If you’ve recently graduated, you may already be thinking ahead to what your next steps might be in terms of your career. As you begin to do so, your mind will start posing questions about the interview process – and that can feel quite daunting if you aren’t sure what to expect.
Read on to find out the 6 most common interview questions, with some tips on how to prepare for them and answer with confidence on the day.
Tell me about yourself
This is always one of the first questions in an interview. The reason you’ll be asked this is not because they want to know about your likes and interests, but because they want to hear what you value most about yourself in your career.
Think of it as a little bit like the overview you give on a CV.
The company will want to hear about your commitments to your career and what kind of person you are as a professional.
It’s useful to find out a bit about the company’s ethos ahead of your interview, so that you can gauge how you should approach this question.
What is your greatest strength?
If blowing your own trumpet is no easy task, then this question can be a tough one to answer.
The key here is to keep it relevant and think about what the company is looking for in you. It’s worth reflecting on previous jobs where possible (part time, internships and volunteering are all noteworthy), so that you can demonstrate your strengths.
This is a question that could ultimately set you apart from or give way to other candidates, so take this opportunity to closely match the qualities that the company is seeking.