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How to... Prepare for interview questions.

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Getting yourself prepared for these following interview questions is a vital part of landing a great job. Most of these will come up in one shape or another during the interview - unless of course you get one of those great employers that talks about themselves all the time. A very effective way to try and circumnavigate these questions being fired at you is for you to ask loads of questions yourself. Ask about the company, ask about the job, ask the interviewer questions about themselves! The less talking you do, the more you control the interview and the more likely the interviewer will warm to you as a candidate.

Frequently asked interview questions

As part of your pre-interview preparation, consider the type of questions that may be asked. Determine how you can answer them in a factual and professional manner that focuses on your achievements, successes and development. Remember that the real question behind every question is "Why should we employ you?". So, try to relate each answer to the company or relevant position where possible.

Some frequently asked questions include:

  • Tell me about yourself.
     
  • What attracted you to this position?
     
  • What do you know about our company?
     
  • What interests you about our company?
     
  • Why should we employ you?
     
  • What can you offer us that others can't?
     
  • What have been your main achievements?
     
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
     
  • Tell us about your current position.
     
  • What do you like/dislike about your current position?
     
  • Why are you leaving your current position?
     
  • How would your colleagues describe you?
     
  • How do you react under pressure?
     
  • What contribution would you make as part of a team?
     
  • What supervisory experience do you have?
     
  • What is your management style?
     
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
     
  • What are your career goals and how does this position fit in with those?
     
  • Do you have any questions for me? See Questions to ask.

 

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