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A job interview can be daunting even for the most experienced candidates and our extensive selection of articles and advice will help make interviews easy. Not only will you find information about the types of interview questions and how to answer them you will also discover some top Interview Tips along with powerful Interview Techniques from top recruiters.
We hope you enjoy using the site and we are sure it will help boost your confidence and ensure you arrive at your interview fully prepared, confident you can win the job offer.
Questions at interview can take one of several forms. There may be open questions that really just invite you to talk so that the interviewer can gain an insight into your attitudes, thought processes, and communication skills. Competency and behavioural questions are now becoming the norm however many interviewers still favour the standard and traditional job interview questions such as "Tell me about yourself" and "Why should we hire you?" etc.
Here are six different types of Interview Questions commonly asked:
1. Competency Based Questions / Behavioural Interview Questions
Very commonly used by interviewers these questions are very specifically targeted at discovering if you have the the skills (competencies) required to undertake the role. They are phrased in such a way so that you have to give and example of a situation where you used that particular skill successfully. These can be phrased as 'Tell me about a time...' or 'Describe a situation where you...'
2. Traditional Interview Questions
These questions are the question you have probably come across most often such as 'What are your strengths?", "What are your weaknesses?" "What will you bring to the role?". They are still very commonly used and you are well advised to spend time creating answers in advance.
3. Technical Interview Questions
This type of question will be very direct in its phrasing. It's aim will be to discover just how proficient you are and can be related to a system, software or knowledge. While these skills are often tested outside of the interview room, many managers may ask one or two of these questions to see how fresh your knowledge is, for example:
4. Open Questions
Open questioning is the most effective format as it encourages the candidate to talk openly. Of course a downside is that you may give away too much information or let slip some mistake or weakness you would prefer to keep to yourself. Questions such as "Tell me about yourself", "Talk me through your career to date." "How would you describe yourself?" are all open questions and while they seem straightforward can be difficult to answer,
5. Hypothetical Questions
These questions test your ability to think on the spot and to formulate an answer under pressure and with speed. For example a question might be, "Imagine you were managing an employee who continuously arrived late to work. How would you deal with the situation?" You would be required to give a correct answer both technically and in a clear format.
6. CV and Resume Interview Questions
Of course you should expect question exploring previous jobs, your experience and your training. In fact any item on your CV or Resume is open for questioning. To prepare we suggest you review your experience in advance, perhaps making bullets points regarding each of your jobs, projects and achievements outlining what you delivered and what you learned.
Preparing for an interview will undoubtedly help your performance on the day by giving you more confidence, and enabling you to be better able to answer questions competently and accurately, and also to present your capabilities to maximum effect. You will not know of course, the precise questions that will be asked, but you can cover the various areas and topics likely to come up.
As a test, here are some very common interview questions; have a look and see how you would answer them.
Questions relating to your new job:
You may be asked at length about previous employment, especially in relation to your most recent, or present job. You could be asked:
Competency Based / Behavioural Questions can include:
General career questions:
You might be invited to give an opinion on general career topics or questions, like:
In the site we also include interview questions specific to a whole range of different jobs and sectors. From Accounting to Medicine and Nursing right through to Sales we have got content which will help you anticipate what they will ask and we provide help with being able to give strong and successful answers. For example:
Going to an interview for a job in Customer Services or in a Call Centre? Then read this article which tells you what to expect and provides some typical interview questions for you to prepare for.
A really useful article with great advice for any candidate looking for a job in the Administration and Clerical sector
Going for an interview in Project Management? Then check out this article with some sample interview questions and tips on how to answer them.
Here are some more sample job interview questions for specific jobs:
Interview Questions For Accounting and Finance
Interview Questions For Banking and Investment Banking
Interview Questions For Engineering and Manufacturing Job
Interview Questions For Human Resources
Interview Questions For Information Technology (IT) and Systems Jobs
Interview Questions For Legal Assistant, Paralegal, Solicitor and Lawyer Jobs
Interview Questions For Sales, Marketing and PR Jobs
Interview Questions For Medical, ST and GP Interviews
Interview Questions For Nursing and Healthcare
Interview Questions For Teaching and Head Teacher Jobs
In the site you will find a whole range of articles for you to enjoy for free. These have been specially created by our team of interview experts and deal with subjects such as how to cope with difficult interview questions, the different types of interview questions you may be asked and how to answer like an expert. Below you will find a small selection or click on an image to view content relating to interviews for specialist jobs.
A job interview is all about the questions and answers. It is a communication exercise with a very definite purpose whereby the interviewer is trying to gather the information he needs in order to make an accurate decision. You are playing your part too by providing that information in a concise and clear manner while also selling yourself. It is a fine balance and requires very specific skills. In the site we include a series of articles to help you answer questions easily. Whether you are looking for Competency Answers or help with traditional interview questions then you have come to the right place.
A Competency Interview is a technique used by recruiters and employers to determine how well matched a job applicant is to a particular position. The core concept involves each applicant being asked the same questions in order to determine how skilled they are.
Have you ever been asked a Behavioural interview question? Perhaps you have but didn't realise. These can be called situational interview questions and can be difficult for many people to answer correctly. The key is to give a strong example using the right structure.
So why is it so difficult to give a good answer in an interview? For some it is a breeze and yet for others it is a challenge. You know that answering job interview questions is a skill that can be learned by anyone. It really is a matter of anticipating the questions you will be asked and preparing and practicing effective and relevant answers.
Want to be able to create a winning Competency Answer? Read this article which outline two great techniques you can use when bringing structure to your interview answers.
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About the Author
Annette Lewis is an accredited interviewer and has recruited for many organisations within Healthcare, Education, Customer Services and Banking. Google+