Whether you succeed or fail at an interview depends on how well you have prepared for the types of questions you are likely to be asked. Empathy plays a large part, thinking like an interviewer, analysing your work experience and individuality, and how this will match up to the job specifications.
Knowing yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, being able to talk fluently about your experiences will give you the self-confidence required in answering the interviewers questions. Interviewers will need satisfactory explanations for having had too many jobs, short stays with employers, missing periods in your CV. It is important to realise that there are two types of questions:
Open questions are those which are open-ended and do not indicate a direction to take when answering. Usually these questions start with the words: Why? Where? When? Who? Which? How? People cannot answer with a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ and you will have to respond in your own words.
Closed questions are those that allow people the chance of answering with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Closed questions are unlikely to encourage people to talk freely, the candidate should not let these type of questions hinder his/her presentation, but should continue to answer by adding more opinions, facts and information.
The following are some of the questions most frequently asked, and which you should prepare yourself thoroughly prior to an interview:
- Tell me about your early days?
- Talk me through your education and qualifications
- Tell me about your present/last job
- What do you think of your present employer?
- Why change jobs?
- What makes you think you will be able to handle this job?
- Why do you want to work with us?
- Why should we employ you?
- What do you do in your spare time?
- What is your present domestic family situation?
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