There are numerous books out there that give some sample answers, very useful actually! Check your uni/school careers advice service as I doubt you'll find this sort of information online.
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Last edited by PoisonJam; 11-07-2007 at 21:15.
Questions they will/may ask you, and some answers:
- What are your strengths? Easy!!
- What are your weaknesses? I usually say I have trouble delegating, as I prefer to complete work to my own high standard. But I have learnt that trusting someone to do a good job frees up my time and allows me to concentrate on my core job role. Blah blah
- Why are you leaving your current employer? - Looking for a challenge, current role is restricting etc...
- Tell me about a time you used leadership/initiative/good judgement. What happened? What was the outcome?
- Tell me about a time when you made the wrong decision. What was the outcome? Show what you learned from this experience. Not that you were fired.
- Why do you think you'd be good at this role?
- What can you bring to this organisation?
- Do you feel you can work well unsupervised/in a team/both? Examples
- How are you under pressure?
Last edited by Segat1; 11-07-2006 at 15:20.
Nope on the gas company interviews.
As for tips, I hated interviewing at first because it's a tough transition from university life to the professional life. The biggest thing to remember is that the best candidates are the ones that can carry on a pleasant conversation and smoothly interact with interviewers. It's pretty hard to do when you're in a suit as opposed to whatever you normally wear to class, and you're put in this awkward situation where you feel like everything you do is being analyzed.
One of my mentors really helped me out by changing my perspective. He said something to the effect of "Interview them as much as they interview you". Think about it, your choice of where to start your career and work for at least a few years is dependent on finding out as much as you can about the company. The interviews are the perfect time to ask the questions, and drill them as well.
Never walk out of the interview without asking questions and finding out if you think this company is really worth moving on regardless if they offer you another interview or offer. Here's some that I asked when I was in your shoes a year ago:
What are you looking for in the ideal candidate for this position?
(Do I truely fit this?)
How many college graduates are you looking to hire this round?
(What are my chances?)
Describe the culture of your company in and around the office.
(Would I want to be there for 8 hours, 5 days a week?)
What kind of work would I be doing as an entry-level college graduate?
(Will I be a coffee-runner or doing important work?)
What do you offer to your clients and employees that other companies do not?
(Why should I work here?)
What does your company value?
(Do your values align with mine?)
Find out if this really fits what you want to do after college. Don't settle for the first offer that comes your way. Just turning the tables in a respectful and inquisitive way will help to relax you and build up your confidence. I bombed so many interviews before I hit my stride and began to nail them. I hope this helps you with your interviews and I hope you find the job that truely fits what you want to do after college!
Last edited by jtbieberich; 10-10-2006 at 23:25.
I got a new book yesterday called "Life's A Pitch", and it contained some useful tips about selling yourself in a job interview. For example:
- Make sure a photo is on your CV when you send it in, so you're easier to recognise
- Swot up by reading the company annual report and talk about in the interview, to demonstrate your interest in the firm
- Prepare a list of questions and don't be afraid about telling them you did so - showing you did the preparation make you look good.
I'd really recommend the book - it's very easy to read and written by two very successful advertising guys (Stephen Bailey and Roger Mavity).
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