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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 3: What do you expect from your placement with us?

  1. Having studied Mechanical Engineering, I see my placement as an opportunity to develop my management skills. I am interested in gaining direct experience of project management, particularly in the area of design engineering.
    This answer shows very unrealistic expectations of what an undergraduate placement can reasonably offer. Project management in the area of design engineering may be your long-term career goal. However, employers will not be able to offer this management level, specialist experience to an inexperienced undergraduate. See your placement as the opportunity to develop some of the skills that will be helpful to you in achieving your longer-term career ambitions.
  2. I have studied the relevant subjects but I don't have any hands-on experience of the job of course. So I would like to be trained in the job and shown what to do. I am prepared to put in the effort to achieve a better knowledge of this business. I want to develop professionally during my placement but I also understand that there will be routine elements to the job. I would be very keen to explore opportunities to do my final year project with the company and to continue this link after I leave my placement.
    This answer shows you are enthusiastic but realistic about your placement and the world of work. You are prepared for a range of work activities, both challenging and routine. You also show commitment to the company by your willingness to collaborate with the company after your placement through your FYP. Remember though, that if you do mention your FYP in this specific way, you must be prepared to expand on it.

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