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Preparation for an interview.

Preparation for an interview is essential.
The list of questions below is designed to serve as a guide so that you are not taken by surprise.

Before the interview :

  • Prepare and practise giving responses to the questions without trying to memorise them.
  • Find out as much as possible about the company as well as the position you are interested in.
  • Remember to take an extra copy of your CV/résumé with you so that the employer can refer to it.
1 Tell me about yourself.
2 How would you describe yourself? (character/personality)
3 Are you married? Single? Do you have partner?
4 What are your qualifications?
5 What training have you had since leaving school / college?
6 What are your strengths/weaknesses?
7 What do you do in your free time?
What are your hobbies? / Do you have any hobbies?
8 What kind of work are you looking for?
9 Why are you interested in working for our company?
Why do you want to work for this company?
10 What type of position do you think you are suited for / would suit you?
11 How would you describe the position we have to offer?
12 Have you ever done this kind of work before?
13 What aspects of the position are you most / least interested in?
14 What would you like to find in this job that you didn't have in your previous job?
15 How do you think you could develop the position?
What would be your strategy to develop the position?
16 What have you got to offer us?
What could you contribute to our company?
17 What do you think you gained by working in your last job?
18 What were you responsible for?
What did your job involve?
19 Why did you choose this career?
20 What do you think of your (last) boss?
21 Why do you want to leave your present job?
Why do you want to change jobs?
22 Did you leave voluntarily or were you made redundant?
Why were you made redundant?
23 Why were you out of work for so long?
Why have you had to look for a job for so long?
Why have you been looking for a job for so long?
Why did it take you so long to find a new job?
24 Have you received any offers of a job?
25 What are your salary requirements?
How much would you hope to earn in this position?
How much do you think you should be offered for this position?
What salary would you expect (to be offered) for this position?
26 How do your feel about your future in the profession?
27 What are your greatest achievements/failures at work?
Have you had any negative experiences?
28 What sort of obstacles have you come across / encountered in your work?
29 What did you find easiest/most difficult in your last job?
What do you enjoy most/least about it?
30 Can you describe a time when you demonstrated initiative in your job?
31 If you had to recruit colleagues, what qualities would you look for?
32 Would you be willing to relocate/to move to another part of the country/to work abroad?
33 Are you willing to undertake training even if this takes place in your spare time?
34 Don't you think you have too much experience / you are over-qualified for this job?
35 Isn’t this job a step down for you?
36 How long do you think you would stay with us?
If we offered you this job, how long would you expect to stay with us?
37 Which do you prefer : to work alone or in a team?
Do you prefer working alone or with other people as part of a team?
38 Do you know how to manage a team?
Are you capable of leading a team?
Do you think you have the ability to be a team leader?
Have you any experience of managing staff?
39 Why should I recruit you?
How could you persuade me to recruit me?
40 Do you have any comments to make, or any questions to ask?

see also: How to describe yourself at an interview

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