Interview Questions

Interviews can be conducted in many different ways but the key component of any interview is the questions, asked by both the prospective employer and you. 

We have created a  guideline on interview questions that you may want to ask and some advice on questions the interviewer may ask you…

You ask...

The wording you use is as important as the question itself as you want to ensure they understand exactly what you’re asking.  You should, in general, ask  open-ended questions where the interviewer's reply cannot be a simple "yes" or "no" but require an more detailed explanation as part of their answer. As a result, the interview will be more conversational and thus flow better, with the interviewer contributing as much to the meeting as you are.

Be positive in your questions and avoid making negative remarks.  We recommend that you ask one or two unexpected questions to show that you are authentic and genuinely interested in the interviewers' comments

Unless committed to memory, during the pace of an interview, it is easy to forget important questions and you want to make ensure you get the most out of the meeting.

Potential questions for you to ask:

  • What is your management style?
  • What is the make-up of the team?
  • How would you describe the duties and responsibilities of this role on a daily basis? Weekly? Monthly?
  • Are there any projects I will be involved in? When/what are they?
  • What are the markets you are looking at?
  • What vendors are you working with and would you be interested in diversifying suppliers?
  • Can you tell me more about the company?
  • Can you describe my area of responsibility?
  • Is this post a new or existing one?
  • Do you run any training schemes?
  • Will you be holding second interviews? (show that you’re enthusiastic and organized).

The above questions are merely a guideline and you should try to come up with your own questions that are relevant to your own situation.  However, make sure that you don’t ask too many questions though as you may be viewed as a robot going through the interview motions.  Again, it is essential that you, be yourself.

They ask...

Ideally you should give some thought as to how you may answer certain questions.  You may want to put yourself in the interviewer's shoes and come up with a 'Top 10 questions I would ask me if I were them'.  

Some common questions are listed below but be ready for anything as an interviewers' style can vary greatly.  There is no right or wrong way to answer questions as long as you are honest and have prepared your thoughts to each.

  • Why are you interested in this position?
  • Why do you want to leave your present job? (and your job before that)
  • Why would you like to work for our company?
  • What style of management best suits you? How would we get the most out of you?
  • What are you major strengths / weaknesses? (everyone has both)
  • What can you bring to our company? Why do you think we should employ you?
  • What do you want to be doing in your career three years from now? Six years from now?

Modern interviewers like asking situational questions. This is especially true for human resources people but also for line managers. For example,

  • What would you do if confronted by the following...
  • Give us an example of where you were faced with conflict and how did you handle that?
  • If we were to give you this project, how would you go about working on it?

It is not just about job skills, cultural fit is very important to an employer. You may be asked the following types of questions to see if you fit into the 'team' or 'company culture:

  • What do you do in your spare time?
  • What are your hobbies and interests?

Potential questions you may be asked/to consider:

  • Would you like to have your boss's job?
  • What are your greatest strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Why haven’t you progressed more in your career?
  • Do you consider yourself a success?
  • Have you ever been turned down for a raise?
  • Do you consider yourself promotable?
  • What is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do in your job?
  • How would your current boss describe your style?
  • When you are supervising people, how do you motivate them?
  • Describe a time when you resolved a conflict between two of your subordinates.
  • What would your subordinates say about you?
  • How do you normally relate to office politics?
  • Do you prefer to work alone or with others?
  • Do you consider yourself self-motivated?
  • Describe a time when you took the initi ative to accomplish something
  • Name three personal characteristics that best describe you.
  • What do I need to know about you to get an accurate picture of what makes you tick? 

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