Preparing for interview questions
Interviews usually consist of generic questions looking to get an overview of your career history and your personality, and then questions which look to specifically explore your ability to do the position. Some of the more common and generic interview questions include:
- Tell me about yourself?
- Why did you apply for this position/company?
- What are your weaknesses/areas for improvement?
- Where do you see yourself in X years time?
- Why did you leave your last position?
Prepare your answers well in advance of the interview and jot them down. Although these are generic questions, ensure that you prepare answers that fit in well with the position and company that you are applying for.
Then there are questions that relate to the role specifically. To prepare for these questions, make sure you note the key skills and requirements from the job advert or job description, formulate questions that may be asked around these, and then think about your answers. With these questions, examples help to illustrate your answers, and highlighting achievements will impress the interviewers even further.
Like with all your preparation, make sure you jot down your questions and answers so you can refer to them again. Once you’ve done this, don’t be afraid to ask your partner or a friend to do a practice interview.
Don't forget to to read our page on how to prepare for competency interview questions, which are becoming more common in the recruitment process.