Common Interview Questions
Tell me about a difficult decision you have had to make and how you dealt with it.
Do you have any experience that might help you in this job?
Why do you want to pursue this job/career?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Have you had any positions of responsibility?
Describe yourself in 3 words.
What have you done that you are most proud of?
Can you give an example of when you worked as part of a team?
Things your interviewer(s) will expect you to do:
Shake hands – firm handshake goes a long way!
Make eye contact
Say hello and introduce yourself
Speak formally – e.g. ‘yes’ instead of ‘yeah’
Don’t chew gum
Sit without slouching
Answer questions as fully as possible
Turn off your phone
Interview do’s and don’t’s
Dress smartly, look bright and attentive, and speak clearly and confidently. First impressions really do count.
Research the role and organisation.
Prepare examples of your skills and competencies.
Find out where the venue is beforehand, how to get there and how long it takes.
Get your outfit ready the night before.
Take your time when answering the questions: make sure you understand the question and take your time if you need to think.
Quote real answers of when you have used certain skills – just saying you have got skills isn’t enough.
Prepare some questions to ask at the end of the interview – use it as an opportunity to find out more about the company and the role.
Swear or use slang words.
Slouch in your seat or do anything that makes you look uninterested.
Lie – the interviewer may see through you. Even if you get the job, your employer can dismiss you if they find out you have not been honest.
Let your nerves show too much; a few nerves are normal but extreme nerves will affect your performance. Use breathing techniques and try to remember that it’s not a life and death situation.
Be arrogant and assume you’ve got the job. Nothing turns employers off more than someone who is disrespectful and over-confident.
Argue with the interviewer, no matter what. Remember to keep things positive!