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Common interview questions
Q. Tell me about yourself.
Q. Why do you want to work here?
Q. What do you know about us as a company?
Q. What are your strengths?
The interviewer wants to see that you have composure, problem solving skills and can stay focused in difficult conditions. Give an example of a time when you were faced with a stressful situation (not caused by you) and how you handled it with poise.
Q. What are your greatest weaknesses?
Q. What have been your achievements to date?
Q. What is the most difficult situation you have faced at work?
Q. What did you like/dislike about your last role?
Q. Why do you want to leave your current employer?
A strong, succinct answer will quickly gain the interviewer’s attention and separate you from other candidates who may be tempted to divulge their life story. Give a brief, concise description of who you are and your key qualifications, strengths and skills.
Q. What are your goals for the future?
Q. You would be working in X department, we recently had X issue occur. How would you have dealt with this?
Q. How do you respond to working under pressure?
As an applicant, the main thing to remember is that all recruiters are looking for is someone who is a good fit for the role. So pretending you have certain attributes to try and get a job… won’t suit either you or the employer long-term.
Q. If you weren’t successful for this position what other roles would you be applying for?
Q. Tell me about a successful team project that you have been involved in. What was your role and what made it a success?
- Your past successes and failures (and what you’ve learned since)
- Why you want to leave your current role and company
- Your goals for the future
- What you know about the company looking to hire
- Your personal strengths and weaknesses