Leigh Duke

Interviews can be daunting so preparation is a must to help ease those nerves.

We've prepared a list of typical interview questions that you may get asked. Read through and have a think about how you would respond or ask a family member or friend to sit down with you and run through a mock interview.

  • What have you achieved in your personal life or your career? 
  • What is your greatest achievement? 
  • What did you most enjoy about your previous jobs? 
  • What did you dislike most about your previous jobs? 
  • If asked, what do you think your current employer would say about you? 
  • How would your friends describe you? 
  • How would your work colleagues describe you? 
  • What are your ambitions in life? 
  • What do you want to achieve, personally and professionally, in the next 5 years?
  • How do you like to be managed? 
  • What examples are there where you’ve been uncomfortable with a manager’s style? 
  • What pressure have you worked under? 
  • What makes you think you can do this job? 
  • What fresh attributes could you bring to the company? 
  • How do you spend the weekends? 
  • What’s the current dollar rate? 
  • What newspaper do you read? 
  • If you were in our shoes, what doubts do you think we should have about you? 
  • Given a blank piece of paper, what ideal job would you create for yourself? 
  • What jobs interest you at the moment and what other applications have you made? 
  • What do you know about us? 
  • What is your opinion of our company? 
  • What do you see this job involving? 
  • Why do you want this job? 
  • What are your strengths? 
  • What are your weaknesses? 
  • How would you gain the respect of the staff already at the company? 
  • What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you? 
  • What is your availability, holidays booked, etc. 
  • What questions do you have? 
  • How much do you know about the vacancy / company? 
  • How do you visualise a typical day? 
  • What interests you about the position? 
  • What do you see as the satisfactions of the job? 
  • What do you anticipate the frustrations to be? 
  • What skills or experience do you have that make you right for the position? 
  • What qualities do you have that make you right for this position? 
  • What has been your biggest achievement in your career to date?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses? 
  • Give an example of when you coped well under pressure? 
  • When have you had an opportunity to show initiative? 
  • What motivates you? 
  • How do you motivate yourself? 
  • What de-motivates you? 
  • How do you analyse your own performance? 
  • How do you think that you could improve your own performance? 
  • What are your long-term goals? 
  • Why do you wish to leave your current job / last job? 
  • If you could change one aspect of your current / last position, what would that be and why? 
  • What are you looking for in your next position? 
  • Choose 5 words to describe yourself? 
  • What 5 words would your previous boss use to describe you? 
  • Describe a time when you received negative feedback about your performance? 
  • Are you considering other vacancies? 
  • Give an example of a time when you had to make a quick decision. 
  • Give an example of an important goal you set and tell me about your progress in reaching that goal. 
  • Describe the most creative work-related project you have completed. 
  • Tell me about a time when you faced a problem at work, and tell me how you solved it.

If you can think of some other questions that you have been asked in previous interviews, comment below and we will add them to our list.


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