Top 10 interview questions and answers

Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict what questions will be asked during your job interview, but there are a few standard ones that are more than likely to come up.

We’ve outlined our Top 10 below. Prepare your answers beforehand and remember to stay calm and to take a moment when faced with a difficult question. Keep your answers brief and to the point.

 

Why are you interested in this type of job?

This is a good question for determining the difference between those looking for a job (any job) and those who have a deep interest in the field. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the former, but it is a good soft leading question for someone to talk in great detail about how they became interested in the area, what they've worked on in the past, things they really like (and really hate) about the field, etc.

 

Give me 3 examples of success in your last role

This question invites you to reminisce about your achievements in your last role. It is also a good way to evaluate how you talk about yourself. Be honest but do not brag and try to mention teamwork.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Reassure your employer that you are looking to make a long-term commitment to the Company. Show that you believe that future opportunities will take care of themselves if you perform your job well.

 

Tell me about the most exciting project you've worked on

The idea is to get you to talk about something you are really into and show the interviewer how enthused you can get about a topic, whether it be work-related, home projects, acting in a play, etc. This technique tends to be used with graduates, recently out of college and without much work experience. Candidates with a good, enthusiastic answer to this are more likely to be hired.

 

What areas would your last boss say you need to work on?

This is another way of asking you for your weaknesses. Do not say there are none. The best way to answer this question is to describe a professional weakness that could also be seen as a strength and show the steps you have taken to combat it. An example would be: “I am a bit of a perfectionist and found it hard to assign tasks to my team. I learnt to delegate and as a result became more productive.”

 

Tell me about a time when you had to sort out a difficult problem or situation at work

This type of situation can showcase your ability to see alternatives, be creative and offer solutions. This can relate to a problem with a customer, a colleague and so on.

 

Are you a leader or a follower?

This answer really depends on the position you are applying for. If it is a management position, make sure to demonstrate your leadership skills. If it is a team position, make sure to explain the importance of being able to work as part of a team while taking initiatives when the time arises.

 

Why did you leave your last job/ Why do you want to leave your current job?

Whatever your reasons, do not criticise your current or ex-employer under any circumstances. Mention that you are looking for a new challenge, more responsibility, etc.

 

Are you currently attending other interviews as well as this one?

Don’t be afraid to say that you are attending other interviews. It looks good to be in demand. But do not lie or you will be found out!

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