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Most common interview questions and how to answer them

Wed 19 September 2018

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You can’t always predict what will happen in a job interview, but you can think about what you might be asked and prepare some good answers in advance. If you feel prepared, you will feel more confident. Here are some of the most common interview questions and how to answer them.

Questions about you

It is likely you will get asked some questions about you. The interviewer is trying to find out whether you are the right fit for the role, the team and the company. These questions could include:

Can you tell me a bit about yourself?

What are your strengths?

What are your weaknesses?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

What motivates you?

Why should we hire you?

Be honest with your answers but keep them positive. If asked about weaknesses, don’t say you don’t have any. Instead, say something like; “I don’t have a lot of experience in presenting or public speaking and I’d like to develop this skill”.

Questions about your work history

You will usually be asked some questions about your work history, such as:

Can you describe an average day in your current or previous role?

What experience have you gained from previous roles?

What is your greatest achievement in previous roles?

Why did you leave/are you leaving your previous role?

What parts of your current/previous role do you/did you enjoy most?

The interviewer wants to see what relevant experience you have. Again, it is important to be positive in your answers. If asked what you enjoy in your current role, don’t say that you don’t enjoy any of it. Try and pick something you do enjoy, such as working as a team or building relationships with new customers.

Skills specific questions

Before your interview, read through the role description and think about the kind of skills you will need. Prepare for questions along the lines of:

Can you give an example of a time when you had to work as part of a team?

Can you give an example of a time where you exceeded customer expectations?

Can you give an example of a time when you had to handle a difficult situation?

Can you give an example of a time when you had targets to meet?

The interviewer will usually only ask questions about skills that are applicable to the role you are applying for.

Company and role-specific questions

The interviewer will want to see that you understand what the company does and what the role involves. Questions may include:

What appeals to you about this role?

What do you know about our company?

Why do you want to work here?

What do you think the main challenges will be?

Research the company you are applying to and familiarise yourself with the products and services. You will often find most of this information on the company website. You should also read through the job description, so you know what will be expected of you.

"Do you have any questions?"

At the end of the interview, the interviewer may ask if you have any questions. Ask something like; “Can you tell me a little bit about the team I would be working in?” Try and prepare at least one or two questions to show you are interested in the company.

We hope the above advice helps you feel more confident when faced with an interview. Securing the right job and making money can enable you to budget more effectively and even set part of your income aside for emergencies.

Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to prepare for every possible situation. Morses Club provide doorstep loans to help cover those unexpected costs when they arise. This course of action isn’t right for everyone, so it is important that you understand exactly what a doorstep loan is before deciding whether to apply.

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