Typical Interview Questions
Questions can vary depending on the type of job you are going for and the Interviewer’s style but many of these questions will come up in some form or other during an Interview.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Why did you choose this career?
What would you consider to be your greatest strengths and weakness? Please give examples.
What have you learnt from your mistakes? Please give an example
What are your career aspirations or objectives for the next five years?
What do you know about our company?
Why would you like this job?
Why should we hire you?
What’s more important to you, what you get paid or what you do?
What accomplishments are you most proud of? Please give examples.
Describe your day to day duties in your last job.
What would your boss say about your work performance?
Do you work better on your own or in a team?
Have you ever had a difficult situation with a supervisor or a team member? How did you deal with it?
Describe a difficult problem in work. How did you deal with it?
What are your salary and remuneration package expectations?
The salary package for this role is less than your previous job, why did you apply for this position?
Competency Based questions
This type of questioning is becoming more popular. It is also known as a behavioural based interview. The aim of these types of questions is to assess a candidate’s behaviour in specific situations thus determining their competence for the position.
Some examples would be:
Tell me about situation where you had to analyse a problem and solve it
Give an example of where you had to deal with a sensitive situation in work
Give an example of where you had to deal with a difficult client
Tell me a time you had to change your priorities to meet others expectations
Describe a time when you successfully worked well in a team
These questions are very specific. The Interviewer is looking for concrete examples. No room here for ambiguity or bluffing it.
Interview checklist and preparation
Even the most experienced of us can forget some of these especially if it’s been a while since the last interview!!!
Research the company.
Go through the job spec.
Know your CV inside out.
Know who you are meeting
Know exactly where the interview is taking place (some companies have several offices in Dublin/ around the country don’t assume it’s happening at company headquarters. Ask for the address to be emailed to you.
Ideally find out the format of the interview. Is it One to One, Group, Panel, via video conferencing? Avoid any surprises on the day.
Identify why specifically you are suitable for the role and identify any USP (unique Selling points).
Have an idea of what questions you will ask
Be dressed to impress. Do use your judgement based on your industry norm. But it’s better to be over dressed than too casual no matter what level you are at.