In any interview, you will be asked questions that will allow the interviewer to understand your competencies and your skills. Below are a few examples to help you to prepare.
Motivation, Influence & handling pressure
- What motivates you and why?
- Can you give an example of when you made a suggestion that was implemented?
- Can you give an example of when you had to influence a colleague, a team or your manager?
- How do you react to taking on responsibilities?
- How to you cope with deadlines?
- Give me an example of targets you are set and how you achieve them?
Organisation, work ethic & leadership
- How do you organise your day or prioritise work?
- How do you deal with conflicting deadlines?
- How do you like to be managed?
- What management style do you like to employ?
- Do you often have to work long hours?
- Give an example of where you have been an integral member of a team.
- Give an example of how you manage underperforming staff
- Give an example of a project you managed and the issues you faced (remember you may be asked for an example of a project that went well or one that went badly).
- Can you describe yourself in 3 words?
- How would your boss/colleagues describe you?
- What are your key strengths and weaknesses?
- Why do you want to work for us?
- Why do you want to leave your current employer?
- If you fail to reach a target, how do you handle it?
- What was said about you in your last appraisal?
- What salary are you looking for?
- What attracts you to this job/company?
Competency based questions
- These are questions that require you to describe an example of a situation and are usually directly in line with the job specification. Make sure you have read it well.
- Competency questions can test a number of different skills, some of which include (but are not limited to); Communication, Job Motivation, Teamwork, Client Service, Commercial Awareness and Operational Excellence.
- Ask your recruiter for a list of positive and negative indicators when trying to demonstrate any of the above skills.
- Tell me about a person you found it difficult to work with?
- What have you done to improve communications/motivation in your team?
- Can you tell me about the most demanding client that you have worked with?
- Provide an example of when you have had to manage expectations during a project?
- Can you give an example of where you had to handle conflict within your team?
- Tell me about a time when you a have persuaded a colleague to come around to your way of thinking.
- What has been the most challenging project you have undertaken in your current role?
- Can you tell me a time when you had to persuade a client to take on board certain advice you had given?
- Can you give me an example of a project you have had to manage? Have both a successful one and an unsuccessful one.
- Can you give an example of where you have had to manage your boss?
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