Job Interview Questions

 

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Examples

Example Interview Questions:

  • What interests you about this job?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • What can you do for this company?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What challenges are you looking for in a position?
  • What can you contribute to this company?
  • Are you willing to travel?
  • What is good customer service?
  • Is there anything I haven't told you about the job or company that you would like to know?
  • What are you looking for in your next job? What is important to you?
  • What are your goals for the next five years / ten years? 
  • How do you plan to achieve those goals?
  • What are your salary requirements - both short-term and long-term?

 

Behaviour-questions: ask you to tell a story. The theory is that by hearing about your past behaviour, they can predict your future behaviour.

  • When did you handle conflict with your boss, colleagues, or subordinates? Tell me about it.
  • Tell me about a situation that demonstrates your organisational abilities?
  • Describe a time when you and your superior were in conflict and how it was resolved.
  • Give behaviour-based answers whenever possible. Even when asked traditional questions.
  • Tell a short story about one of your accomplishments, a scenario that demonstrates your style of work, or an example of your skills in action.
  • Your behaviour-based answers will make your interview more memorable, more meaningful, and more fun for the manager.
  • The best way to answer questions is to be concise, crisp and to the point.
  • You should not meander away from the point while answering these questions.
  • Firstly, ascertain that you make the interviewer understand the problem that you were facing.
  • Do not place the blame on anyone, or complain about anything.
  • Make sure the interviewer understands the steps you took as an individual and as a team to ensure that a problem was sorted.
  • Also talk about the success experienced with these steps.

 

Sample Competency based interview questions

Relationship Building 

  • Can you describe a situation in which you developed an effective win/win relationship with colleagues or a client?
  • How did you go about building that relationship?
  • What was your role?
  • What was the outcome?

Leadership

  • Could you tell me about a time when you have had to lead a group to achieve an objective?
  • What was the objective?
  • What was your role?
  • What was the outcome?

 

The "Tell me about yourself”? Interview Question:

  • You walk into the interview room, shake hands with your interviewer and sit down with your best interviewing smile on. Guess what their first question is? "Tell me about yourself”?
  • Do you "wing it" and actually tell all manner of things about yourself? Will you spend the next 5 minutes rambling on about what an easy-going, loyal, dedicated, hard working employee you've been?
  • "Tell me about yourself” is such a common interview question. Resist the temptation to relax, drop your guard and ramble!
  • Instead, offer a razor sharp sentence or two that sets the stage for further discussion and sets you apart from your competitors.


Your Unique Selling Proposition (USP)

  • A succinct, one-sentence description of who you are, your biggest strength and the major benefit that a company will derive from this strength.

Here is an example of a Unique Selling Proposition:

  • "I'm a seasoned Account Manager strong in developing training programs and loss prevention techniques that have resulted in revenue savings of over €2.3 million for (employer's name) during the past 11 years."
  • You might add the following sentence: "I'd like to discuss how I might be able to do something like that for you."

 

Write your own personal branding

  • Write your own personal branding statement that clearly tells who you are, your major strength and the clear benefit that your employer received.

 

What is your greatest weakness?

  • try to turn a negative into a positive: a sense of urgency to get projects completed or wanting to triple-check every item in a spreadsheet can be turned into a strength
  • i.e. you are a candidate who will make sure that the project is done on time and your work will be close to perfect.

Sample Answers

  • When I'm working on a project, I don't want just to meet deadlines. Rather, I prefer to complete the project well ahead of schedule.
  • Being organized wasn't my strongest point, but I implemented a time management system that really helped my organization skills.
  • I like to make sure that my work is perfect, so I tend to perhaps spend a little too much time checking it. However, I've come to a good balance by setting up a system to ensure everything is done correctly the first time.
  • I used to wait until the last minute to set appointments for the coming week, but I realized that scheduling in advance makes much more sense.

 

What is your greatest strength?

  • This is one of the easier interview questions you'll be asked
  • it's important to discuss attributes that will qualify you for the job
  • The best way to respond is to describe the skills and experience that directly correlate with the job you are applying for

Sample Answers – Strengths

  • When I'm working on a project, I don't want just to meet deadlines. Rather, I prefer to complete the project well ahead of schedule.
  • I have exceeded my sales goals every quarter and I've earned a bonus each year since I started with my current employer.
  • My time management skills are excellent and I'm organized, efficient, and take pride in excelling at my work.
  • I pride myself on my customer service skills and my ability to resolve what could be difficult situations.

 

Questions to Ask At The End Of The Interview:

Examples of questions YOU should ask:

  • How do you define successful performance in this position?
  • Am I correct in my understanding that the role of such-and-such job entails such-and-such?
  • How do you envision this company changing in five years?
  • What challenges will I inherit when I take this job?
  • To whom will I report and who will report to me?
  • What have you found to be the most important traits of someone who is successful in this position?

 

Closing the Interview

  • If you are interested in the position enquire about the next interview stage. If the interview offers the position to you and you want it, accept on the spot
  • Don't be too discouraged if no definite offer is made nor a specific salary discussed. The interviewer will probably want to consult colleagues or interview other candidates (or both) before making a decision.
  • If you get the impression that the interview is not going very well and you have already been rejected, don't let your discouragement show. Once in a while an interviewer who is genuinely interested in your possibilities may intend to discourage you in order to test your reaction.
  • Thank the interviewer for the time spent with you.

 

After the Interview

If using a recruitment agency ALWAYS call your consultant and give them your interview feedback. This is important for the consultant to follow up with the client on your behalf.