Interview Question & Answers :
Tell me about yourself.
Your interviewers will likely start
out with a question about you and your background to get to know you. Start by
giving them an overview about your current position or activities then provide
the most important and relevant highlights from your background that make you
the most qualified for the role. If you’d like, it is generally acceptable to
include some light personal details about things like your pets, hobbies or
family. Doing so can help you be more memorable and personable to the
I serve as the assistant to three of the company’s five executive team members
including the CEO. During my time at the organisation, I have been recognised
for my time management skills, writing abilities and commitment to excellence.
From my 12 years of experience as an
executive assistant, I’ve developed the ability to anticipate roadblocks and
create effective alternative plans. My greatest value to any executive is my
ability to work independently, freeing up their time to focus on the needs of
It’s clear that you’re looking for
someone who understands the nuances of managing a CEO’s busy day and can
proactively tackle issues. As someone with a sharp eye for detail and a drive
to organise, I thrive on making sure every day has a clear plan and every plan
is clearly communicated.”
How would you describe yourself?
When interviewers ask you to talk
about yourself, they’re looking for information about how your qualities and
characteristics align with the skills they believe is required to succeed in
the role. If possible, include quantifiable results to demonstrate how you use
your best attributes to drive success.
Example: “I am a vigilant and proactive
Security Officer working to ensure safe, secure and orderly environments. I’m
also a lifelong learner always seeking out the latest security equipment and
techniques to patrol buildings. Lastly, I am thorough in documenting all incidents
and actively making suggestions to management about security improvements and
For more on answering this question,
visit Interview Question: “How Would You Describe Yourself?”
What makes you unique?
Employers often ask this question to
identify why you might be more qualified than other candidates they’re
interviewing. To answer, focus on why hiring you would benefit the employer. As
you don’t know the other applicants, it can be challenging to think about your
answer in relation to theirs. Addressing why your background makes you a good
fit will let employers know why your traits and qualifications make you well
Example: “What makes me unique is my experience
of four years in retail. Because I’ve had first-hand experience fielding
shoppers’ questions, feedback and complaints, I know what customers want. I
know what it takes to create a positive consumer experience through marketing.”
Why do you want to work here?
Interviewers often ask this question
as a way to determine whether or not you took time to research the company and
to learn why you see yourself as a good fit. The best way to prepare for this
question is to do your homework and learn about the products, services,
mission, history and culture of this workplace. In your answer, mention the
aspects of the company that appeal to you and align with your career goals.
Explain why you’re looking for these things in an employer.
Example: “The company’s mission to help college
graduates pay off their student loan debt speaks to me. I’ve been in that
situation and I’d love the opportunity to work with a company that’s making a
difference. Finding a company with a positive work environment and values that
align with my own has remained a priority throughout my job search and this
company ranks at the top of the list.”
What interests you about this role?
Like the previous question, hiring
managers often include this question to make sure you understand the role and
to give you the opportunity to highlight your relevant skills. In addition to
thoroughly reading the job description, it can be helpful to compare the role
requirements against your skills and experience. Choose a few things you
particularly enjoy or excel at and focus on those in your answer.
Example: “I’ve been
passionate about user experience design for most of my professional career. I
was excited to see this company uses Adobe products because I’m well versed in
the entire suite. Also, I’m a huge advocate for applying agile workflows to
design. I think it’s the most effective way to tackle large projects. I was
able to successfully build and launch an agile process in my previous role as
UX manager and we saw considerable improvements in project speed.”
What motivates you?
Employers ask this question to gauge
your level of self-awareness and ensure your sources of motivation align with
the role. To answer, be as specific as possible, provide real-life examples and
tie your answer back to the job role.
a true difference in the lives of my patients and their families motivates me
to strive for excellence in everything I do. I look forward to seeing my
patients’ reaction when we get a positive outcome that will change their lives
forever. That’s why I became a nurse and why I’m pursuing a position in