INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS GUIDE <ul><li>Use “I”statements with action verbs  and positive adjectives </li></ul><ul><...
Asking about yourself <ul><li>Can you tell me a bit about yourself?  </li></ul><ul><li>Can you tell me about your backgrou...
How to begin talking about yourself <ul><li>I arrived here (2) years ago and during this time, I have been concentrating o...
Asking about skills and qualities <ul><li>Why do you think you are suitable for this job? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you thi...
How to describe skills and qualities <ul><li>From the job description, you require someone who can (duties) </li></ul><ul>...
Asking about examples <ul><li>Do you work well with others, as part of a team? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you think of a time y...
How to explain an example <ul><li>I was working on/ I was responsible for (a project a task, a report  etc) </li></ul><ul>...
Use the STAR model to explain <ul><li>S ituation </li></ul><ul><li>T ask </li></ul><ul><li>A ction </li></ul><ul><li>R esu...
Asking about strengths and weaknesses <ul><li>What are your strengths? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your greatest strength? <...
How to explain strengths <ul><li>I am (adjectives to describe qualities and verbs to describe skills) </li></ul><ul><li>Wh...
How to explain weaknesses <ul><li>I know that I could improve (knowledge or skill) </li></ul><ul><li>I need to learn more ...
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    1. 1. INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS GUIDE <ul><li>Use “I”statements with action verbs and positive adjectives </li></ul><ul><li>Use polite modal verbs </li></ul>© Caterina Mastroianni 2011
    2. 2. Asking about yourself <ul><li>Can you tell me a bit about yourself? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you tell me about your background and experience? </li></ul>
    3. 3. How to begin talking about yourself <ul><li>I arrived here (2) years ago and during this time, I have been concentrating on (action) </li></ul><ul><li>As you can see from my resume, I am a qualified (position), I have experience in (industry) </li></ul><ul><li>In the past (2) years, I have been working as a (position) </li></ul><ul><li>In my previous job, I was responsible for (action) </li></ul><ul><li>I developed my skills and knowledge while I was working at (company), studying the (course) </li></ul><ul><li>Now I’m ready and eager to work in (industry) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Asking about skills and qualities <ul><li>Why do you think you are suitable for this job? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you think we should employ you? </li></ul><ul><li>What have you got to offer us? </li></ul><ul><li>What makes you the ideal candidate for this position? </li></ul>
    5. 5. How to describe skills and qualities <ul><li>From the job description, you require someone who can (duties) </li></ul><ul><li>I can (verb to describe skills) </li></ul><ul><li>In my studies/last job, I (skills to match duties) </li></ul><ul><li>I enjoyed/ I really liked (verbs- working, learning etc) </li></ul><ul><li>I’m really good at (highlight skill or knowledge) </li></ul><ul><li>I am a (adjectives) person </li></ul><ul><li>My colleagues said I was an (adjective) person to work with. </li></ul><ul><li>So with my skills and knowledge, I am confident that I can (summarise suitability) </li></ul>
    6. 6. Asking about examples <ul><li>Do you work well with others, as part of a team? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you think of a time you resolved a problem? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you give us an example of how you achieved your goal? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you keep up to date with learning new technology? </li></ul>
    7. 7. How to explain an example <ul><li>I was working on/ I was responsible for (a project a task, a report etc) </li></ul><ul><li>I was working with (adjectives + nouns-a motivated team of 5 people) </li></ul><ul><li>Use numbers (10% increase) </li></ul><ul><li>Give information (a report about the results of a survey we conducted) </li></ul><ul><li>Explain situation (5 people who developed a new website within 1 month) </li></ul><ul><li>Describe tasks (what did you do) </li></ul><ul><li>The result was (explain successes/achievements) </li></ul>
    8. 8. Use the STAR model to explain <ul><li>S ituation </li></ul><ul><li>T ask </li></ul><ul><li>A ction </li></ul><ul><li>R esult </li></ul><ul><li>“ I was working with Housekeeping Services last year with a motivated team of 5 people. We were responsible for cleaning 5 floors and I took the initiative to discuss priorities and timetabling at weekly meetings. So in the end we completed all of the tasks on time.” </li></ul>
    9. 9. Asking about strengths and weaknesses <ul><li>What are your strengths? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your greatest strength? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you believe are your key strengths? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your weaknesses? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your main weakness? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you believe are your weaknesses? </li></ul>
    10. 10. How to explain strengths <ul><li>I am (adjectives to describe qualities and verbs to describe skills) </li></ul><ul><li>When I was working at (company), I had to (explain task/project) </li></ul><ul><li>To do this, I (describe skills you used to complete the task) </li></ul><ul><li>In the end, (explain result and/or feedback) </li></ul>
    11. 11. How to explain weaknesses <ul><li>I know that I could improve (knowledge or skill) </li></ul><ul><li>I need to learn more about (knowledge or skill) </li></ul><ul><li>For example, in my last job I had to (explain situation) </li></ul><ul><li>So what I did was (explain how you learned something new) </li></ul><ul><li>What I’m doing is (explain how you learning to change your weak area) </li></ul><ul><li>I believe that I can (explain learning skills) </li></ul>
    12. 12. GOOD LUCK! © Caterina Mastroianni 2011

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