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Be yourself in an interview – Interview Questions

If you followed the research tips above and can confidently say you know exactly what your dream company and the position on offer is all about, you can anticipate the kinds of questions, if not the EXACT questions they'll ask every time.

Here are some generic popular questions to get you started.

  1. Tell me about yourself?
    This is a popular question; I cannot say I have ever been to an interview that I have not been asked this question.  This is where it's important to highlight your personality, skills, experience and work history.
  2. Why would you like to work here?
    Make use of the information you have gathered about the company, their practices, or their product.  Make sure you make the connection between the job description and your abilities.
  3. Why should we hire you?
    This is the most important question, you cannot get it wrong.  Explain why you are the best and only person for the job, how you fit with the organisation and job/team.  Make sure you point out your achievements, accomplishments and your applicable experience.
  4. Why did you leave your last position?
    The employer is testing your honesty with this question.  It's important to be as honest as possible but NEVER blame anyone else for the outcome, take ownership and demonstrate what you've learned through the experience.

    For example, if you were treated badly and didn't get on with your previous manager turn it into a positive such as “my time there was extremely valuable and I learnt a lot, there just came a time where I felt that my skills/experience/personality would be better suited to X environment/organisation/job which is why I applied for the current position.”
  5. Where do you see yourself in five years?
    This is another popular question which allows the interviewer to review your professional intentions.  Your answer should include professional goals as they relate to your job or industry.

Remember: ask for clarification if you're not sure or do not understand the question being asked!