The interview is one of the most important aspects of finding a new career. Whether you’re looking for a position with more responsibility, or making a move to better accommodate your personal life, commute or ambitions, you have to nail the interview to move on in the process.

Like many things in life, the more you practice, the better you get, and the more comfortable you become with interviewing scenarios.

We did some research the most common interview questions you’re most likely to be asked – these were the most popular:

 

  1. Why do you want to work here?
  2. Can you tell us what you know about our company?
  3. Can you tell me a bit more about yourself?
  4. Describe a challenge you’ve had working with other people. How did you overcome it?
  5. Why are you leaving your current job?
  6. If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
  7. How do you think your current/former boss would describe you?
  8. When was the last time you made a mistake?
  9. Tell me about a time you had to execute a bad idea.
  10. What are you most proud of that’s NOT on your CV ?
  11. What can you bring to this role?
  12. What is your greatest weakness?
  13. What are your salary expectations?
  14. Why should I hire you? Why shouldn’t I hire you?
  15. If I asked your current or former coworkers, what would they say your biggest flaw is?
  16. Tell me how your current skills fit with the outcomes needed for this job?
  17. What questions do you have for us/me?

 

Top tip: Question 17 isn’t really a question, but something you should always look to follow up with – have a few questions prepared of your own. Candidates without questions appear disinterested, or as though they didn’t do their homework.

 

While you might not be asked these questions specifically, the line of questioning could be quite similar. Prepare for every outcome, and you should shine through the candidate pool as a standout interviewee.

 

 

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