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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 4: Why did you choose to study this course?

  1. I chose UL because I didn't want to move away from home. I play hurling for a local team so I have to be available for matches and for training. I got the points for my third choice on the CAO form and I am enjoying the course, though I'm not quite sure what I would like to do when I graduate.
    Employers select you for interview because they believe that you have the potential be a 'good fit' for their organisation. They are guided primarily by the course you have chosen. This answer gives the impression that you are unclear about why you have opted for this course and this lack of focus could work against you. You also imply that a placement outside of the Limerick area would not be acceptable because of your training commitments. Remember that you must work your social and sporting obligations around your CoOp placement, not the other way around.
  2. I always liked accounting and foreign languages in school and by choosing this course I was able to combine both in one degree programme. The fact that UL offers a placement programme for this type of degree was also very attractive to me. I have been very happy with my choice so far.
    This shows your interest in the subject areas. It also shows that you value the CoOp opportunity and this creates some common ground between you and the employer.

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