in your previous company?
46. Could you have done better in your previous job?
47. What would you like to improve professionally about yourself?
48. Your boss tells you in confidence that he is considering firing a colleague, who happens to be your best friend at work. How would you handle this situation?
49. Tell me a joke.
50. What would you do with 1 million ping-pong balls?