5 Common Interview Questions And How Best To Answer Them
1 year ago

Whilst every job interview will be unique in its own way, the general questions asked within an interview are usually very similar. So, today we’re going to share the top 5 most common interview questions and how you can answer them.

An interview will typically start with the opportunity to tell your interviewer a bit of information about you. When answering this, it’s best to start with your professional interests. Talk to them about the industry experience you have and what you enjoy about the role you’re applying for. 

If you’re applying for an apprenticeship, it’s likely that you may not have had any specific experience. However, you can still discuss what interests you most about the industry and why it stands out to you. The most important thing is that your genuine passion for the role shows at this point.

The interviewer will ask about your interest in the role so they can get an idea of whether you’re a good fit for the job. When asked this question, it’s beneficial to get specific about the company. Don’t only talk about why you want the job. Talk about why you want the job at that company. 

This will show the interviewer that you already have background knowledge about the company and will help you stand out above the rest. Key things to note are the team and the kind of experience you’d get from a company like theirs.


In an interview, the employer will want to get an understanding of how you can benefit them, which is where you can discuss your strengths. Answering this question can be difficult. 

You don’t want to undersell yourself, but you also don’t want to have a list that’s longer than your arm! Draw out 3 key strengths you have that would make you excel at the role, and within the company, with every strength you name, back it up with an example so the interviewer can see this in practice.

No one is perfect, and the interviewer will understand this. This question is a chance for them to understand where you’ll need support in the role and whether they can offer that.

The key here is to not overshare. You don’t want to contradict all your strengths by listing off your weaknesses. It’s fine to take one weakness and just use that. But… don’t make that weakness that you ‘work too hard’ as this doesn’t come across as genuine. Share an actual weakness that you’re aware of, and also explain how you’re working on improving it.

This question will help the interviewer understand your goals and your drive to achieve them. When interviewers ask this question, they aren’t necessarily asking you to turn around and dedicate the next 5 years of your career to them. Job hopping is more normalised now, especially after an apprenticeship. 

All you need to do is have goals of where you’d like to be and a position you’d like to work in. Then you can explain how you plan on getting there in the next five years. This will show the employer that you know exactly what you want and that you’re willing to work hard to get there.

The interview process can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if your knowledge of the type of questions and answers you may encounter is lacking. However, by preparing yourself ahead of time by reading up on what common interview questions exist, you will be able to go into the interview with confidence. 

Trust that you know enough to get through the interview and impress your interviewer. With this approach and preparation, you will be sure to have an enjoyable interviewing experience that will unlock many career possibilities.

Good luck!

What are your strengths?

When answering this question, focus on strengths that are relevant to the job you're applying for, such as communication skills, problem-solving abilities, or leadership qualities. Provide specific examples of how you have demonstrated these strengths in previous roles.

What are your weaknesses?

When answering this question, it's important to be honest but also demonstrate self-awareness and a willingness to improve upon weaknesses. Choose a weakness that is not central to the job requirements and explain what steps you have taken or plan to take to address it.

Why do you want this job?

This question allows you to demonstrate your knowledge of the company and its values while highlighting why the position aligns with your career goals and interests. Be specific about what excites you about the role and how it fits into your long-term career plans.

Do you have any questions for us?

This is a common closing question that provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate interest in the company and further clarify any questions or concerns you may have about the position or organisation. Ask thoughtful questions related to topics such as company culture, team dynamics, or opportunities for growth within the organisation.

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