"Tell me about you ..."

  • Here you have the opportunity to say why you are the best person for the job. Prepare a brief reply to this question (maximum 2 minutes) which demonstrates how you meet the skills and experience the employer needs.  Be careful not to talk for too long

  •  Your CV should provide you with the basis for a good reply

"What are your strengths?"

  • You must demonstrate that you have the necessary qualities to do a great job. The best way to answer this question is to use the keywords in the job description to show - with specific example(s) -  that you are the best candidate for the role 

  • Identify three key strengths you bring to the role

  • Think of a concrete example that demonstrates each strength

"What are your weaknesses?"

  • Think carefully about your answer to this question. Do not imply that you don't have any weaknesses or this could look like you lack self-awareness and so jeopardise your chances of success

  • The safest option is to choose a weakness that can be seen as a strength (eg, not liking sloppy work can be seen as tendency to be a perfectionist)

  • You can also mention a weakness that you have worked effectively on to overcome.  Again, the CAR technique may be useful to describe the steps that you went through to get around the problem and solve it

  • Make sure that you don't elimiate yourself from the recruitment process by mentioning a weakness in an area that is crucial to the job

What do you know about our company, product or service?

  • This is where your research into the company will help you. Be sincere. Focus on what you will be doing in the organisation or on its performance. Do not talk about salary or benefits at this stage.

  • Tell me about a specific situation in which you used your skills ....

  • The interviewer may ask you questions about academic or professional training, technical skills and personal skills outlined in the job description. However, it's likely that the question will be framed in a different way.

  • Prepare at least two examples, using the CAR technique