Common interview questions are questions that are asked at an interview which are similar to most interviews. If you’re preparing for a temporary position interview, have you considered how you might tailor your answers? This is heavily focused on the skills that you can immediately bring to the table, filling whatever skills gap necessary.
Some interview questions are easier to answer than others. But whilst you can’t predict exactly what you’ll be asked, any question has the potential to make you stumble – unless, of course, you’ve prepared in advance.
Interview questions that are asked
To help give you an idea of what could come up, here’s our list of common interview questions for temporary workers:
Tell me about yourself?
A common opening question, partly because your interviewers want to know more about you, but mostly because they want to put you on the spot and see how you react.
Remember, they’ve given you complete control here. You should take full advantage of what to say and how much in detail you can go in. This is the first step in making your interviewer know what you can bring to the job.
What are your weaknesses?
The first part of this question is realising that you actually have some. Even though everyone loves the idea of being a perfectionist, you know what weaknesses you have.
Everyone has weaknesses or things that they can improve about themselves. Being honest with yourself here will save you a lot of time in the long run.
Why should you get this job?
As there will probably be a number of other candidates having interviews, this is your chance to demonstrate why you want the job, and why you would be a perfect fit for the company.
Even though no one likes the idea of being stuck up, this is your opportunity to it. Make sure you make and leave an impression so the interviewer will remember you when looking at other candidates.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
What the interviewer really wants is to see that you’ve thought about your future, and gauge your ambition. They also want to verify that this isn’t just a stop-gap position. Always broaden your ideas and tell them what you want to be. Always be honest even if it’s, not a temp job.
How to answer interview questions
Whatever your answers are, don’t be tempted to improvise or answer on the spur of the moment. It’ll never come out as well as you’d hoped. It doesn’t need to be scripted, but knowing why you want the job and what your strengths and weaknesses are should be a standard part of your preparation process and just as important as your pre-interview research.
A cup of water: Ideally, you’ll take sips of water at appropriate times during the interview such as before or after being asked a question by the interviewer. Drink a cup of water and think about what you are going to say next rather than saying something that might not be relevant to the question.
What we can do to help
At Carrington Blake Recruitment we want to help you prepare for these common questions and your interview prep.