Common Interview Questions

Below are some examples of questions that you may be asked in an interview. It is worth reading through these and thinking of some answers even if you are not asked these exact questions, your answers could be used for similar questions. The more preparation you do, the better!

  • How did you come to express interest in this position?
  • Which five words would you use to describe yourself?
  • Where do you envisage yourself in five/ten years?
  • What sort of people do you enjoy working with?
  • Are you a team player, or do you prefer working alone?
  • What are your best qualities?
  • On the flipside, what are aspects of your character you think you could improve?
  • How would your colleagues describe you?
  • Why are you keen to work for this company?
  • What kind of environment motivates you?
  • In your current/previous job, what sort of pressures did you encounter?
  • What successes have you had in your current role? Why do you think you were successful in this way?
  • In your current job, what sort of pressures have you encountered? What sort of pressures do you envisage this role could involve? How would you deal with them?
  • What have been the key achievements you are most proud of to date?
  • Describe a few of the challenges you see our company facing at the moment.
  • What have you learned from previous jobs?
  • Tell me what you dislike about your current role.
  • From reading the job spec, what aspects of the job spec do you feel you will need the most training in?
  • Considering your experience as listed on your c.v., What do you think distinguishes you from the other candidates we are seeing for this role?
  • On your c.v. you mention x achievement. Talk us through this and why you perceive it to be so special.

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