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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 9: Tell us about a time when you overcame what seemed to be an insurmountable obstacle.

  1. My heart was set on studying Physiotherapy but I missed the cut off by five points. I was offered my third choice and I accepted it but I am still hoping to get into Physiotherapy at some point in the future, maybe as a mature student.
    This answer suggests that you are not fully committed to your current course. There is a sense that you are simply going through the motions with this course. Remember that many CoOp employers use the programme to vet potential graduates. If you give this kind of answer, an employer may feel that there is no long-term benefit in taking on a student whose career ambitions lie elsewhere.
  2. My friend and I had arranged to go to the US for the summer. Everything was arranged - job, accommodation etc. At the last minute, the embassy refused my friend's visa with no right of appeal. I was devastated and didn't want to go on my own but after thinking about all the expense involved up to that point, I decided to take the plunge and try going it alone. I did and it turned out to be the experience of a lifetime.
    Good answer. This shows your human side and natural reticence in going it alone. It showed that you were able to overcome your initial fears, develop some key survival skills and managed to really enjoy the experience.

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