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Top 10 interview questions and how to answer them !!!

Top 10 interview questions and how to answer them

interview questions

interview questions

There are some common interview
questions and you should prepare your answers before-hand. The key thing to
remember when responding to interview questions is to keep your answers brief
and to the point.  If you are faced with a difficult question, make sure
you stay calm, don’t get defensive, and take a moment to think about your
response before you answer.
Remember, the responses below are
only suggestions. Try to personalise your response as much as possible.

interview questions

 Question: Tell me about
yourself.
Answer: Identify some of your main
attributes and memorise them. Describe your qualifications, career history and
range of skills, emphasising those skills relevant to the job on offer.
 Q: What have your
achievements been to date?
A. Select an achievement that is
work-related and fairly recent. Identify the skills you used in the achievement
and quantify the benefit it had to the company. For example, ‘my greatest
achievement has been to design and implement a new sales ledger system,
bringing it in ahead of time and improving our debtors’ position significantly,
saving the company £50,000 a month in interest’.
 Q: Are you happy with
your career-to-date?
A: This question is really about
your self-esteem, confidence and career aspirations. The answer must be ‘yes’,
followed by a brief explanation as to what it is about your career so far
that’s made you happy. If you have hit a career plateau, or you feel you are
moving too slowly, then you must qualify your answer.
 Q: What is the most
difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?
A: The purpose of this question is
to find out what your definition of difficult is and whether you can show a
logical approach to problem solving. In order to show yourself in a positive
light, select a difficult work situation which was not caused by you and which
can be quickly explained in a few sentences. Explain how you defined the
problem, what the options were, why you selected the one you did and what the
outcome was. Always end on a positive note.
 Q: What do you like about
your present job?
A: This is a straightforward
question. All you have to do is make sure that your ‘likes’ correspond to the
skills required for the job on offer. Be enthusiastic; describe your job as
interesting and diverse but do not overdo it – after all, you are looking to
leave.
 Q: What do you dislike
about your present job?
A: Be cautious with this answer. Do
not be too specific as you may draw attention to weaknesses that will leave you
open to further problems. One approach is to choose a characteristic of your
present company, such as its size or slow decision-making processes etc. Give
your answer with the air of someone who takes problems and frustrations in your
stride as part of the job.
 Q: What are your
strengths?
A: This is one question that you
know you are going to get so there is no excuse for being unprepared.
Concentrate on discussing your main strengths. List three or four proficiencies
e.g. your ability to learn quickly, determination to succeed, positive
attitude, your ability to relate to people and achieve a common goal. You may
be asked to give examples of the above so be prepared.
 Q: What is your greatest
weakness?
A: Do not say you have none – this
will lead to further problems. You have two options – use a professed weakness
such as a lack of experience (not ability) on your part in an area that is not
vital for the job. The second option is to describe a personal or professional
weakness that could also be considered to be a strength and the steps you have
taken to combat it. An example would be: “I know my team think I’m too
demanding at times – I tend to drive them pretty hard but I’m getting much
better at using the carrot and not the stick”.
 Q: Why do you want to
leave your current employer?
A: State how you are looking for a
new challenge, more responsibility, experience and a change of environment. Do
not be negative in your reasons for leaving. It is rarely appropriate to cite
salary as your primary motivator.
 Q: Why have you applied
for this particular job?
A: The employer is looking for
evidence that the job suits you, fits in with your general aptitudes, coincides
with your long-term goals and involves doing things you enjoy.  Make sure
you have a good understanding of the role and the organisation, and describe
the attributes of the organisation that interest you most.
Other common interview
questions to consider:
  • How does your job fit in to your department and
    company?
  • What do you enjoy about this industry?
  • Give an example of when you have worked under pressure.
  • What kinds of people do you like working with?
  • Give me an example of when your work was criticised.
  • Give me an example of when you have felt anger at work.
    How did you cope and did you still perform a good job?
  • What kind of people do you find it difficult to work
    with?
  • Give me an example of when you have had to face a
    conflict of interest at work.
  • Tell me about the last time you disagreed with your
    boss.
  • Give me an example of when you haven’t got on with
    others.
  • Do you prefer to work alone or in a group? Why?
  • This organisation is very different to your current
    employer – how do you think you are going to fit in?
  • What are you looking for in a company?
  • How do you measure your own performance?
  • What kind of pressures have you encountered at work?
  • Are you a self-starter? Give me examples to demonstrate
    this?
  • What changes in the workplace have caused you
    difficulty and why?
  • How do you feel about working long hours and/or
    weekends?
  • Give me an example of when you have been out of your
    depth.
  • What have you failed to achieve to date?
  • What can you bring to this organisation?
  
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