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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 14: This company is located in a small rural town. How do you feel about that?

  1. I wouldn't like to be the only student there. I mean I would like to be with some of my friends. To be honest, I was hoping to work in a city because you get a better experience in larger organisations.
    Employers are looking for students who can demonstrate flexibility and independence but there is no evidence of either in this answer .Of course it would be nice to be with some of your friends but this must not be an overriding focus. Many successful Irish companies and organisations operate from rural locations. Also, being the only student in a company can be a very positive experience as it can offer you a much broader professional experience.
  2. What I really want is to get relevant public sector experience. Where I get it is not that important to me. I have been living away from home since I started at UL so the idea of moving to a new place doesn't daunt me in the least. I don't have a car so I will be relying on public transport to get to and from work. What is the bus service like in the area?
    This answer shows that you are primarily interested in gaining professional experience and that you are independent and flexible when it comes to relocating. The question regarding public transport is perfectly reasonable and the employer should be happy to provide you with this information.

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