1. Tell me about yourself
Be prepared to talk about yourself and make it positive! State attributes that allow the interviewer to recognise why you’d be a perfect fit for the role. When answering, steer clear of any political or religious topics – unless you’re 100% sure that they’ll be received well! It’s fine to talk about hobbies or interests as it shows personality, however, be careful not to delve too deep just in case it’s perceived that you may have personal priorities that could take away from complete dedication to the job.
2. What are your greatest strengths?
It’s imperative you depict your areas of expertise so that a potential employer can see what sets you apart from other candidates. Be wary of gloating! Whilst an interview is a means of promoting yourself and your abilities, boasting about how amazing you are won’t make a lasting impression or even, a good one. Use this time show the employer how great you are by reflecting on your skills e.g ‘able to work well under pressure’ and give a physical example. This will allow the employer a glimpse into your career life and reinforce exactly what you’re telling them.
3. What are your greatest weaknesses?
Honesty is important but you’ve got to ensure you don’t sell yourself short. An example of a weakness could be that you’re a perfectionist. This results in more time being focused on one topic leaving less time for others. State that you’re becoming more and more aware of this and it’s something you’re working on improving.
4. Why should we hire you?
Be ready to sell yourself. Confidence is key. Ensure you make your response concise and detail what you have to offer to the employer. In what ways can you contribute to the companies success? Whether this is personal traits or a skill, align your response with what was stated in the job application.
5. What are your salary expectations?
Salary questions can often be the most difficult and uncomfortable for you to answer. However, do your homework prior to the interview. Salary is usually dependant on experience and if you think you offer more than what the job requires, then it is okay to request a higher rate than normal. Just keep in mind that if you overprice yourself, you may be turned away. Likewise, if you request an extremely low amount, they’ll jump at the chance and leave you working extremely hard for a unmotivating wage.
6. What was/is your reason for leaving your last/current job?
The best response you could give is to focus on moving forward – explain that you’re looking for a role with more opportunities and progression. If your actual reason is because you struggled with a previous employer, don’t let that be known immediately. You want to keep your answer as positive as possible. Insults towards your current/last employment is unprofessional and won’t be received well. In fact, the interviewer could worry that if you were to join their company, you could degrade their name and everything they’ve built with negative comments.
7. Why do you want this job?
This is a great opportunity to discuss your knowledge of the company and what you feel you could contribute as an employee. Make sure you do your research prior to the interview and align qualities/skills you attain with the overall consensus of the company.
8. How do you work under pressure/stress?
At any job (or generally in life), there are times where deadlines will be shorter than usual and you’ll have to pick up the pieces. It’s bound to cause a little bit of stress and panic but it’s how you manage it that employers want to understand. Give examples of previous tricky situations and what you’ve done to overcome them. This will show the interviewer that you’re more than capable of taking charge of a situation and utilising your skills to work effectively.
9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Even though you may want to start your own business, or be manager of a competing company, associate your future with that of the company you’re interviewing for. If the employer gets a hint that you’re not in it for the long run, it may deter them from hiring you. Be sure to mention that you would like to grow with the company.
10. Do you have any questions?
Think about this before you’re interviewed. What do you want to know? If you don’t have any questions, it not only looks unprepared but also suggests that you’re not excited about this potential opportunity. It’s vital to end with a question to show that you’re really eager to be hired.
Interviews can be really easy if you prepare! We hope our Q&A’s have left you feeling super confident and raring to go.
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