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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 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.

  1. The course here in UL is very intensive and there's always another deadline around the corner. I have therefore successfully renegotiated deadlines with supervisors in order to complete my project or essay on time.
     
    This answer shows that you did not in fact adhere to the deadline. The ability to adhere to deadlines is the very skill this employer is looking for. So your explanation should include how you tracked your progress in meeting deadlines and how you ensured you did not fall behind.
  2. At any one time during this course, I might have three or four pieces of written work pending so anything that helps me to get more organised is great. For project work, I have used Microsoft Project to break the work down into its constituent parts and I have also organised regular short meetings with the project group to keep an eye on progress.
     
    This answer shows that you adhered to the deadline, had an organised and systematic approach to your work and used a known software package to track and record your progress. Be prepared to supplement your answer with some details around the project and its components.

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