Project - Job Interviews
- Have you ever had an interview (e.g. for part time work)
- Are job interviews important for the job you want?
- What else should you prepare (e.g. suit)
- How do you deal with being nervous?
Common Questions. For each, think of one good and one bad answer
- Small talk questions
- Did you find us OK?
- Hot, isn’t it.
- Tell us a little about yourself / your background
- Proof of interest questions
- What do you know about our company?
- Why did you apply to us? Why would you like to work for us?
- WHy are you a good fit for out company?
- Skill questions
- What are your strengths and weaknesses
- WHat did you learn while you were at (SCHOOL/JOB)
- Tell us about a time you
- worked in a team
- solved a problem
- overcame a difficult situation
- If (BAD THING) happened, how would you respond?
- Imagine you were in a situation where X. What would you say to the client/customer?
- OK, I’m going to pretend to be (BAD CUSTOMER TYPE). Respond as you would in that situation.
- Personality questions
- Are you a X person?
- x = conscientious, hard working, organised, responsible, flexible etc.
- Do you have good X skills
- customer service, organisation, communication, interpersonal
- Practical questions
- Where/When would you like to work?
- How would you commute to work?
- Trick questions
- Have you ever had an issue with a coworker or boss? How did you resolve it?
- Where do you see yourselves in 10 years?
- Do you have any questions for us?
- Ask for a detail
- Ask about the most important/difficult/enjoyable part
- Ask about opportunities that make you sound good (training, responsibility)
- Why did you leave your last job?
Can you think of any more?
See orientation sheet
“Do you have any questions for us”
- Don’t say no. Always have a question ready.
- Best if at least one is specific to the company and shows that you researched them.
- For ideas, just google - there are many lists online.
- Avoid some questions until you get the job.
- “WHen do I get holidays”
- “How much money”
- Give full answers. Often this means one or more short story (see below)
- Don’t say too little or too much.
- This is a presentation Eye contact, Voice volume/tone/rhythym/speed, gestures.
- Phrases from cover letter are similar (I was responsible for X and frequently did Y), but you can use less formal language.
- 1 - Tell a story giving an example from your life to answer one of the skill/personality questions
- background (what happened / what was needed / why / where/ who/ when)
- time-order story (what did you do about it)
- Outcome (how it all worked out, or how you would do better now)
- 2 - Invent a weakness that makes you sound good.
- What is the weakness
- An example of how it caused you problems
- WHat you did to solve it
- Outcome (you’re better)
- 3 - Questions. Write some questions you could ask at the end of an interview