Interview Questions

Most interviews start with the interviewer explaining about the company and the position. They may start to ask relevant questions, such as:

  • Why are you suitable for this job?
  • What do you think you can offer this position?
  • What experience do you have that makes you feel that you will be successful in this position?
  • What are your strengths/weaknesses?
  • What jobs have you enjoyed the most? The least? Why?
  • When have you shown initiative?

Could you answer these?

  • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a co-worker who wasn't doing his/her fair share of the work. What did you do and what was the outcome?
  • Give me an example of a time when you took the time to share a co-worker's or supervisor's achievements with others?
  • Tell me about a time that you didn't work well with a supervisor. What was the outcome and how would you have changed the outcome?
  • Have you worked with someone you didn't like? If so, how did you handle it?
  • Tell me about a time that you helped someone
  • Tell me about a time that you misjudged a person
  • How do you get along with co-workers?
  • Start with your graduation from college and explain the rationale behind each of your career moves
  • Also explain the thinking process that went into making each if those decisions.
  • Do you check voicemail and email when on vacation?
  • What historical figure do you admire and why?
  • How do you measure success?
  • How do you balance life and work?

Effective questions to ask

One of the key interview tips that we can offer you is that when the interviewer has finished questioning you and asks "Do you have any questions?" do not reach for your car keys and head for the door. The interviewer will assess you on the questions you ask. Be prepared with a handful of intelligent and pertinent questions. Do not ask questions such as "How many days holiday do I get" or "When do I get my bonus?" You need to demonstrate your interest in the company and the role and ask questions that will interest or test the interviewer.

By deciding the questions you’d like to ask in advance, you will be able to add to an already impressive performance. Here are some great ones to ask. They will demonstrate that you have an inquisitive mind and an interest in the firm. Don’t ask questions to which they have already given answers. And just pick three or four succinct questions.

  • Why has this vacancy arisen?
  • How do you review performance?
  • What would you expect of me in the first six months?
  • What do you see as my key long-term challenges?
  • What is the expected career path for this position?
  • What are the characteristics of successful people in this firm?
  • Where would I fit into the overall structure
  • Who would I report to and what is the line of authority?
  • Is any training required as part of this job?
  • What are the opportunities for advancement/promotion?
  • What is the firm’s long-term strategy?
  • Is the firm looking to expand into new areas?
  • What is the largest challenge facing the firm at the moment?
  • How would you describe the firm’s values?
  • Is there likely to be any relocation in the future?