Tackling tough interview questions

Our tips will help you come out on top when tackling some tough interview questions.

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Our tips below will help you come out on top when tackling some tough interview questions. We've got some example questions you may come across.

Could you tell me about yourself?

They do not want your life story. Employers will be looking for bits that show you can do this job well. Talk about relevant skills, strengths, experience, qualifications and interests. 

Learn more about what skills there are to help you pull out examples of your skills.

What's your biggest weakness?

The key to this question is that it's not about what your weakness is. The right answer shows that you're able to recognise it and have developed ways to stop it affecting your work. 

For example, you may get frustrated when things are not done in order, but you can say this is because you're a very organised person. 

What are your salary expectations?

Before the interview, research what similar jobs pay and think about how much you'll need to make the job worthwhile. You do not have to be too specific. Ask if there's a salary range for the job. If they cannot give you one, be ambitious but realistic. 

Why do you want to leave your current job?

Be positive about what a new job could offer you, such as career progression and new challenges. Talk about the opportunity to move forward. Do not say because you hate your boss, you want more money or you're stuck in a boring role. 

If you were let go from your last job, be honest. Explain the circumstances in a calm and rational way and talk about what you learned. 

Do you have any questions?

This is where researching an employer can help. If you know about the company, there should be things you can ask about it. 

You can also ask them to expand on something they've mentioned during the interview. If you're stuck, basic options are questions about what training and opportunities are available. 

You can take in a notepad with prewritten questions down as well, this will show them you're prepared and have thought about things you want to ask before the interview.