No two job interviews will be the same, but there are some frequently asked questions that are popular amongst organisations and hiring managers. Preparation is everything. Master these common interview questions and deliver confident answers to give yourself a competitive edge, putting yourself one step closer to that next big opportunity.
This question may seem simple and straightforward, but it’s designed to see if you have researched the company. Take time to read the job description, explore the company’s website, and check out their social platforms, all of which will familiarise you with their culture, values, and team, which will be invaluable if you are asked this. You can show that your career and personal ambitions match the company’s goals and vision and position yourself as a cultural match meaning you can stand out in the process.
What do you know about us?
Where do you see yourself in five years?
This question is asked to identify your ambition, drive, and commitment to your career development. It is important to consider both your short- and long-term goals and be able to communicate these effectively in the recruitment process. This will show you take your career development seriously, but it is important to keep your answer focused on the role and the company you are interviewing for.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?This question seems intimidating and daunting- who wants to openly admit their weaknesses? But it is a popular interview question as it encourages self-evaluation and reflection. When answering, be objective and fair, and ensure you do not come across as arrogant when talking about your strengths or overly negative when talking about your weaknesses. Position your weaknesses as an area you are actively working to improve, and for your strengths, share the impact or results of your strengths where possible.
This is a terrific opportunity to highlight not only your hard skills but also your soft skills. Use this question to demonstrate your industry knowledge, your passion, and your interest in the job and company. Refer to the company's values and mission, indicating how they align with you personally. Perhaps in your research, you identified a gap or area you feel you could help improve, share this. Demonstrating your initiative and interest in improving the company will make you stand out from the crowd.
What can you bring to our company?
Do you have any questions?
Whatever you do, do not say no when asked this! Having relevant questions shows the interviewer that you have done your research. A lack of questions indicates a lack of interest and may create a bad impression. Before the interview, you should think of questions that you feel are relevant and important. It is also your chance to find out anything you may need to know not covered in the interview so don’t be afraid to ask! Below is a list of just some of the questions you could use:
- What would my first 90 days look like?
- What are the most immediate projects I take on?
- Can you tell me more about the structure of the team?
- What is your favourite thing about working here?
- What are career pathways in the department?
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