Interviewers taking notes

Be prepared to answer standard questions such as:

  • Why did you choose this particular vocation? What do you really want to do in life?

  • What do you want to be doing in your career five years from now? Ten years from now?

  • What was the size of your last salary review? When was it?

  • What style of management gets the best from you? Who was your best boss? Why?

  • What interests you about our products or services?

  • Can you get recommendations from previous employers?

  • What have you learnt from some of the jobs you have held? What did you enjoy the most?

  • What have you done that shows initiative in your career?

  • What are your strongest skills?

  • How do your skills relate to our company's needs?

  • How can you contribute to the company?

  • What are you looking for in your next job?

  • What do you know about us?

  • What do you think determines a person's progress in a good company?

  • How do you spend your spare time? What are your hobbies?

  • What does teamwork mean to you?

  • What's the best book you've read recently?

"Open probe" questions are different because they strike right at the heart of issues and require more than a yes/no answer.

  • Why did you leave your last job? Why do you want to change jobs?

  • Have a positive answer - confident, coherent and logical explanations are critical to the interview process.

  • What is your greatest strength/weakness?

  • Have some answers ready - even weaknesses can be presented positively, especially if you are doing something about them.

  • What income are you looking for?

  • Always give a range but try to be general.

  • Why should I hire you?

  • Here's a chance to review your strengths and show how you can make a big contribution. Sell your benefits, not your features. 

  • Why do you want to work for our organisation?

  • Here is a chance to show how well you did your research before the interview.

You probably just skimmed over these lists so we want you to go back and read them again - carefully this time. Now take out some paper and start writing your answers - truthful answers that demonstrate your achievements. You will be put on the spot if you are not prepared.