Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

Often appearing towards the end of an interview, this question seems relatively straightforward. Indeed, the main problem candidates face with this question is not having thought that far ahead! But don’t worry, this question isn’t a test of your prediction skills – it’s a job interview question just like any other. So how do you answer … More Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

Answering the ‘Why Should We Hire You?’ interview question

Joe Cronin, Application Adviser This is probably one of the less pleasant job interview questions – although it comes up with frightening regularity! – because it seemingly invites you to brag, or compare yourself to the other candidates (who you haven’t even met), or, worst of all, beg and plead. But a good answer to … More Answering the ‘Why Should We Hire You?’ interview question

Guest blog: 5 Bizarre Interview Questions… Answered!

As every job-seeker knows, interviews are tough. The train’s delayed, your suit itches, from the look the receptionist just gave you you’re pretty sure you have coffee breath. Then, just when the interview seemed to be going swimmingly, the interviewer throws an unexpected curveball by asking you if you’d rather fight one hundred duck-sized horses … More Guest blog: 5 Bizarre Interview Questions… Answered!

How to answer ‘What do you know about this company?’ on an application or at interview

A common application form and interview question is: ‘what do you know about our company or organisation?’ It can be a difficult question to answer – often it feels like telling the company or the interviewer information they’re already sure to know. So why do employers ask this? As we saw in part one, A … More How to answer ‘What do you know about this company?’ on an application or at interview

Just breathe: Answering the correct question at interview

Recently I was interviewing and I noticed something about the way the candidates were answering the questions. In fact, it was one question in particular that seemed to cause the trouble. It was along the lines of ‘tell me about a time when___ and tell me what you learnt from this experience’. Now this is … More Just breathe: Answering the correct question at interview

‘Any questions?’: What to ask your interviewer

Although the idea of questioning your interviewer may seem a bit daunting, asking questions is actually a very good idea. It enables you to clarify your understanding of the company, what you would be expected to do, and whether you will actually enjoy doing it. Other than this, asking questions demonstrates to the interviewer that you … More ‘Any questions?’: What to ask your interviewer

Interviews: what to do when they ask ‘do you have any questions for us?’

“What questions do you have for us?” Words to chill the heart and freeze the blood. Watch as the interviewer’s eyes glaze over. Same old, same old. Yatter, yatter, yatter. And probably answered on page 2 of the company website. Avoid the bland, the banal, the boring. Instead: Cut the clichés If you have to … More Interviews: what to do when they ask ‘do you have any questions for us?’