There are several different types or styles of interview that you may come across amongst our clients. It is important that to remember that no two interviews are the same and that you can always improve you interview style and preparation. 

Below you will find some general hints and tips on the most common and frequently used interview techniques that you are likely to encounter:

1. The traditional interview

Sometimes interviews follow a more traditional format (quite common with people who are not used to interviewing). The following is a list of typical interview questions that may arise in one form or another. It is a good idea to reflect on the sort of answer you might give before an interview but it is unwise to learn answers off pat as you risk coming across as unnatural and not genuine. It is also a good idea to back your answers up with examples taken from your own work experience.

Sample questions:

  1. What did you do on a day to day basis?
  2. What do you like and don’t like about the job?
  3. How did you make a difference to your last organization?
  4. How successful are you?
  5. What was your greatest success and how did you achieve it?
  6. What has been your biggest failure?
  7. How could you improve yourself?
  8. How did you progress in your last job?.
  9. How do you handle criticism?
  10. How do you work with others?
  11. Do you need other people around to stimulate you?
  12. Are you accepted into a team quickly?
  13. Give me an example of when you took initiative to solve a problem?
  14. What motivates you?
  15. Are you competitive?
  16. What problems did you encounter and how did you overcome them?
  17. Do you feel you are ready to take on greater responsibilities?
  18. What are you like under pressure?
  19. How many hours are you prepared to work?
  20. What are your career goals?
  21. How did you get on with your last manager/colleagues?
  22. Do you prefer to work in a small, medium or large organization?
  23. What would be your ideal job?
  24. Why do you want this job?
  25. What qualities do you think this job requires?
  26. Why do you want to work for this organization?
  27. What have you got to contribute?
  28. What can we offer you that your previous organization cannot offer?
  29. How long have you been looking for a new job?
  30. What do you know about this organization?
  31. What interests you about this organization?
  32. What are you looking for in a new job?
  33. What sorts of jobs are you considering at the moment?