As a newbie, you could be at loss of what questions you could be asked in Interviews. I have compiled a number of such for your use.
Most interviewer’s questions originate from the employee/person specification and/or the job description. These can often be anticipated and should be prepared in advance.
Here is a list of other probing questions that are often asked at interview, and the reason behind each one.
- Tell me about yourself – This is your opportunity to let them know your good points.
- Why have you stayed so long with one company? They want to know whether you were in a comfortable niche and whether you have drive and ambition.
- Why have you moved around so much? They are suspicious that you have not been able to hold onto any job for very long.
- What do you think of your last employer? They are testing your loyalties. Never criticise a previous employer.
- What attracted you to apply for this position? They want to know your relevant skills and enthusiasm for this type of work.
- Why do you think we should employ you? They want to know whether you can make a profitable contribution to the company.
- What other jobs you have applied for? They’re testing your determination to find work and checking whether you are really interested in the type of work they have to offer.
- We are really looking for someone younger? Tell them of your experience, past training, work record, stability, etc that a younger person cannot offer.
- You do not seem to have a great deal of experience. Let them know that you are not set in your ways and have a fresh approach to work, that you are adaptable and learn quickly.
- Do you not think you are too experienced for this job? Let them know you are prepared to start again and prove your worth to a new employer.
- Are there any parts of the job with which you would have difficulty? If this is the case then you must let them know but it is best if you can indicate your eagerness to learn or, better still, that you have already taken steps to learn the skills required.
- Are you in good health? They are checking your attendance record and the likelihood of absences.
- What do you do in your spare time? Your personal interests give them a picture of the type of person you are.
- What do you know about us? They are checking your genuine interest in their company. That is why you should do your homework in finding out what you can say about them.
- Which parts of your job do you do best? They are checking your skills and abilities. Make sure you highlight areas from your background that are relevant to their current needs.
- What are your weaknesses? You must be honest but remember you can turn your weaknesses to your advantage. Confirm that you have learnt from your mistakes and that you take positive action to overcome personal weaknesses.
- What sort of worker are you? Use positive language and remember the key points you wanted to mention at interview.
- How do you feel about your redundancy? (if applicable) They want to know if you are bitter and resentful. Let them know that you are aware that businesses sometimes have to do these things to remain profitable and you are now looking to the future.
- What training have you had? They are testing what you have to offer and what investment your previous companies have made in you and perhaps what steps you’ve taken to develop yourself.
Always use the SAS approach to answers/examples:
- Situation – describe the example
- Action – say what you did
- Success – tell successful result/outcome
Study the questions carefully, think of some of your own and think how you may answer to your advantage – but be honest.
Do you have any other common question in mind? Let us know.