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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 6: This work environment can be hectic. Can you give me a specific example of you working effectively under pressure?

  1. I work much better when I'm not under pressure. Most of my work experience is with the family garden centre business and I'm expected to work there when I'm home from college at the weekends.
    If you're asked for a specific example, you are expected to come up with one. This answer doesn't really answer the question. Working in a family business can be a positive thing. However the expression 'I'm expected' gives a sense that you are not that willing to work there and may cause an employer to build a negative picture of you.
  2. For the past two years, I have worked evenings in a city centre fast food outlet. I have to constantly deal with long queues of customers. This is particularly true after pub closing hours. I have to be aware that people can be impatient, difficult and on a short fuse. I simply concentrate on the customer at the counter and remain courteous. I also have a work plan and do as much preparation work as possible in advance of the busy period.
    Working in fast food is widely recognised as being fast-paced and this is a good answer. It shows the employer that you are prepared to work hard and to work unsocial hours, thereby showing your flexibility. You show that you have a proactive approach to work by implementing a work plan to cope with busy periods.

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