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Top 40 Interview Questions and Answers

Tell me about Yourself
Are you willing to relocate
By providing examples, demonstrate that you can adapt to a wide variety of people, situations and/or environments.
Can you explain this gap in your employment history what have you been doing for the "X" months since you were last employed
Can you recall a time when a person's cultural background affected your approach to a work situation?
Can you work under pressure give an example?
Describe a project you were responsible for that required a lot of interaction with people over a long period of time.
Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to approach things your way
Describe a situation when you were able to have a positive influence on the actions of others
Describe a situation where you found yourself dealing with an individual who did not like you
Describe a situation where your work or an idea was criticised
Describe a time when you had to be persuasive in getting your ideas across
Describe the best job you've ever had
Describe the kind of people that annoy you most
Describe the most rewarding experience of your career thus far
Tell me about a situation when you had to speak up in order to get a point across that was important to you
Describe when you or a group that you were a part of were in danger of missing a deadline
Describe your ideal picture of success
Do you consider yourself a leader, and if so, give me some examples of your leadership abilities?
Do you think of yourself to be a leader
Describe a project you were responsible for that required a lot of interaction with people over a long period of time
Give an example of a problem you had at work and tell me how you solved it
Give an example of a time when you went above and beyond the call of duty
Give an example of when your persistence had the biggest payoff
Give me a specific example of a time when you had to address an angry customer
Give me a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem
How well do you communicate in writing and orally
If we hire you for this job what would we need to do to bring you up to speed
Tell me about a time when you put your foot in your mouth
What are 3 effective leadership qualities you think are important
What are the five biggest accomplishments of your life
What has been your biggest frustration
What have you done in your previous job that goes beyond what was required
What is your typical way of dealing with conflict? Give me an example
What kinds of things give you the greatest satisfaction in your work?
What motivates you to put forth your greatest efforts
What role do you take in a group situation? Give examples.
What steps do you follow to study a problem before making a decision?
What steps have you taken in the last few years to develop your skills?
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CHALLENGING interview QUESTIONS

When you are preparing for an interview try and think of any questions or areas that you may find uncomfortable talking about or you think the interviewer may not like the answers to. If there are any, you should concentrate on preparing answers or statements which turn them around from something negative to something positive.

Common areas of concern are:

LACK OF EXPERIENCE

DISMISSAL FROM A PREVIOUS POSITION

A CRIMINAL RECORD

LENGTH OF TIME UNEMPLOYED

The easiest way of turning a negative into a positive is to show the employer either what you have learned from the experience, in the case of a dismissal or convictions, or what you have to offer and transfer as an alternative to experience.

Lack of experience

Try to emphasise your enthusiasm for the job and any transferable skill you have that will appeal to the employer.

Dismissals or Convictions

We all make mistakes; the important thing is what we learn from these experiences. It is important that in answering any questions regarding either a dismissal or criminal conviction you try to show and explain what you have learned and how you have developed as a person since the event.

Length of time unemployed

Very often employers will over look periods of unemployment if you can show them you have remained active. Thinking about any Voluntary work, social and home life (i.e. raising a family) or other activities can help you to answer questions regarding unemployment. Always remember that the employer will be looking for skills and experience you have picked up by doing these activities which you could in-turn transfer to a role with their company. Talking about Placements and work experience you have participated in will enable you to show them you have remained active and continued to learn despite not being employed.

CONCLUSION

The key to any interview is preparation. This includes researching the company, its business and any key areas you can talk about, but it also includes preparing answers about yourself.

Identifying areas where you feel extra work is needed before an interview will allow you to construct strong answers to questions that otherwise may have been a problem

Remember: knowing your strengths is important but understanding and addressing your weaknesses is the only way to overcome difficult questions...


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