Sample Interview Questions
An interviewer will be looking to understand your background and motivations to decide if you are good fit for both the job and the company. Below are a list of typical questions interviewers may ask you:
- "Tell me about yourself" - Keep your answer to one or two minutes. Use your CV summary as a starting point, and elaborate where appropriate.
- "What do you know about our company?" Prepare this answer in advance of the interview (for other preparation tips, click here). Find out as much as you can, including products, company size, income, reputation, image, people, skills, history and philosophy. Be able to demonstrate an informed interest; let the interviewer tell you even more about the company.
- "Why do you want to work for us?" Talk about their needs; you would like to be a part of a specific company project, you would like to solve a company problem, you can make a definite contribution to specific company goals etc.
- "How long would you like to stay with us?" Answer by saying as long we both feel I am contributing, achieving, growing etc.
- "Why are you leaving your present job?" Regardless of why you left, do not speak badly about your current employer. Keep it positive, for example you may be looking for a greater technical challenge.
- "How would you evaluate your current company?" Be positive, for example explain that they afforded you many responsibilities and opportunities.
- "In your current position, what features do you like the most/least?" Be honest, but keep the sentiment positive.
- "In your current or last position, what are or were your five most significant achievements?" Refer to the key achievements already identified on your CV.
- "What do you think of your manager?" Be as positive as you can; negative statements will only reflect poorly on your employment prospects with that company.
- "What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?" Emphasise skills which can be contextualised with work examples. Do not be too negative with weaknesses; it is safer to identify a lack of a certain skill as an area for improvement rather than a shortcoming.
- "What was the most difficult decision you ever had to make?" Try to relate your response to the prospective employment situation.
- "What are your future goals?" Give long term goals relevant to the employment opportunity; what would you like to learn/develop/achieve in a certain project/etc.?
You should aim to prepare answers to both predicted technical questions and general questions. Preparation will give you confidence in the interview, give you control of any nerves and ensure you will remember all the details you want to discuss.