Why did you leave your last position?
Tell me something about yourself.
What do you consider to be your strengths?
What do you feel are your weaknesses?
How would you describe your personality?
What would you like to be doing ten years from now?
Can you tell me about your outside interests and hobbies?
What are you most proud of having achieved in your life so far?
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Why do you want to work for this company?
What do you know about this company?
Can you explain why you have applied for this post?
What do you think you can contribute to this company?
We have a lot of applications for this job. Why should we appoint you?
What is your availability?
Do you have any questions you would like to ask?
What should you stress?
Of course you want to impress the interviewer and demonstrate that you have the qualitiesneeded for the post. To achieve this, you need to plan ahead for opportunities to sell yourself.Think carefully about what
you can capitalise on and the best timing to do it. Bespecific and confident. You can use language like:
I think, I’m good at ... I feel, I have good experience in ... I believe, I am able to...
After you mentioned a strength, you should back up what you have said with examples andpast experience. This will give the interviewer an impression that you are presenting yourself with facts and evidence instead of boasting or pretending you know something. For example:
I think my strengths are my ability to work independently. I can motivate myself to get thingsdone. I also think that I have good analytical and quantitative skills. I have really been able todevelop those skills in my Quantitative Methods and Accountancy classes.
Techniques of handling questions
Apart from knowing how to answer questions you can predict, be prepared to handleunexpected and difficult ones. Here are some strategies you can use:Before any attempt to answer a question, make sure you really understand it. If you are notsure you do, you may clarify the question by rephrasing it:
So, you want to know how I plan my career for the next five years?So, what you’re asking is my experience in ...? If I understand the question correctly, you would like to know ... Are you talking about my post-secondary education?When you say ‘technical work’, do you mean experience in the laboratory?
You can also
ask for repetition
Sorry, could you repeat that? I’m sorry, I didn’t hear. Can you say that again? I’m sorry I don’t understand. I beg your pardon.