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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 5: If I were to talk to a former employer, how would they describe the way you carried out your work?

  1. As you can see from my CV, I worked in a hotel last summer. It was quite a pressurised environment and I didn't get on very well with my supervisor. To be honest, I found the work uninteresting and stressful. I certainly wouldn't like to work there again. So I'm not sure what my employer would say about me.
     
    Any employer would be quite concerned by this answer. In answering a question like this, you must be conscious that comments such as work being uninteresting may make the employer see you as difficult and unprepared to take direction. Most jobs have elements that are not very interesting but you should be able to find something positive to say about any work experience that you mention in your CV.
  2. I have worked in a busy restaurant in my hometown for the past three years. At the beginning I just had cleaning duties but after a while I worked mainly on the cash desk. Now when the owner is away, I am the key holder and also have responsibility for training in new staff. So I would like to think that my employer values my loyalty, commitment and willingness to take on additional responsibilities.
     
    This answer shows that you were willing to learn on the job. It demonstrates how your employer valued you and trusted you to take on additional responsibility.

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