'Standard' interview questions

"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:

  1. Can you tell me a little about yourself?
  2. What do you know about our organisation?
  3. Why are you applying for this position?
  4. What skills will you bring to this role?
  5. What experience do you have that will be particularly useful?
  6. What challenges do you think you will face in this job?
  7. What do you see yourself doing in five years time?
  8. What short term goals do you have?
  9. What are your major strengths?
  10. What are your weaknesses?
  11. What achievement are you most proud of?
  12. What motivates you to do the best job?
  13. What would a friend say about you if they were here?
  14. How would a former boss describe you?
  15. How did you get on with your co-workers in your last job?
  16. Who did you least like working with, or for, and why?
  17. Give me three reasons why we should choose you for this role.
  18. What do you feel about stress at work?
  19. What do you do to cope with the pressure of work?
  20. Why are you leaving your existing job?
  21. What are you looking for from this job?
  22. What salary are you looking for?
  23. Would you rather work for money or job satisfaction?
  24. What do you do to keep your knowledge and skills up to date?
  25. 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.