How to Answer Common Interview Questions?

by / Thursday, 11 April 2019 / Published in Uncategorized

Interviews can a be a nerve racking time for some individuals therefore being prepared to answer any tricky questions can make the experience more successful. Here you can find how to answer some common questions that employers may ask during an interview.

What is your biggest weakness?

You need to keep in mind with this question you are expected to give a weakness, saying you have no weaknesses will not impress the interviewer but will in fact indicate that you don’t self-evaluate. Just remember no one is perfect and employers know this. The best way to answer this is to put a positive spin on a negative answer. Start by stating your weakness and explain how your trying to improve on it.

Why should we hire you?

This question is aimed at giving you the opportunity to explain why you want this job and what makes you different from other candidates. Overall this is where you would sell yourself to the employer. The best way to do this would be to explain how your previous experiences and knowledge best fits the role. Even using keywords from the job advert could demonstrate why you would be the perfect fit.

Why are you leaving (or why have you left) your current job?

Always answer this question positively. Talking about your previous employer negatively can reflect badly on you, even though what you’re saying is truthful. It is always best to be honest, as new employers will always find out the truth. Even if your reason for leaving sounds negative or was negative don’t lie just try to put a positive spin on it.

For example: Reason for leaving – My manager was controlling. Try saying ‘I’m looking for somewhere I can continuously progress’.

What are your salary expectations?

It is best that you already have an answer for this question before the interview. Start by having a look at similar roles in a similar location to see what other companies are offering. The best approach for this question would be to give a broad answer rather than a specific number. This way you show your open to negotiations and you won’t be ruled out for expecting too much.

For example: ‘I’m looking for a salary between £28,000 and £32,000.’

Do you have any questions?

On all occasions you should answer this question with ‘yes’. Saying ‘no’ may indicate to the employer that you aren’t interested in finding out more about the company/role. Making a list of questions before the interview could be the best way to prepare for this question. Having more than one question prepared will ensure that you will always have an answer to this question. Keep an out for our next post on ‘What questions to ask the employer during an interview’, which will help with this question.