Common Interview Questions

common interview questions
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Better prepare yourself for your job interview

Every job interview is different, so here at 1st Choice Jobs, we have devised a selection of typical interview questions that you may be asked. It may also be useful to think of some answers that you would give to these in advance to make a strong impression on your potential employer in the interview.

  • What do you know about us? – This gives you an ideal opportunity to show that you have fully researched the company
  • Why do you want to work for us?  – Maybe they are in your chosen sector or offer a structured career path
  • What attracts you to this role? – Highlight specifics within the job spec that would suit your career goals
  • What are you looking for in a new role? – Is this something this company can offer? The interviewer is trying to see that your goals are a good match for the company
  • What are your short and long term goals?  – Talk about your wider ambitions and goals, but ideally contextualise these into the organisation that you are looking to join
  • Why are you looking to leave your current / last role? – The interviewer is trying to understand what motivates you. Try not to be negative about your current or past employer
  • Tell us about yourself – Instead of just focusing on your CV you could tell them a little about your personality and what ambitions you have
  • What would your current colleagues say about your character and abilities? – The interviewer is trying to find out how you interact with people, which is important in any role. Try to keep answers positive and ideally incorporate a small story
  • Can you tell us about an accomplishment you are proud of?- This is giving you the opportunity to highlight a story to the interviewer and gives the interviewer an idea of your character, skills, interests and what you value highly
  • What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses? – Don’t just give adjectives such as ‘hardworking’. Try to give examples. Do not say you haven’t got any weaknesses, instead give examples of areas that you would like to improve in; maybe an area you have trained in, but not yet had the chance to use in a commercial environment. This shows willingness for self-improvement
  • Do you have any questions?

Questions to ask the interviewer during an interview

Always have at least one question prepared in advance

  • What are the company’s plans for the next 5 years
  • What are the company’s expectations of me in the 1st month? 3 months? 6 months?
  • How did I do in the interview?
  • Do you have any concerns over my fit for the role ?
  • When would I expect to hear back from you ?
  • Maybe pick up on something that has been mentioned in passing. This shows you have been paying attention
  • How would you describe the company’s culture?
  • Are there any training opportunities?

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