So, your resume has landed you a job interview, but there is still a looong way to go to get that dream job.
Being prepared for an interview is super important and part of this is being able to anticipate questions and answer even those we feel really uncomfortable with. It also helps to think about why you actually want the job or, if you can’t think of any good reasons, about why you might want to go in another direction. So think about these questions as an opportunity to practice, as well as a way to identify and work with your goals.
About the company you apply for:
Why do you want to work here?
What do you think determines progress within a good company?
What do you know about our company?
What would you do if you were CEO?
Why did you not apply to our competitor XY?
About the position you apply for:
What qualifications do you have for a job like this?
What interests you most about this job?
How much money do you want?
Why should I hire you?
How would you feel about working through the night?
Why do you think you would like this type of work?
What do you consider to be adequate rewards for your efforts?
About your skills:
What do you believe to be your greatest strengths?
Can you give me an example of your ability to work or perform under pressure?
Describe a difficult problem that you have had to deal with.
What are your 3 greatest weaknesses?
What kind of decisions are most difficult for you?
What are some of the things that you find difficult to do?
Describe a situation in your life that demonstrates your initiative?
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Explain your role as a group or team member.
How do you plan and organise major projects?
What can you do for us that someone else cannot do?
About your achievements:
What kind of experience and skill do you have for this job?
What are the accomplishments that you are most proud of?
How did you overcome an adverse situation?
How did you persuade people to do xyz for you?
About your perspective:
Would you be willing to go and work where the company sends you?
What would you like to be doing in five years time?
Describe your dream job!
What are you doing to achieve this?
What personal and professional skills and abilities do you want to improve upon at this time?
About your current job:
What did you particularly like and dislike about your work placement?
What would your referees say about you (strengths and weaknesses)?
What kind of people do you like to work with?
What kind of people do you find the most difficult to work with?
What did you do to overcome these difficulties?
Describe a situation where your work or an idea was criticised.
In what areas do you feel that your supervisor could have done a better job?
What did your work placement or last job teach you?
Can you give me an example of when you have worked under pressure?
How or why did this situation arise?
In hindsight, what did you learn from this experience?