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Time to stop fearing interview questions…

Time to stop fearing interview questions…

Although every interview is different, all interviewers are looking for the same thing…a great candidate. What makes a great candidate? Being logical, a quick thinker, likeability, confidence and motivation. These can vary as organisations prioritise some aspects over others. Throughout this blog, we are going to go over some of the hardest, but most common interview questions you could be asked.

Question 1: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Employers want to know that candidates are motivated, you know where you want to be in 5 years and you know how you are going to get there. The best way to answer this question is to be honest and think about the answer before the interview. Think about where you want to be, start by showing interest in the job you are interviewing for. Demonstrate that you have clear career plans and that you have set yourself goals.

Question 2: What are your Strengths and Weaknesses?

This is a very popular question from employers and you should always try to provide answers that bring evidence to your skills.

Strengths: Be accurate when describing your strengths and ensure your strengths relevant to the position you are applying for. Be specific and be prepared to demonstrate your strengths.

Weaknesses: Turn weaknesses into strengths. Use answers such as “I can sometimes take a bit longer to complete tasks because I don’t like delegating and I like to ensure the tasks are completed to a high standard.”  Be sure to have an answer as employers know that no-one is perfect!

Question 3: Why are you leaving your current employer?

The answer to this question is very important, as employers are looking to see how you will talk about them when you move on from this new position. Be positive, say what about the job you liked, the fact that your team were very successful or that you enjoyed certain aspects of the company culture. Ensure that you are not negative about the company and don’t admit that you didn’t get on with your old boss! Remain positive and provide examples such as ‘I saw this opportunity and believe it is the right move for me to progress my career.’

Question 4: What motivates you?

Employers want to know what really makes YOU! What excites you, what makes you work and makes you passionate. Employers don’t want to hire someone who is hard to motivate to complete tasks. Mentioning you are driven by learning, getting results and working well as part of a team are excellent answers. Telling employers about subjects you are passionate about such as music or sports is important and don’t think just because you say you are passionate about another sector that employers are going to be put off you.

Question 5: If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?

This question allows employer to find out more about you and your personality. Some example answers:

  • “Ant” – The ultimate employee – works amazingly in a team and is natures hardest worker.
  • “Monkey” – Fast learners and incredibly agile in any situation.
  • “Octopus” – One of the smartest creatures on earth and fantastic problem solvers.
  • “Elephant” – Never forgets, is loyal, strongminded and unstoppable. Very goal orientated.

Decide which answer suits your personality best use this answer demonstrate your personal qualities.

Conclusion

These are 5 of the most popular interview questions, ensure you prepare answers to them before going into the interview. If you want to learn how to be prepared for an interview check out our other blog here.

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