"General hints and guidelines"
Types of interview
There are several different types or
styles of interview that you may come across amongst our clients. It is
important that to remember that no two interviews are the same and that
you can always improve you interview style and preparation. There
follows some general hints and tips on the most common / frequently used
interview techniques that you are likely to encounter through our
The traditional interview - sample
Sometimes interviews follow a more
traditional format (quite common with people who are not used to
interviewing). The following is a list of typical interview questions
which may arise in one form or another. It is a good idea to reflect on
the sort of answer you might give before an interview but it is unwise
to learn answers off pat as you risk coming across as unnatural and not
genuine. It is a good idea to back your answers up with examples taken
from your own work experience.
Do you prefer to work in a small,
medium or large organisation?
Why do you want this job?
What qualities do you
think this job requires?
Why do you want to work for this
What have you got to
What can we offer you that your
previous organisation cannot offer?
How long have you been
looking for a new job?
What do you know about
What interests you
about this organisation?
What are you looking
for in a new job?
What would be your
What sorts of jobs are
you considering at the moment?
What did you do on a
day to day basis?
What do you not like
about the job?
How did you make a
difference to your last organisation?
How successful are
What was your greatest
success and how did you achieve it?
What has been your
How could you improve
How did you progress
in your last job?
How do you handle
How do you work with
Do you need other people around to
Are you accepted into
a team quickly?
Give me an example of when you took
initiative to solve a problem?
What motivates you?
Are you competitive?
What problems did you encounter and how
did you overcome them?
Do you feel you are
ready to take on greater responsibilities?
What are you like
How many hours are you
prepared to work?
What are your career
How did you get on
with your last manager/colleagues?
The team interview - how to cope with
In an effort to get a well-rounded
perspective on job candidates, many companies ask numerous people to
participate in the selection process. Depending on the level of job you
are seeking, you may interview with an HR specialist, the hiring
manager, the hiring manager’s boss and even staff members who would be
your peers. In small companies you may have to sell yourself to the
This team approach means that many different people interview you and
then get together to debate whether they like you well enough to hire
you. Sometimes, each person on the interview asks a different lot of
questions. Other times, they all ask the same thing. This can happen by
design, if the organisation wants to see whether you change your answers
along the way.
You will need to be sure to connect with
each person. Be sure to have eye contact with the person asking the
questions and to glance at the other team members while answering the
question to be sure that you are connecting with each individual.
Be sensitive to the dynamics in the team. If they seem to want to
control the interview, relax and flow with it, on the other hand be sure
to offer information and ask questions.
Take responsibility for ensuring that the group understands what you
have to offer. The best approach is to be sensitive and adapt your
approach to the group. Don’t be overly aggressive and take over, yet do
interact and show your enthusiasm.
Each person’s opinion can be weighted equally; in some cases, just one
team member’s opposition can disqualify a candidate. Sometimes it is
unclear what role or position the person holds therefore you need to be
respectful of everyone you meet.
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