Interview success – it is all in the preparation

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail, this has never been truer than in the preparation for an interview. In response to candidate demand we have put together the following list of common interview questions and you should prepare your answers well in advance of the interview date and practice the delivery with a relation or friend.


The key thing to remember when responding to interview questions is to keep your answers brief and to the point. If you are faced with a difficult question, make sure you stay calm, don’t get defensive, and take a moment to think about your response before you answer.

At all costs avoid “kite flying” , like Icarus you might get too close to the sun and crash and burn.

There are no model answers as the interview should be all about you and how you stand out from the crowd.

You do you know – stand out from the crowd – otherwise you wouldn’t have got the interview – therefore try to be confident and we recommend you always take three copies of your CV with you to refer to if the need arises as you can legitimately cross refer to your CV on occasions. Many international interviews take place by phone or Skype but the same attention to detail needs to be given.

So here goes:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What have your achievements been to date?
  • Are you happy with your career-to-date?
  • What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?
  • What do you like about your present job?
  • What do you dislike about your present job?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • Why do you want to leave your current employer?
  • Why have you applied for this particular job?
  • How does your job fit in to your department and company?
  • What do you enjoy about this industry?
  • Give an example of when you have worked under pressure.
  • What kinds of people do you like working with?
  • Give me an example of when your work was criticised.
  • Give me an example of when you have felt anger at work. How did you cope and did you still perform a good job?
  • What kind of people do you find it difficult to work with?
  • Give me an example of when you have had to face a conflict of interest at work.
  • Tell me about the last time you disagreed with your boss.
  • Give me an example of when you haven’t got on with others.
  • Do you prefer to work alone or in a group? Why?
  • This organisation is very different to your current employer – how do you think you are going to fit in?
  • What are you looking for in a company?
  • How do you measure your own performance?
  • What kind of pressures have you encountered at work?
  • Are you a self-starter? Give me examples to demonstrate this?
  • What changes in the workplace have caused you difficulty and why?
  • How do you feel about working long hours and/or weekends?
  • Give me an example of when you have been out of your depth.
  • What have you failed to achieve to date?
  • What can you bring to this organisation?

You won’t get asked all of these but do think them all through but here are the three key questions you must be prepared for:

  • What do you know about our organisation?
  • Why have you applied for this job?
  • Why should this organisation offer you a position?

Believe me it is all in the preparation. Prepare properly and you are 80% of the way to success as you enter the room. Only you can add the 20% on the day.

Good luck





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