Common Questions at Interview

The most common interview questions – what to expect to be asked at interview and how to prepare for it.

It’s difficult to anticipate what you’re going to be asked at interview but there are some common questions that are often asked. It’s a good idea to prepare your response to the following. If you have a good idea of what you’re going to say, it will help to calm those interview nerves and stop you getting flustered. If you do get a surprise question sprung on you, try to relax and take your time to think of a good response.

Common questions at Interview

Here are some of the more common questions that can be asked at interview:

  • Why do you want this job?
  • What attracted you in applying to our organisation?
  • Tell me about yourself? (Keep this response concise and work-related)
  • What can you can offer the company?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses? (Be careful how you answer this one, don’t focus on any weaknesses that are important to the job)
  • Why did you or want to leave your last/current job? (Make sure not to be negative about your previous employer)
  • What is your greatest achievement?
  • Can you describe a situation where you have demonstrated your skills?
  • What motivates you? If you’re applying for a managerial position, they may ask, how would you motivate your team?
  • What salary are you expecting?
  • Do you have any questions?

When thinking about your answers to this question, think about what the prospective employer is looking for. You should try and show your enthusiasm for the job and how you can match what they are looking for. Be careful if asked about your weaknesses or why you left your last job. Try to remain positive e.g. you looking for something more challenging or you wanted to widen your experience.

Do your research

You should also familiarise yourself with the company you’re applying to  – find out about its aims, what it does, its customers and competitors. A company website can be a good place to start your research. Also, look for industry news or relevant publications that might give you a insight into the company’s ethos. Gathering this information will help you answer questions at interview and feel more confident in your answers.