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Question types

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There are a range of different interview question types. If you prepare well, practise and do your research then you should be able to answer even the most challenging interview questions. Remember that the interviewer is trying to get the best out of you, so think of it as an opportunity to show them what you know and what you can do.

Find out more about question types and how you can prepare:

Biographical or ‘opener’ type questions

Typical questions:

These are designed to find out more about you and put you ‘at ease’:

  • Tell us a bit about yourself?
  • Can you tell me about your career journey so far?
  • Why did you choose your degree subject?

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Questions for you to ask your interviewer

Typical questions:

You should always have one or two questions prepared to ask at the end of the interview. Remember an interview should be a two-way process so this is your opportunity find out if you think the role would be a good fit and demonstrate your genuine interest in the position.

Researching the company will help you to come up with some suitable questions – for example, you could ask for more details about the job role, company ethos, development opportunities etc.

  • If I was to be successful in securing this role, what would be the top priorities for the first 3 months?
  • How would you describe the team culture / ethos?
  • What training and development opportunities do you have available to support new staff?

It is perfectly acceptable to ask the interviewers when they hope to inform applicants of their recruitment decision.

Top tip:

Don’t ask questions about the salary or benefits at the interview stage. Save the negotiations for when you have confirmation you have been successful and they offer you the job!