Most common interview questions:


What do you know about our organisation?

This one comes up 90% of the time. Be sure you have done your homework!

Why do you want to work for us?

Tailor your answer so that you show you can contribute in positive ways, to provide a solution for what the charity needs.

Tell me about yourself…

Remember to point out those characteristics and qualities that suit the position. This is not a time for a personal history.

What motivates you? What are your personal goals?

Indicate a desire to contribute to the charity in specific ways that you enjoy and do well, trying to make a match between the needs of the organisation and your abilities.

Why are you leaving your job?

Be sure you have a level-headed answer for this one. Do not rubbish your previous position or boss! Indicate positive reasons for seeking advancement, a change or a new challenge.

What qualities and experience do you have that are important for this position?

The interviewer has your CV, but he or she wants to hear how you can express your success. This is also a time when the interviewer may test your communication skills.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?

Remember to make your answer outcome orientated focusing on the organization and its clients rather than your ego. Stick to this guide and you’ll definitely come across as a stronger candidate in interviews.

We also suggest you refer to the job description and person specification and prepare good, detailed examples under each required skill set. Remember to be confident and articulate!

Finally, everyone at Charity Careers Scotland wishes you the best of luck!