Job Interview Questions
Your response to questions in a job interview can be a make or break scenario. Equally, you need to ensure you are asking questions too. Here are some question ideas to help you to be prepared.
Questions you may be asked at a job interview
1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time
2. What are your strengths..and weaknesses
3. Tell us about a problem/challenge you have overcome in the workplace
4. Why did you leave your last job
5. Tell us about the gap in your CV
6. What have you learnt from mistakes you have made
7. Explain what responsibilities you had in your last role
8. What was the best thing about your last job..and the worst
9. What 3 words would you use to describe yourself
10. Give an example where you have worked as part of a team
You may even be asked some unusual questions at job interviews – I asked my Work For Mums Facebook page likers to tell me about their experiences and one lady was asked “How would you feel about someone running round the office screaming with a box on their head?” It just shows that even when you are fully prepared you may be asked an obscure question!
Questions you could ask at a job interview
There is nothing worse upon being asked by your potential employer “Do you have any questions for us?”, that you simply say “No, I don’t”. Always have a pre-prepared typed or written list of questions. It may be that your interviewer has already answered your questions during the interview, but still refer to your list and say something like “Thank you but I think you have answered all the questions I have listed”. Here are some ideas for interview questions you could ask:
1. How many people would I be working with
2. How often are there appraisals of my work
3. Are there company training days/what sort of training am I expected to attend
4. Does the company offer a pension scheme
5. What plans are there for the future of the company in terms of growth etc.
6. What is a typical day in the role of *jobtitle*
7. May I ask how many applicants are being interviewed
8. When will applicants know the outcome of the interviews
Do’s and Dont’s
1. Don’t ask about money – wait to be told during the interview or when offered a position before finances are discussed
2. Never say “I don’t know” when asked a question. If you are asked a question you can’t answer on the spot, simply tell the interviewer you need some time to think about it
3. Don’t blag it – if you can’t think of an answer be honest and say so
4. Make sure your CV is accurate as you may well be asked about time periods etc.
5. Listen carefully and if you don’t fully understand the question, or didn’t hear properly ask them to repeat it
6. Elaborate on questions – don’t just say yes or no
7. Don’t lose it – keep calm, take some deep breaths and relax! Remember you are interviewing them too! If the job isn’t as you expected you aren’t obliged to accept it.