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Non-technical interview questions


Learn the STAR format. From Wikipedia:

  • Situation - The interviewer wants you to present a recent challenge and situation in which you found yourself.
  • Task - What were you required to achieve? The interviewer will be looking to see what you were trying to achieve from the situation. Some performance development methods[1] use “Target” rather than “Task”. Job interview candidates who describe a “Target” they set themselves instead of an externally imposed “Task” emphasize their own intrinsic motivation to perform and to develop their performance.
  • Action - What did you do? The interviewer will be looking for information on what you did, why you did it and what the alternatives were.
  • Results - What was the outcome of your actions? What did you achieve through your actions and did you meet your objectives? What did you learn from this experience and have you used this learning since?


  • Why do you want to work for X company?
  • Why do you want to leave your current/last company?
  • What are you looking for in your next role?
  • Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a co-worker.
  • Tell me about a time in which you had a conflict and needed to influence somebody else.
  • What project are you currently working on?
  • What is the most challenging aspect of your current project?
  • What was the most difficult bug that you fixed in the past 6 months?
  • How do you tackle challenges? Name a difficult challenge you faced while working on a project, how you overcame it, and what you learned.
  • What are you excited about?
  • What frustrates you?
  • Imagine it is your first day here at the company. What do you want to work on? What features would you improve on?
  • What are the most interesting projects you have worked on and how might they be relevant to this company's environment?
  • Tell me about a time you had a disagreement with your manager.
  • Talk about a project you are most passionate about, or one where you did your best work.
  • What does your best day of work look like?
  • What is something that you had to push for in your previous projects?
  • What is the most constructive feedback you have received in your career?
  • What is something you had to persevere at for multiple months?
  • Talk about your favorite project.
  • If you were hired here what would you do?
  • State an experience about how you solved a technical problem. Be specific about the diagnosis and process.
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What is your biggest strength and area of growth?
  • Why are you interested in this opportunity?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • Why are you looking to leave your current company?
  • Tell me about a time your work responsibilities got a little overwhelming. What did you do?
  • Give me an example of a time when you had a difference of opinion with a team member. How did you handle that?
  • Tell me about a challenge you faced recently in your role. How did you tackle it? What was the outcome?
  • Where do you want to be in five years?
  • Tell me about a time you needed information from someone who wasn't responsive. What did you do?
  • How do you deal with difficult coworkers? Think about specific instances where you resolved conflicts.
  • How did you win over the difficult employees?
  • Tell me about an analytical problem that you have worked on in the past.
  • What are your three strengths and three weaknesses?
  • If you were in charge of picking projects for XX, what problem would you try to solve?
  • What is something 90% of people disagree with you about?
  • What are some of the best and worst things about your current company?
  • What is broken around you?
  • What would your manager say about you?
  • Describe XX to your grandmother.
  • Teach me something you've learned.
  • Tell me a time when you predicted something.
  • If your supervisors were to rate you on a scale of 1-10, what would they rate you?
  • What was the most fun thing you did recently?
  • Tell me the story of how you became who you are today and what made you apply to XX.
  • What have you built?
  • What is the hardest technical problem you have run into?
  • How did you solve it?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • How do you handle disagreements with coworkers?
  • How do you stay up to date with the latest technologies?
  • Explain a project that you worked on recently that was difficult.
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • What would your previous boss say your biggest strength was?
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