Common General Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your next interview, here are a selection of commonly asked interview questions. Try to write a few ideas/notes for each answer and then try practising saying each answer out loud. You may want to record yourself and listen to

TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF

(Your response should be similar to what you’ve put in the first few paragraphs of your cover letter.)

WHAT ARE YOU DOING CURRENTLY?

WHY DO YOU WANT TO LEAVE YOUR CURRENT JOB?

WHY DOES THIS JOB APPEAL TO YOU?

TELL ME ABOUT SOME OF YOUR SUCCESSES IN YOUR PREVIOUS JOBS.

TELL ME ABOUT SOME CHALLENGES YOU’VE HAD IN YOUR PREVIOUS JOBS.

TELL ME WHAT IT’S LIKE WORKING WITH YOU?

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM A SUPERVISOR?

TELL ME ABOUT AN EXPERIENCE YOU’VE HAD WORKING IN A TEAM – WHAT WENT WELL/NOT SO WELL?

HOW WOULD PREVIOUS COLLEAGUES DESCRIBE WORKING WITH YOU?

HOW DO YOU HANDLE STRESS AND PRESSURE? (Can you give an example of a situation at work)

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN YOUR NEXT ROLE?

WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU IN RELATION TO WORK?

TELL ME WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR COMPANY VALUES?

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU COULD CONTRIBUTE TO OUR ORGANISATION?

WHY DO YOU WANT TO WORK FOR OUR ORGANISATION?

WHO INSPIRES YOU AND WHY?

WHAT SKILL/EXPERTISE DO YOU FEEL YOU’RE STILL MISSING?

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT A TIME WHEN YOU ACHIEVED SUCCESS IN A PREVIOUS JOB/TASK?

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT A PROBLEM YOU HAD IN A PREVIOUS ROLE AND HOW YOU FIXED IT?

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF IN YOUR CAREER TO DATE?

WHAT QUESTIONS DO YOU HAVE?