Common job interview questions and how to answer them


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When it comes to interviews, preparation is the key to your success. One of the most crucial steps to take before any interview is to anticipate common interview questions and think about how to approach them.

How to answer interview questions

Answering an interview question starts long before you enter the interview room. If you want to make the most of the opportunity, you first need to have done your preparation: reflect on your skills, experiences and areas of expertise, and how these align with the requirements of the role; be clear about why you want the role; and be able to articulate your key achievements and how you can add value. What are you particularly good at and what sets you apart from other candidates? That is your unique selling proposition.

At Hudson we recommend that where appropriate, candidates use the STAR approach to answering interview questions – this provides a structured and effective way to demonstrate your competencies.

Learn more about STAR and how to answer behavioural interview questions.

How to answer the 5 most common job interview questions

While every interview will be different, many interviewers still use a handful of tried-and-true questions that every job candidate should prepare for.

  1. Tell me about yourself
  2. What made you want to apply for this job?
  3. Why do you think you are the best person for the jobs?
  4. Why did you leave your previous role?
  5. What are your weaknesses?

Here are a few pointers for how to approach some of the most common interview questions.