Guest blog: The 5 most typical interview questions

Guest blog from Debbie Gingell, Career Coach at Leg Up Careers

The 5 most “typical” interview questions:

1) Tell me about yourself….

This is usually a warm up question to give you the opportunity to shine! Resist giving your life or work history, the interviewer is looking for a brief overview. Keep it relevant to the post – give a very brief career history and state why you are applying for the position

2) Why should we employ you?

What the interviewer is really asking you is what can you do for my business? – your response needs to answer that question…

An example… As I understand your needs, you are looking for someone who can increase your advertising sales and manage a small team. I have a proven track record in successfully managing a sales team of 3 and have increased Jasper Co.’s sales from £150,000 to 210,000 during the last 2 years.

3) What are your strengths?

Pick out your key strengths and where possible match these to the job description/person specification

4) What are your weaknesses?

Always and only state something knowledge based and include how you intend to improve the weakness. For example, I did feel that my knowledge of Excel was not what it should be, so I recently signed up for an advanced level evening course at the regional college.

5) Why do you want to work for our company?

In order to provide a good answer to this question, you will have researched the organisation and the job well.

About Debbie Gingell:

Throughout my career, I have worked with people from a variety of backgrounds including: students, senior business executives, refugees, mums returning to work, ex-offenders and long term unemployed. I have worked hard to support people who need to secure their first/next job or University place and genuinely love what I do!

We are all unique individuals and I believe that it is important for us to secure the right job because it can lead to a sense of worth and personal satisfaction. My freelance work involves professional CV writing and career coaching for the Times Education Careers Department in London. Providing local and on line career advice and support via Leg up careers, and working with students at an Independent School in Cambridge, supporting students with their University applications and career decisions.

I am extremely committed to helping people to overcome barriers to employment so that they can move forwards and become more successful!

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