Example interview questions

Example interview questions

When preparing for an interview you should put together a bank of example questions and prepare answers. Here's a list of common interview questions to get you started.

Biographical interview questions

  • Tell me about yourself?
  • What are you strengths?
  • What are you weaknesses?
  • What five adjectives would you use to describe yourself?
  • Why are you leaving your current job?
  • Why have you applied to us?
  • What motivates you?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years / ten years?
  • What is your greatest achievement?
  • Do you prefer to work as part of a team or independently?
  • We have had applications from a number of highly qualified candidates, why should we hire you?
  • If I were to speak to your family / friends / boss, how would they describe you?
  • What is your management style?
  • What do you enjoy about your current role?
  • What do you dislike about your current role?
  • What element of this role do you think you would dislike the most?
  • What type of boss do you prefer?
  • What is your current remuneration?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • What is your biggest disappointment?
  • What other jobs have you applied for and at what stage in the recruitment process are you at?
  • Why did you choose this career?

Competency based interview questions

  • These questions will almost always start with 'Give me an example of when you...'
  • take a difficult or unpopular decision and explain how you deal with this
  • disagreed with your boss and what action did you take to address the dispute
  • were part of a badly performing team and how did you address this
  • demonstrated initiative
  • identified and addressed a serious operational / financial problem
  • delivered results within a highly pressurised situation
  • Stress interview / difficult questions
  • You seem a little over qualified?
  • You seem a little under qualified?
  • This role requires extensive sales experience, but this does seem to be lacking in your CV?
  • You have a number of employment gaps in your CV?
  • How do you feel this interview is going?
  • Some people may consider your attitude to be a little 'cocky' - what would you say to this?
  • What is the biggest mistake you have ever made?

Questions that you should ask the interviewer

  • Referring to a new technology or competitor advancement and asking how the company are planning to address this?
  • Asking how they are dealing with a new regulatory / legislative change?
  • How will my performance be monitored?
  • What will be expected of me in my first six months / one year?