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Answering the interview questions
Interviews can involve a quick five minute chat or a couple of hours where you have
to also fill in paperwork, answer questions and complete skill tests e.g. typing or
computer tests. Sometimes employers will interview people in a group situation.
No matter what the style of interview you may be asked the following types of
questions:
• Why are you interested in the position?
• What type of skills can you offer the organisation?
• How do you handle difficult or stressful situations?
• What are your weaknesses and strengths?
• How do you organise your time/workload?
• Do you work well with a team and also on your own?
• What hours are you available to work?
• Give examples of your previous work experience.
Ask your parents, other family members or friends what sort of questions they were
asked in job interviews and ask them what they think are good answers. Think about
and prepare the types of answers you want to give before the interview and relate
your experiences to the particular job requirements.
Ask questions
During the interview don’t be afraid to ask questions. Questions don’t make you look
stupid. Asking good questions shows the interviewer you’re thoughtful and that you’re
not afraid to interact with other people — a particularly good interview strategy if the
position involves dealing with people, such as sales.
Some questions to ask about the organisation could be:
• What is the organisation’s plans for the future?
• How many people work there? What is the staff turnover like?
• How long has the company been established for?
• Is there a non-smoking policy?
• Is the position for long or short-term?
Parents or older siblings can offer good advice about job hunting and interviewing,
so don’t hesitate to ask for help on everything from putting together your resumé to
choosing an interview outfit.