Interview Questions to Expect

The headlines:

There are only 3 main categories of interview questions

  • Can you do the job?
  • Will you do the job?
  • Will you fit in?

Can you do the job? – questions about your track record and capability
How is your experience relevant to this job?
Tell me about your most significant achievements?

Will you do the job? – your approach to work and your motivation
What was it like working for your previous employer – highs and lows?
If you get this job, how long will you stay with us?

Will you fit in? – testing your fit with the company culture and image
How do you get to know and understand new colleagues?
How do you cope with a change of environment?

Essential homework – be ready for these questions:

  • Tell me about yourself
  • Why do you want this job?
  • Why did you leave your last job?
  • Why should we hire you?

“Do you have any questions?”

  • prepare some questions in advance
  • take the opportunity to restate your interest in the role
  • be as company and industry specific as possible

Give the interviewer something to remember you by

12 Golden Rules

  1. Listen carefully to the question
  2. Avoid ‘yes/no’ answers when you can
  3. Speak clearly and stick to the point
  4. Use “I” not “We”
  5. Demonstrate that you have prepared
  6. Check if you have given enough information
  7. Ask for clarification
  8. Give examples to back up your points
  9. Take time to think before answering
  10. Be positive about your skills and achievements
  11. Anticipate, prepare and perform!
  12. Never speak badly of your past employer/boss