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Typical Interview Questions

Below are examples of interview questions you can expect, and typically what an interviewer in trying to ascertain from your response.

1. Tell me a bit about yourself
You should highlight key achievements in your career and explain the reasoning behind each career move you have had. Keep this brief but detailed enough to keep the interview interested.

2. What interest you about this role and why do you want to apply for this position?
Here the interview is trying to ascertain what you know about the company and the role you are applying for. They are looking for positive information you have about them as well as a good understanding of what the role requires.

Examples include: The reputation of the company
The long term career opportunities the company can provide
You show a keenness to learn and develop

Try to show that you have researched the company, and highlight your transferable skills relative to the position.

3. Why did you leave your last employer?
Be constructive and provide positive reasons for your move e.g. Career progression or if your previous position required excessive travel, why you no longer wanted to pursue that career option

4. What qualities do you think you will bring to this role?
You should demonstrate that you are motivated, and that you are able to work on your own initiative as well as within a team. The employer is looking for confirmation that you posses the communication skills to succeed in the role.

5. What are your key strengths?
You should identify two or three strengths and highlight why you believe these are strengths. Try to talk about strengths that are relative to the role.

6. Where do you feel your areas of development are?
Again, you should highlight two or three weaknesses. Try to highlight weaknesses that can also be perceived as strengths (e.g you don't give up easily) but also ensure that you highlight what it is you are doing to overcome these weaknesses.

7. How do you manage your workload?
The employer is trying to ascertain your organisational skills and that you can demonstrate the importance of deadlines. However, they are also looking for flexibility when it comes to last minute requests.

8. What would you consider to be your biggest achievement to date?
Consider giving two answers, one from a work perspective and the other from a personal perspective. Explain why you consider each of these to be achievements.

9. How do you cope with pressure?
Explain a situation where you felt under pressure and explain why it was (e.g. due to staff shortages and an extremely tight deadline). Follow this with what it is you did to minimise the effect this had on you.

10. Where do you see yourself in three years time?
Be realistic with your expectations and ensure you have researched the company's structure. There is no point in saying you expect to be a director if you are starting at a mid entry level position.

11. If you were successful, what do you think would be your biggest challenge in this role?
Again the interviewer is trying to ensure you understand the role, and that you know what to expect from it. Make sure you follow up your answer with why you believe your answer will be a challenge, but also what you would do to overcome this.

12. Is there anything you would like to ask us?
You should ask questions that you had prepared in advance from your research that hadn't been answered during the course of the interview, but also a few that you may have wanted further clarification on. The employer wants to see that you have taken the time to research the company and you have constructed well thought out questions.

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