Companies have different interviewing styles. You could have an interview that's:
Whichever interview method is used, the best way to make a good impression is to prepare well. This means doing your research, having good examples and practising your answers.
Employers want to see that you have a genuine interest in working for them by asking questions like:
To prepare for questions about the employer, you need to research the company. You should look at their website and 'about us' pages to find out more about their products, services and values.
Employers will want to get to know you and may ask things like:
Your answers should show what kind of personal qualities, interests and skills you have.
For example, you could talk about:
If the job requires certain skills, you should demonstrate these in your examples.
If you're applying for a graphic designer role, you could talk about taking a desktop publishing course in your spare time.
Employers usually base interview questions around your work history to give you the chance to talk about your experience. For instance, they might ask:
Your answers should reflect the skills the employer wants. Be positive and tailor your examples to the job description.
If your work history is limited, you can use examples from outside of work. You can also use examples from volunteering experience.
The strengths employers look for will depend on the job role. You may be asked questions like:
Along with specific examples, you can also highlight your personal qualities as strengths, for instance:
Plan your answers around 2 or 3 examples that are relevant to the job. You can back these up with qualifications or training you've done.
You should answer questions on weaknesses honestly and say how you're working to improve them.
Question - Do you have any weaknesses?
Answer - I struggle with time management on projects. I'm working on improving this by creating a timetable of steps at the start of each project and making sure I follow it.
At the end of a job interview, employers will usually ask if you have any questions for them. This is a good chance to show your interest in the company and your enthusiasm for the job.
For example, you could ask:
You may be asked questions about leaving your last job.
If you've been out of work for a long time, explain why. Talk about the positive things you've done while away from work. For example, networking, retraining, volunteering or keeping fit.
Use our advice to plan your answers.
If you left your job by choice:
If you were made redundant:
If you were fired because of misconduct or poor performance, explain: