If you’re looking for free sample job interview questions to practice, you came to the right place.
In this article, you’ll find the top behavioral interview questions and standard interview questions – more than 100 in total.
Reading through and practicing these interview questions will also help you identify areas you need to improve so you can work on them before the interview.
In Part I you’ll get 53 free sample behavioral interview questions to practice (behavioral interview questions are questions that start with phrases like, “tell me about a time you had to…”)
Then in Part II we’ll cover 75 other common interview questions you should practice along with your behavioral questions.
Let’s get started…
Part I: Free Sample Behavioral Interview Questions
Sample behavioral questions about teamwork:
Talk about a time you had to work closely with someone whose personality was very different from yours
Tell me about a challenge or conflict you’ve faced at work, and how you dealt with it
Give me an example of how you have worked on teams. What role did you play?
Describe a time you struggled to build a relationship with someone important. How did you overcome it?
Tell me about a time you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague
Tell me about a time you needed to get information from someone who wasn’t very cooperative. What did you do?
Tell me about a time you exercised leadership
Describe a time when you didn’t agree with others. What did you do?
Tell me a time when you worked with a colleague who was not completing his or her share of the work. Who, if anyone, did you tell or talk to about it? Did the manager take any steps to correct your colleague? Did you agree or disagree with the manager’s actions?
Describe a situation in which you had to arrive at a compromise or guide others to a compromise
Sample behavioral interview questions about motivation:
Describe a time when you saw a problem and took the initiative to correct it rather than waiting for someone else to do it
Tell me about a time when you worked under close supervision or extremely loose supervision. How did you handle that?
Give me an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Tell me about a time you were dissatisfied in your work. What could have been done to make it better?
Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond the call of duty in order to complete the job
Tell me about a time you disagreed with a decision that was made at work
Give me a specific occasion in which you conformed to a policy you didn’t agree with
Give me an example of an important goal which you had set in the past and tell me about your success in reaching it
Describe some times when you were not very satisfied or pleased with your performance. What happened and what did you do about it?
Sample behavioral questions about handling customers:
Describe a time when it was especially important to make a good impression on a client. How did you approach things?
Give me an example where you did not meet a client’s expectations. What happened and how did you attempt to fix the situation?
Tell me about a time you went above and beyond what was required to make sure a customer was happy
Describe a time when you had to interact with a difficult client. What was the situation, and how did you handle it?
When you’re working with a large number of customers, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to all of them. How do you go about prioritizing your customers’ needs?
Sample behavioral questions about problem-solving:
Tell me about a time you were under a lot of pressure. What was going on, and how did you get through it?
Describe a time when your team or company was undergoing some changes you had no control over. How did that impact you, and how did you adapt?
Tell me about the first job you ever had. What did you do to learn the ropes?
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Interview questions about your personality and motivation:
If I had your three best friends sitting with us now, how would they describe you to me?
How would your previous coworkers describe you?
How would your current or former boss describe you?
What would you do in the first 90 days of this position to succeed?
What would you do if you made an important business decision and a coworker challenged it?
What would you do if management made a decision you didn’t agree with?
What do you do when you make a mistake at work?
What would you accomplish in the first 30 days on the job?
Assume that you come to work here. One year from now you go home one Friday afternoon thinking that accepting this job was the best thing you ever did. What happened during the year for you to feel that way?
How would you deal with an angry or irate customer?
How would you fire someone?
If you have had a million dollars, what kind of work would you do and why?
How many tennis balls can you fit into a limousine?
(or any number of other brain-teaser questions. Hint: It’s not about getting it 100% right with these. They want to see your thought process and how you break it down into smaller pieces to get an answer that’s “pretty close”)
How Should You Practice Your Interview Answers?
Okay, now you know the questions you’re likely to face, but what’s the best way to practice? I recommend you record yourself speaking or practice in front of a mirror.
And don’t just memorize a ton of answers word-for-word. It’s going to get all jumbled up in your head and come out wrong in the heat of the moment! And if they ask something slightly different than what you prepared for, you’ll panic.
So practice talking about general topics and ideas…
What you’re looking for in your job search
Why you’re searching right now
The most impressive pieces of your experience (accomplishments)
What your strengths are and how they relate to the company’s needs
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