Job interviews in English can be tricky as some of the questions that are asked may seem open but they require quite specific answers. We have compiled a list of the top 5 most common English interview questions and the answers that should be given.

*Remember to not use any slang words and be as polite and professional as possible.*

1. Tell us about yourself?

This is usually one of the first questions that is asked. Although it is a very vague question, the interviewer is looking for some information about your background, education and previous work experience that is related to the job that you are applying for. It would be good for you to describe the beginning of your career and the skills you have gained that have led you to interview for the new position.

2. What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?

This is a very typical question that is asked in most interviews. This is a good way for the interviewer to find out about you and how you deal with situations in a professional environment.

Depending on the job, typical strengths that you can say are; you are punctual (not late), you are a good problem solver, you are a team player (work well with others). 

When discussing your weaknesses, it is typical to speak about a weakness that can also be viewed as a positive, for example, ‘I am a perfectionist, I have to make sure that all my work is done correctly which sometimes means that I work later than I should’.

Try to avoid using examples of strengths and weaknesses that do not relate to the job.

Click the following links for more information about what strengths and weaknesses to talk about.

3. Why did you leave your last job?

Most employers will want to know the reason that you are looking for another job. No matter the reason for leaving, it is important to not speak badly about your previous workplace. If you do, this will give the interviewer a very negative perception of you. Instead, you should use examples like;  ‘I wasn’t able to grow in the company’ or ‘I am looking for a more challenging role.’ These examples reflect better on yourself as they show that you are ambitious.

4. What are your salary expectations?

Sometimes you would have received some information about the job role, including the salary, before you had the interview. In this case, make sure that you say a salary that is around the same as the one given by company (if you are happy with that salary).

If you are unsure about the salary that they are offering, it is a good idea to research the average salary for the position beforehand so that you give them a realistic expectation and also so you can know if their offered salary is appropriate for you.

5. Why would you like to work for this company?

To answer this question you will need to do some research about the company before you attend the interview. It is important to find out some information about the company that you can use as examples of why they would be good to work for. This is also an opportunity for you to discuss your skills and experience and why you would be the best candidate for the company to hire. 

If you would like some examples of vocabulary that you can use in interviews then view our blog ‘10 Common words and phrases you will hear in an English workplace and what they mean.’ or if you would like more information about improving your English skills, contact us.