The secret meaning behind 4 interview questions

12 months ago by Jessica Brown

The secret meaning behind 4 interview questions


A key proponent of the hiring process, any recruiter will tell you that when it comes to interviews preparation is key. Preparing for something you don’t understand can prove tricky and yet although it can sometimes feel like the questions you’re being asked are as pointless as a chocolate teapot, they could have a deeper meaning.

What is it that attracted you to the role? This question is multifaceted and so your answer should be too. Gauging how much you’ve truly researched the company, your interviewer is asking you to prove that it’s the business you want to be a part of and that you aren’t just in it for the money. You should have thoroughly reviewed the job specification, but be careful as this could land you in hot water too… When asking you this question, your interviewer could be making sure that the part of the job you’re sold on doesn’t just constitute a small part of the role. They want you to be happy just as much as you do, as the hiring process can be costly and disruptive. So avoid giving them this impression by casting your net a little wider and not just focusing on one aspect of the role.

Tell me about yourself Often the opening question within an interview, it can seem a little redundant to attempt summing yourself up within a couple of sentences. This question however can be the most important you are asked, allowing both you and your potential employer to feel out whether you’ll get along in the long run. Highlighting what you think the most important aspects are of both your own and other people’s personalities, it could show your priorities and depending on the company culture, whether you’re going to fit in with the team.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Nobody wants to hire somebody without passion, so although they aren’t expecting you to say you’ll be there in five years, they are expecting that they’ll be a part of your progression. If you see the role as simply a paycheck, this will come through in your answer and likely be the reason you don’t get the role. Instead of being specific about a dream role, try demonstrating that you’d like to be able to use certain skills in the future.

Do you have any questions? The hardest question to prepare for, as unless you own a crystal ball, predicting what you will talk about during the process is nigh on impossible. This question however is mainly an indication of whether you’ve been listening, so referring back to what your interviewer has said previously will score you some brownie points.