Common Interview Questions
What are your strengths?
Give specific examples.
What are your weaknesses?
Be honest and identify an area where you need to improve and what you are doing about it.
Don't say none.
Don't give yourself a bank-handed complement such as "I work too hard".
Employers are looking for someone who can evaluate themselves honestly and who is prepared to improve themselves.
Why do you want to work here?
Demonstrate that you have researched the company and explain how it fits with your career plans.
Cover your interest in the field and your experience.
Tell me about yourself ...
This is open-ended so use the opportunity to paint a good picture of yourself.
Why should I hire you?
This is your chance to sell yourself to the company.
Explain the ways in which you are highly qualified to do the job.
If you can, give examples of how you have applied the skills they are looking for to produce results.
If you don't have all the qualifications necessary, show that you are keen to learn, can learn quickly, and have drive and passion.
What motivates you?
What makes you a good team player?
Give examples of how you have successfully worked with other people for the benefit of a team.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Explain how you hope to develop your skills and career within the position you are applying for.
The company wants to gauge your ambition and assess how you can help the company in the longer term. Show some passion about the industry and how you could help the organisation meets its objectives.
What are your salary expectations?
Before interview, ensure you have an understanding of the market pay rates.
It is OK to talk about your pay expectations in terms of ranges.
Give a range that you would accept, which should contain the average salary.
Do You Have Any Questions for Us?
Have one question prepared beforehand to ask your interviewers.
Are You Competitive?
Being competitive can help you achieve results for your employer, so if you are competitive, say so, and give examples of how it has been beneficial to you.
If you enjoy team sports, this is a good opportunity to say so.
What Employers Are Looking For
Enthusiasm - Being enthusiastic about working for their company.
Team player - Able to work in a team.
Problem solving ability - Able to use your initiative to find solutions to problems.
A quick learner - Able to pick up new skills quickly.
Determination - Being focused on achieving goals.
Flexibility - Prepared to be flexible, adapt to situations and take on new tasks.
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