Types of Question you may be asked

Question mark shadowedInterview questions tend to fall into one of 4 types, they may be asked separately or mixed together in a series of questions.

If you are being interviewed by a panel each panellist will typically ask you questions about an area that they have been asked to cover, or about a specialism they may have, e.g production, design, safety, finance, etc.

You can download some example questions at the bottom of the page.

1. Personality based questions

These are designed to help a potential employer find out more about you as a person, how well you know yourself and how you interact with others

  • Why should we hire you?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What makes you suitable?
  • Where do you need to improve or develop?
  • How did you get on with your last boss/colleagues?
  • How would your colleagues/former boss describe you?

2. Suitability and understanding questions

These are intended to reveal how much you know about a role, your level of interest in the job and loyalty.

  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What do you know about the company?
  • What interests or motivates you about this type of work?
  • What is your salary or wage expectation?
  • What have you been doing since your last job?
  • Why did you leave, or want to leave your last job?
  • What training do you want?
  • How do you react when under pressure from deadlines, or challenges / frustrations?

3. Competency based questions

These are used for you to tell a potential employer about a specific time you used a certain skill or competency such as problem solving, leadership, teamwork, conflict resolution, etc.

These can be answered using a technique known as the STAR method.

  • S – Situation: describe the situation you were in, which can be from a previous job or relevant experience. They are typically looking for a specific situation not a general description. “When I was working in…”
  • T – Task: describe the task you needed to accomplish. “I had to do…”
  • A – Action: describe the action(s) that you took, and the decisions that you made to deal with the matter. Make sure you keep focused on what you did even if it was a group project. They are looking for what YOU did not what the team did. They are not looking for what you might do but what you DID do. “What I did was…”
  • R – Result: describe the results, what happened? How did the event end or what did you accomplish? What did you learn from what happened? ” I achieved / succeeded in…”

4. Closing Questions

These are intended to find out how you might respond now that the interview is nearing a close.

  • Would you accept this job if we offered it to you?
  • When can you start ?
  • Do you have any questions?

To download some sample interview questions:

Click here: Lighthouse Project – Sample Interview questions

Click here: Lighthouse Project – Top 10 categoroes of interview questions