"What might be some fairly typical interview questions that could crop up fairly regularly at interviews that I could prepare for?"
Sheila was right, there are questions that crop up time and time again. Basic ‘standard’ questions to prepare for are as follows:
- Can you tell me a little about yourself?
- What do you know about our organisation?
- Why are you applying for this position?
- What skills will you bring to this role?
- What experience do you have that will be particularly useful?
- What challenges do you think you will face in this job?
- What do you see yourself doing in five years time?
- What short term goals do you have?
- What are your major strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- What achievement are you most proud of?
- What motivates you to do the best job?
- What would a friend say about you if they were here?
- How would a former boss describe you?
- How did you get on with your co-workers in your last job?
- Who did you least like working with, or for, and why?
- Give me three reasons why we should choose you for this role.
- What do you feel about stress at work?
- What do you do to cope with the pressure of work?
- Why are you leaving your existing job?
- What are you looking for from this job?
- What salary are you looking for?
- Would you rather work for money or job satisfaction?
- What do you do to keep your knowledge and skills up to date?
- If we offer you this post, would you have any reservations in taking it?
If you can prepare well against that lot, you’re a long way towards winning that job.