As more and more graduates are leaving university employers expectations are also increasing to find their ideal candidate.

Before your next job interview you should know these 5 answers to commonly asked questions:

Question: Tell me about yourself.

Answer: Your answer should be well-rehearsed and approximately 2-3 minutes in length. Try to avoid the typical statements about your family and where you’re from, and focus more on your experiences and background that best relate to the job.

This is your first opportunity to develop a great first impression-think about key achievements.

Question: Why did you leave your last job?

Answer: Your answer should be honest and open- speak positively about your experience even if it wasn’t the best.

If you have been made redundant, discuss this with the reasoning behind the company restructure.

Question: What has been your biggest achievement in your career?

Answer: Think of an achievement that you had control or influence over. Preferably choose one that is work related that will relate to the job that you are applying for. Describe the process that you took to making the decision a success and outline how this choice impacted others and the impact it had on the company.

Question: What would you say is your greatest weakness?

Answer: Please try avoiding the embarrassing ‘I’m a workaholic’-try and pick something that is a weakness to your work. For example ‘I have difficulty with public speaking’ but explain that you are taking proactive steps in improving this- describe the steps that you are taking to improve your personal development.

Question: Why do you want to work in our company?

Answer: Your answer should reinforce that you are the best candidate for this role. Show your passion and enthusiasm for the role. If you know of anyone currently at the organisation, explain their positive impact working there.