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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 8: Tell us about a time when you worked as part of a team and found it challenging.

  1. Last semester I was part of a team of four students doing an engineering project. I found that one member of the team really dominated the project. He was very pushy, always putting pressure on me to complete work and not giving the rest of us a say in how the work should be organised or allocated. I felt it was really his project rather than the work of a team.
    This may have been the case but be careful. An employer might interpret this to mean that you needed to be pushed into doing the work and that, without this one person driving the project, it might not have been completed. Employers do not tend to choose students whom they believe may need prodding to work. Also the answer gives no sense of how you dealt with this issue or, even on later reflection, how you might have dealt with it more effectively. This insight would have made for a much stronger answer.
  2. I was part of a group doing a marketing project here at UL. A member of the team of five wasn't pulling her weight, by not turning up for meetings etc. The rest of us agreed that I was the best person to talk to the student concerned. After speaking to her, I could see that she was having personal difficulties at home and we were able to reallocate some of the work to make the burden on her easier.
    This answer shows a willingness to address issues effectively and to seek a resolution that is acceptable to the team. It shows support and sympathy for a member of the team experiencing difficulties while at the same time making it clear that each student is expected to contribute to the team effort. By seeking a greater commitment from the other team members and yourself in order to get the project finished, you are demonstrating strong leadership skills within the group.

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