Keele University Interview Questions

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While it is difficult to guess the full range of questions you are likely to face in an interview, it is possible to anticipate certain types of questions and to prepare accordingly. Remember that employers are trying to ascertain whether you have the skills and personal qualities necessary to do the job, how much you really want the job and whether you are the right type of person for the organisation.

Example of interview questions

About you

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • I see you like reading, tell me about a book you have read recently.
  • Do you feel your A level results are a fair reflection of your ability?
  • How would your flatmates/best friends describe you?
  • What are your career plans?
  • What qualities do you see in others that you wish you had yourself?
  • What is your biggest weakness?
  • What have you achieved in the last 3 years?
  • Describe a situation where you had to deal with difficult people.
  • Why did you choose your current degree/university?
  • What have you gained from your work experience/degree?
  • What has been your greatest non-academic achievement to date?

About the job

  • Why do you want to be an accountant/social worker?
  • Why do you think you would be good at this job?
  • How do you define sales/marketing/personnel work?
  • Why are you interested in this organisation?
  • Who are our competitors?
  • What would you do if…?

During the interview


  • Take time before replying, don’t rush your answers.
  • Ask for clarification if you are not sure what is being asked.
  • Try to be as positive as you can in your answers.
  • Answer fully but avoid waffle – keep to the point.
  • Expect more detailed follow-up questions.
  • Be aware of body language – maintain eye contact and avoid distracting mannerisms.
  • Display enthusiasm – try to come across as being keen.
  • Have your questions for them prepared beforehand, write them down if necessary.