The top 5 most frequently asked job interview questions

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When you get to the interview you want to have the best chance of success. Here are our top 5 most common, along with suggestions on how to answer them.

1. Tell us about yourself?

It's the classic warm-up question. Tell the interviewer a little bit about yourself, but keep it professional and to the point. Talk about your previous jobs or experience. This is also a good time to talk about why you want the job and how it fits into your life and goals.

2. What are your strengths and weaknesses. 

Ouch! This is an annoying one. Don't panic, it's actually not a trick, talk about the things you are good at. If you are great at planning your work or great at talking to customers say that.

As for the weaknesses, don't say you don't have any, as tempting as it might be. You do! Talk about the skills you want to improve, maybe you want to learn a technical skill like video editing, or want to learn to manage people better.

This is an opportunity to show that you have thought about how you can improve your skills.

3. Why do you want to work here?

This is a good question. If you've applied on Breakroom we're sure you've read some of the reviews and have an idea of what it's like working there according to current staff.

If you want flexibility and they offer that mention it, if it's because they have a good team talk about how that is important. Be honest and positive and talk about why you're a good fit for the job and important why the job is a good fit for you.

4. Why are you leaving your current job?

This one is a trap 🪤

Don't be negative about your current employer, they might be the worst and they may even have a Breakroom rating of 3, but this isn't the time.

Talk about what excites you about the new role, why the new job is perfect for you and how you want to grow and develop in a new role. It's a bit like breaking up with a partner even if it isn't true say, "it is not them, it's you that needs to move on".

5. Do you have any questions for us?

This involves a little bit of preparation đź“ť

Questions show you are interested in the company and the job. Prepare a few that are unlikely to have been covered in the course of the interview. Questions like:

  • How could I impress you in the first three months?

  • What are the opportunities for training and progression within the company?

  • What do you like about working here?

  • Can you tell me about the team I'll be working with?

Asking questions helps you finish the interview on a positive note and also gives the interviewer the opportunity to talk about their role.

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Published on 25 July 2022