How to Handle Interview Questions 

29th April 2019

Interview situations will differ from company to company, but there are a few generic questions you can expect and prepare for. Thinking through these in advance will help to ease nerves on the day and allow you to answer with confidence.

Question: Tell me about yourself

This is a very common interview question and it is surprising how many candidates fail to prepare for it. The interviewer is not wanting a 10-minute ramble about how dedicated an employee you are. Rather they are seeking a short, sharp overview to set the tone for the rest of the interview.

The best way to answer this question is to have a summary response prepared in advance. Outline your main selling points and attributes. Describe your qualifications and career history and emphasise the skills you possess which are relevant to the job.

Question: Why do you want this Job

A short question, but one that requires a lot of preparation to answer correctly. It is important that you give the employer a sense that you are passionate and interested in their business, their company and what they do.

The best way to answer this question is to ensure that you fully research the company in advance. Then think about what you will bring to the company in this context. It is important to outline how you will benefit the company and not focus on what the company will bring to you.

Question: Describe yourself in three words

If you’ve only got three words, you need to make sure the ones you choose will leave a big impression on the interviewer. The following words are always seen as desirable: Dependable, Punctual, Honest, Driven, Reliable, Organised, Positive, Achiever, Ambitious, Energetic, Dedicated, Friendly, Motivated, Flexible, Responsible.

Question: Do you have any questions

These questions should relate to the job, the company or indeed any other area raised during the interview. It is advisable to avoid questions about pay or other benefits the company will offer you.

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