The following interview questions are not an exhaustive list. The objective of sharing the questions is to enable you to think through possible answers; answers that will focus your mind when preparing for an interview. Preparation is vital to achieving success at an interview.
About your job / work
Describe a typical day in your current job
What do you enjoy the most at work?
What do you least enjoy at work?
What is the job that you are most proud of and why?
You and your working relationships
How would your work colleagues describe you?
Describe the characteristics of the person who you have difficulty working with. How do you overcome this?
How do you communicate with your boss and other work colleagues?
Describe the best manager you have ever worked with.
Describe the worse manager you have ever worked with.
Give me an example of when you have had to convince others that your way is the right way.
Give me an example of a time when you challenged your boss.
What motivates you at work?
How do you motivate yourself?
How do you motivate others?
How do you ensure that you deliver quality in your work while simultaneously delivering on time?
What are your key strengths?
What are your weaknesses / development needs?
Describe a time when you failed at something.
Tell me about a time when you have felt under pressure.
How do you deal with interruptions at work?
How do you go about improving your skills?
Your leadership skills
What is your approach when employees come to you with issues?
How do you organise your work?
How do you manage your time?
How do you ensure that you do not overlook anything when dealing with a number of tasks simultaneously?
Tell me about a time when you were under pressure?
What targets do you set your team?
Give me an example of when you have handled an under-performing team member?
Give me an example of when you have handled an over-performing team member?
Questions that are seeking evidence from your experience related to the job you are applying for
Tell me about a time when……
e.g. Tell me about a time when you have dealt with a customer complaint.
Tell me about a project that you have had responsibility for.
How do you…….?
e.g. How do you ensure that work is completed on time to the quality required?
Give me an example of when you have had to think on your feet and resolve a problem quickly.
Give me an example of when you have had to convince other managers that your way is the right way.
Give me an example of a new idea that you have had for increasing sales. What was the outcome?
Give me an example of when you have followed through a customer complaint.
Why do you want to work for X?
What do you want me to remember about you after the interview?
Remember the interview is a two-way process; it is vital that you gather sufficient information about the company and the job in order that you can decide if you would take the job if it is offered to you. This means preparing questions to ask the interviewer. Here are a few questions
I note that the business strategy is ______________ can you expand on this?
What distinguishes this company from its competitors, both from a public and employee perspective?
What exactly will the job entail – describe a typical day to me
Who will I be working with?
Describe the company culture to me
Describe the management style at X
Can I see where I will be working?
Can I meet the person / people I will be working for / with?
What are your expectations of the job-holder?
Why is the position vacant?
How many applicants were there for the position?
What happens next?