What are the most common interview questions asked?

Most common interview questions There are simply a million and one questions that you may be asked; from the deadly serious to the utterly daft, no two companies are the same in their approach to interviewing candidates. In a more traditional setting you can probably expect some common interview questions to raise their head so it is generally a good idea to think about some suitable answers before you go to ensure you can give them an answer.

Common Interview Questions

  • Tell me about your work experience to date?
  • Tell me about yourself?
  • What did you do in the role which was beneficial to the company?
  • What tasks did you excel in?
  • Why did you leave the job/want to leave your current position?
  • What are your personal strengths? (You may be asked for examples)
  • What are your weaknesses? (You may be asked to explain how you overcome them)
  • What are your key skills?
  • What has been your greatest achievement to date?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
  • What are your career goals?
  • What could you bring to this role, which will make you the ideal candidate?
  • Why should we hire you over the other candidates?
  • How are you different from the competition?
  • Describe a situation where you have led a team well.
  • Describe a situation where you have worked well within a team.
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What would you do if… XYZ… happened?
  • Describe a situation in which you dealt with confrontation.
  • Describe a situation where you have influenced or motivated people.
  • Describe a situation where you effectively solved a problem.
  • Describe a situation where you applied initiative and what was the outcome?
  • Describe a situation where you have had to plan or organise something?
  • Describe a situation where you have had to make a difficult decision.
  • Describe your typical work week.
  • How would you adjust to working for a new company?
  • What motivates you?
  • Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you handled it.
  • How do you handle stress and pressure?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • What do you know about our organisation?
  • Do you have any questions for us?

Of course, this list of interview questions only scratches the surface but by preparing for even a few of them, you are in a better position to wow the interview panel and take one step nearer to securing the job.



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