KEY INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND HOW TO ANSWER THEM 1.

What are your reasons for your success profession? What makes you tick? Why are you successful? I attribute my success to 3 reasons: • Support from my team • Pride in my work • Finding an economical solution to a problem Think of examples 2. What is your energy level like? Describe a typical day. How well do you work under pressure? What is your time management like? Can you organize yourself? Describe how you prepare for each day, monitor your work closely and review your performance at the end of each day. I work until 7.00 pm most days and often at weekends if the project demands it, but I always clear my desk at the end of each day. I find pressure stimulating but avoidable if correct preparation is taken to meet deadlines. 3. Why do you want to work here? What interests you most about this job? How much do you know about our company? What research have you done? Good opportunity to list company’s attributes and requirements, and then match your key qualities to each requirement. Finish with “I want to develop my career and your company has the best training, support and products. Our goals are the same.” Find out the biggest requirement or challenge, and say this is what interests you. Display the traits that will satisfy the need. 4. What experience do you have for this job? How quickly can you contribute to our current projects? Think of what the company most needs and ask the interviewer what he most wants and what the most urgent projects are. Then answer with specific qualifications and examples. in this

As long I am growing professionally there is no reason to make a move. “I would like to settle down with this company. The interviewer will want to hear that. How long would you stay with this company? This is a closing signal. How do you feel about your career to date? How do you feel about your progress? How would you rate yourself? Have you done the best work you are capable of doing? Be positive but stress that the best is to come. “What do you anticipate my responsibilities will be for the first six months?” – get the interviewer to concentrate on images of you working for him – “ Do you have a special project in mind for me? When would you like me to start?” 9. 7. . What would you like to be doing in 5 years? Looking for research and loyalty. Ask about career opportunities and answer with what the interviewer wants to hear. Stress that you know your work and understand its importance within company operations. You can make a significant contribution. How long do you think I could be happy here? 8. What did you like / dislike about your last job? What did you learn and what did you want to learn? Don’t criticize your last company. Point out all the things you learnt and then stress one negative which is something that the interviewer’s company is better at. “When you think you are ripe you rot”. Show you are a true professional and team player. and say: “I would like to be making a contribution at a more senior level”. How long would it take you to make a contribution to our company? Qualify and close.5. 6.

.” 14. Describe a difficult problem that you have had to deal with? Describe and give an example of your analytical skills. and say: “I am very keen on working for you and will consider any reasonable offer” 13. Don’t exaggerate. “I am looking for a company which will provide the environment for me to contribute even more than I did at my last job. What are your greatest achievements? What successful projects have you been involved in? Emphasise your work with sales as it is profit –oriented. • I evaluate the consequences and costs of each solution. “I always follow a five step format: • I stand back and examine the problem. What are you looking in your next job? What contribution will you make? Say what you will give the company. • I list possible solutions.10. Team work. do not ask what the company will give you. 12. Think of the most important requirement. professionalism. What is your greatest strength? Why should I hire you? What is the single most important quality that you can offer me? Think of the answer before you go to the interview. 11. hard work and economy should be highlighted in your examples. • I recognize the problem as a symptom of other factors. How much money do you want? How much do you think you are worth? Ask what the salary range is. state a relevant personal quality and illustrate with a job-related example.

too confident 3. “I used to see my manager every day for a briefing – now I see him once a month for direction” THE TWENTY MOST COMMON REASONS WHY CANDIDATES FAIL AT INTERVIEWS 1.” 15. Too much emphasis on money 8. no purpose and no goals 5. make my recommendations and ask my superiors for advice and approach. i. over – aggressive. slouching in the chair 7.e. In what ways has your job prepared you to take on a greater responsibility? Give me examples of your professional growth. Inability to express themselves clearly 4. Evasive and excuse – making . Poor personal appearance 2. outline the problem. Unenthusiastic 6. Overbearing.• I go to my superiors. Lack of confidence and poor poise. Lack of career planning.

9. 13.shake Appearing indecisive No sports. 14. 16. hobbies or activities No interest in the company or marketplace Intolerant – strong prejudices or dogmatic Late to interview Ask no questions about the job Very long. 15. Interrupting the interviewer and not listening 10. 17. 11. 20. 18. 12. tortuous answers Failure to be polite and thank the interviewer for their time . Critisises former employers Fails to look interviewer in the eye Poor first impression – limp hand. 19.

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