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A guide to frequently asked interview questions

Published 20th Jul 2020

You will be asked many different questions at your interview. Some will be standard questions you can easily predict – but other questions may be more unexpected. However, the better you prepare, the better your position – and the greater your confidence. In our latest blog, we will give you guidance on interview questions and give you some vital Interview Question Advice.



There are many different kinds of questions you could be asked at your interview, covering topics such as your career, personality and motivation. Below you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions to help you in your preparation.


  • Why did you move from Employer X to Employer Y
  • (It is important for you to be able to explain why you have moved to different jobs, but you do not want to appear a job hopper. The company will be looking to invest heavily in your training and development, so they will be wary if you seem to have moved companies on a regular basis. They want to be confident you will stay with them, so be prepared to discuss and explain your reasons for leaving and don’t be evasive).
  • Describe your career history to date and your achievements.
  • What are your career aspirations?
  • What were your responsibilities in each role?
  • Why do you want to join our company?
  • What kind of people do you like working with?
  • What kind of people do you find most difficult to work with? Why?
  • What are your current KPIs and how are you performing against them?
  • Who would you say are our competitors?
  • How do you schedule your time? Are you good at setting priorities?
  • How do you measure customer service?


  • How would you describe your management style?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • How would your friends and colleagues describe you?
  • How do you deal with pressure?
  • What would you consider to be your greatest achievement to date?
  • What is the toughest decision you have had to make, whilst at your present company?


  • What motivates you to be successful?
  • What has been your greatest achievement?
  • Give some instances in which you have anticipated problems or influenced new direction


Tell me about yourself

(If asked this question, be prepared to talk openly about yourself. Don’t be tempted to waffle – be open about yourself to enable the interviewer to get to know you, but make sure you answer in a structured manner)

If you need any more Interview Question Advice or are interested in any of our roles, call us on 0161 828 8726 or email us at enquiries@mccarthyrecruitment.com


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