Interview Questions

10 Nov 14:00 by Richard

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In the upcoming few weeks, our recruitment experts will be sharing their knowledge for your interview success!

As a start, read about two of the most common questions:

In the upcoming few weeks, our recruitment experts will be sharing their knowledge for your interview success!

As a start, read about two of the most common questions:

Question: Tell me your biggest weakness.
Answer: Be genuine! A standard answer would be to have a weakness that can also be a strength, such as ‘working too hard’. Employers would look for something like this and dismiss it, as this is seen as one of the oldest tricks in the book. Try and look for a genuine weakness in your work and make sure you mention the steps you are taking/have taken to overcome this.

Example of a good answer: “I think one area I could work on is my delegation skills. I am always so concerned about everything being done right and on time that I can get stuck in that mentality of “If you want it done right, do it yourself.” Unfortunately, that’s not always possible and I’ve realised that I can slow things down if I am too controlling. I learned this recently when given the opportunity to manage the new interns. I had never managed interns before, so this was a hugely educational experience in many different ways. It definitely taught me how to delegate and my manager noticed the difference in my management style at the end of the summer. I know that I can benefit from additional development in this area, so I signed up for a management skills training course and am always looking for opportunities to manage projects for our group.”

Question: How do you handle stress?
Answer: The best way to answer this question is to give an example of a time you have been in a stressful situation, but make sure this is a genuinely stressful situation, not caused by yourself by procrastination. If possible, avoid saying you are stressed by a situation that will be common in the job for which you are applying.

Example of a good answer: Pressure is very important to me. Good pressure, such as having a lot of assignments to work on, or an upcoming deadline, helps me to stay motivated and productive. Of course, there are times when too much pressure can lead to stress; however, I am very skilled at balancing multiple projects and meeting deadlines, which prevents me from feeling stressed often. For example, I once had three large projects due in the same week, which was a lot of pressure. However, because I created a schedule that detailed how I would break down each project into small assignments, I completed all three projects ahead of time and avoided unnecessary stress.

Stay tuned for Part 2 in our Top Tips Series!

: Tell me your biggest weakness.
Answer: Be genuine! A standard answer would be to have a weakness that can also be a strength, such as ‘working too hard’. Employers would look for something like this and dismiss it, as this is seen as one of the oldest tricks in the book. Try and look for a genuine weakness in your work and make sure you mention the steps you are taking/have taken to overcome this.

Example of a good answer: “I think one area I could work on is my delegation skills. I am always so concerned about everything being done right and on time that I can get stuck in that mentality of “If you want it done right, do it yourself.” Unfortunately, that’s not always possible and I’ve realised that I can slow things down if I am too controlling. I learned this recently when given the opportunity to manage the new interns. I had never managed interns before, so this was a hugely educational experience in many different ways. It definitely taught me how to delegate and my manager noticed the difference in my management style at the end of the summer. I know that I can benefit from additional development in this area, so I signed up for a management skills training course and am always looking for opportunities to manage projects for our group.”

Question: How do you handle stress?
Answer: The best way to answer this question is to give an example of a time you have been in a stressful situation, but make sure this is a genuinely stressful situation, not caused by yourself by procrastination. If possible, avoid saying you are stressed by a situation that will be common in the job for which you are applying.

Example of a good answer: Pressure is very important to me. Good pressure, such as having a lot of assignments to work on, or an upcoming deadline, helps me to stay motivated and productive. Of course, there are times when too much pressure can lead to stress; however, I am very skilled at balancing multiple projects and meeting deadlines, which prevents me from feeling stressed often. For example, I once had three large projects due in the same week, which was a lot of pressure. However, because I created a schedule that detailed how I would break down each project into small assignments, I completed all three projects ahead of time and avoided unnecessary stress.

Stay tuned for Part 2 in our Top Tips Series!