And how to handle them!
Why did you leave your last job / Why do you want to leave your current job?
As mentioned in our Interview Don'ts - don’t bitch! Talk about the positives from your current company and then focus on why you want to leave and work for this company.
i.e. “I’ve been in my current role for five years and feel it’s time for a change and a new challenge. I feel this company could use my skills and challenge me to stretch further as I am keen to progress and develop. From the job specification and the research I have done, I feel this company is where I could achieve this.”
What is your weakness?
You’re not a perfectionist! Be honest in a constructive way and turn it into a positive.
i.e. “I’ve struggled previously to plan out my day and manage my time. So I have learnt to use my outlook diary and use this to prompt me and help organise my time to complete my tasks to given deadlines.”
Why do you want to work for us?
If you haven’t done your research on the company or understand why your skills and experience are relevant to this company, you will fall flat. Use the company’s ‘Unique Selling Points’ and relate them to your skills and career direction.
What is your greatest achievement?
Only you know this! But something relevant to this particular role would impress the interviewer. If you are being interviewed for a sales role, focus on a particular big account you won. Or if you are being interviewed for a role within a long haul tour operator, saying you’ve extensively and independently travelled would be appropriate.
Why should we employ you for this role?
This is you’re chance to summarise your suitability or the role and demonstrate your understanding of the company and what you are looking for. It’s no good saying that you can smash sales targets if it’s a customer service based role!
What are your salary expectations?
Take advice from your Travel Trade Recruitment consultant prior to interview? What is the salary range for this role? They will be able to advise you on where to pitch yourself, according to your skills and experience, in relation to market rates. Don’t under sell yourself, but don’t price yourself out of the market either.