Common interview questions
On this page we have listed some very common interview questions. This is not an exhaustive list but it will give you an idea of the type of question you can expect at interview.
Questions about the job / sector
- Why do you want to be a …. ?
- Which other careers have you considered and why did you reject them?
- What are the most challenging issues currently affecting this sector?
- How do you keep up to date with developments in this sector?
Questions about the organisation
- Why do you want to work for this organisation?
- What do you know about this organisation?
- What has been our greatest achievement in the past year?
- How does our graduate training scheme compare with our competitors?
Questions about your education
- How did you choose your degree course / university?
- What was the most challenging part of your degree course?
- Which parts of your degree are most relevant for this vacancy?
- How relevant is your dissertation / research project for this vacancy?
Questions about your work experience
- What have you gained from your previous work experience / internship / placement?
- How relevant is your work experience for this vacancy?
- What has been your greatest achievement in the workplace?
- How has your work experience increased your business awareness?
Questions about your skills
- Describe a situation when you worked in a team to achieve a goal. What was your contribution to the team’s success and what would you do differently in a similar situation in the future?
- Describe how you analysed a complex issue or problem to reach a decision. How did you evaluate the decision you made?
- When have you had to deal with an unexpected or changing situation? How did you cope with this uncertainty?
- When have you used your communication skills to influence other people’s behaviour or opinions?
Questions about you
- What has been your greatest achievement so far?
- What have you gained from your involvement in extra-curricular activities?
- What are your main strengths and weaknesses?
- What are your long term career goals and how would this job help you achieve these goals?
This article was published on Aug 13, 2010