Job interview questions are a necessary feature of any job interview.
If you’re not used to interviews, it can be unnerving not being sure which questions will come up.
Here are the most common interview questions and answers you can prepare yourself for:
Always a starter question to ease you into the interview. Show the employer you can be organised and methodical by keeping your thoughts in order. Without rambling or oversharing, explain a bit about your background. For instance, where you’re from, what you studied and your experience.
Go into more depth about your responsibilities in your past roles, but try and stay relevant to the role you are interviewing for. You could describe a typical day where you had to incorporate skills necessary for this role, and explain how you coped with certain situations.
Employers want to know you can admit your weaknesses, and show a desire to learn from them. You don’t want to sound like a terrible employee, but you need to come up with something you can grow from. For example, you could say there are times you struggle with heavy workloads, but that you have been developing a plan to keep yourself more organised.
Obviously, the right answer to this is not that you just needed a job and applied for everything. Before you go into an interview, remind yourself of the job description. Reference it when this question comes up and pick a detail that jumped out at you. Whether it was the company culture, the skills you can learn, being able to use your training, or if it’s a natural step from your previous role.
Again, be prepared before you head into the interview by reminding yourself of the job description. When this question comes up you can literally say “From what I understand of the job description, this role is…” Employers will be impressed that you have really taken the time to consider this role. Look to see if they have a website, or a Facebook page, and drop in why you would like to work for the company as well.
Your ability to answer job interview questions will show the employer why you’re the right fit for the job. Be prepared for these common ones, but also remember other questions may come off the back of these.