99 frequent questions job interview

Work in Germany: Job Interview Questions are predictable. You can research and train them in advance

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1: Conversation opener
2: Questions about motivation
3: Questions about personality
4: Questions about work
5: Questions on working methods
6: Character questions
7: Catch Questions
8: Provocations which are not questions
9: Funnel questions


In this article you will find questions that IT specialists might hear in an interview when applying for a job in Germany. The list is certainly incomplete.

In all industries, HR managers ask rather similar questions, whether in a telephone interview or face-to-face interviews. They want to know who you are, what your strengths and weaknesses are, whether your values match those of the company.

There are no answers in this article. However, in two places there are some remarks (shown in small print) so that you can better prepare your own answers.

The questions are numbered but it is not a ranking. I don’t have statistics on which questions appear most frequently.

1: Conversation opener

1.1 – What made you interested in this company? 7 (words)
1.2 – Why do you wish to work in this company? 9
1.3 – What is the ideal company for you? 7
1.4 – Tell us more about yourself. 5
1.5 – What were you responsible for in your old job? 9
1.6 – Why would you like to change now? 7
1.7 – Why do you think you are suitable for this job? 10
1.8 – Why should we hire you and not anyone else? 10
1.9 – What can you do for us that others cannot? 9


2: Questions about motivation

2.1 – What are your long term professional goals?
2.2 – Why did you want to quit your previous job?
2.3 – What didn’t you like about your past job?
2.4 – What do you know about our company?
2.5 – What have you earned before?
2.6 – What salary do you expect?
2.7 – How long would it take you to make a significant input?
2.8.1 – What has been your greatest success so far in your life?
2.8.2 – What has been your biggest failure so far? The biggest problem? And how did you solve it?
2.9 – Aren’t you overqualified for this job?
2.10 – Aren’t you underqualified for this job?
2.11 – Do you have any questions for me?


3: Questions about personality

3.1 – What are your professional strengths? What are the biggest ones?
3.2 – Please name three positive things your former boss would say about you.
3.3 – And what would be negative he would say about you?
3.4 – What are your weaknesses?
3.5 – Please describe three situations in which you have not been successful. Could you explain why?
3.6 – Give me a few examples of the ideas you have implemented.
3.7 – What was your biggest mistake – and what have you learned from it?
3.8 – Give us an example of when you have achieved above-average and below-average results.
3.9 – What irritates you most about other people and how do you deal with it?
3.10 – Tell us something about yourself that you think we should know.
3.11 – Where would you like to be in five years?
3.12 – Which direction would you like to go in your career?
3.13 – What was your greatest success outside your profession?
3.14 – What are your bigest dreams in life?
3.15 – What are you most afraid of?


4: Questions about work

4.1 – What were your responcibilities in your old?
4.2 – What was your reason to choose that company?
4.3 – What does the ideal company look like for you?
4.4 – What would be an ideal working situation for you?
4.5 – What applies more to you: You are detail-oriented OR you are a visionary?
4.6 – In which situations were you most satisfied in your job?
4.7 – What are the key qualities of a good manager?
4.8 – What are the central characteristics of a weak leader?
4.9 – What is the difference between good and extraordinary?
4.10 – What conflicts have you faced in your previous jobs?
4.11 – If I were your boss and I would demand you to do something that you are not convinced of – what would you do?


5: Questions on working methods

5.1 – How would you describe your working style?
5.2 – What was the last project you worked on and what were the results?
5.3 – Which techniques or tools do you use to organize yourself?
5.4 – What would you do if you knew that you couldn’t possibly accomplish all your daily tasks?
5.5 – How do you deal with thing changing?
5.6 – Which task was too difficult for you and how did you solve the issue?
5.7 – What will you do in the first 30 days of your work in our company?
5.8 – Let’s talk about a situation in which you had to solve a conflict. Please tell us about a situation in which you had to deal with a difficult situation.
5.9 – Tell me about how you were forced to criticize a colleague. How did you do that?
5.10 – Have you ever been working in a team where one or more people have rested on the work of others. How did you deal with it?
5.11 – How do you feel when you get a “no” answer?
5.12 – Describe a situation where you had to manage a new situation in your job routine. What have you done?
5.13 – What needs to be done to get you to do a good job?


6: Character questions

6.1 – Which of your previous achievements are you particularly proud of and why?
6.2 – Who has left the most impact on you in your life? And how?
6.3 – Which personalities are you best able to work with? And why?
6.4 – What was the hardest decision you had to make in the last two years?
6.5 – When did you do something wrong, how did you manage to finally fix it?
6.6 – What have you been criticized for in recent years? Was this criticism fair and proper?
6.7 – Was there a person in your career who changed you?
6.8 – What kind of bosses do you have trouble with?
6.9 – How would you feel if you had to work for someone who knows much less than you?
6.10 – What causes stress and how do you deal with it? 10 6.11 – Assuming you find out that your employer is doing something forbidden – how do you deal with it?
6.12 – What is your greatest success outside your profession?


7: Catch questions

7.1 – Why are you late?
7.2 – Why have your previous job interviews not yet been successful?
7.3 – How do you know that you did a good job?
7.4 – How would you describe yourself in just one word?
7.5 – What would be the negative things that others say you have?
7.7 – Could you imagine reasons why someone doesn’t like working with you?
7.8 – In what way do you expect this position to be more attractive then your current one?
7.9 – When was the last time you broke the rules and why?
7.10 – What did you like least about your previous job?
7.11 – What does a company owe its employees?
7.12 – What do you think about being led?
7.13 – Do you have a bad day today or do you always appear like this?


8: Provocations which are not questions

Sometimes the stressful questions appear as provocative statements with an open outcome. They are meant to trigger some reaction or statement from you – especially when the questions try to pinch a weakness. Examples:

8.1 – Oh, three months on the job search…
8.2 – You’ve been studying for a long time.
8.3 – So you have not achieved your goals in your previous job…
8.4 – I can hardly imagine that you would fit into our company.
8.5 – Tell me something about yourself that is not in your CV.
8.6 – And that should distinguish you from other applicants…
8.7 – There are some hidden messages in your reference!


9: Funnel questions

9.1 – What was the last project you worked on and what was the result?
9.2 – What was the budget for the project?
9.3 – Talking about your last project. What was your contribution to the total achievement?
9.4 – Talking about your last project. What were the problems?
9.5 – Talking about your last project. How did you solve the problems you encountered? Why in this way?
9.6 – Talking about your last project. What impact did it have in the company?
9.7 – Talking about your last project. Did you manage to reduce costs?
9.8 – Talking about your last project. Did you succeed in addidng surplus value? How can you measure it?


Training Instructions

1: study the questions above. Prepare your answers;
2: download the HR-Questions in MP3;
3: unarchive and open as play list in your best player;
4: play in random order;
5: keep regularly answering random played questions.

To make it more realistic I did following:
- choosen most common 99 interview questions in a Germany;
- hired freelancers (male and female voice performers);
- extra reduced audio quality to the 'phone call quality';
- voice artists are native German and English speakers
(because headhunters in Germany are oftern calling from the UK);

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