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FAQs - Most Frequent Questions Asked of Candidates

Below are examples of questions that you might be asked during your interview. Familiarise yourself with them and prepare answers that will give an honest account of who you are. That way the client can put together a mental image of you and have a better idea of how you might fit into their company culture. Keep your answers short and to the point… try not to ramble.

  • Tell me about yourself.

  • What are your long-range/short-range career goals and objectives?

  • What have you done/are you doing to achieve them?

  • Why did you choose this particular career?

  • What do you consider to be your greatest strengths? ...Weaknesses?

  • How would you describe yourself?

  • How would a friend describe you?

  • How would a junior/senior colleague describe you?

  • How has your college/university experience prepared you for your career?

  • Why do you think you would be the best candidate for this position?

  • How do you determine or evaluate success?

  • In what ways do you think you would add value to our company?

  • Describe a situation when you had to use your initiative to complete a project on time.

  • Describe your most rewarding school/college/university experience.

  • If you were hiring for this position, what qualities would you look for in an candidate?

  • What led you to choose your field or major?

  • What hobbies and interests do you have outside work?

  • What associations/organisations/clubs do you belong to?

  • Do you do any volunteer work … and if so tell me about it?

  • How do you work under pressure?

  • Describe what your ideal job would be.

  • Why did you decide to seek a position with this organization?

  • Tell me a few of the things that you like most about our company?

  • What’s the biggest problem you’ve had to deal with at work … and how did you handle it?

  • Can you give me an actual example of how you convinced your supervisor to assign you to a particular project?

  • What are your salary expectations?


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