Learn the answers to the 5 Most Common Interview Questions

If you have been called for an interview then you’re more than half way there and it’s important to understand this.

Time is precious for everyone and with that in mind employers and recruiters won’t waste time interviewing people for jobs. If they are seeing you then they must be interested

This is why it’s so important to prepare properly for an interview

To enable you to achieve success at your next interview I have covered the following topics

Please take a read and some time to digest and put the information we are sharing with you to great use

Be so good they can’t ignore you


  • Tell me about yourself

This is a loaded question and can be completely researched and rehearsed.
When answering this question you must think about your best self

Consider the following:

  • Your values
  • Your skills
  • Your motivators
  • Strengths


  • Tell me about your weaknesses and Strengths

This is an excellent opportunity to convey your strengths to an interviewer
They will get a better sense of who you are and how you operate. What may seem like weaknesses to you may not be to a potential employer

Weaknesses –

  • Too critical of myself in search of perfectionTry to please everyone
  • Take on too much responsibility


  • Great communicator
  • Motivator
  • Great social awareness

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Such a cliché question and so over used but still in existence!

Personally and in my experience I recommend candidates to approach this question in a positive way such as confirming they will still be in reemployment in their chosen field, doing something they enjoy and contributing to the business .It is never anyone’s intention to leave if the conditions are right and they are experiencing job satisfaction

You can create a structure around this answer and include the following points

  • Core strengths
  • Goals for the long term
  • The importance of company values and culture being in line with your own

  • What would your colleagues say about you ?

These questions serves many purposes;

  • It can enlighten the interviewer as to how you communicate with your colleagues
  • It enables them to see the value you put on building relationships with your colleagues
  • It highlights your self awareness
  • Enables the interviewer to get a more rounded picture of who you are and your personality

Other ways to ask this question include:

  • Why should we hire you?
  • Why are you the right person for the job?
  • What sets you apart from other candidates ?


  • What do you bring to the position?

This question enables the interviewer to understand if you are a good fit for a job, what research you have done and what your understanding of the role actually is. It also highlights if you full understand the skills required for the job and if yours are in line with the requirement

Fail to prepare…Prepare to fail

Preparation is everything for an interview. With that in mind we have given you some additional suggestions around how to prepare.

Remember you only get one chance to create a first impression

Get your elevator pitch ready or your sales pitch

¾ sentences only and ensure that points you make are relevant to the job at hand
It needs to roll off your tongue
Be clear on who you are, what you have to offer and why you’re the best match for the job

Don’t be shy

  • This is not a time for stage fright! You have to sell your best self
  • Be clear on your strengths, skills, motivators, values and why you’re the best person for the job
  • Don’t compromise and remember others are competing for this role

Practice makes perfect!

  • Sit in front of the mirror
  • Record yourself on video
  • Rehearse what you want to say and get clear on the message you want to convey at the interview
  • Get friends to ask you questions
  • Read articles like this J

 Get clear on who you are

  • Motivators
  • Values
  • Strengths
  • Skills

Do the right research using the following:

  • Linkedin
  • Youtube
  • Press
  • Interviews
Dale Powell

Dale Powell