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Top 20 Common Interview Questions Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.

Introd­uction - Come prepared to answer

First and foremost, congra­tul­ations if you have an interview! That in itself is commen­dable, so now you just want to make sure you come across in the best possible light. There is no way of predicting what you will be asked, here are 20 common questions. This is not an exhaustive list. The purpose is to give you an idea of the types of questions that you need to be prepared to answer.


Review the top 20 interview questions you'll most likely be asked at a job interview, plus the best answers. Also, review the other questions you may be asked, so you're prepared to ace the interview.

1. What were your respon­sib­ili­ties?
2. What did you like or dislike about your previous job?
3. What were your starting and final levels of compen­sation?
4. What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them?
5. What is your greatest strength?
6. What is your greatest weakness?
7. How do you handle stress and pressure?
8. What was the biggest accomp­lis­hment / failure in this position?
9. How do you evaluate success?
10. Why are you leaving or have left your job?
11. Why do you want this job?
12. Why should we hire you?
13. What are your goals for the future?
14. What are your salary requir­ements?
15. Describe a difficult work situat­ion­/pr­oject and how you handled it.
16. Tell me about yourself.
17. Who was your best boss and who was the worst?
18. What are you passionate about?
19. Questions about your superv­isors and co-wor­kers.
20. Questions about your career goals.

How to Dress for a Profes­sional Interview

Men's Interview Attire
Women Interview Attire
Suit (solid color - navy/dark grey)
Solid color, conser­vative suit
Long sleeve shirt
(white, blue or coordi­nated w/suit)
Coordinated blouse
Moderate shoes
Limited jewelry
Dark socks
Neat, profes­sional hairstyle
Conservative leather shoes
Tan or light hosiery
Little or no jewelry
Sparse makeup and perfume
Neat, profes­sional hairstyle
Manicured nails
Limit the aftershave
Portfolio or briefcase
Neatly trimmed nails
Portfolio or briefcase

How to Dress Business Casual

Mens' Business Casual
Womens' Business Casual
Khaki, gabardine or cotton pants, neatly pressed
Khaki, corduroy, twill, cotton
- pants or skirts
Cotton long-s­leeved button­-down shirts, pressed,
polo shirts or knit shirts with a collar
Sweaters, twinsets, cardigans, polo/knit shirts
Solid colors work better than bright patterns
Leather shoes
Tie optional

Interview Attire Tips

Before you go make sure you have approp­riate interview attire and everything fits correctly.
Get your clothes ready the night before, so you don't waste time getting ready on the day of the interview.
If your clothes are dry clean only, take them to the cleaners after an interview, so they are ready for next time.
Polish your shoes.
Make sure your eyeglasses are clean .
Hair is neatly combed..