If you can’t answer these questions, don’t bother showing up for the interview.

We have put together a list of top interview questions for you to read through and practice. You may not be asked all (or any) of these questions, but there is a good chance some might come up – so make sure you go prepared!

 

Why do you want to leave your job?

This question is trying to understand your motivations for wanting to leave your role, and the answer to this question should (generally) be talked about as a positive in terms of what you want to gain (i.e. pull factors) rather than focusing on negative aspects of current role or company (i.e. push factors). However there may be situations when you need to mention something which is not working out in your current role, e.g. if you have only been in your position for a short time.

 

Why are you interested in this job/company?

Here the interviewer is looking to find out how much you know about the business and how interested you are. To answer this question, you will need to have done your homework and thought carefully about your career plans.

 

Can you share a little more about yourself?

This is a good opening interview question so you should prepare a story about yourself – you should be able to summarise your experience and skills in a way which makes you suitable for the role, as well as displaying your likeable and positive personality. Warning – do not talk for too long!

 

Why should I hire you?

This question could be worded in many ways but is essentially asking your opinion of why you are the best person for the job. You need to find a way to set yourself aside, and this should be based on your understanding of the role – refer to the most important requirements of the position and emphasise what you can offer to your potential employer.

 

What is your biggest strength?

You want to answer in such a way which demonstrates clearly your strengths, without seeming overly confident. Pick a skill that is very key to the role you are applying for and talk about this. Think about what the employer is looking for.

 

What is your biggest weakness?

Be honest here, but try and choose something which is minor and less relevant to the job. For example, you might say you have not had much experience in public speaking and it’s something which can make you nervous – but you could say you are keen to work on it, develop and improve.

 

Tell us about a time / situation when…and how did you respond?

Behavioural questions may crop us during interviews and can be hard to answer, as you have to think of examples on your feet. Again, preparation is key here. You should prepare some examples to answer such questions (google behavioural interview questions for more inspiration!)

 

Do you have any questions for us?

This is a question only smart people prepare in advance and can go a long way to demonstrate your interest in a position and your keenness to find out as much information as possible. It will also turn a one sided interview into more of a discussion which is really powerful. Keep in mind not to ask too many questions, and follow the interviewer’s lead.

 

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