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Common Interview Questions

Common Interview Questions

Q. Tell me about yourself: (Include: Interests and hobbies, Education, What do you like to do in your spare time)

Q.  What are your career goals How will you get there

Q.  How do you see this position assisting you in achieving your career goals

Q. Why are you looking to leave your current role/last role (When talking about any position you must be very positive and never slander your former company or manager. If you do need to say something that is negative, you need to say it very sensitively.)

Q.  What do you like and dislike about your current job

Q. Greatest achievement or career highlight - Talk about anything that you have done and why you are proud of it in your job.

Q.  What are your strengths and weaknesses

Q. Just be honest here, when you talk about a weakness suggest what you are doing to improve it.

Q.  Where do you see yourself in five years

Q.  What were your objectives for last year Did you achieve them

Q.  What new skills are you looking to develop this year

Q.  What is important to you in your career over the next 12-14 months

Q.  Why should we hire you

Q.  Are you are fast learner How long will it take you to begin adding value

Q.  If I were to call your manager, how would they describe you

Q.  In what kind of a work environment are you most comfortable

Q. Have you ever worked in a situation when there was no process or procedures in place

Q.  What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort

Q.  What was the biggest challenge you ever faced

Q. Have you ever been in a situation where you disagreed with your manager How did you resolve the disagreement

Q.  Do you work best independently or as part of a team

Q.  Have you ever had to learn a skill and then apply it immediately

Q.  What three things are most important to you in a job

Q.  Describe your approach to problem-solving

Q. What do you know about this position (Tell them everything you know and cover the following)

  • What the position is
  • Why are you interested in this position
  • List most important duties and responsibilities
  • Size of the team you will be working with or managing
  • Who does this position report to
  • Why is this position available
  • What is the sort of person they are looking for
  • What would you find most challenging about this role
  • Any career progression that can result from this role
  • What do you find exciting about this job
  • What value will you bring to the position


Q. What do you know about the company (Visit the company website and extract as much information as you can) (make sure you do research. Spend about 10 minutes and go through the company website) Cover the following;

  • What does the company do (About Us section)
  • Size of company / Industry / Locations
  • What is the culture of the company (you can gain this from your interview, walking around the office etc)
  • Community programs
  • What internal staff have told you about the company
  • Industry knowledge that you have about the company


Q.  What challenges and opportunities do you think the company faces

Q.  How much do you know about our products and services

Q.  Why do you want to work for us

Q.  Why do you think you would like working for us

Q.  What skills and attributes can you bring to this company and this role

  • Talk about all your skills eg computer skills, technical skills, personal traits, and abilities. Make sure they relate to the position you have applied to


Tips:

  •  Listen carefully to questions; if you don't understand a question ask for clarification.
  •  Always be sure to connect your skills and experiences to the needs of the employer.
  •  Take your time before answering questions (although not too much time)
  •  When answering questions, use practical examples from past experiences that demonstrate you have the skills and personality traits for the job.
  •  If you have more than one interview, remember what you have said to each interviewer- it's fine to duplicate information across the interviews, but make sure you don't repeat yourself to the same person. Sometimes, interviewers may have a short chat between interviews and the second interviewer may be given the task of probing a particular area, so expect some repetition.