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What could you get asked at a graduate job interview? We've asked interviewers in large and small companies, the private and public sector to tell us.

Introduction

    1. Briefly, tell us about yourself.
    2. Why are you interested in this job?
    3. Tell us, in your own words, what you imagine this job will involve?



Your personality

    1. What are your personal strengths? Name three of them.
    2. What aspects of your personality would you like to improve? Name three.
    3. How would your friends / family describe you?
    4. What do you think is most interesting thing you have done?
    5. What do you think is the least interesting thing you have done?
    6. Describe a conflict situation that you've found yourself in - what did you do to resolve the conflict?
    7. How successful was the way that you tried to resolve the conflict?
    8. How do you take criticism from others?
    9. What kind of people do you prefer to work with?
    10. What types of people do you find annoying to work with?
    11. What role do you typically take in a group situation?
    12. What advice do you think your really good friends would give you for your career?
    13. Are you a tidy?
    14. Are you creative? Give some examples.
    15. Do you tend to think in a more analytical or more intuitive way?
    16. Are you impulsive by nature? Give examples.
    17. Do you like to immerse yourself in anything? Give examples.
    18. How would you describe your temperament?
    19. Do you see yourself as an independent person?
    20. Do you like to give talks or speeches?
    21. Describe a person you admire. Why do you admire him?
    22. Which work decisions do you think are the most difficult to make? And the easiest?
    23. What annoys you most? Why?
    24. How do you express your irritation with others?
    25. What are you most proud of in your life?
    26. Which of your personal qualities do you most value?
    27. What have you done to develop yourself over the last five years?
    28. What do you do in your spare time?
    29. What sport do you participate in - if any?
    30. Are you politically engaged?
    31. Are you socially active?
    32. Have you had a position of responsibility? What? Why did you take on those responsibilities? How did they benefit you?
    33. What do you prefer to do to relax?



Skills for theoretical work

    1. What are your professional strengths?
    2. How can you improve, professionally?
    3. What skills have you developed during your education?
    4. Why did you choose the specialization you chose?
    5. Do you prefer oral or written exams?
    6. What is the most important thing you learned in your studies?
    7. Have you taken courses in your spare time? What? Why?
    8. Are you engaged in research and development? Why?
    9. Do you speak a language other than your native language? What and how well?
    10. Which IT programs do you have experience with? How good are you at using them?
    11. When you reflect on the education you have undertaken - is there anything you would have liked to have done differently?



Your practical experience

    1. Have you had a student job? Describe it (your tasks / number of hours / responsibility).
    2. Describe your previous work experience?
    3. Tell us about instances where you were given a task that you don't think you were able to resolve entirely successfully.
    4. Tell us about tasks or projects where you have been successful.
    5. Do you have references from previous employers?



Your role at work

    1. What makes you stand out in a work environment?
    2. Are there any types of people you find difficult to work with?
    3. What kind of people do you work best with?
    4. How do you prefer to work - alone or with others?
    5. Do you like to think long term - do you plan tomorrow?
    6. How do you respond to pressure? Describe such a situation.
    7. Which work situations typically make you feel under pressure?
    8. How do your surroundings look and feel to you when you are under pressure?
    9. What experience do you have of project work? What is your typical role in a group?
    10. Do you like to manage other people?
    11. Tell us about a difficult task, and how you solved it.
    12. Have you ever approached a task in an unconventional way?
    13. What types of tasks do you not thrive as well with? Describe such a task.
    14. What motivates you?
    15. Do you fight for what you think is right? Give an example.
    16. What do you know about our company?
    17. What are your expectations for the job?
    18. What expectations do you have for the social aspect of work?
    19. What is your attitude to work overtime?
    20. What expectations do you have for your career in general? And for your life?
    21. What can make you quit?
    22. What do you like best about your most recent job? And least?
    23. What were you best at in your previous job?
    24. What do you think is essential for a person to be successful in their work?
    25. What can you bring to our company?
    26. What qualifications do you have that are essential for this particular job?
    27. What expectations do you have for your future boss?
    28. What do you think are respectively the easiest and hardest parts of this job?
    29. What should a future boss pay particular attention to so that they best support you?
    30. What expectations do you have for your pay?



Your plans for the future

    1. What are your future educational plans?
    2. How long would you like to work for our company?
    3. What are your ultimate career goals? When you are 30? 40? 60?
    4. Have you considered how you will keep your skills up to date?
    5. What are your priorities in your spare time?
    6. What is your marital status?



End

  1. Is there anything we should ask you about that we haven't?
  2. Do you have any questions for us?

 

How to Answer these Questions 

Reasearch & Practice: The better you know the company and yourself and the more you have practiced answering these kinds of questions and attending interviews the easier interviews will be. 

STAR: For work related questions, if you can answer them by describing a Situation and your Task and then explaining the Action you took and the Result of your work, you'll be doing well. 

Take your time: Pausing to briefly consider your response is better than jumping in with an unstructured answer or not the best examples. 

Avoid Rambling: Your answers will ideally be direct and to the point If you are asked a question like 'Do you describe yourself as a dedicated person,' a yes / no answer is not what the interviewer is looking for (give examples). At the same time it can be difficult to judge when to stop speaking. When you feel like you have given a consise but thorough answer with one or two detailed examples and reasons why those examples demonstrate why you would be good at the job, give a pause and try to assess how the interviewer responds.

Clairfy: If you are unsure what the interviewer is asking, don't be afraid to ask for further clarification.


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