Common interview questions

Make sure you can answer them

A vital part of your interview preparation is to make sure you can answer the Top Ten common interview questions in a way that persuades and reassures the interviewers that you can and will do the job on offer.

During our individual coaching sessions we nearly always get asked to give interview practice by firing ‘tough questions’ at the ‘interviewee.

But to be honest many of our clients struggle to answer the basics never mind the tough ones. It is essential that you plan and practice these basics. There really can be no excuse.

If you can answer the obvious (and easy) ones confidently and persuasively the tough ones will often look after themselves.

The interviewer may make allowances if you are less than word perfect with a non-predictable question but will not be impressed if you mess up the most common question:-

‘Tell Me About Yourself?’

And yes, candidates do mess this one up, regularly.

As well as being the number one question asked it is also the number one question answered worst

Make sure you can answer these (or versions of them)

  • Tell me about yourself?
  • You can find out how to answer this by clicking here

  • Why have you applied for this job?
  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • Why do you want to leave your current job?
  • What are your main strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What has been your greatest achievements?
  • What have been the greatest challenges?
  • Why should we appoint you rather than another candidate?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Click here for how to answer the common interview questions

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The common interview answers are all covered in great detail in a book we would recommend The Interview Book by James Innes

Click to find out how to answer tough questions

You can find more on how to answer these Top Ten Questions in our recommended books.

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