Tough Questions You May Get Asked At Interview - Here's Your Opportunity to Prepare 50 Great Answers

Hyacinth Fraser

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1. Tell me about yourself.

2. What is your greatest success and why?

3. What is your greatest mistake and what did you learn from it?

4. What value can you bring to this company?

5. Where do you expect to be in five years time?

6. What did you find particularly difficult about working with your last boss?

7. What are the key skills to managing your boss?

8. How do you set about prioritising your work?

9. What aspects of your last position did you like the least?

10. What aspects of your last position did you like the most?

11. Having undertaken research about the company, what would you say are its top five features?

12. What are your current and future development needs?

13. What difficulties have you had with work colleagues?

14. In the face of negativity how do you maintain a positive focus?

15. We are interviewing a number of people for this position, what makes you particularly qualified for this job?

16. Describe a situation where your work has been critised and explain how you addressed the situation.

17. I am not sure you are suitable for the job, how would you respond to that?

18. What do you consider to be the most crucial aspects of this position?

19. What motivates you?

20. What do you consider to be the key ingredients of effective communication?

21. What are the essential tools of effective problem solving?

22. What do you consider are your key strengths?

23. How would you manage someone who is consistently late and has a poor standard of work?

24. What particular aspects of working for this company appeals to you?

25. How do you see your role relating to the overall goals of the team?

26. What have been your key learning points over the last year?

27. How long are you likely to stay with the company?

28. Are you able to work under pressure?

29. What would referees say about you and your ability to do this job?

30. What do you consider to be the main priority areas for this position?

31. How many positions have you been interviewed for?

32. Have you ever resigned from a position and if so why?

33. How would you contribute to a conducive work environment?

34. How would you rate yourself on a scale of one to ten?

35. What are the key characteristics of a team player?

36. What have you done that shows initiative?

37. What is the best way to manage you to get the best out of you?

38. How would you deal with someone that is adding to a difficult work environment? 39. Have you ever got angry at work?

40. Tell me about something that has a big impact on your life.

41. Are you prone to lead or to follow?

42. What have you done at work, that with the benefit of hindsight you would do differently?

43. What do you find most challenging?

44. What is the most difficult decision you have had to make?

45. Have you been known as a risk taker in your previous positions?

46. At your age now, how do you feel about where you have risen to within your previous company?

47. Your salary has stayed virtually the same over the last four years, how do you feel about that?

48. You have internal competition, why would it be best for the company if we hired you?

49. You have had six jobs in the last couple of years, why is this?

50. Add you own questions to the above list…………. .

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Hyacinth is a Master Practitioner of NLP and a Master Hypnotherapist.

Hyacinth, a Coach, independent consultant and trainer for fifteen years. Highly regarded and ensures that her solutions are informative, exciting and presented in such a way to ensure all learning styles are catered for. She works with personnel at the highest levels in the private, public and voluntary sectors, up to and including members of the board as well as front line staff.

Hyacinth has worked within a number of large public sector organisations, including: Home Office, Probation Service, DfES, DfT, CPS, OfCom, NICE as well as within many of the London Local Authorities.


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