Here are 100 mock interview questions and how to effectively answer them, so grab a friend and go through these mock questions one by one to prepare for your real interview for guaranteed success.
Q: Do you make sacrifices for your work? If so, how much do you sacrifice?
A: Yes, I sacrifice for all that I’m passionate about, and I try to maintain a good work/life balance to manage stress.
Q:A client reacts harshly to a mistake. How do you respond?
A: Empathize with the client, apologize, and offer options to address the issue.
Q: How do you deal with conflict? An example?
A: First, I examine the issue to determine what’s provoking the conflict. Next, I outline how to go about remedying the conflict in accordance with the best outcomes. Lastly, I choose the best outcome and take steps toward it.
Q: If company employees were doing something unethical, how would you react?
A: Report it to upper management. They’ll understand how important business ethics are to the company and its reputation.
Q:A colleague calls you out on an error in front of the entire office. How do you react?
A: If I made the error, I’d acknowledge it and discuss how I’m addressing this issue. Without being emotional, I’d ask the colleague later to please provide me personal feedback in private.
Mock Interview Questions that Test Your Vision
Q: Visualize your professional self in 5 years? What does this picture look like?
A: Emphasize realistic aspirations and goals, while also highlighting your determination to take on more responsibilities and leadership roles.
Q: Are you detail-oriented?
A: Outline how you were meticulously detail-oriented in previous jobs. Which details were important to catch in the position you held, and what was the significance of finding an error.
Q: Is the company vision important to you? Why?
A: Yes, it is important, because I intend to invest my time to help strengthen this vision and make it sustainable.
Q: How good are you at getting others to follow the company vision?
A: I care about a shared company vision and culture, so I effectively articulate this vision through explaining company goals to staff, while encouraging them to participate in achieving these goals.
Q: What is an improved vision for our company?
A: Highlight some current trends and how the company may be falling behind their competitors. This will involve some research into the industry and the company.
Mock Interview Questions about Time Management
Q: If you were feeling overwhelmed from the amount of work given you, how would you respond?
A: Before approaching the boss to possibly offload some of the work, I’d prioritize what I can reasonably complete according to the importance of the project. I’d then put in more work to accomplish the priorities and then help with the projects that were offloaded.
Q: If you had a project deadline coming up quickly, but a business emergency needs immediate attention, how do you respond?
A: I’d decide which issue is more critical and give it priority.
Q: How do you complete multiple projects by deadline?
A: I prioritize them in order of importance, create a timeline, and get to work. If I find I need help to finish on time, I ask for it.
Q: You notice your colleagues are being unproductive. How do you respond?
A: I’d approach them and encourage them in a positive way to work efficiently.
Q: What if your boss is the one scheduling loads of unproductive meetings?
A: I’d speak with my boss, acknowledging first how much I value his leadership, but then explaining how the regular meetings are reducing productivity in the office.
Mock Interview Questions that Address How You Respond to Change
Q: Your position requires new skills. How do you respond?
A: I first identify which skills I’m lacking, then I identify the steps to take to acquire these skills, after which I’d take action.
Q: How do you greet newbies at the company?
A: With open arms.
Q: How do you respond to new management?
A: I respect their leadership and try to invite them into the fold, while being proactive about any changes they’ve made in the way things are done.
Q: You are moved to a new position and know no one in the department. How do you react?
A: I am personable and quickly make friends, while learning the inner workings of the department.
Mock Interview Questions about Energy Levels
Q: How do you re-energize when you feel burnt-out?
A: I take a break or delegate tasks to willing coworkers.
Q: You’ve had a long week, but you must reach a deadline. Does your work suffer?
A: No, I don’t take on more than I can handle, and I take pride in my work. I wouldn’t allow anything to go out into the world without my stamp of approval.
Q: Do you take many breaks during the day?
A: Not more than the company allows, but enough to keep me going and to keep my work at its best.
Q: If you’re feeling slow-moving throughout the day, how do you complete assignments?
A: I drink coffee to perk me up and, if needed, I delegate tasks to willing colleagues until I feel at my best.
Q: What type of energy do you want from a company?
A: I like good, positive energy. I also want my company to be high-energy and at my own speed.
Mock Interview Questions about Presentation
Q: Tell me about a time you “sold” an idea to someone.
A: Provide a good example from past experience, whether it was a college course presentation, a meeting, or on the sale’s floor.
Q: How do you feel about public speaking?
A: I like presenting ideas in an engaging and dynamic way to an audience.
Q: Do you think business attire reflects the type of worker you are?
A:It may not directly reflect your business acumen, but good, polished presentation will reflect positively on you to most people.
Q: Are you a people-person?
A: Yes, I am. I genuinely love to talk with people, work with colleagues, and fulfill customer needs.
Q: Sell us something.
A: In response to this scenario, deliver an insightful sale that comes across as authentic and genuine. Begin with the practical application of the product you choose to “sell” and outline the special nature of its features.
Mock Interview Questions about Failure
Q: How do you handle failure?
A: I learn from it. Provide a specific example from past experience, outlining how you made a failure a success by learning from it.
Q: You are unsuccessful in a project, because you aren’t provided the tools for success. How would you address this?
A: I’d approach my manager and explain why the project was unsuccessful and request the tools necessary to complete the next similar project.
Q: You made an error on a big account. What do you do?
A: I admit the error, fix it, apologize for the error to the account owners, and learn from the mistake.
Q: Tell us about a time you failed and how you handled it.
A: Describe a scenario of a small failure, either personal or professional, and illustrate the proactive ways in which you addressed it.
Q: Do failures hinder your performance?
A: No, they make my performance better. I learn from them and move on, never to make the same mistake again.
Mock Interview Questions about Problem-Solving Abilities
Q: Tell me about a problem you solved and the outcome.
A: Explain a specific real-life example and the creative steps you took to address it.
Q: You see an error made by one of your colleagues. What do you do?
A: If I can fix the error, myself, I do so. If it’s something only my colleague can fix, I approach them in private and explain the error, offering solutions on how to fix it.
Q: How do you go about problem-solving?
A: I am detail-oriented and analytical. I appreciate an organized approach to problem-solving, so I identify the problem, outline the steps to all possible solutions, and take action toward the best outcome.
Q: You take issue with how a colleague approaches problem-solving. How do you respond?
A: I offer them guidance to improve their problem-solving abilities. If they don’t accept my guidance, I do not interfere if it doesn’t directly affect me or harm others’ work.
Q: If you were met with (a specific scenario), how would you approach it?
A: Explain, step by step, your problem-solving process. See question 37 for the best process.
Mock Interview Questions about Teamwork
Q: Do you like to work on alone or with others?
A: I see the pros and cons of both. Teamwork is beneficial, because others’ strengths balance out your weaknesses, and vice versa. If you’re a strong team, you also have the camaraderie to support you.
Q: Is the team’s performance as important as individual performance?
A: I believe they’re symbiotic, so they’re equally important. If individual performance is suffering, it will impact team performance negatively, and vice versa.
Q: If someone is slacking on your team, how do you react?
A: I approach them and outline some of their good qualities and work before explaining where they might improve. If they don’t respond proactively, I pick up the slack, myself.
Q: Your team member regularly calls in sick, and your team may not complete the project on time. What do you do?
A: I ask another colleague to fill in, if possible. If not, I call a meeting with my other team members and recommend ways in which we might re-delegate the absent colleague’s tasks in order to complete the project on time.
Q: What type of teammate are you?
A: I’m a starter. I’m the one encouraging and motivating everyone else on my team. And I lead by example.
Mock Interview Questions about Decision-Making
Q: Tell me about a difficult decision you’ve made in your life.
A: Outline a choice you were faced with and the pros and cons of each choice. Explain why you made the decision you did and how the decision you made impacted you in a positive way.
Q: How do you make decisions when you don’t have all the necessary information?
A: Many decisions in life are made without all the information. The best approach is to make the most practical and ethical decision possible according to the information at hand.
Q: Do you seek advice about important decisions?
A: Of course. I appreciate other perspectives.
Q: Who do you seek advice from when you need to make a decision?
A: I ask those who are well informed about the subject, and I also ask those I respect and admire for their own clear and insightful decision-making abilities.
Q: We offer you the job, here and now, but you have other interviews with companies you prefer. The offer is only on the table for the next five seconds. How do you make this decision?
A: I’ll take it! (If it’s the offer you want:))
Mock Interview Questions about Leadership
Q: Do you like being a leader? Why?
A: Yes, because I find guiding my colleagues toward a common goal to be thrilling. I’m also an organized planner and can articulate goals, objectives, and the steps to achieve them.
Q: What kind of leader are you?
A: A bipartisan leader. I appreciate that opposing perspectives can reach a compromise, and I like being the person to create the most effective hybrid.
Q: What makes a good leader?
A: Someone who knows how to motivate all types of people from all walks of life. Someone who is ethical and encourages criticism in order to improve his/her own leadership.
Q: How do you lead?
A: I identify each team member’s strengths and capitalize on them through motivation and clear guidance.
Q: Who is your favorite leader?
A: Name your favorite leader and highlight their strengths and why you admire their leadership skills. Try to be apolitical.
Mock Interview Questions about Policy& Procedures
Q: What do you think about company dress code?
A: It’s there for a reason, and the reason usually is to prevent distraction so that the team can be more productive.
Q: Do you take all your sick days, even when you’re not sick?
A: No, I like my job and want to come to work every day.
Q: How do you view strict changes in procedure?
A: I acknowledge that these changes have likely been instilled for the good of the company. There is a purpose behind standard procedures, and it doesn’t bother me in the least to follow them.
Q: Have you ever experienced a change in policy you disagreed with? How did you respond?
A: Explain a past change in policy, your attempt to understand it, and why you disagreed with it. Outline how you dealt with this disagreement and what the outcome was.
Q: Your manager enforces policies and procedures only occasionally for specific staff members. How do you react?
A: I approach this manager in private and explain how it is ineffective to sporadically enforce policies and procedures. They should be fairly enforced across the board. If the manager continues in his actions and they are serious enough, I approach upper management with the problem.
Mock Interview Questions about Goal-Setting
Q: Tell us about a time you set a goal and what you did to achieve it.
A: Choose your most impressive challenge and vividly highlight the steps you took to accomplish it and the outcome. If there are numbers involved, even better.
Q: What are your short-term goals?
A: Provide a personal goal that you aim to meet within the next couple years and how you’re being proactive toward achieving it.
Q: What are your long-term goals?
A: Highlight some of your most ambitious, but achievable long-term goals and how you plan to accomplish them. Make sure they’re career-oriented.
Q: How do you view goal-setting?
A: I see it as a way to challenge myself and prioritize my ambitions. And when I achieve my goals, I feel fulfilled.
Q: How do you approach goal-setting?
A: I first thoroughly define my goal then I outline the steps to achieving it. Each step that I accomplish is one step closer to the main goal, which motivates me. Once I’ve reached the top, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished.
Mock Interview Questions about Achievements
Q: When do you feel accomplished?
A: When I’ve completed a project on time to my highest standard of quality. I feel accomplished when I know I’ve created something to be proud of.
Q: What defines success to you?
A: A successful person is one who achieves everything they set out to and most value in life.
Q: Tell us about a time you were recognized for your achievement in the workplace.
A: Describe a personal account of your career success and any awards or recognitions this gleaned. Explain what it meant to you to be recognized and what you did to deserve the recognition.
Q: Do you feel you’re successful?
A: Yes, I got my foot in the door here, and I’m right where I want to be.
Q: What is your greatest achievement in life?
A: Choose the achievement you’re most proud of, career-oriented or otherwise, and speak of the challenges, what you learned from it, and the impact it made on you.
Mock Interview Questions about Popularity
Q: Does being liked matter to you?
A: Of course it does. I want to be approachable, personable and easy to work with.
Q: Is it more important to be personable or productive?
A: In some cases, it depends on what position you’re in. Sales and customer service positions require a likeability factor that I think subsequently makes you more effective at your job. Productivity, however, always matters.
Q: How do you view popularity?
A: I view it as fickle and subjective.
Q: Are the choices you make popular?
A: They usually benefit the majority, so they largely are. But if they aren’t, I explain the benefits of the choice. Highlight a personal example.
Q: Tell me about a time you were forced to make an unpopular decision.
A: Not every effective decision is popular. Rather, most decisions are bound to make some people unhappy. Illustrate the decision, why you chose it, and how you articulated the reasons you made this decision to those who didn’t like it.
Mock Interview Questions about What Drives You
Q: Who are your role models?
A: Cite someone you genuinely look up to and are passionate about, in the industry, company, or a personal one. Explain why you admire them and in which ways you hope to be like them.
Q: What is your work style?
A: Highlight your strengths, including your interpersonal skills, work ethic, skill sets, communicative skills, attention to detail, leadership skills, etc.
Q: What are your aspirations?
A: Describe your short- and long-term goals and how you’re being proactive about achieving these goals.
Q: What is your biggest fear?
A: Discuss a real fear (example: fear of failure) and describe the ways in which you’ve tried to overcome this fear.
Q: What motivates you?
A: Explain what interests you about the work you do and how you are passionate about it. Try to highlight the company’s vision, along with your own personal and internal motivations.
Q: Describe yourself in five words or less.
A: Choose three adjectives that describe qualities or characteristics that you value. Provide the reasons behind these choices.
Q: What are you passionate about?
A: Explain what drives you and makes you happy. If it’s something personal, try to relate it back to the position and the company for which you’re interviewing.
Q: What did you want to be when you were young?
A: Describe a lifelong dream of yours and, if it has any commonalities with the position to which you’re applying, highlight them. If you’re interviewing for your dream job, even better.
Q: What personality types do you work best with?
A: Emphasize that you like working with everyone, but outline some of the personality types you find easiest to work with and the most motivating (examples: personable, encouraging, collaborative, outgoing, goal-oriented, etc.). Explain why.
Q: What is your biggest regret and why?
A: Provide an authentic situation or action that you regret. Explain what you learned from it and how you’ve changed as a person because of it.
Q: What is your greatest weakness?
A:Give an honest answer to this question. Provide a weakness that you’re trying to improve upon and give details about how you’re addressing it.
Mock Interview Questions about the Company/Industry
Q: What interests you about this industry?
A: Provide three core reasons you want to work in this industry. Identify how the solutions in this industry impact culture, clients, the environment, whatever it may be.
Q: Why do you want to work here?
A: Provide three or more strong reasons you’re interested in the company, whether it’s the company vision, culture, opportunities, products, people, etc.
Q: What do you know about our company?
A: Research any current news about the company and describe some of the successes and achievements they’ve accomplished recently. Also be knowledgeable about their company culture, vision, products, and competitive advantages.
Q: What differentiates us from the competition?
A: Explain why you chose this company instead of their competitor.
Q: What do you know about the industry?
A: Read up on this industry and outline some current events, as well as deep industry knowledge.
Mock Interview Questions about How You Fit in the Company
Q: What should we choose you over the competition?
A: Highlight your achievements, dedication and skills and illustrate specific examples of your success, with numbers and figures where at all possible.
Q: What skills do you bring to the table?
A: Outline your credentials where it comes to skills (interpersonal, communicative, analytical, presentation, management, computer, sales, etc.) and provide examples.
Q: How do you fit in this company?
A: Describe the company culture and goals and how it mirrors your own goals, priorities and work ethic.
Q: Where do you see your future with this company?
A: Explain your short-term plans for this position and long-term plans for climbing the corporate ladder.
Q: What would you change about our company?
A: Provide insightful and constructive criticism about some aspect of the company. Try to provide effective ways to improve this aspect.
Q: What do you think of this company’s vision?
A:Do your research and know the company vision and where they see themselves in the future. Describe how your own goals and values align with the company’s.
Q: How do you follow industry trends?
A: Cite different sites and news channels you may follow to keep up on industry news and trends. Also cite the company’s website if it highlights news.
Q: How would you impact the company?
A: Think about the position and account for some effective ways it can affect the company’s bottom line. Provide three examples by which you’re the right person to manage that role.
Q: How much do you want to be paid?
A: Research the position and consider the market address against your own experience. State a number and explain why you think you’re worth it.
Q: Why should we hire you?
A: Account for any gaps in the interview regarding reasons the company should hire you. If there are no gaps, highlight your skills, experience, and work ethic with examples.
Hopefully these mock interview questions have given you all the information and practice you need to successfully answer tricky rapid fire interview questions. Remember to practice and research the industry before applying for any interview position.