Typical Interview Questions
Question: “Tell me about yourself.”
Candidate: Try to relax, like the interviewer wants you to.
It’s important at this stage to describe your most recent employment experiences, and brief coverage of previous experiences and education or training can also be useful.
Question: “Why do you want to work here?”
Candidate: Describe what you know about the company.
If appropriate, compliment the company (ie. reputation service, growth, and product).
Mention the effort you have put into collecting background information.
Question: “How do you react when asked to do a task you are unfamiliar with?”
Candidate: Mention your commitment to follow company guidelines and to consult their manager/boss where appropriate.
Describe a time when they have successfully dealt with a suitable situation in a previous job.
Describe situations, experience, skills and attributes that you feel would be of appropriate value.
Question: “Can you work under pressure or tight deadlines?”
Candidate: Give job-related examples from your past experience showing your ability to cope with pressure.
Question: “What are your strengths?”
Candidate: Mention that besides the work skills, training and experience that they would offer, to offer job-related qualities such as reliability, enthusiasm, dependability, flexibility, and efficiency.
If time permits, you might back up these qualities with examples.
A quick list of Do`s & Don’ts for the Candidate:
- Do know the time and place of the interview and the interviewers’ full name and title!
- Do know and fully understand the job description of the position for which you are interviewing and companies business overview.
- Do be 15 minutes early in anticipation of traffic problems or other unanticipated delays. Also, know where you’re going. If possible travel the route the day before. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable.
- Do dress professionally.
- Do shake the interviewer’s hand firmly.
- Do speak slowly and clearly. Don’t rush your answers.
- Do be alert and interested at all times and look the interviewer(s) in the eye and try to include the rest of the panel in eye contact from time to time (where applicable).
- Do answer every question fully and above all honestly.
- Do be consistent in your answers throughout all the interviews.
- Do ask questions to show interest in the Company and the position.
- Do thank the interviewer(s) for their time and anything extra such as a company tour, providing you with additional information about the job or company, meeting other personnel etc.
- Don’t over-answer questions.
- Don’t ask about salary, bonuses, holidays, etc, unless you feel the employer is interested in hiring you (a good example of this is “would you like the job!”).
- Don’t answer with a simple “yes” or “no”. Explain answers where possible.
- Don’t forget a copy of your CV, for you and the interviewer (interviewers are often busy and may misplace a CV once in a while). An interviewer may refer to dates, which can confuse the best of us if it is a long time ago, this shouldn’t cause you any stress if you have the information in front of you.
- Don’t say anything negative about present, previous employers or co-workers.