In order to successfully prepare for a job interview you need to think about what questions an interviewer might ask.
The more preparation you put in, the more chance you’ll have of winning the interviewer over. It’s most likely questions will come from what is on your CV template but sometimes interviewers can throw in some unexpected things.
When you know you are going to be attending an interview there are a few things you should do before you even think about preparing for the questions;
- Research the company – find out their ethos, the amount of people that work there and their goals
- Study your own CV and ensure you know it well
- Print out any extra information including a career portfolio to take to interview
- Prepare some questions you would like to ask the employer
Typical Interview Questions
To help you prepare for your interview take a look at some typical interview questions below. This may vary depending on the industry;
- Tell me about yourself
- I have your CV in front of me – but tell me about your work history
- Tell me about your last/recent role
- Why do you want to leave/why have you left the company?
- What makes you want to work for us?
- Why do you think you would be good in this role?
- From the job advertisement, what do you think the main responsibilities of this job will be?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your biggest weaknesses?
- Where do you see yourself in five years time?
- What do you think you can bring to this role that other candidates can’t?
- Give me an example of a time where you were put under pressure and performed well?
- Can you name your biggest career achievement?
- Can you tell me about a time where you struggled at work and what you did to overcome it?
- What are your skills?
- If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be?
- What do you know about our company?
- What experience do you have that would be relevant for this role?
So now you know the typical job interview questions you should prepare a brief answer for each one. It doesn’t need to be comprehensive as often interviews are better if they are spontaneous – you don’t want to sound like you have written a script.
But take a few minutes to look over each question and think of possible scenarios as this will mean you can answer questions a lot more efficiently and effectively during your job interview.