At Better Together we know how important interview prep can be, and since one of the best ways to prepare for an interview is to do practice questions, we’ve put together some of the most common interview questions, with tips on how to answer them:

Can you tell me about yourself?

It may seem like a straightforward question, but make sure you keep on topic – highlight the personal qualities and experience that make you right for the job.

What are your weaknesses?

Don’t try to deflect the question by giving a poorly disguised strength, but do give some explanation for how you’ve tried to overcome your weaknesses. If you’ve done nothing to address your weak points maybe now is the time to start doing something about them.

Why did you leave your last position?

Try to stay positive, even if your former workplace or boss were part of the reason for your leaving, you gain nothing by responding negatively.

Could you give me an example of when you…?

For competency questions, remember the STAR method for explaining how you’ve overcome problems in the past:

– Situation: Explain what the situation was, what was happening and who was there
– Task: Explain what you were meant to be doing
– Action: What did you do to help the situation or resolve the problem?
– Result: How did the situation turn out, and what role did your actions play in the outcome?

Remember, you can never practice too much for an interview.

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