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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 2: Why do you want to work for us?

  1. The pay and conditions are excellent for a CoOp student. I like the idea of meeting new people. My friend worked with the company last year and had a great time during her CoOp. A lot of my class are going to be in that city so it will be a good opportunity to get to know the city and socialise.
    These may be your reasons but an employer is more likely to be impressed if your reasons show some understanding of their company and why you want to work for them specifically. Location, opportunity to socialise, friends or money are not impressive reasons.
  2. I have spoken to one of the students you took on last year and he said that the company was very supportive throughout his placement. He particularly benefited from the training provided by you. Also, I am very interested in working in the area of financial services when I graduate and your company is one of the key players in the financial services market in Ireland. I think the placement would offer excellent experience.
    This is a standard question in an interview and this answer shows that you have thought about your response and have taken the time to research the company. You also reflect on how the job fits with your career expectations in a very positive way.

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