Five common interview questions and how to answer them

   

You made it! Your application made a great impression and now they want to meet you in person. It’s natural to be nervous, but you’ll find the more prepared you are, the less nervous you will be.

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BE PREPARED: It’s natural to be nervous before an interview, but you’ll find that the more prepared you are, the less nervous you will be.

1. What do you know about our company?

Here the interviewer wants reassurance you've done your homework and have chosen to apply to them for a good reason. Before you go to any interview you need to know the size of the organisation, the scope of their range of products or services, the latest developments in the field, their history, goals, and public image – have they been in the news lately?

2. What motivates you?

Here it’s important to show you’re self-motivating. Think about any challenges you decided to take on, and how rewarding it was to achieve them. It could be that you organised an event and it went well – in that case you were motivated by desire to bring happiness to others and see a job well done.

3. What are your weaknesses?

This is definitely one that’s best to prepare for. Our advice? Pick a past weakness and show how you’ve taken steps to improve on it. An example would be if you’re not very strong at presenting. Admit to it, then say you practice at home in front of friends who video your efforts, and now you use the footage to improve.

4. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

As mentioned in Six things you should do before you start your job search it’s best to have thought about both short-term and long-term goals. Talk about the kind of career you envision for yourself and the steps you will need to get there, relating this back to the position you’re interviewing for.

5. Do you have any questions?

This often catches people off guard, and can even be asked once you’ve left the interview room. Be ready with a question that shows your enthusiasm and is specific to the role and/or organisation. A good question could be ‘What projects are the department working on at the moment?’