Top 10 Interview Questions And Answers To Prepare [Video]

Get ready to wow your interviewer with these top 10 interview questions and answers to prepare. Garry Barcoe our Senior Principal Consultant Infrastructure & Cloud at Stelfox IT Recruitment will talk you through each one.

Interview Questions And Answers: Being prepared for an interview is just as important as landing the interview itself. In this video, we are going to guide you through our list of top 10 questions and answers for interviews. There are some tricky questions here so we recommend watching the video in full to be ready!

Interview Questions And Answers #1. Why Do You Want To Work Here?

To answer this question, you must have researched the company well. It’s important to find out as much as you possibly can. Learn about the company history on LinkedIn, the founders, how far they’ve come and their goals.

A typical answer might be that you’re not just there for a paycheque and that you enjoy what you’ve seen about the company so far. The people and the product make it feel like this is a company that you can add value to.

#2. What Do You Like Or Dislike About Your Last Job?

The interviewer is looking here for incompatibilities. Most interview questions and answers start with a preamble by the interviewer about the company so pay attention to that! That information will help answer that question.

Keep your answer short and positive. You are allowed only one negative about past employers and only if your interviewer has a ‘hot button’ about his or her department or with the company itself. If they have mentioned a type of behaviour to you that they dislike, it’s okay to say it back to them but don’t overdo it.

There is a lot going on in this question, find out more by watching the video.

#3. What Would You Like To Be Doing Five Years From Now?

The safest answer contains a desire to be regarded as a true professional and a team player. You could say:

From my research and what you’ve told me about the growth here, it seems that operations (related job) is where the emphasis is going to be. I’ve always felt that first-hand knowledge and experience opens up opportunities that one might never have considered. So while at this point in time, I plan to be part of operations, it is reasonable to expect that other exciting opportunities will crop up.

#4. What Are Your Biggest Accomplishments?

In this case, keep your answers job-related. If you exaggerate contributions to major projects, you may end up being accused of suffering what’s called in the U.S. ‘coffee machine syndrome’. Watch the video to hear the full story. You might say:

Although I see my biggest achievements are still ahead of me, I am proud of my involvement with (name a project). I made my contributions as part of a team and I learned a lot in the process. We did it with hard work, concentration and an eye for the bottom line.

#5. Can You Work Under Pressure?

This question sometimes comes from an unskilled interviewer as they are actually asking you a closed-ended question. As a result, the question does not give you the chance to elaborate.

Yes, I usually find it stimulating. However, I believe in planning and proper management of my time to reduce panic deadlines within my area of responsibility.

#6. Why Should I Hire You?

You can highlight areas from your background that relate to current needs and problems. So, recap the interviewer’s description of the job, meeting it point by point with your skill. Finish your answer with:

I have the qualifications you need (itemise them) and I’m a team player. I take direction and I have the desire to make a thorough success of this job.

#7. How Do You Take Direction?

The interviewer wants to know if you are open-minded and can be a team player. Can you follow directions or are you a difficult, high-maintenance employee?

This particular question can also be defined as ‘how do you take direction?’ or ‘how do you accept criticism?’ A good answer might be:

I take direction well and recognize they come in two varieties depending on the circumstances. There is carefully-explained direction when my bosses take time to lay things out for me in detail. There are other times, as the result of deadlines and other pressures, direction might be brief and to the point.

While I’ve seen some people get upset with that, personally, I’ve always understood that there are other considerations that I’m not aware of. As such, I can take direction and get on with the job without taking offence so my boss can get on with doing their job.

#8. Tell Me About Yourself.

This is one of these interview questions and answers that isn’t an opportunity to ramble on. If the context isn’t clear, you need to know more information before giving an answer. In such a situation, you could ask:

Is there a particular aspect of my background that would be more relevant to you?

The tale you tell should demonstrate or refer to one or more of your key behaviour profiles and actions. That could be honestly, integrity, being a team player or maybe even determination.

For example, if you choose ‘team player’, maybe you play for your local team. In part, the answer should make the connection between home and work. A good answer could be:

I put my heart and soul into everything I do whether it’s sports or work. I find that getting along with my teammates or professional peers makes life more enjoyable and productive.

You cannot answer this question off the cuff. Take some time in advance, think about yourself and what about your personality you’d like to promote.

What is the most difficult situation you have faced?

This question looks for information on two fronts. First, how you define difficult. Second, what was your handling of the situation? You must have a story ready for this one.

Avoid talking about problems that have to do with co-workers. You can talk about difficult decisions to fire someone but emphasise that once you had examined the problem and reached a conclusion, you acted quickly and professionally with the best interests of the company at heart.

What are some of the things that bother you? Tell me about the last time you felt anger at your job? These questions are so similar, they could be treated as one. So it’s very important to show that you can remain calm. Most of us have seen a colleague lose his or her cool and it’s not pretty. It’s one thing that every sensible employer would want to avoid. You could say:

I enjoy my work and giving value to my employer. It really bothers me dealing with clock-watchers or the ones that regularly get sick on a Monday or a Friday but it’s not something that gets me angry.

Do you prefer working with others or alone?

This question is usually to determine whether you are a team player or not so before answering be sure to know if the job requires you to work alone. Then answer appropriately. Perhaps an answer like:

I’m quite happy to work at home alone when necessary. I don’t need much constant reassurance but I prefer to work in a group as much more gets achieved when people pull together.

Key Interview Questions And Answers:

  • Do your research.
  • Don’t get personal about your past employer.
  • You want to be a true professional.
  • Your biggest achievements are still ahead of you but give an example of what you’ve done in the past.
  • You can work under pressure but you prefer to be prepared and organised.
  • List the job description and match your skill to each point.
  • Let them know you can take direction and that you won’t get offended during high-pressure times.
  • Tell them about yourself but make a connection between the job and your work life.
  • Give an example of how you overcame a difficult situation.
  • Make it clear you can work alone but also that you enjoy working with others as it often leads to great achievement.
  • Prepare your interview questions and answers.

So there are 10 common interview questions and answers. Hopefully, these insights will give you some help. If you have any questions, we are always happy to help. Just drop us a line at garry@stelfox.com

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