One of the hardest things about any interview is the uncertainty of the questions you’ll be asked. Whilst it’s easy to find some video interview examples online, the best way to truly prepare is to practice as many interview questions as possible.
Let us help you get ready with some video interview example questions. We’ve put 100 questions into five different categories to provide you with a one-stop-shop of the many kinds of questions you could face during your next video interview!
Let’s get into it!
- Questions #1 – #27 – General Questions
- Questions #28 – #45 – Behavioural Questions
- Questions #46 – #56 – Conceptual/Role-Specific Questions
- Questions #57 – #75 – Previous Experience Questions
- Questions #76 – #84 – Aspirational Questions
- Questions #85 – #100 – Curveball Questions
Questions #1 – #27 – General Questions
All interviews are littered with general questions designed to get to know you in more detail. These questions are designed to find out a little bit about your background, the way you like to work, your salary expectations and what makes you different.
With these questions, it’s essential to give a simple and straightforward answer whilst also giving the interviewer a flavour of your personality!
- Tell me about yourself and your background
- Why do you want this job?
- Where did you hear about this job?
- What attracted you to this company?
- What do you know about our company?
- What do you think we could do better as a company?
- What do you know about this industry?
- What do you think will change our industry in the next 5 years?
- What sort of working culture do you like the most?
- What would be your ideal working situation? Remote, Hybrid or Office?
- What’s your ideal company?
- Why should we hire you?
- What do you think separates you from other candidates?
- What salary are you looking for?
- What’s your salary history?
- What do you like to do outside of work?
- What make of car do you drive?
- What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the last year?
- What’s the last book you read?
- What magazines do you like to read?
- Why did you choose your degree?
- What did you learn about yourself during the pandemic?
- Do you have plans to have children soon?
- Are you willing to relocate?
- How long will it take for you to make a significant contribution?
- What other companies are you interviewing with?
- Do you have any questions for me?
Questions #28 – #45 – Behavioural Questions
Interviewers use behavioural questions to get a sense of how you interact with others as part of your day-to-day work. These questions give organizations an insight into how you’ll fit into the team, the company culture and the strategic vision.
It’s essential to be honest during these questions. Of course, you’ll want to paint yourself in the best light, but remember to be honest with how you like to work to ensure the role is right for you too!
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- If you were interviewing someone for this position, what traits would you look for?
- If you were at a business lunch and you ordered a rare steak, and they brought it to you, well done, what would you do?
- How would you quickly establish credibility with a team?
- How would you feel about working for someone who knows less than you?
- What kind of personality do you work best with and why?
- How would you describe your work style?
- Tell me about a time you went above and beyond in your job?
- Can you describe a time you made a mistake at work? How did you react?
- Have you ever worked with someone who didn’t pull their weight? How did you handle it?
- What is your personal mission statement?
- Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it?
- If I were your supervisor and asked you to do something you disagreed with, what would you do?
- What are three positive character traits you don’t have?
- If you found out your company was doing something illegal, what would you do?
- Describe how you would handle a situation if you were required to finish multiple tasks by the end of the day, and there was no conceivable way to finish them.
- If you had to choose one, would you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detail-oriented person?
Questions #46 – #56 – Conceptual/Role-Specific Questions
Of course, all interviews will include some questions specifically targeted to the role you’re applying for. In most instances, the answer to these will be something you know instinctively, but it’s worth being up to speed on all the latest trends in your wider industry to answer any conceptual questions too!
- Tell me about a time you overcome X problem, how did you do it?
- Tell me about the last X you did
- What do you see yourself doing within the first 30 days of this job?
- Tell me about your X qualification? How will it help you in this role?
- Tell me about your experience in X skill?
- Can you tell me what I mean when I say X?
- Can you define the term X?
- What do you think are the three most important skills for being an X?
- What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organized?
- What tools have you used in the past for collaboration, video calling and time management?
- Tell me about your experience with X system.
Questions #57 – #75 – Previous Experience Questions
Now it’s time to really prove yourself. Interviewers will always ask questions about your previous experience as they look for proof you can take on the responsibilities of the role in question.
All of these questions allow you to put your best foot forward. Remember to really flesh out your answers, explaining the context of your story, any actions you took and the impact they had on the situation.
- Tell me about a time you overcame a new challenge
- Tell me about a conflict situation you’ve been in at work. How did you resolve it?
- Tell me about when you did something wrong and how you corrected your mistake.
- Tell me about your proudest achievement.
- Who was your favourite manager and why?
- Was there a person in your career who really made a difference?
- Tell me about a time where you had to deal with missed deadlines on a project.
- What did you like least about your last job?
- What do you think of your previous boss?
- When were you most satisfied with your job?
- What are three positive things your last boss would say about you?
- What negative thing would your last boss say about you?
- What were the responsibilities of your last position?
- Give examples of ideas you’ve had or implemented in work.
- What was the last project you headed up, and what was its outcome?
- What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?
- What’s the most important thing you’ve learned in school?
- What will you miss about your present/last job?
- What’s the most difficult decision you’ve made in the last two years?
Questions #76 – #84 – Aspirational Questions
Interviewers won’t just look back at what you’ve done before but ask you about your goals for the future. Companies want staff who have a bright future ahead of them, and they want to help those people grow and develop.
For these questions, answer honestly about your long-term goals to ensure you and the new role are a great match!
- Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
- What are you looking for in terms of career development?
- What are your lifelong dreams?
- What do you ultimately want to become?
- What kind of goals would you have in mind if you got this job?
- There’s no right or wrong answer, but if you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
- What would you do if you won the lottery?
- What is your most outstanding achievement outside of work?
- How would you like to look back on your career when you retire?
Questions #85 – #100 – Curveball Questions
Sometimes interviewers like to have fun and ask curveball questions. Whilst these questions often have a deeper meaning, they’re also designed to catch you off guard and assess how you react to the unexpected.
These questions are almost impossible to prepare for, but here’s some you may have heard before!
- If you were an animal, which one would you want to be?
- How do you think I rate as an interviewer?
- If I were to give you the salary you requested but let you write your job description for the next year, what would it say?
- What would you do with your time if money were no object?
- Sell me this pencil.
- How many times do a clock’s hands overlap in a day?
- Tell me one thing about yourself you wouldn’t want me to know.
- How would you weigh a plane without scales?
- Tell me ten ways to use a pencil other than writing.
- If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?
- Every CV has one lie in it. What’s yours?
- Would you rather be liked or feared?
- Where does your boss think you are now?
- Would you rather fight an elephant-sized pigeon or five hundred pigeon-sized elephants?
- How would you handle firing someone?
- When was the last time you were in a fight with a coworker?
Preparing for a video interview is almost impossible without some video interview examples. A vital aspect of a video interview is the questions you’ll be asked, be they general, behavioural or about your past experiences.
The 100+ questions above are just examples of the sort of things you could be asked during an interview. Remember, no matter the question that comes up, it’s all about answering clearly and confidently while taking full advantage of the opportunity to sell yourself!
James Elliott is a Strategy Manager and Writer from London, UK. When not working on the day job, James writes on a variety of business and project management topics with a focus on content that enables readers to take action and improve their ways of working. You can check out James’ work on his website or by connecting on LinkedIn.