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The Top Questions Asked At Interview and How To Answer Them

Author: Carrie Wallis May 2019, Updated Jun 2022

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Even getting an interview with a company can be difficult these days so if you have one you must prepare and be ready for the questions they will ask.

Thankfully the top interview questions are not so difficult.

A lot of questions will overlap in the answers so try not to repeat yourself too much. They already have your resume so they know a lot of the answers already. Interviews often are just to try and understand your personality. They also want to check what you said on your resume is true and you know what you are talking about.

What can you tell us about yourself?

The standard ice-breaking question but don't spoil it by talking about things they really don't want to hear. No one wants to know which football team you support or what your hobbies are. This question is just about business.

What they want to hear is about your current job and responsibilities. What your job title is and how long you have been doing it. You don't need to go into detail but keep to a broad overview of what you are currently employed to do.

You can wrap up with a little personal information if you wish.

Why do you want to work for the new company?

Try to prepare answers that are positive towards the new company and why you would be excited to work for them. They want to hear reasons why the company's business interests you and not why you would benefit from the company. It's close to your home, the pay is good and they have a free canteen, are not good answers to tell them.

Why do you wish to leave your current job?

Never start to criticize your current or former employer even though you'd like to and they deserve it. Make sure you give the impression that you are looking for more exciting work, greater responsibilities, and advancing your career. Any moaning about your current boss, even though he's an idiot, will not help your chances.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

This is an 'oldie' but is still frequently used.

As you are reading this one of your strengths is obviously dedication and planning. Think of a few positive traits you have and list them. Everyone has weaknesses and the trick is to not mention those. Better to pick one of your strengths and claim it as a weakness. For example, your dedication and willingness to help others in the team means you have to work extra hours to get your own work done on time.

Be sure not to lay on the self-sacrifice too much or you will just sound insincere. 

These are some of the top interview questions and having well-prepared answers will make you seem more confident and employable.

The job market is tough and competition is fierce but asking good questions when you are at a job interview is just one of the killer techniques that can work in your favour during an interview.

Spend some time before the interview writing out 5-7 questions that you can ask when you are asked at the end if you have any questions. This avoids the awkward silence as your brain freezes and you can't think of anything to say.

Think of your questions beforehand, jot them down on a notepad and take the notepad with you to the interview. It will demonstrate you have planned ahead and given thought to the interview. This will help you to stand out from the crowd.

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About The Author

Carrie Wallis, Author and founder of the "From Strangers 2 Clients to Champions" client attraction system for helping professionals, has been successfully running her own business and finding clients in the online space since 2000. Over the years she has supported countless Life Coaches and Counsellors to build their own practice and find clients and loves nothing more than seeing her clients enjoy the time freedom that comes from having an automated marketing funnel in place. When she is not serving her clients she can be found chilling with her beloved family or out walking in the Australian bush.