9 Most Common Questions Asked in Interviews

Jessica reports on the 9 common questions asked in an interview setting.

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After all that researching and applying, you’ve finally landed yourself an interview for your dream job!

If you want an insight into the questions your interviewer might ask, then you’re in luck! We have found the most common questions asked in interviews with companies such as Sony Music, Buzzfeed, ITV and MTV. Check this out:

Sell yourself to us!

We know it’s pretty hard praising yourself, but you need to fight for the job and prove exactly why they HAVE to hire you, so make sure you highlight all your good bits!

If an employer asks you this question, confidence is something they certainly want to see. Be shameless in boasting about your organisation prowess or your creative and problem-solving flair!

Why our company?

This question may sound like the employer simply wants to massage their ego a little (this may be true!) but the employer also wants you to show that you have researched the company!

Are you aware of their unique selling points, their company culture, the company aims and ambitions?

Even if you do, how does that link to you? Do their work ethic and office vibe compliment your character?

You need to show your enthusiasm to work there by showing that you understand what they do and how your skills can help them.

What relevant experience do you have?

Even if you have no ‘work’ experience, things you’ve learnt at school, in clubs, outside of your studies all contribute –  are you a music journalist who started a music blog? An aspiring film maker with a show reel?

How would your friends describe you?

Now, our friends may use really ‘colourful’ words to describe us, we know! But imagine they had to seriously help you out in getting a job, what would they say?

The creative industry is all about collaborating ideas with each other and socialising so thinking about how your friends view you is similar to how your colleagues would.

The employer wants to really know whether you fit within the company culture and the rest of the team. Be truthful, if you are the clown of all your friends that enjoys having fun but is very loyal and driven, say it!

What are your career aspirations?

Businesses want people who are passionate about their chosen path and who want a career, not just a job.

Businesses want to make sure that when they hire you, you will really see value in what you are doing on a day to day basis. This means that you see how your job works towards your career goals.

Being particular works very well here! Don’t just say you want to be a leader, talk about what department you would like to lead. Do you aspire to be in charge of a team of creatives or manage a film crew? Maybe you aspire to be an expert and not manage anyone! Don’t be afraid to be very specific.

Name one thing we could improve on

Telling a company ways they could improve on might seem nerve-wracking but you’re proving to them that you’re full of ideas and want to help them improve.

It also shows that you are good at critical analysis and can really help the business grow and develop.

Why would you be a good fit?

To be a great, happy worker, you need to fit into the companies’ ethos – not just so they get along with you, but vice versa.

Being a good fit also means that you add to the team. Show them how the skills you have are the exact skills they need to push the business to the next level.

Favourite artist/journalist/social media campaign

Whatever role you’re applying for, you need to prove you love not only the company but the industry itself. Showing you know the latest, most up-to-date campaign/artist/product is a great way to show your interest and understanding.

Would you rather fight 1 horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?

Creative businesses are all about being fun and thinking on the spot. Don’t be worried by out-of-the-box questions as there are no wrong answers – it’s all about your personality and how you think!

 

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