Although the interview process is one which is fraught with inherent unknown factors, it is still the most vital part of the recruitment process. Making the right impression on an interviewer can mean the difference between a job offer and rejection, so it is a good idea to do your homework well before you meet with a potential employer.
Some interviews will be relaxed, some more structured and sophisticated, but the same basic ground rules will always apply:
- Plan to arrive a little early so that you are not thrown into a panic by any unforeseen delays. Make sure of your travel arrangements in advance.
- Research the organisation and the business sector. Company web sites are a good source of information
- Check in advance who and how many people will be conducting the interview and whether they plan to utilise any personality or skills testing techniques
- Dress smartly at all times unless you have been advised that the company culture is extremely relaxed
- Be friendly and positive. For instance, it is never a good idea to criticise your current or previous employer
- Be honest – it is the best strategy in the long term
Listed below is a selection of the questions which you may be asked in the course of a job interview. Do prepare answers to the standard ones about why you may want the job, what your career plans are and what you perceive as your strengths and weaknesses. It cannot be emphasised more strongly – be prepared….and good luck!
Top 30 Interview Questions
- Why do you want this job?
- Tell me about yourself?
- Why should we hire you?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- What do you know about our company?
- How do you manage your day?
- What interests you most in your work?
- What do you do in your spare time?
- Describe your ideal work environment.
- What motivates you?
- If you could change your current job in any way, how would you do it?
- Where do you see yourself going in the next five years?
- How well do you work in a team? Give examples?
- What contribution do you make to a team?
- What would your colleagues say about you?
- How would your boss describe your work?
- Tell me about a time when you successfully managed a difficult situation at work.
- What do you think you can bring to this position?
- What do you think you can bring to this company?
- Why did you/are you considering leaving your current employment?
- Why were you out of work so long?
- If we asked for a reference what would it say about you?
- What sort of salary are you expecting?
- Do you prefer to work in a team or on your own?
- What other job(s) have you applied for recently?
- How does this job fit into your career plan?
- Which of your jobs have given you the greatest satisfaction?
- How do you respond under stress? Can you provide a recent example?
- What are the major influences that encourage you to take a job?
Example questions to ask during an interview
- Why is (company name) a great company to work for?
- Why is this position available (is it a new job or a replacement for someone)?
- What are the working hours?
- Do you give reviews on performance?
- Are there any ongoing training opportunities with this position?
- What are the challenges of this role?
- What sort of job security does (company name) offer?
- What results would you like to see this position achieve (what do you expect of me)?
- What is the next step?
- When are you looking to make a decision about this position?
- When would you like someone to begin in this position?
As part of our service to you, Staffing Solution will prepare you well for your interviews. Our consultants are highly skilled in coaching and motivating their candidates to succeed at interview so please feel free to request a “prep-meeting” prior to your interview!