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PBI1012_Suggested Group Interview Questions_Sem01 20152016

For Practice:
www.kent.ac.uk/careers/interviews/ivquest.htm
www.kent.ac.uk/careers/interviews/mockivs.htm

Group Interview Questions: General Questions

Tell us about yourself.


Bad answer:
I graduated four years ago from the University of Michigan, with a Bachelors in
Biology but I decided that wasnt the right path for me. So I switched gears and got my
first job, working in sales for a startup. Then I went on to work in marketing for a law
firm. After that, I took a few months off to travel. Finally, I came back and worked in
marketing again. And now, here I am, looking for a more challenging marketing role.
Instead of giving a chronological work history, focus on your strengths and how they
pertain to the role. If possible, illustrate with examples.
Good answer:
Im really energetic, and a great communicator. Working in sales for two years helped
me build confidence, and taught me the importance of customer loyalty. Ive also got a
track record of success. In my last role, I launched a company newsletter, which helped
us build on our existing relationships and create new ones. Because of this, we ended up
seeing a revenue increase of 10% over two years. Im also really interested in how
companies can use web tools to better market themselves, and would be committed to
building on your existing platform.

How would your colleagues describe you?


How would you describe yourself?
What interested you in our company?
What has been your greatest strength and or weakness?
Describe your career history and future goals in 30 seconds.
Tell me one thing about yourself you wouldn't want me to know.

How do you work in a team?


How would you describe your work style?
What would be your ideal working environment?
If selected for this position, can you describe your strategy/plan for the first 90 days?
What do you look for in terms of work culture?
Why do you want to work for us?

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Situational Questions:
Perspective
If you were an animal/ a can of soup/ some other random object which one would you
prefer and why?
There's no right or wrong answer, but if you could be anywhere in the world right now,
where would you be? Why?
Suppose I tell you I dont like your face, then why should I select you?
Discuss which is more important a big picture or details?
If you had to choose one, would you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detailoriented person? Why?
Convince me that this pencil is best solution for the writing problem I have?
Sell me this pen/pencil/(any other item).
If you were an animal, which one would you want to be?
If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?
With your eyes closed, tell me step-by-step how to tie my shoes.
Communication
Discuss the importance of persuasiveness in getting a task done effectively.
Can you describe how you will to stand up for a decision you made, even though other
people do not agree with that decision?
If you had to give someone difficult feedback. How will you handle it?
Discuss the best way to address conflict or difficult communication problems among
colleagues, co-workers, or subordinates.
Ethics
Is it okay for you to take all the credits for your colleagues and subordinates works? What
will you do if your boss wrongly recognises you and give you all the credits for your
combined work?
Is it okay for your boss take all the credits for your works? What will you do if your boss
takes all the credits for your works?
What will you do if you are asked to give a bribe?
If you found out your company was doing something against the law, like fraud, what
would you do?
Conflict Management
If you are on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How will you
handle it?
What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it?
If I were your supervisor and asked you to do something that you disagreed with, what
would you do?
How do you feel about taking no for an answer? How would you address it?
Discuss some strategies you will use to deal with difficult co-workers, subordinates.
Discuss some strategies you will use to deal with difficult or irate customers.
Discuss the best way to address conflict or difficult communication problems among
colleagues, co-workers, or subordinates.
How would address a conflict with someone of higher authority?
If you know that your boss is wrong 100% about something, how would you handle this?
Discuss the most important factors in building successful business/work relationships?

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Problem-solving
You are scheduled to leave at 6 pm. Your replacement worker doesn't show up. What
would you do?
Suppose you find yourself in a deserted island. What three things you will need to
survive?
If you were at a business lunch and you ordered a rare steak and they brought it to you
well done, what would you do?
Tell me 10 ways to use a pencil other than writing.
Motivation
If after sometime you start disliking the job? What would you do? How can you address
this challenge?
Discuss the importance of understanding another persons unspoken needs or problems.
How can you get them to share with you so that work nor productivity is affected?
Discuss what will you do (or the best thing to do) when everyone disagrees with you
decision, even though that is the best decision to overcome a problem or situation?
Discuss how you can motivate your team members, co-workers, subordinates during a
very difficult period of time.
Leadership
What are the qualities of a good leader? A bad leader?
Do you think a leader should be feared or liked? Why?
What characterise a good boss/colleague from your point of view?
Discuss the difference between good and exceptional (workers, work, quality, etc).
If you were to face a work situation with high level of risks, and there is no senior
management to consult immediately, what will you do?
Productivity
What is most important - a good product or friendly, fast service?
Discuss the importance of customer service for the company.
What does success or productivity mean to you?
How do you think we should determine productivity or success of an employee?
Describe how you would handle a situation if you were required to finish multiple tasks
by the end of the day, and there was no conceivable way that you could finish them.
Experience
Can you give an example from your experience that shows your analytical abilities?
Can you tell me about a time when you used your judgment and logic to solve a problem?

Some Questions Asked After Work-Simulation Exercises


What made this team work successfully?
Who would you hire from your group? Why?
What was your personal contribution to the team's performance?
Why did this team struggle to accomplish the objective?
How did you deal with the stress created by meeting the challenges?

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Sources:
www.best-job-interview.com
www.aspire2work.com/interview-questions/behavioral-interviews-questions
www.aspire2work.com/interview-questions/65-behavioral-interviews-questions
www.supportingadvancement.com/employment/hiring/wwu_group_interview_questions.htm
career-advice.monster.com/job-interview/interview-questions/100-potential-interviewquestions/article.aspx
www.propects.ac.uk/intervuew_group_activities.htm

For Practice:
www.kent.ac.uk/careers/interviews/ivquest.htm
www.kent.ac.uk/careers/interviews/mockivs.htm

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