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Section Four Interview Questions


Rintu Basu The NLP Company

Hypnotic Persuasion and Interview Skills

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Evidence Based Interviews and Questions

Usually take the form of: Tell me about a time when you.... Give an example of a situation where.... Describe a scenario.... Followed by the competence, skill or evidence that is required for the role e.g: Talk me through an example of your management skills Tell me about an example of how you have used data to improve your teams productivity Describe a time when you had to build a collaborative relationship either within your department or outside in order to achieve a particular goal. What steps did you take to ensure this was a success?' Give me an example of the different approaches you have used when persuading your team, colleagues or manager to agree with your views

Typical Competencies Used by Companies

Personal Competencies: Adaptability Risk Taking Flexibility Decisiveness Independence Integrity Tenacity Interpersonal Competencies: Oral Communications Teamwork Written Communication Listening Influencing Skills Interpersonal Sensitivity People & Organisational Competencies: Delegation Task Leadership Planning & Organising Staff Development Organisational Process Design

Decision Making Competencies: Numerical Analysis Problem Analysis Judgement Creativity Vision Self-Motivation Initiative Resilience

Motivation Competencies: Commitment Energy Work Standards

You can turn all of these in to interview questions by inserting the appropriate competency into the phrase: Give me an example of when you demonstrated (competency)

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Top 15 Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions

According to a 2007 survey of over 2000 US corporate recruiters these are the most frequently asked questions:

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Describe your ideal job and/or boss. Why are you looking for a job? Why are leaving your current position? What unique experience or qualifications separate you from other candidates? Tell me about yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Describe some of your most important career accomplishments. What are your short-term/long-term goals? Describe a time when you were faced with a challenging situation and how you handled it. 9. What are your salary requirements? 10. Why are you interested in this position? Our company? 11. What would your former boss / colleagues say about you? 12. What are the best and worst aspects of your previous job? 13. What do you know about our company? 14. What motivates you? How do you motivate others? 15. Are you willing to relocate?

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30 Traditionally Difficult Interview Questions 1. Tell me about yourself 2. Talk me through your CV 3. Why do you want this job? 4. What do you look for in a job? 5. Why do you want to work for us? 6. How could you improve yourself? 7. Why should we employ you over others? 8. Tell me why I should not hire you? 9. Where do you see yourself in five/ ten years time? 10. What can you tell us about the position / company? 11. What unique skills would you bring to the role / our company? 12. What is your biggest weakness / failure / mistake / development area / strength / success (and what have you learned from it)? 13. What dont you like about your boss / company / role? 14. What questions would you hate to be asked in interview (followed by asking that question)? 15. What do you think of your previous manager? 16. What is the riskiest thing you have ever done? 17. Why are you leaving your current job? 18. What management style gets the best results out of you? 19. How long will you stay with us? 20. How do you deal with criticism / authority / bad management? 21. You are too (young / old / tall / thin / Asian / masculine / feminine etc.) for the role? 22. How much money do you want? 23. What do you look for when you hire people? 24. What do you think is the most difficult / tedious part of being an (executive / manager / underwater basket weaver etc.) 25. Explain the gap in your CV? 26. You seem under (or over) Experienced / Qualified / Skilled what is your opinion? 27. Why do you want to change career paths? 28. What would you like to avoid in your next job? 29. How long do you think it would be before you were making a significant contribution to the team/company? 30. Are you considering any other positions at the moment?

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Questions about the new job / company

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. What qualities do you think will be required for this job? What interests you about our product / service / company? What can we (the new company) offer that your previous company cannot offer? You have not done this sort of job before. How will you cope/succeed? How ambitious are you? Would you compete for my job? What do you like and dislike about the job we are discussing? What would you like to avoid in your next job?

Questions about your current / previous job 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. How much does your last job resemble the one you are applying for? What are the differences? Why did you join your previous company? Did they live up to your expectations? Explain the organizational structure in your last company and how you fitted into it? How did you get on with your previous manager/supervisor, coworkers and subordinates? 7. What did you do on a day to day basis? 8. Did you increase sales or profits in your last job? 9. Have you reduced costs at your last company? 10. Did you feel you progressed satisfactorily in your last job? 11. What problems did you encounter in your last job? 12. What annoyed you about your last job?

Career questions Why did you choose a career in ? Why are you changing careers? What are your career goals? How long have you been looking for a new job? What would your ideal job be? Are you considering any other positions at the moment? If you have changed jobs a lot you may be asked how long you would stay in the new job. 8. Have you ever been fired? 9. How often are you off sick? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

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Interview questions about you 1. How would you / others describe you? 2. Do you consider yourself successful? 3. What was your greatest success? 4. How did you achieve it? 5. Are you a leader? 6. What sort of manager are you? 7. What makes a good manager? 8. Do you work well with others or are you a loner? 9. Do you need other people around to stimulate you or are you self-motivated? 10. Are you accepted into a team quickly? 11. Can you act on your own initiative? 12. How do you run a meeting? 13. Do you know how to motivate other people? 14. Are you competitive? 15. Are you aggressive? 16. What do you dislike doing? 17. Do you feel you are ready to take on greater responsibilities? 18. Can you work under pressure? 19. How many hours are you prepared to work? 20. Do you mind working for someone older than yourself? Younger than you? Of the opposite sex? 21. What interests do you have outside work?

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