Be warned that some questions could be asked in a different way but still looking for the same answer as something you have already practised. REMEMBER, these are only sample questions and it’s YOU that must choose which ones to practice with or could face in the interview you are having!
1. Tell me a little about yourself? - Emphasize your passion for the career. Relate this question to what skills you have to offer and how the skills have been developed over the years.
2. Why do you want to work here? - Make sure you give positive reasons about the company.
3. Why should I hire you? – Highlight the skills & experiences that can benefit the employer.
4. Why did you leave your last job? – You should never mention anything negative. No badmouthing current or ex-boss. You should always give positive responses.
5. What are your strengths? – Sell the strengths that can help you in the job.
6. What are your weaknesses? – Be honest but you should show how you trying to develop the weakness.
7. Do you prefer to work alone or with a team? – You should show how you can work in both.
8. What are your goals? – You should include how you want to develop i.e. learn new skills/qualifications or even promotions.
9. What specific skills do you bring to our business? – Sell how you can help the team and company.
10. What can you do for the company or me? – Selling your skills that can benefit either.
11. What motivates you? – Don’t mention big pay check. Saying something that shows you enjoy working in that job or industry can impress.
12. What has been your biggest challenge/failure? – After you have stated it, you should show what you learned & developed from it.
13. What has been your biggest accomplishment? – Don’t be modest and back it up with evidence/examples.
14. Do you have reason to believe that you would have difficulty performing any of the essential job duties? – Don’t be negative. If they work a bit different to what you use to, state that it won’t take you long to get up to speed.
15. Do you have reason to believe that you would have difficulty meeting the company work schedule? – No negativity. Show you are adaptable.
16. How did your education prepare you for this position? – What skills and knowledge did you gain that can help you.
17. What do you know about our company? – Research, research & research. Google the company, look on social media, check out industry publications etc. Know their current market, future plans, community activities/involvement, ethos & values.
18. What is most important to you, money or the type of job? – Never say money.
19. What would you like to do in your future, 5 years down the road? – Show something that shows you want to improve yourself professionally.
20. Do you have plans for continued education? – Some job roles may require you to do a course etc. You should show you want to develop and looking for things to help you too.
21. What made you decide to enter this field? – Show your passion for the job/industry.
22. What qualities do you feel that you would need to have to be hired for this position? - Make sure you have researched the role & what aspects employer is looking for in an employee.
23. What would your current supervisor say about you? – Be as positive as you can but be honest & realistic.
24. How do you like to spend your spare time? – Show you do things that help you to develop and that you spend time with family, friends etc.
25. Give an example of when you multi-tasked to complete a project. - Give specific examples that relate to the job you are trying to get.
26. Give an example of how well you can work under pressure or stress – Specific examples related to the job.
27. Do you have any questions that you would like to ask me? – Always ask some questions. Either areas you may wish to have better understanding about plus others about the job role/company.
28. What was your favourite subject in school and your least favourite subject? - Put a positive spin on the least favourite one and link both to how they have helped you develop.
29. Describe your dream job. – Be realistic.