The Job Interview

The questions an interviewer will ask you are basically aimed to establish whether you are suitable for the job on offer. Here are some common questions you might be asked at an interview. Be clear and demonstrate that you are self-motivating. Think about and practice your answers beforehand.


Some common questions asked at interviews and tips on how to answer

 

Employer Says...
You Need to...
Tell me about yourself Be positive, enthusiastic and confident.  Concentrate on your skills and experience( giving specific examples) and personal traits to give the interviewer an insight of your potential. Do not relate your life history.
Tell me about your last job Mention your skills and achievements – if asked, explain why you left; perhaps due to career development. If you had been made redundant be sure to express it in such a way to show that the job was redundant and not yourself. Never criticize your previous employer.
What are your skills?
Are you capable of using some equipment?
Do you have any related experience?
Sell yourself – explain how you have achieved your skills by giving examples and reasons for mentioning some of your skills.
Mention your education and training Say what you have learnt and how you practiced it
Are you involved in extra activities? This is not a personal question, but rather it is about skills you have gained from activities you do in your spare time such as sport, drama, voluntary work etc. Try to find some common key transferable skills which you can use at work for eg; teamwork, leadership and communication skills
Are you interested in further education? Show that you believe in life long learning, but do not suggest training straight away
What training will you need to do the job? Stress the skills you have – be positive, but you should also show willingness to learn
What is your greatest achievement? A personal touch works well. You can draw on your leisure activities, if you do not have much work experience.
What are your weaknesses? This is not a personal question, but rather work related. Admitting a weakness is not easy. Try to turn it into a convincing positive answer.
What motivates you to do a good job? Money is NOT a good answer. Say that it is important that you enjoy what you are doing and that you expect to be challenged.
Do you prefer to work alone or in a group? State that you enjoy working in a team, but you can work independently to get your job done
What are your ambitions/plans for the future? Make sure they suit the job you’re going for. Show that you are willing to learn and strive to be the best at what you will be doing.
What was your latest wage? Tell the truth
What wage do you expect? Say that you like a wage that’s appropriate for the position and the work you’ll be doing
What do you know about us? Show you have taken time to find out about the company through its website, brochures or annual reports. Demonstrate that you are aware of the company’s goals and objectives.
Why did you apply for this job? Talk about why the job appeals to you. Say positive things about the company and the opportunities and/or challenges it offers.
Why should we hire you? Explain why you are the right person for the job by pointing out your abilities, achievements and related experience and why you believe that the job description matches your skills and qualifications. Make sure you illustrate your answers with many examples. Stress what you can contribute to the company by showing that you are enthusiastic and determined to meet company goals.
Would you like to ask any questions? Some possible questions to ask:
What are the advancement prospects in the company?
If I am offered the job, when would I be expected to start?
When can I expect to hear from you?

Or any other questions related to the work itself .
 

 

Following up on an interview

There are some simple things you can do as a follow - up after an interview to help increase your chance of getting a job.

Send a letter thanking the employer for their time, either via mail or e-mail without delay.

If you are not chosen for the post, do not loose heart. You can phone or write to the employer and ask for feedback, so that next time you will do better.

Here you can find 2 sample letters:


Sample 1

                               

Your Contact Address

Date

Name
Position
Company
Address

Dear (title – Mr/Ms) and Surname,

Thank you for taking the time to interview me for the position of (name of post eg. delivery person) and for taking me around your premises.

The more you told me about the job, the more interested I became.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any further information. I thank you once more for considering me for this post and I look forward to hear from you.


Yours sincerely,



Your name and I.D. number underneath your signature.


Sample 2



Your Contact Address     
and telephone number   
 

Date

Name
Position
Company
Address


Dear (title – Mr/Ms) and Surname,

I would like to thank you for interviewing me for the post of ((name of post eg. delivery person). I was disappointed for not getting the job and wondered if you could give me feedback that might help me in the future.

I would appreciate your honesty and would also like to know what I could do to create a better impression.

You can contact me at the above address/telephone number.

Once again thank you for considering me for this position, I look forward to hear from you.

Yours sincerely,




Your name and I.D. number underneath your signature.

 

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