10 Common Open-Ended Interview Questions

Open-Ended questions are designed to allow the interviewee the opportunity to elaborate and answer in a variety of ways.  These questions are great ways to control the way you answer and tailor your response to the position you are interviewing for.  Tie in your unique value message and experiences as this is a natural opportunity to express your thoughts you have practiced.

Here are 10 common examples of open-ended questions to help you prepare:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. Tell me about your previous work experience.
  3. What were the major responsibilities in your last position?
  4. Where do you see yourself in 3 to 5 years?
  5. What accomplishments are you most proud of and why?
  6. What are 3 words that describe your strengths?  Why did you choose them?
  7. How do you define success?
  8. What are 3 words your co-workers would use to describe you and why?
  9. Why are you interested in this position?
  10. Why should we hire you?

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