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?