We’ve put our heads together and created our first expert guide for interview preparation.
You will be asked a series of typical interview questions that appear in most standard interviews, these can include the following:
1. What are your strengths?
Pick 1 or 2 strengths and expand on these. It is recommended to choose strengths that are the most applicable for the position you are interviewing for. Examples could include:
- Thriving within a fast-paced environment
- Ability to meet tight deadlines
- Ability to build relationships with internal & external stakeholders
- Adapting to an ever-changing environment
- Adherence to process, procedures and controls
- Reviewing and enhancing process & procedures
- Communicating with team members
- People management
- Problem solving
2. What are your weaknesses?
This is a trickier question as not many people find it easy to say what they are not good at. The best way to tackle this question is to pick an example that you can turn into a positive. For example:
- “I set extremely high standards for myself which means I always want to complete a piece of work to the best of my ability. This can sometimes result in me spending a little more time completing or checking over the work however the outcome is that it is accurate and completed to a high standard.”
- “I am very big on being a team player. On occasion, I have found it hard to say no when asked to take on additional tasks as I don’t want to let anyone down despite my current work load being extremely high. Thankfully, I am good at managing my own time and prioritising my workload so I always manage to achieve the deadlines given. “
3. What do you enjoy about your existing/previous role?
- Relationship with co-workers and stakeholders
- Level of exposure it has provided
- Challenging and fast paced environment so always kept busy
- Passion for the business/organisation or service/product provided
- The career progression it has provided
- Relationship with my line manager
- The variation it provides
4. What do you dislike about your existing role?
- Lack of progression
- The work isn’t challenging
- Financial rewards are below the current market rate
- Too much travel required
- Reached full potential within the company/organisation
Although the Interviewer is asking a negative question, it is important that you never talk negatively about your existing employer or line manager. This may give the interviewer the impression that you could do the same about them or their brand within the future.
5. Why do you want to leave or why have you left?
Ideally, this should tie-in with the reason for disliking your current/previous role however it can also include the following:
- Want/need a fresh challenge
- Fear of redundancy
- Want to change industry or sector
- Reached full potential within existing role
- Want additional exposure, autonomy or responsiblity
- Just became qualified and the company/organisation can’t facilitate my career beyond this point
- Want a salary increase
6. Why do you want this job or to join our company/organisation?
A lot of people make the mistake of repeating the answers given in questions 4 or 5 above, however this question is give you the opportunity to tell them why you want the job and to be part of their company/organisation. Examples include:
- I have a personal interest in the product or service you provide
- I have always wanted to work within the Manufacturing / FMCG / Education / Engineering / I.T / Professional Services / Energy / Oil & Gas sector
- I would be proud to work for a market leading company like ______
- Your product/service is something I am passionate about
- I have friends/former colleagues who have told me that this is an amazing place to work
- I want to give something back and working within the not for profit sector has always been my goal
- I love the sound of the role, it ticks all my boxes as it offers ______
- I am ready to take the next step in my career and believe that this is the the perfect opportunity to do that
- I want to work for a global business like _____ with an exceptional reputation in the market
- I believe the role offers the additional exposure/autonomy that I crave