Candidate tips – Top 10 interview questions to learn how to answer

Here is a list of common interview questions.

Make sure you have prepared answers for each of the below. We have provided a bit of guidance for the answers, but this is down to you to tailor the answers to your own experiences and skills.

Question 1 – Leaving your current employer

  • What is the reason you are leaving your current / last job?
  • Why have you left each company you have?
  • Why do you want a new job here?

All the above questions need positive answers.

Mention things like you would like to further your career, you want more career progression, more opportunities to grow.

Try not to just focus on that you would like a higher salary, hate your current boss or company, you don’t get on with your colleagues etc.

Always be positive!!!!

Question 2 – Why you? How will you fit in?

  • Why are you a good fit for this role / company?
  • What is important to you in a company / What things do you look for in an organization?
  • What skills do you have which are suitable for the role?
  • How will you fit within our company?

The above are typical questions asked and can come in different formats. The main area for you to mention is how you will fit into the company’s culture and existing team and how has your previous work experience helped you be able to adapt to the new company.

Try to memorise at least 5 skills and characteristics you possess that are suitable to this specific role and team.

For example if you have managed a team of 10 people, tell them how you managed and supported them and how you can use that experience for the new role.

Question 3 – How will you get to work?

  • How far do you live from the office / how easy to travel to the office?

This is usually always asked. Employers want to see that you will be always on time and committed to work. Make it obvious how your you will always be on time, you will work above and beyond what is expected and your home location wont influence this.

Question 4 – Salary expectations

  • What do you expect as a salary base?

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This is the most critical areas where your answers must be in line with the company’s expectations. Be realistic with your request.

Always, always speak to your recruitment consultant to verify if what you are looking for will be acceptable.

Other typical questions

Here is a list of other typical interview questions, for you to think how you would answer each question.

  • What made you apply for this position & how did you hear about the job?
  • Briefly, would you summarise your work experience & education for me?
  • What special aspects of your work experience have prepared you for this job?
  • Can you describe for me your most important accomplishments?
  • Do you prefer working alone or in groups?
  • Starting with your last job, tell me about any of your achievements that were recognized by your superiors
  • Can you give me an example of your ability to manage or supervise others?
  • What were some of the things about your last job that you found most
  • What special aspects of your education or training have prepared you for this job?
  • What is your long-term employment or career objective?
  • What kind of job do you see yourself holding five years from now?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest achievements to date? Why?
  • What specifically do you do to set an example for your employees?
  • Do you feel pressure in your job? Tell me about it.
  • What kind of books & other publications do you read?

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