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Sample Interview Questions

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  1. What do you know about this company/organisation?
  2. Why do you want to work for us?
  3. What do you expect from your placement with us?
  4. Why did you choose to study this course?
  5. If I were to talk to a former employer, how would they describe the way you carried out your work?
  6. This work environment can be hectic. Can you give me a specific example of you working effectively under pressure?
  7. In this job, you will need to adhere to strict schedules and deadlines. Give me an example of any time management skill you have learned.
  8. Tell us about a time when you worked as part of a team and found it challenging.
  9. Tell us about a time when you overcame what seemed to be an insurmountable obstacle.
  10. Tell us about a time when you had to deal with an irate customer and how you handled this.
  11. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
  12. What motivates you?
  13. You will be working in another country if you are offered a placement with our company. How do you think you would cope with this?
  14. This company is located in a small rural town. How do you feel about that?

Question 1: What do you know about this company/organisation?

  1. Actually I didn't hear about the interview until yesterday. I did ask for a previous CoOp report but none was available. So I'm afraid I don't know that much about the company.
    There is no excuse for not having some knowledge of the company. Employers quite rightly expect you to show an understanding of their business or services as well as the sector in which they operate. Even with short notice, you can check the company website as well as searching on-line for newspaper articles on the company e.g. www.ireland.com, www.financialtimes.com, www.irishexaminer.com. The www.idaireland.ie site has excellent information on both industrial sectors and individual companies. Reading a CoOp report by a previous student is obviously very helpful and often there is information in the form of company reports etc. available in the Cooperative Education & Careers Office.
  2. It is a multinational pharmaceutical company based in Cork where you employ about 350 people. The main activities are the production of prescription and over-the-counter drugs and drug development. I see from your website that you are planning clinical trials of a new asthma drug. That sounds very interesting.
    This answer shows that you have researched the company and its activities and you are also aware of current developments. It demonstrates your interest and enthusiasm, qualities that every employer will be looking for.

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