No one knows what you’ll be asked in an interview but we can have a good go at guessing! We’ve compiled a list of the most common interview questions that leave us feeling like this:
Question 1: Why should I hire you?
Answer 1:Study the job description before your interview! Stress why you’re the most qualified candidate for the job role, link your skills and experiences to the skills & knowledge they’re looking for, make sure you keep it relevant.
Question 2: What are your greatest weaknesses?
Answer 2: Try to answer this question with skills you have improved whilst at your previous job, however try to pick a skill not directly related to the job you’ve applied for.
Example: Being organised wasn’t my strongest point but I implemented a time management system that’s really helped my organisation skills.
Question 3: Tell me about yourself
Answer 3: Don’t get personal. Keep your answer short and concise (about 2 minutes max) stick to early years, education, work history and recent career experiences. Don’t waste all your best points here this is only a warm up!
Question 4: Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Answer 4: Do not say the interviewer’s position; you don’t want to make them feel threatened. The interviewer wants to gain an insight into your career goals and how this position would fit into your plan. Stress your interest in a long term career at the company and emphasise your interest and eagerness to learn.
Question 5: Do you have any questions?
Answer 5: You should always ask questions at your interview, this is usually your last chance to prove you’re the right candidate. Try asking about company culture or about the role you’ve applied for.
Example: Where will the job fit into the team structure?
Example: Why has this role become available?
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