In class today, Greg talked us through 8 of the most common interview questions that we could be asked during our mock interview and gave us some tips on how we should answer them. One important piece of advice we were given is to remember to talk about the soft skills that we develop on our course, although these skills may seem obvious to us they are vital when working in the industry.
Tell us a bit about yourself..
This is a really common opening question for job interviews and is often used to put you on the spot and see how you react to that. They have given you complete control and you should use this opportunity to tell them about your education, interest in the field, work history and experience. Remember that you are here for an interview and they are not just making small talk with you
Why should you get this job?
The company are hiring people to fit a certain brief or to fix a certain thing that they are lacking within the company. This is your opportunity to position yourself to fit this gap and demonstrate your passion for the role. You should not be cocky or complacent when answering this.
What are your salary expectations?
Always have this question in the back of your head when preparing for an interview. Look at average salaries for people with the same job and experience level as you to get a basic idea and remember to not sell yourself short. Do not ask them what they think you’re worth or or say that you just want a job. Give them a rough but realistic figure and do not sell yourself short
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
The interviewer wants you to display that you’ve thought about your future and show your ambition to progress in the industry. They also want to make sure that this job means more to you than just being a job to fill a gap. Show your passion for the industry and tailor your career goals to the company.
What are your strengths?
Show you are T-shaped (you have a wide base of knowledge with depth in one area in particular). Pick the 3 skills which you have and think are most appropriate for the job. Some examples of good skills include:
Communication – the ability to get on with a wide range of people
Team working – the ability to be an effective team leader or team member
IT skills – most jobs these days need some IT skills
Good attitude – hard worker, honest, polite, co-operative
Problem solving – using your initiative to identify solutions
Enthusiasm – employers like someone positive
Quick learner – so you can take on new tasks
Determination – shows you are focused on achieving goals
Flexibility – doing a variety of tasks to achieve a common goal.
What are your weaknesses?
The most important thing to remember about this question is that everyone has flaws and areas which they need to improve on and the interviewer is asking for you to be open about this. The best way to answer this question is to admit a weakness, then give practical examples of how you are working to improve it and make it an eventual strength.
Why do you want to work here?
Here the interviewer is looking to see that you have given this thought while preparing for the interview. You should have a good inside knowledge of the company’s values, mission statement, development plans and products and ensure this is reflected in your answer while making reference to how your skills and goals fit with this.
Do you have any questions for us?
The only wrong answer to this question is no, no exceptions. Show you have researched the company and have questions that relate to this.
As well as going through this list, as a class we came up with a list of other possible interview questions:
- What software are you comfortable with?
- What projects have you worked on? What have you learned from these experiences?
- What is your favourite part of your reel and why?
- What drives you?
- What inspires you?
- What are your goals?
- What do you like to do in your free time?
- What can you bring to the table?
- How well can you handle pressure?
- Are you willing to work long hours?
- Would you ever throw a team mate under the bus?
- Would you work for free?
- What do you know about us as a company?
- What do you enjoy about this field?