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Interviews are hard and often nerve wrecking. Even someone like me who loves to interview and be interviewed, I get butterflies in my tummy the night before.

This post I stumbled upon, break down simply with the list of questions that you can expect if you are going for an interview. In fact, many posts in this blog shows a lot of problems in life can be simplify just by looking from a different angle.

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Job interviews are something nearly everyone will go through once in their lives.  With most job interviews the questions are very standard and there are only so many questions that you are likely to be asked. In this guide we will look at what some of most common interview questions are and for each one a couple of bullet points to give you an idea of how to approach these questions. At least one of these questions will certainly come on in your next interview so be prepared to tackle it head on.

Here are a list of questions you will likely be asked in an interview:

  1. Tell me about yourself?
  • Education
  • Job History
  • Certificates
  1. What do you known about our company?
  • Companies Reputation
  • Sector the company operates in /Products they sell
  • Company Objectives
  1. Why is there a gap in your employment history?
  • Maternity
  • Travelling
  • Illness
  1. What kind of work environment do you like best?
  • Quiet/Fast Paced
  • Teamwork/Independent
  1. Tell me about a professional achievement that you are proud of?
  • Most sales in a month
  • Consistently met deadlines
  • Most clients won
  1. What is your greatest weaknesses?
  • Stressed
  • Organisational Skills
  • Public Speaking
  1. What do you like about this job?
  • Aligns with your skills and goals
  • Challenging work
  • Help develop new skills
  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
  • Would like to become an specialist in this industry
  • Would like to take on more managerial responsibilities
  1. What are your salary expectations?
  • Provide a range with your expected salary closer to the lower end (e.g. if your ideal salary is $50,000 provide a range of $48,000 – $55,000)
  • Sometimes you can accept a lower salary if other benefits make up for it such as work from home days, pensions, bonus, free gym membership, etc.
  1. Do you have any questions?
  • What are my day to day responsibilities?
  • What would my targets be over the first few months?
  • You can ask them what they like about working there
  • What is the next stage of the hiring process?

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. This is great. I’m teaching a unit on job searches and interview skills and wil definitely be showing this page.


  2. “What do you like about the job” is a good one for me. This one usually forces me to do research on the company something I would have neglected to do and should have. Lol. I have found this to be one of the best ways to be motivated about the new job too.

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    1. Kally says:

      Good sharing. For me, it’ll be the culture of the company. I can’t stand it if the environment is toxic.

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      1. Oh yeah good point. That would be the worse!


  3. As by now expected; another GREAT one Kally.

    Now long retired, I was like you on both sides of interviewing. Giving and being interviews.

    This is an EXCELLENT primer; and covers the basics well.

    The only question “missed” (as in not included) is: WHY did you choose this company?

    Also a few suggestions for future

    1. How to dress for an interview
    2. Great questions to ask (and be sure to be knowledgeable as possible about the company)

    Thanks, stay safe my friend,
    God Bless, Patrick


  4. Great post. Another question I was once asked and then used when I was interviewing staff:

    “What’s the worst mistake you’ve ever made?” We wanted them to tell us about an error they’ve made at work, and hopefully what they did to correct it and what they learned from it.

    You’d have laughed at some of the responses, mainly about relationships i.e. one girl cut all her ex’s ties in half and took one half of each home with her. She’d wrongly thought he was cheating with a girl in his office. What she learned was — he finished with her — cos he was seeing a girl in Tie Rack!


  5. Thanks for sharing this Kally.


  6. The “greatest weakness” question is the one that always rattles me. I’ve heard suggestions to take a weakness and spin it into a positive, but the last time I tried that in a mock interview, it didn’t give a good impression. Also, I can’t help wondering now if this does a disservice to the employer who may be able to tell if I’m really a good fit for a position based on the weakness I choose to expose.

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    1. Kally says:

      It is a trick question actually. As a hiring manager when I asked this question to my candidate, I’m looking for a couple of things: honesty, how the candidate does to improve his weakness, how his weakness is actually a strength in the job he is applying. So it really boils down to what’s the weakness, the role you are applying for and your response to the question. Putting a positive spin is fab but it can also seem that you accept your weakness. You could add on acknowledging your weakness while working on creating a balance.

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      1. Thanks. It’s helpful to know how this question works from the hiring side. I’d rather be as honest as possible in an interview because if I hype myself as something I’m not, no one benefits. On the other hand, I sometimes have trouble presenting the truth about myself in the most helpful way.

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        1. Kally says:

          I guess it all boils down to presenting the negative into something positive but truthful. It is a thin line to balance.

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  7. msw blog says:

    Great list. Number 9 and 10 should definitely be addressed as to not waste a individuals time.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you and I totally agree with you. Have a great weekend!


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