Interviews: Make it easy on yourself

During an interview you will be asked a number of questions. Some of them will be expected and easy to answer. Some will be quite unexpected and relatively difficult to answer, because you may feel unsure about what the interviewer rates as the ‘right response’.

interview in progress

Unforeseen questions can be tricky to prepare answers for in advance and you may feel unsure about what the interviewer rates as the ‘right response’. In reality, however, there are often no right or wrong answers to these questions. They are merely thrown at you to assess how well you can “think on your feet”.

It is possible to look at a number of common questions in order to consider a possible reply beforehand. Below is a list of 20 questions frequently asked at interviews. It is not by any means a definitive list, and it may be added to from your own experiences past and future.

The questions are offered without comment, but it might be helpful for job seekers to go through the questions, giving a number of answers to each. The list could then be considered again, with silly or unwise answers eliminated. Remember: humour is one thing, but there is no place for flippancy in the interview process.


1) Why did you apply to us?

2) How did you find out about us?

3) What are your most relevant work experiences?

4) What aspects of your degree/diploma or training do you feel to be the most relevant to this job?

5) Why did you choose to study for your particular degree/diploma?

6) Apart from your vocational training, what benefits have you derived from your general education?

7) What specific or special skills do you feel are necessary for this job?

8) What makes you think you can do the job?

9) What are your strengths and weaknesses?

10) How would your best friend describe you?

11) Do you make friends easily?

12) What special benefits can you bring to the job?

13) Are you a good communicator?

14) If yes give an example.

15) Are you good at selling?

16) If yes give an example.

17) What are your favourite spare time leisure activities?

18) Why do you feel we should employ you?

19) How do you see your career progressing?

20) What do you hope to be doing in five years?

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