Do you have a big job interview coming up? Advisory Excellence has put together a list of the top 10 most common questions an interviewer will ask you.
Preparation is key and having knowledge of what recruiters will ask you on the big day will enable you to prepare ahead of time, so you can be comfortable answering them honestly.
Consider this List Your Definitive Guide of Interview Preparation.
1. Tell Us About Yourself.
Advisory Excellence recommends using the present, past, future formula. Talk a little bit about your current job, then give some background as to how you got there and experience you have gained that’s relevant.
2. How Did You Hear About The Position?
This question is a perfect opportunity to stand out from your competition. If you found out about the job through a professional contact, name-drop that individual.
3. Why Do You Want to Work Here?
Advisory Excellence recommends that you do your research and point out something that makes the company unique that really appeals to you; talk about how you’ve watched the company grow, while highlighting the opportunities for future growth and how you can contribute to it.
4. Why Do You Want The Position?
Advisory Excellence recommends identifying a couple of key factors that make the role a great fit for you, then share why you love the company.
5. Why Should We Hire You?
The goal here is to answer the question with a clear response that covers three points: that you can not only do the work, but also deliver great results; that you’ll really fit in with the team and culture; and that you would a perfect fit for the vacancy.
6. What Can You Bring to the Role?
Advisory Excellence recommends that you do your research on the company, then connect your skills to what the company needs and then share an example that shows how you’ve done similar or transferable work in the past.
7. What Are Your Strengths?
When you’re answering this question think quality, not quantity. Stories are always more memorable than generalisations.
8. What Are Your Weaknesses?
This question is designed to identify any red flags. Honesty is the best policy, so strike a balance by thinking of something that you struggle with but that you’re working to improve.
9. What Is Your Best Professional Achievement?
Advisory Excellence recommends the STAR method. The situation, task, action, result format is a technique used by interviewers to gather all the relevant information about a specific capability that the job requires.
10. Describe A Conflict You’ve Faced at Work.
Stay calm and professional as you tell the story, spend more time talking about the resolution than the conflict, and mention what you’d do differently next time.
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