Interviews can be a nerve-wracking experience. To help you prepare for your interviews we have put together a guide to 10 of the most common interview questions.
Tell me about yourself
Talk briefly about your achievements to date. You can throw in some personal information but only if it is relevant to the job.
Why do you want to work for us?
To enable you to answer this question make sure you have researched the company before hand. This will make it easier for you to talk about the business and how you can make a positive impact on it.
Give an example of where you’ve been able to use your leadership skills
Even if you’re not currently in/or looking for a management role, you must cite an example where you managed a person or situation. More information about this can be found in the section about competency based questions..
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Highlight strengths that satisfy the selection criteria/person specification and allude to weaknesses irrelevant to the role.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Research the structure of the company and pitch your aspirations to fit within that company structure. Be more specific than saying “I want to be on the board.”
What is your greatest achievement?
Consider what the selection criteria was and identify which of your achievements reflect the skills the interviewer is looking for.
Why should we hire you?
Describe the skills and experience you have that fit the job description.
Are you a team player?
You need to provide examples of how you have worked within a team and what your contribution was.
What are your salary expectations?
Be realistic in your salary expectations. If the company didn’t put a guide to salary in the job description do your research before the interview and find out what other businesses are paying in similar roles.
Do you have any questions for us?
If you tend to suffer from nerves it is fine to take written questions in with you.
Use this as an opportunity to build rapport and refer back to a key point in the interview and find out more.