Non-technical interview question bank

Here is a list on non technical interview questions that you may want to consider when interviewing for a position. I recommend thinking about these and answering truthfully, rather than finding an answer you think the interviewer will like.

Just FYI I am not advocating for these questions, I personally think some are fantastic, and some are, well… not.

These are real questions that have *really* been asked.

  1. What hobbies do you have?
  2. What can you teach us?
  3. Tell me about a time you failed and what you learned from it
  4. the trolley problem
  5. What are you hoping to learn in this position that will help you in your career path?
  6. Find something they know how to do well and ask them to teach it to me
  7. What is your favorite port number and why? (ugh…)
  8. Tell me about a time where you taught yourself something new and how you applied that skill to your profession.
  9. You like security?
  10. What’s the accomplishment you are most proud of at a previous job?
  11. how do you stay current with new discoveries in your field?
  12. Tell me a story.
  13. if you never had to worry about money, what would you do?
  14. What do you do when you’re not at work?
  15. What was the last non-fiction book you read?
  16. What was the last fiction book you read?
  17. What are you most proud of in your career?
  18. What are you least proud of in your career and what did you learn from it?
  19. Other than needing an income, why do you want this job?
  20. What question should I have asked you, but didn’t?
  21. Why do you want to work in this company?
  22. What is your favorite question to ask in a team or project meeting?
  23. What is the hardest and/or most interesting issue you had to debug?
  24. Tell me about a tool or service that was dropped in your lap with no training or turnover.
  25. You walk into a room with a computer display embedded in the wall showing Windows XP. A keyboard and mouse are attached and go into the same wall. How do you figure out what the system does. (Not looking for a technical answer here)
  26. Explain <insert basic IT concept> to someone who has never used it? (For example: email, a hard drive, the internet, SMS, SnapChat, a web-browser etc.)
  27. What did you do to prepare for this interview?
  28. Why did you choose a career in cyber security?
  29. Why do you want to work for this company/this team?
  30. How would you approach conflict in your team?
  31. How do you manage stress?
  32. Describe a time where you demonstrated your ability to work in a team.
  33. What personal projects have you worked on?
  34. How do you stay up to date with cyber security news?
  35. Give an example of how you used logic to solve a problem?
  36. How do you stay motivated?
  37. Give an example of a goal you didn’t meet and how did you handle it?
  38. What do you do if you disagree with your boss?

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