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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 11: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

  1. I feel I'm a bit young to answer that question but I hope that in the future that my career will be my greatest achievement. Come back to me in ten years!
     
    This is a question that comes up very frequently at CoOp interviews so you should certainly have given it some thought before the interview. Answering questions in this rather flippant manner can be off-putting for many employers. Think about personal, academic or sporting achievements and don't be afraid to blow your own trumpet. After all, you've been asked!
  2. I work in the family business at weekends. As this involves some driving, I decided to take my driving test at seventeen. I paid for some lessons with my own money and didn't tell anyone I had applied for the test. I passed on the first attempt and it gave me a fantastic sense of achievement.
     
    This answer shows commitment in financing the lessons and a determination to get the test first time. It also demonstrates that you did something that has enabled you to make a better contribution to the business.

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