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Common Interview Questions

Common Interview Questions - Scottish Jobs

There is no way of knowing in advance exactly which questions an interviewer will ask you. However, you can certainly pre-empt some questions or types of questions such as those specifically pertaining to the job you seek. Nevertheless, no matter how much planning you do, you will almost certainly be asked some questions you were not expecting.

Even though you cannot predict every single question, it still pays to practice answering questions such as the ones below as this will help you form the habit of focusing your mind on a question and responding accordingly. You may be lucky and get asked some of the questions you have rehearsed. But even if you are not asked any of the questions listed below, the very fact that you have rehearsed answering questions should help you respond in a more intelligent and considered fashion without too many "erms", long pauses or deadly silences.

Some Potential Interview Questions:

  • What are your biggest strengths?
  • Elaborate on your weaknesses?
  • What would you consider your training needs to be?
  • What were your reasons for leaving your last post?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why would you like to work for us?
  • According to your research what do you think is most important to us as an employer?
  • Why do you feel you are suitable for this job?
  • What makes you think you are better than the other candidates?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
  • What are your primary career objectives?
  • Have you ever disobeyed company policy? If so why?
  • Why do you think this career sector is right for you?
  • Have you underachieved or overachieved so far in your career?
  • What major mistakes have you made in your career so far?
  • Give an example of how you are a good team-player?
  • Give an example of how you are a good leader?
  • Why would colleagues look up to you?
  • How have you handled difficult customers?
  • How adaptable are you to change?
  • What are your priorities in life?
  • Give an example of how you dealt with a negative situation?
  • Sell yourself to me in one minute?
  • Do you have any questions for us?
  • If you could invite any one person from the past or present to dinner who would you invite and why?
  • Who are your idols?
  • What inspires you?
  • What is your favorite place and why?
  • What do you most enjoy about your current job?
  • What do you hate about your current job?
  • What 5 things do you feel are important about this role?
  • What traits do you need to be good at this job?
  • Explain why snow is better than rain
  • Have you ever motivated a colleague? If so how?
  • Have you ever been dismissed or disciplined at work? Why was this?
  • What is the most important working condition for you?
  • How many sick did you take last year?
  • Have you ever had a career gap of more than three months? If so why
  • What do/did you like about your current/previous manger?
  • What do you dislike about your current/previous manger?
  • What makes a good manager?
  • What is your management style?
  • Do you think you could do better job than your manager? If so why?
  • What is the worst job you have done in your career?
  • What is the best job in your career far?
  • Why did you leave that job?
  • How have you been involved in team building?
  • What made you choose the degree you did?
  • How do you feel you performed at university (or school)?
  • How would you manage poor performance?
  • If a colleague was not pulling their weight what would you do about it?
  • What would your previous manager tell us about you?
  • What would your current colleagues say about you?
  • Why are you liked?
  • Do people respect you? Why?
  • Which five adjectives describe you?
  • What are your interests?
  • What was the last book you read?
  • What newspapers do you read?
  • What was the last film you saw?
  • How have you improved in the last year?
  • Do you work well on your own?
  • Do you prefer autonomy in your position? If so how much? Why?
  • How can you contribute to the success of this company?
  • What is 62 x 6?
  • If I was to tell you I didn't like you how would you change my mind?
  • Don't you feel you are over/under qualified for this position?
  • What are your thoughts on the British monarchy?
  • Is Britain a world economy?
  • What are your salary expectations? Why do you think you are worth that amount?
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