How to Answer 5 Common Interview Questions
5 Common Interview Questions
You can never be 100% prepared for a job interview, as there’s no way know knowing exactly what your interviewer may ask you; however it’s highly likely that you will be asked some of the usual suspects.
By giving some of the most common interview questions some thought and planning out answers, you can enter the interview feeling positive that you are can do your best and articulate some well thought out responses.
We have identified five most commonly asked interview questions, which can often prove a bit of a challenge; so here are a few examples of the best way to answer them.
1) Why should I hire you?
Use specific examples to demonstrate what you can do for them and real life examples of what you have done in previous roles that could benefit you and your potential employer.
2) What salary do you think you deserve?
Do your research before the interview to find out the average salary for someone in that sort of role. For the best chance of getting the salary that you want, aim higher than average and then negotiate.
3) Give an example of a time when you showed initiative?
Think back to your time in your previous jobs and identify examples of when you took action and achieved a positive outcome from it.
4) Where do you expect to be in five years time?
Try to answer this in relation to the company you are interviewing with. They don’t want to hire someone who looks like they’re going to jump ship as soon as something else comes along. Be specific, rather than making generalities.
5) What other companies are you interviewing with?
This is a tough one and can feel like a bit of a trick question. They probably already know that you will have been applying for other roles, so be honest and tell them that you are exploring other positions in the industry to find one that fits your skills.