List Of Job Interview Questions You Are Likely To Be Asked

Joe McDermott | Job Interview Advice

Preparing for an interview will undoubtedly help your performance on the day by giving you more confidence, and enabling you to be better able to answer questions competently and accurately, and also to present your capabilities to maximum effect. You will not know of course, the precise questions that will be asked, but you can cover the various areas and topics likely to come up.

As a test, here are some very common interview questions; have a look and see how you would answer them.

Questions relating to your new job:

  • Why do you want this job?
  • Why do you want to work for this company?
  • What interests you most about our product or service?
  • What qualities do you think are required for the job?
  • Since you have not done this type of work before, how can you be sure to cope?
  • What do you know about our company/
  • Are you ambitious?
  • Are you willing to travel?
    Are you prepared to relocate if necessary?
  • What level of salary are you looking for?
  • Do you have computer skills, and what software are you familiar with?

You may be asked at length about previous employment, especially in relation to your most recent, or present job. You could be asked:

  • How well you think you did your job.
  • How well you got on with your manager and co-workers.
  • What kind of problems did you have to deal with?
  • What you most disliked about the job.
  • What palpable contribution you made in terms of sales, profits, or reduced costs.
  • How similar do you think your last job was to the one you’re applying for now?
  • What do you think of the previous company you worked for?
  • What were your reasons for leaving?
  • Did you progress satisfactorily in your last job?

Competency Based / Behavioural Questions can include:

  • Tell me about a time when you used your initiative.
  • Describe a time when you communicated with a customer successfully.
  • Give me an example of your ability to solve problems.
  • Describe a difficult decision you made recently.

General career questions:
You might be invited to give an opinion on general career topics or questions, like:

  • Why did you choose a career in …?
  • What are your career goals, both short, and long term?
  • Do you prefer working in a team or by yourself?
  • How long have you been looking for a new job?
  • Are you considering any other positions at the moment?
  • How often have you been off sick in the last year?
  • What do you think your referees would say about you?