While no two interviews are alike, there are a few common questions that employers fall back on when interviewing a person for the first time. You can expect to hear a handful of these questions asked in each interview you attend.
- Tell me about yourself.
- Why do you want to work for us?
- What do you know about our organization?
- Tell me about your strengths/weaknesses?
- Why should I hire you?
- Why did you leave or are you leaving your last position?
- What are your long term career goals?
- How would your last boss and colleagues describe you?
- How would you handle a situation where… think of some possible challenging situations for this job.
- Tell me about a time when… (See our Behavioural Based Questions section for more information on answering questions like this)
- you had a conflict with someone.
- you had to deal with a difficult customer.
- you solved a problem.
- you worked as part of a team / independently.
This job searching blog lists the 50 most common interview questions. Want more? Just try an internet search for ‘common interview questions’ and you will find a number of resources with which to prepare for the interview.