Typical interview questions

The STARS technique is a great way to structure your answers for these kinds of questions.

Education and leisure

  • What interests you most about your course?
  • Describe how you typically approach a project
  • If you could change your course in any way, what would you change?
  • How would your tutor describe your work?
  • What are your leisure time activities? What do you get out of them?

Skills, attributes and potential

  • If we asked for a reference what would it say about you?
  • How would a friend describe you?
  • What is your major achievement?
  • How do you manage your day?
  • What do you consider yourself good at doing?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Describe a difficult situation and what you did about it.
  • How well do you work in a team?
  • This position has a large amount of stress/negotiation/teamwork/ isolation/travel. How will you cope with this?
  • How do you respond to stress? Can you provide a recent example?
  • What would you look for in a manager?
  • How do you/would you get the best out of people?

Motivation

  • Why have you applied for this job?
  • What makes you suitable for this role?
  • What makes you think you can be successful with us?
  • What do you think you can bring to this position/company?

Preparation

  • For each question it is well worth writing out your answer rather than just thinking it through.
  • Bear in mind that we use different areas of the brain for thinking and talking so practise your answers by talking out loud.
  • If possible use a recorder to assess your performance.
  • Why not get a friend to ask you the questions so that you are simulating an interview?
  • Keep practising until your answers are fluent