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112 Non-Tech Interview Questions to reflect on

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112 Non-Tech Interview Questions to reflect on

Complete but contemplative off topic. Sit down, grab some pale ale or pomegranate juice and reflect on those questions before your next interview or in a company of colleagues. Enjoy!🍻

Originally published on FullStack.Cafe - Never Fail Your Tech Interview Again

Q1: How do you spend your time outside work? ⭐
Q2: Tell me the story of how you became who you are today and what made you apply to X. ⭐
Q3: Why do you want to work for X company? ⭐
Q4: Why do you want to leave your current/last company? ⭐
Q5: A hammer and a nail cost $1.10 together, and the hammer costs one dollar more than the nail. How much does the nail cost? ⭐
Q6: How large was the last team that you worked on? ⭐
Q7: Do you plan to advance your education while working here? ⭐
Q8: What are your hobbies? ⭐
Q9: Why are you interested in this opportunity? ⭐
Q10: What are you looking for in your next role? ⭐
Q11: Tell me about your last project - what worked and what didn’t? ⭐⭐
Q12: Why do you want to come work at a startup, as opposed to an established company? ⭐⭐
Q13: If someone has a different viewpoint to do a project like different programming language, how would handle this situation? ⭐⭐
Q14: Do prefer to work at a single company for a long time or would you rather take a job that suits you at the time? ⭐⭐
Q15: Can you give an example of a career goal that you set and how you went about meeting it? ⭐⭐
Q16: How quickly can you learn to use a new technology? ⭐⭐
Q17: What does "belong anywhere" mean to you? ⭐⭐
Q18: Can you list any deal breakers that would deter you from working for an employer? ⭐⭐
Q19: What was the most fun thing you did recently? ⭐⭐
Q20: Why do people resist change? ⭐⭐
Q21: Have you worked in a distributed team before? What challenges did you face? ⭐⭐
Q22: What are your personal goals? ⭐⭐
Q23: Can you tell me what part of your resume you are most proud of? ⭐⭐
Q24: What are you excited about? ⭐⭐
Q25: Why do you think you’re a good fit for this company? ⭐⭐
Q26: What would your previous boss say your biggest strength was? ⭐⭐
Q27: How do you stay up to date with the latest technologies? ⭐⭐
Q28: What is the hardest technical problem you have run into? ⭐⭐
Q29: State an experience about how you solved a technical problem. Be specific about the diagnosis and process. ⭐⭐
Q30: What is your biggest strength and area of growth? ⭐⭐
Q31: What project are you currently working on? ⭐⭐
Q32: What have you built as your side project? ⭐⭐
Q33: What’s are your favorite five apps? ⭐⭐
Q34: Share one of your trips with us. ⭐⭐
Q35: How do you deal with difficult coworkers? Think about specific instances where you resolved conflicts. ⭐⭐
Q36: Are you more interested in a career that offers great compensation, flexibility or the chance to do something meaningful? ⭐⭐
Q37: What large problems in the world would you solve today? ⭐⭐⭐
Q38: What does it mean to be a "Professional Developer"? ⭐⭐⭐
Q39: What are your three strengths and three weaknesses? ⭐⭐⭐
Q40: Would you prefer working on Green Field or Brown Field projects? Why? ⭐⭐⭐
Q41: Describe company X to your grandmother. ⭐⭐⭐
Q42: Tell me a time when you predicted something. ⭐⭐⭐
Q43: Where do you want to be in five years? ⭐⭐⭐
Q44: Tell me about a challenge you faced recently in your role. How did you tackle it? What was the outcome? ⭐⭐⭐
Q45: Explain me your toughest project and the working architecture. ⭐⭐⭐
Q46: What makes good code good? ⭐⭐⭐
Q47: What can you actually do for us? ⭐⭐⭐
Q48: Tell me about a time your work responsibilities got a little overwhelming. What did you do? ⭐⭐⭐
Q49: What frustrates you? ⭐⭐⭐
Q50: Tell me a situation where you would have done something differently from what you actually did. ⭐⭐⭐
Q51: In my professional experience have you worked on something without getting approval from your manager? ⭐⭐⭐
Q52: Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a co-worker. ⭐⭐⭐
Q53: Tell me about a time in which you had a conflict and needed to influence somebody else. ⭐⭐⭐
Q54: If you were to open your own business in the future, what kind of business will you open and why? ⭐⭐⭐
Q55: What’s the best advice you’ve recently received? ⭐⭐⭐
Q56: What is the best gift you have ever given or received? ⭐⭐⭐
Q57: Would you rather be good at a lot of things or an expert at one thing? ⭐⭐⭐
Q58: What is something that you don't want from your last internship/job? ⭐⭐⭐
Q59: If you had an unlimited budget and you could go somewhere, where would you go? ⭐⭐⭐
Q60: Tell me something you are learning right now. ⭐⭐⭐
Q61: How did you win over the difficult employees? ⭐⭐⭐
Q62: What is something that you had to push for in your previous projects? ⭐⭐⭐
Q63: What does your best day of work look like? ⭐⭐⭐
Q64: What’s the most difficult part of being a member of a team for you? ⭐⭐⭐
Q65: Can you explain this gap in your resume? ⭐⭐⭐
Q66: Do you prefer to work in a team or individually? ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q67: What is the most challenging aspect of your current project? ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q68: Imagine it is your first day here at the company. What do you want to work on? What features would you improve on? ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q69: What books have inspired you in you live? ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q70: How do you respond to constructive criticism? ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q71: If you had an unlimited budget and you could buy one gift for one person, what would you buy and who would you buy it for? ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q72: How do you tackle challenges? Name a difficult challenge you faced while working on a project, how you overcame it, and what you learned. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q73: What is something new that you can teach your interviewer in a few minutes? ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q74: What was the most difficult bug that you fixed in the past 6 months? ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q75: Talk about a project you are most passionate about, or one where you did your best work. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q76: Are you comfortable assuming responsibilities outside your job description? ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q77: What are some of the new ideas you would implement in this position? ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q78: Tell me something about yourself and why you'd be a good fit for the position. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q79: How do you deal with a failed deadline? ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q80: What is the most exceedingly bad misstep you've made at any point? ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q81: Apart from technical knowledge, what did you learn during your work at Y? ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q82: Explain streaming and how you would implement it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q83: What are some of the best and worst things about your current company? ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q84: Tell me about a time you needed information from someone who wasn't responsive. What did you do? ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q85: What is the biggest mistake that you made in your last position? ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q86: Tell me about a time you had to give someone terrible news. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q87: Who do you look to as a role model? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q88: What is your superpower? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q89: In one word, describe yourself. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q90: Is developing software an art, a craftsmanship or an engineering endeavour? Your opinion. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q91: What are the most interesting projects you have worked on and how might they be relevant to this company's environment? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q92: What is the most constructive feedback you have received in your career? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q93: What is something you had to persevere at for multiple months? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q94: Tell me about a time you had a disagreement with your manager. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q95: What is something 90% of people disagree with you about? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q96: Tell me about a time you were uncomfortable and how you dealt with it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q97: Imagine there's a perfect clone of yourself. Imagine that that clone is your boss. Would you like to work for him/her? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q98: Interview me ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q99: Why are Quora's answers better than Yahoo Answers' ones? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q100: Let's play a game: defend Cobol against modern languages, and try to find as many reasonable arguments as you can. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q101: Where will you be in 10 years? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q102: You are my boss and I'm fired. Inform me. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q103: I want to refactor a legacy system. You want to rewrite it from scratch. Argument. Then, switch our roles. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q104: Your boss asks you to lie to the Company. What's your reaction? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q105: If you could travel back in time, which advice would you give to your younger self? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q106: What would happen if you put a mirror in a scanner? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q107: As a software engineer you want both to innovate and to be predictable. How those 2 goals can coexist in the same strategy? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q108: What risks do you feel you should never take? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q109: What is broken around you? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q110: If you were given $1 million dollars every year for the rest of your life, what would you do? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q111: Name a situation where you were impressed by a company's customer service. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Q112: What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Discussion (13)

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Peter Kim Frank

This is a great list of "behavioral" questions. These two stuck out as being more in the "lateral thinking" or "talk me through it" style of questions:

Q5: A hammer and a nail cost $1.10 together, and the hammer costs one dollar more than the nail. How much does the nail cost?

Q106: What would happen if you put a mirror in a scanner?

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Jack Harner 🚀

Hopefully the look of surprise on my face wouldn't count against me if I got asked the mirror in a scanner question.

The answer is all white, right? The light from the scanner would just reflect right back down into the scanner. Or would I get bonus points for being like "It depends on which side of the mirror did you put down?"

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Jason Steinhauser

To me, Q5 is just one that is not as simplistic as it looks on its surface. Your gut reaction is to say "10 cents," but that's before you check your answer.

It reminds of yet another classic interview question:

Q: You have two posts that are 50 meters high, and an 80 meter cable connecting the two of them at the top. The cable, at its lowest, is 10 meters off the ground. How far apart are the two posts?

A: They're right next to each other. The cable would hang down 40 meters from the top, and go directly back up the additional 40 meters to the other pole, resulting in the lowest point of the cable being 10 feet off the ground.

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Frank Carr

There are a few in there that I think HR would have a problem with because they could easily stray into off-limits areas like politics or religion. It's best to avoid anything that goes too far into an interviewee's personal life. Other than those, it's a good set of questions.

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Allison Seboldt

One of my favorite interview questions I was ever asked was "What was the last book you read?". It had been about an elephant orphanage and we then proceeded to have a wonderful conversation about conservation efforts and travel. Needless to say, I got that job. :) Having a personality is important ya'll!

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Luke Chen Shui

What's the answer for #5?

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Nail: 0.05$
Hammer: 1.05$

Total: 1.10$ :)

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Luke Chen Shui

Can't believe I couldn't figure that out lol

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Jason Steinhauser

h + n = 1.10
h = n + 1.00
n + n + 1.00 = 1.10
2n = 0.10
n = 0.05

The nail costs 5 cents, excluding sales tax.

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Ben Sinclair

" Share one of your trips with us. "


Also, what do the little star ratings mean next to each question - is it how important you think the answer is or something? I don't see much to distinguish one- and five-star questions.

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Sung M. Kim

Thanks Alex for the extensive list of questions to reflect on.

What is the criteria for number of ⭐s?
Do ⭐s represent difficulties? or frequencies?

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Sven Schubert

This is an incredible and very helpful collection! Thank you for posting it here! ❤🦄