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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 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?

  1. I suppose it would be ok as long as there were others from my class in the same city. I'm not really worried about the foreign language element as most people in Europe speak really good English. I assume you will be able to sort out my accommodation.
    In this answer you are making a lot of assumptions. In most European countries English is not the working language and you will be expected to have a good fluency in the relevant language. Your employer may be able to help with accommodation but in most cases, this will be up to you. Don't assume that there will be others from your class in the same city. If you're going abroad, you must be prepared to rise to the challenge of being on your own in a city and of speaking the language of the country.
  2. I went au-pairing in Spain the summer after my Leaving Certificate. To be fair, I did find it difficult at first - the language, new culture, homesickness etc. But after three weeks I was so settled that I was even thinking in Spanish. I even went back the following year. What I'm really looking forward to is applying my language and cultural awareness skills in a business environment during my placement.
    Good. You have had an international experience and said how you found it at the beginning. However by making the commitment to going back you showed how you enjoyed it enough to wish to repeat it.

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