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How to Answer The Most Common Job Interview Questions?

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  • How to Answer The Most Common Job Interview Questions?
    Mohsin Raza

    “Tell me About Yourself…”

    This question is designed to find out what you’re like as a person, what your ambitions and interests are, and why they relate to the role. Your answer should be short and concise, with a final sentence to summarize why you applied for the position and what you’re currently looking for (e.g. “a new challenge”).


    “What do you know about the company?”

    Start with the basics; how old is the company and what do they do? Every company has some sort of output, so state what this is; whether it’s something they’re selling (e.g. clothes or food goods) or something they’re producing for consumption (e.g. news or information). It is also worth mentioning any recent projects the company has been working on, or any news the company has appeared in lately.

    Keep this question short and concise, and plan what you want to say in advance.


    “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

    What you should answer with is where you want to be in five years – talk of your ambitions, skills you hope to have gained by then, and how the job in question would help you work towards this. Most graduate employers won’t look too kindly on people who talk of their company as a stepping stone; they want to hear about your passion to develop professionally in the position they’re hiring for, as well as your sincere desire to further the industry with your ideas, motivation, and skill.


    “Why do you want to work here?”

    To answer this question, focus on why the job advertisement appealed to you personally. For instance, let your interviewer know if you’re interested in the work the company produces, the culture it offers, or the progression the role promises. If, when you were researching the company, you found that a recent project the company was part of particularly interested you, it might be worth mentioning this to show you have taken an active interest in their work.


    “What can you bring to this role?”

    If you’ve already been offered an interview, the chances are that the interviewer is aware of what experience you have and sees potential in you. Provide examples of times when you’ve utilized the skills they’re looking for in a different context. If you’re a new graduate, now’s the chance to highlight all the ‘transferable skills’ you gained during your degrees, such as analytical ability, written and spoken communication skills, and IT mastery, to name but a few.

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