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Nine common interview questions
It’s really important for interviewers that they cover the basics before getting into some more creative chat with you. If you fail to prepare for the ‘classic’ interview questions, you won’t impress.
We’ve listed the ones we feel are most important below. So start rehearsing your answers!
1. Tell me about yourself
While this sounds like a fairly general enquiry, don’t start relaying your life story. Keep it relevant; talk about your degree and what you’d like to do with the knowledge and experience you’ve gained at university, or list any major achievements to date and state what you’ve gained from them.
2. Why do you want to work here?
Research the company prior to the interview so you can talk compellingly about why this is the business for you. Mention how their values align with yours and why they are better suited to you than their competitors.
3. Give an example of where you've been able to use your leadership skills
This is more of a competency based question, but is likely to crop up in some form or another. Consider group tasks you’ve taken charge of while at university, presentations etc.
4. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Highlight your strengths that match up to the role requirements here and if you’re going to mention a weakness (they usually prefer that you have something) allude to one that is irrelevant to the job.
5. Where do you see yourself in five years?
The hiring manager wants to know that you want to work for the company post-graduation, helping to create value for them and mentor future interns.
6. What is your greatest achievement?
Similarly to when you describe your strengths, use the selection criteria for the role – your greatest achievement should align with this.
7. Why should we hire you?
This is where you really need to sell yourself to the hiring manager – tell them what you think you can bring to the team and be sure to mention the skills they require. You want them to leave thinking that you would be a valuable addition to their team.
8. Are you a team player?
Of course you are. But make sure you give a real life example of how.
9. Do you have any questions for us?
Never say no. Even if the interviewer has covered off all the points you wanted to query, think of something to ask or ask them to go into more detail. You’ll sound uninterested otherwise. Example questions you could ask are; ‘What is your career background and how did you get to where you are today?’, ‘What is the office atmosphere like?’, ‘Are there many training and development opportunities on offer?’.