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Interview Questions


You have the perfect candidate sat in reception awaiting their interview with your company. They have a great CV with the right balance of experience and enthusiasm that you are seeking. You would expect the candidate to be nervously waiting for you to introduce yourself but do you find yourself with a racing heart or even a sweaty brow?



It is very common for interviewers to be nervous at the prospect of asking the ‘killer question’ but also promoting the business so that the candidate wants to work for your organisation. Rutherford Briant Recruitment has compiled Top 5 Tips to help you prepare for the interview:


  • Make sure you have a quiet, private room allocated so that you are not distracted.
  • Have in your mind a set time that you want to spend with the candidate and clear time in your schedule so that you are not rushed or interrupted.
  • Research the candidate and the previous companies they have worked for. This could include a Google search as well as using social media such as Linked InTwitter and Facebook.
  • Plan in advance what questions you want to ask; particularly if there are gaps in the CV or unusual career or educational choices that need further exploring. This is your opportunity to really find out about the candidate so don’t waste it by waffling.
  • Introduce yourself with a firm handshake and a smile. You need to have the right balance of friendliness that they want to work with you but also professional so that they respect you.


Listed below are some questions which will hopefully help you find the right recruit:


Skills based questions:

  • What has been your biggest achievement in your current role?
  • What would you rate as your best 3 strengths that you possess that would make you suitable for this role?
  • What do you know about our company and why do you want to work here?
  • How does the way you work fit with the way our company has grown?


Competency Based Questions:

  • Describe a time when you have worked towards a goal that has taken a long time to achieve and how you overcame the obstacles along the way?
  • Give an example of when you have encountered conflict within a team, how did you overcome this?
  • Tell me about two memorable projects, one success and one failure. To what do you attribute the success and failure?
  • Tell us about a time when you went against company policy? Why did you do it and how did you handle it?


Management and self-awareness based questions:

  • How would your current work colleagues’ describe you?
  • What are your 3 biggest weaknesses?
  • How would you bring value to our company?
  • What are you most proud of in your career?
  • What unique experience or qualifications separate you from other candidates?


Individual Questions:

  • Why should we employ you?
  • How would you bring value to our company?
  • What appeals to you about the job role?


Motivation based questions:

  • Why do you want to leave your current company?
  • Where do you see yourself five years from now? How will this position help you get there?
  • Have you set a personal goal for yourself? Were you successful? Why?
  • Which has been the most exciting project that you have been involved in till date? Tell us about this project.
  • Give an example of a situation/project/time when you went above and beyond your responsibility to get the job done.


Off the wall, personality revealing questions:

  • If you had one superpower for a day what would it be and what would you do with it?
  • If you could invite any 3 living people to a dinner party, who would you invite and why?
  • If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be
  • If you won the lottery what would you spend the money on?