Job Interview Tips

Ten typical interview questions

We’ve put together some typical interview questions so that you can prepare your answers:

  1. Tell me about yourself

Go through your work history and achievements concisely

  1. Why do you want to work for us?

This is where you demonstrate the research you’ve done on the organisation and the role.  Select some of the positives and explain why these make the role appealing to you

  1. What are your strengths?

Make sure you cover strengths that meet the selection criteria

  1. What are your weaknesses?

Don’t say ‘I haven’t got any’  make sure that you prepare for this question and practice the answer.  Choose something where you can demonstrate good practice and/or training to overcome the negative

  1. Give an example of a time you’ve used your leadership skills

You don’t have to manage people to use your leadership skills.  You can provide an example of when you have stepped up and led a project to success

  1. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

This is where you use your company research to provide an answer that is relevant and achievable

  1. What is your greatest achievement?

Use an example here which is relevant to the job specification.  Try demonstrate something transferable  

  1. Why should we choose you?

Demonstrate your transferrable skills and experience in line with the responsibilities outlined on the job specification.  You could also demonstrate how your personal values are aligned with the organisation’s

  1. Give me an example of when you have worked as a team

Provide an example of good team work with positive outcomes  

  1. What are your salary expectations?

Use our salary calculator to establish what is a reasonable amount for the type and level of the role

  1. Do you have any questions for us?

Prepare some questions about the role and the organisation.  This demonstrates you have done your research

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