Most Common Interview Questions And Answers
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS? No two interviews are ever the same, but anyone who has been looking for a job knows that some questions seem to come up tine and time again. Here’s our guide to the top interview questions, the best responses, and more importantly, what not to say. CAN YOU TELL ME A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF? DO SAY The interviewer is looking for a quick summary of who you are and what you’ve been doing. Talk briefly about the experience you’ve had which is relevant to the job, mention your top achievements, and say why you think you’d be perfect for the role. DON'T SAY Don’t ramble on about your entire life history, mention your family, where you went on holiday or hobbies. Just stick to facts and experience relevant to the position. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR WEAKNESSES ARE? DO SAY This is the question people are most afraid of. The key is to identifying something you know you’re not strong with, but are addressing. Saying you aren’t as up to speed with software or presentation skills as you might be, but are looking into training to brush up your knowledge is the sort of answer employers are looking for. DON'T SAY Don’t trot out the clichés about being a perfectionist or not having any faults at all. Don’t be too detailed in pulling yourself down either; no interviewer wants to hear that you’re poor at time-keeping, disorganised and struggle to work effectively in a team. TELL ME ABOUT A TRICKY SITUATION YOU DEALT WITH AT WORK WHICH INVOLVED CONFLICT DO SAY Employers are looking for a concrete example from your work life involving negotiating or personality clashes with colleagues. Lay out the basic situation, how you resolved it, and what the outcome was. If you don’t have a work example, you can draw on something from a volunteer role instead. DON'T SAY It’s never a good idea to tell a story which involves you as the protagonist causing the conflict. The interview will just get the impression that you’re a trouble maker. WHY DO YOU WANT TO LEAVE YOUR CURRENT POSITION? DO SAY The best response is something involving new challenges, or highlighting aspects of the new role which aren’t available with your current employer. Be specific, referring to items in the job description. DON'T SAY Even if you hate your boss and are bored to tears in your job, the interview’s not the time to mention it. WHAT SALARY WOULD YOU BE LOOKING FOR? DO SAY Most job adverts will include a salary band and this is a good starting point. If not, you can use comparison sites to see roughly what similar roles are paying. Justify what you’re asking for, and tell the interviewer about the experience and knowledge you have which justifies your figure. DON'T SAY Don’t umm and ahh, say you’re not sure, or whatever the interviewer thinks will be fine. DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR US? DO SAY Ask something specific about the role, or the company. If you’re read something in the press about a new product or announcement, asking about that shows you’ve done your research. DON'T SAY Don’t say that you have no questions, or ask about holidays, or what time you finish on a Friday.