Job Interview: Top 10 Questions and Answers

When it comes down to it no-one likes to be in an interview, it is a daunting and nerve racking experience. Preparing for possible questions that could come up in an interview, will help you prepare and ease your nerves. Practicing questions and answers is also an easy way to build your confidence and become familiar with the types of questions you could be faced with.

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Typical Questions and Answers in a Job Interview

1. Tell me about yourself

This is one of  the most commonly asked questions  in an interview. Don´t be thrown off  by this question, as most people assume it is a perfect opportunity to tell the employer that they enjoy going down the pub or like to play video games. Don´t make this mistake. This however, IS a perfect opportunity to relate any skills or interests that you do have to the role you are applying for. It is important to keep the conversation professional and demonstrate key skills or qualities that you want to show to your employer.

2. What do you know about our company?

This is typical question asked in an interview, simply the employer wants to know how much research you have conducted before the interview. Research thoroughly, anything about the company you can find the better. You should even ask friends or family whether they are in contact with anyone who is associated with the company, who can give you any advice or information about the company.

3. Tell me something that differentiates you from the other candidates?

This question is a perfect opportunity to sell yourself and make the other candidates seem merely ordinary compared to yourself. Remember not to come across too arrogant and try not to boast but to merely express your attributes and skills so that the interviewer can in-vision you in the role. Keep this answer short and sweet, about 60 seconds, any longer you are in danger of rambling and the interviewer might loose interest.

4. Why did you leave your last job?/ thinking about leaving your current job?

This is not an invitation for you to speak badly about your past employer or talk about how much you hated your job. Points you could include could be; I wanted to expand my career opportunities, I want more responsibilities and to challenge myself, There was no room for me to grow, I wanted to expand my knowledge with other projects and I am extremely interested in the position you have, The job description matches the skills and interests that I possess.

They are just a few examples of what you could include. If you were laid off, be honest, the employer understands that these things can happen and this factor won´t make you stand out for the wrong reasons.

5. What is your greatest strength/Biggest weakness?

Strengths: Here the employer is giving you the chance to emphasise your qualities and here you CAN boast about your  strengths. Although keep it relevant, in particular you need to speak about qualities that evidently you will be using in the role.

Weaknesses: No-one is perfect and saying you have no weaknesses portrays an arrogant attitude. Instead speak about qualities that you want to improve showing the interviewer you are determined to improve and change your weaknesses into new skills.



Sample Answer: I was told by my manager that I look at projects in too much detail and don´t see the bigger picture, so I used my time management skills to organise and plan ideas that showed the bigger picture instead of focusing too much on one tiny detail.

6. Why should I hire you?

Again this question is a great for selling yourself. Use your initiative and speak about skills that will  interest the interviewer. It is best to practice this question as it is extremely likely you will be asked this question in some way or another. By having a well prepared and detailed response will definitely impress the interviewer.

7. What is your preferred salary range?

This can be a tricky question as we all want to be earning thousands, but what is the right amount for the job you´re applying for? There are websites that calculate or give you a rough estimation on how much money that particular job should be getting. It is best to research this before you go into the interview before you are faced with this question and you don´t know.  Here are two websites that you can compare and find out what you should be earning    www.thisismoney.com  &  www.totaljobs.com

8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Saying you can see yourself doing the interviewers job in 5 years time is not a great answer (even if you do). This is something best kept to yourself. Instead of threatening the interviewer with their own job, describe what sort of responsibility you would like to have. Projects you would like to manage or new experiences you could be involved which you can then relate to the job you are applying to.

9. Tell me a time when/ Give me an example of a time where

These questions normally end with something like; a time when you had to deal with a complaint, used your organisational skills,  used your time management skills well, when you had to make a difficult decision and so on. The interviewer wants to see how you have reacted and used your skills and experience to complete the situation effectively and efficiently, whether it was a planned or spontaneous situation.

10. What are your biggest accomplishments?

Again this is a great question to briefly discuss your best attributes in relation to the job that you are applying for. You might want to speak about any contributions you have made to previous companies or skills you are particularly proud of. Always relate back to the role you are applying for as it shows your enthusiasm and desire for the job.

 

 

 

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