Example Interview Questions

Whilst we can never guarantee what questions will be asked at an interview, we have compiled below some typical interview questions and example answers to help you prepare:

1. Tell me about yourself

  • Talk for no longer than 1-2 minutes.
  • Practise your answer and be able to highlight key aspects of your career that relates to the job.
  • Use key points from your CV.
  • Ensure you only use positive aspects of your history.

2. What do you know about our company?

  • Show that you have done your research by knowing what their products are, how big the company is, what their turnover / profit is, what their reputation is like within the industry.
  • Know the company’s history, image, goal, and philosophy.
  • Project an informed interest which allows the interviewer to tell you some more detailed aspects about the company.

3. Why do you want to leave your current job?

  • Try and keep your answer positive, avoid any negative comments about your company or any of the people you work with.
  • Your answer should make it clear that you are a strong performer in your current role and are now looking for a new opportunity.
  • Emphasise the opportunities and challenges that this role will provide.

4. Why should we hire you?

  • They want to know you are genuinely interested in the company and the opportunities this job provides.
  • Be very positive and confident in your reply, not vague.
  • Think about what really appeals to you about this job and company, and how you can stand out from the other people who are applying for this job.

5. In your current or last position, what are or were your most significant achievements?

  • Refer to the key accomplishments already identified in your CV.
  • Keep it brief and use performance figures or results against targets if appropriate.

6. What are your greatest strengths?

  • Make sure you choose examples that are relevant to this job.
  • For most jobs you will want to include an example of working well as part of a team.
  • Try and set yourself apart from typical answers other candidates will give.

7. What are your weaknesses?

  • Don’t be overly negative about your weaknesses.
  • Don’t say you haven’t any.
  • It’s always safe to identify a lack of a skill or experience as a shortcoming rather than a personal characteristic.

8. Tell me about a time when you have had a conflict with another member of your team

  • Companies are looking for you to be able to work with a range of people and deal effectively with conflict.
  • Be objective in the way you describe the situation - how did the conflict occur and how was it resolved.
  • Discuss specifically what you did to improve things; perhaps you listened more.
  • Interviewers like people who have learnt from a situation so a great answer here will not only include how the situation was resolved but also how the relationship then improved.

9. What salary are you looking for?

  • You could also use your current salary as a base and say that you are looking to improve on this but be careful in case that lowers the wage they offer.
  • Consider giving a range of what you understand you are worth in the marketplace.

10. Where do you see yourself in five years time?

  • Talk about how you would like to progress through the company.
  • They want to know you are genuinely interested in the company and the opportunities this job provides.
  • You can emphasise specific goals you would like to achieve such as to move into management or obtain professional qualifications.

11. How would your friends and colleagues describe you?

  • Mention positive aspects of what your friends have said about you.
  • Negatives can be mentioned but demonstrate that you are willing to act upon advice.
  • Demonstrate that you can get on with all kinds of people – particularly at work.

12. How would you describe yourself?

  • The interviewer wants to get an insight into you as a person so the focus should be more on your personality.
  • You want the interviewer to feel confident that they are getting a sense of your true personality rather than you telling them what you think they want to hear.
  • Be sure to include things relevant to the job you have applied for.

13. What do you dislike about your current role or company?

  • The interviewer will want to make sure that you are not someone who complains too much.
  • You need to come across as someone who remains positive when dealing with things they dislike.
  • Your ‘dislike’ should relate to circumstances, such as not having enough resources, rather than to any conflict with others.

14. Are you applying for any other positions?

  • Whilst you are likely to be applying for a number of jobs, the interviewer will be looking for reassurance that this is the job you want.
  • You can say that you are realistic and may not get this job, hence applying for others, but be very clear that this is the job you want.
  • You could hint that other companies are interested and you have other interviews lined up, but you want this job because it is a great match for your skills and background.

15. Would you accept if we were to offer you the position?

  • The most important thing is to avoid any sign of hesitation to show in your words, voice or body language.
  • Stress your enthusiasm for the job.
  • If you want to be able to think about it before committing yourself you could refer to it being a great job but of course you would want to review the detail before formally accepting an offer.

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