Questions you could be asked in an interview
A.: This is a commonly asked question designed to break the ice. Describe your qualifications, career history and your range of skills. Emphasize those skills that are relevant to the job on offer.
A.: Again this is a common question so be prepared. Select an achievement that is recent. Identify skills you used in the achievement and quantify the benefit.
A.: Be careful with this one. One approach is to choose a characteristic of your present company such as its size, its slow decision making process etc. Give your answer with the air of someone who takes problems and frustrations in your stride, as part of the job. Do not complain.
A.: This is one question you will certainly be asked, so there’s no excuse for being unprepared. Concentrate on discussing your main strengths. List three or four explanations of how they could benefit the employer.
A.: Don’t say you don’t have any. We all have weaknesses. Either use a professional weakness such as a lack of experience (not ability) on your part in one area that is not vital for the job, or use a personal weakness and show the steps that you have taken to combat it. An example would be, “I’m not very good at delegating but I’m learning to pass work on to colleagues by sitting down on a weekly basis and splitting the workload”.
A.: Select a difficult work situation that was not caused by you. Explain how you defined the problem and what solution you applied to overcome the problem.
A.: Try to focus on decisions you have made without sufficient information. This will show your positive side. For example, “I like to make decisions based on sufficient information and having alternatives. When you have to make quick decisions you have to rely on “gut feeling” and experience.
Questions you should ask in an interview
Things your should want to know You will probably be given the opportunity to ask questions. Make use of it, but do not ask just for the sake of being active. Sometimes people ask about obvious things or things already discussed. Ask only if you are really interested and if it matters to you at that stage. Here are some examples:
- How has the position become vacant?
- How will you assess my performance?
- How does the role fit into the structure of the department?
- How does the department fit into the organization as a whole?
- Who will I report to and are there persons reporting to me?
- Where does my line manager fit into the structure?
- What encouragement is given to undertake further training?
- Who are your customers? Where is the company going?
- Expansion plans?
- Where is the specific location of the position?
- Will the position entail traveling?
- How soon will you decide on the appointment?
- What is the next step?
- What are the other people in the department like?
- How would their roles impact on mine?
- What would my core responsibilities be?
- What sort of one-off projects might I be given?
- How much interaction would I have with other departments, or with clients/suppliers?
- What scope is there for taking on extra work, or being involved in any other aspects of the company?
- Where are the opportunities to progress within the company?
- There may be an explanation of how the process will continue. If not, ask.
- Try to find out when you should hear back but do not be pushy as some recruiters will not want to commit themselves to timescales until they have had time to consider all candidates.
- At the end, thank your interviewer for his or her time and shake hands.
- Remember to say a personal goodbye to each person you talked to.