7 Most Common Interview Questions & Answers | Business English Course Lesson 4

– Hello everyone and welcome back to English With Lucy. Today, I’m going to be talking to you about job interview questions and how to answer them. Let’s get started. (upbeat music) In this lesson, we’re going to discuss seven of the most commonly used interview questions, how to answer them correctly, and how to tailor the answers to your personal skills and experience. This particular lesson is going to cover seven of the questions which are easier to answer. Absolutely everyone who is preparing for a job interview
must have their answers prepared and perfected. In the following lesson, part two, we’ll be discussing some of the most complex questions. I highly recommend that you follow both lessons carefully. It’s tempting to skip
to the advanced lesson but if you don’t know the basics, you’ll fall at the first hurdle. Please take the opportunity to write out model answers in the comments down below and use each other for inspiration. If you would like to offer someone else the opportunity to correct your English or give constructive criticism on your answers, you can start off by saying that feedback is welcomed. The first interview question is can you tell me about yourself? This question seems so simple, but frequently candidates fail to prepare for it. You don’t want to say too much, but you don’t want to
say too little either. What you should prepare is a clear and concise answer that builds the connection between you and the interviewer and shows why you are the perfect person for the job. The formula for answering
this questions is easy. Start with the present, follow with the past, and finish with the future. The present is where you are right now. For the past, touch on
where you were before and the skills and experience you gained. For the future, show how excited and eager you are for
this new opportunity. For example, I’m currently a sales intern at The Coffee Bean Co, where I’m being mentored
by the head of sales. Before that, I was studying
for a business degree at the University of Chelsea, and working at a Shoe Shop franchise, where I developed my sales skills. I really enjoyed the sales aspects of the retail position, and now I would love to work in a corporate sales position and take on more responsibility, which is why I am so excited about this sales manager position. You don’t need to tell them your name or your age or where you’re from. They’ll be able to work
that out from your CV. Don’t waste time telling them irrelevant information
that they already know. Question number two is how did you hear about this position? When I was first asked this question, I thought it was just used for feedback to the company. They just want to know which job advertising platform is working best for them, right? Well, actually this question can offer you a real foot in the door. But if you mess it up, it can seem like you are mindlessly applying for millions of positions. If you found out about the job from a professional contact or a friend in the company, you can name-drop them, especially if you think that they would be a good reference for you. Just don’t go overboard as it may seem like you are using them. Say something like, I was excited to find out about the job from my friend who works in the
accounting department here. If you searched for the
company specifically emphasise that. It will show how keen you are to work at this specific company. If you discovered the company through an event or an article, you can also share that. And if you found the job advert on social media or on a job board, share what caught your eye about the role and made it stand out amongst the rest. For example, I was browsing
the Indeed platform and when I saw the offer from this company I was really keen to apply. The job description and requirements matched my profile perfectly. Forgetting where you found the job is the mother of all mistakes. You should keep a document detailing the jobs that you’ve applied for and where you found each job. Question number three is why do you want to work here? This is your chance to
show the interviewer how passionate you are about the company and the position. You need to show how much you know about the company, so for this question research is key. Spend time searching the company, how it started, its morals, its clients, its projects, how it works, everything. For example, if you’re applying at an educational charity, you could say, I’ve always been
passionate about education and I’ve seen first-hand
the work that you do. I have always wanted to be a part of it. I was especially impressed when I found out that
your teams are so small. I originally thought that you would have so many employees due to the sheer amount of work you do. I love working as part of a small team and seeing my work make a real impact is so rewarding. You should also align your skills and experience with the role. You should take key parts
of the job description and the job requirements and add them to your personal profile. For example, the part that really got me excited was the opportunity to present on a regular basis. I had to present in front of an audience at my previous role and this position would give me a chance to
present about something I am incredibly passionate about. Question number four is what are your strengths? With this question it’s easy to say a load of positive adjectives and we’ll talk about those later. But interviewers will have
heard them all before. The big part of this
question is justification. You need to justify each strength you give and apply it to the job role. For example, I’m very logical, and in my previous position I managed to rethink an
entire delivery process, reducing each delivery
time by four minutes. I communicated it to my boss and, after a successful implementation, they still use my process today. Question number five is how would your boss describe you? First of all, the most important thing is be honest. If they really consider you for the job, the hiring manager will be calling your former bosses and co-workers. The easiest way to answer this question is to paraphrase a recent positive performance review. You should specifically reference where you’re getting
this information from. This makes it easier to describe yourself as trustworthy, dedicated and creative without feeling like you’re boasting. You’ll also want to give
some big picture context about your role and responsibilities to fill in the gaps around your answer. Another way to do this is to start off with a positive story about something that you’ve done and conclude it with how your boss or co-workers would describe you. It seems this question
is pretty open-ended. It’s a really good opportunity for you to share something that you really want to
mention in the interview but you haven’t had a chance to yet. If you simply can’t think of anything, here is another approach you could try. Think about three positive traits that you bring to your workplace. Then have a short example after each. For example, I’m a good negotiator. I managed to negotiate a better price on our stationary last year. Question number six, what is your dream job? Career advisors think of good jobs as an intersection of your skills, interests and values. That’s a really good way for you to approach this question. Talking about your skills will give you an opportunity to sell yourself, which we’ll talk about later. Your interests will show your passions and your investment, and your values can help illustrate your fit within the company. An example would be: I’ve mentioned my experience with programming, so my dream job would definitely have to relate to that. In terms of the industry, well, I’m really interested in sports, so something related
to that would be good. In my career I really value having a good relationship
with my co-workers. That’s the reason why I’m so excited to be interviewing for this position. The vibe in the office is amazing. Question number seven is where do you see yourself
in five years time? This can feel like a
bit of a trick question because sometimes what you want to say is not here or in your job, or something like at a bigger, better opportunity. Realistically those aren’t going to be good answers. Think about where this
position could take you and consider how that aligns with some of your broader
professional goals. For example, you could say, I’d like to be seen as someone with expertise in the energy sector, which is something that I know I’ll have an opportunity to do here. I’m also really excited to take on more managerial responsibilities in the next few years, and potentially even take the lead on some projects. Right, those were seven of the slightly easier interview questions and how to answer them. In the next lesson, we’ll be discussing the more complex ones. Don’t forget to share your model answers in the comments down below and give people feedback if they want it. That’s it for this lesson. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you learned something. Don’t forget to connect with me on all of my social media. I’ve got my Facebook, my Instagram, and my Twitter, and I shall see you soon for another lesson. (upbeat music)

100 thoughts on “7 Most Common Interview Questions & Answers | Business English Course Lesson 4

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    In lesson 5 (posted on Monday 3rd June) we will discuss the 7 MOST DIFFICULT interview questions and how you should answer them!

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  7. Lucy I would like to thank you for making this video it was very useful and can use it in my future if I do get interviews will know how to answer them.

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  9. This video is as the greatest gift for my upcoming interview. Tks for your useful advice. I still will donate you in the next time

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  11. Thanks UC for here constant effort and making power Academics better and brighter just few weeks that I had my job interview and similar questions were asked to me and now through the help of your guidance I remembered the fault I made during that interview and also I got a road map 2 to correct my mistakes and bring a good result on coming interviews thank you again

  12. Thanks a bunch, Lucy

    These subjects are helpful. You're doing great. You know exactly what we need, this will hepl us in our lives. I'm so thankful

  13. Informative … I hope this is will help me in the future… Thanks Lucy for making this lesson…Eagarly waiting for 2 series…

  14. I’m not here for a exam or something like that but I have british friends and there are many words and slangs that I don’t understand, and also I’ll be in London in many years, thank you Lucy! Gracias corazón mío!

  15. Congratulations Lucy , you are doing an amazing job 🙌 and because of you I got 7.5 bands in IELTS 😊 keep going ✌️


  17. Thank you so much teacher, it really very useful information tha gonna helping me especially with the answers you provide. A big like to you😍😍

  18. Hi Lucy,
    Wonderful lesson about Job interview questions and answers. I write down all questions for practice and I admire your tips and suggestions.
    Thank you.

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  24. Technically a job interview is a date and you need to be flirting with a potential employer and hide the fact that you may not see you both together for the rest of your life.

  25. Thank you Lucy! To pass through tricky questions it is hard. Your lessons help a lot for that that dreams will come true!

  26. Interviews are the filter sessions that makes an employer decide how this person would perform (sugar coat) within the box but not outside the box, acc to their *** rules!!

  27. sir i am a student of pakistan. sir i love to British english so much but please tell me how i learn english language with high skills. thanks

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