Often at interview you will be asked questions about yourself, so it is worth knowing some standard questions and preparing answers for them before you attend interview. Any recruitment agency will tell you that the key to interviews is preparation and confidence, as well as experience and qualifications, so do yourself a favour and swot up before the interview.
- Where will you be in 5 years’ time?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- How would your best friend describe you?
- What interests and hobbies do you have?
- What has been your greatest achievement in the workplace so far?
- What particular skills can you bring to this position?
- Why should we hire you?
- How do you resolve conflict?
- If a member of the public criticises or shouts at you in public, perhaps even swearing at you, what would you do and how would you calm then down?
- What is your most secret wish?
Some of these questions are obviously designed to allow you the opportunity to sell yourself, particularly those relating to what skills you have or why you should be hired. The strengths and weaknesses question has been around for some time and is somewhat dated now, because so many people know the kind of answers that are being sought.
Perhaps the 2 most difficult questions to answer are Nos 1 and 10. No 1 is hard, because you want to come across as ambitious, but not infer that you really see their company as rubbish and you want to be millions of miles away from that company in 5 years time. No 10 is difficult because, let’s be honest, are you really going to share your most ‘secret’ wish with a bunch of strangers, one of whom may be your boss. So really everyone knows that you won’t be sharing your most secret wish, but if you can come up with something creative, imaginative or even just plain nice, such as world peace, end to famine etc, then at least you have tried to answer it.