When it comes to interviews, have you ever wished you knew what the employer would be asking you and what they want to hear? Here at Central Coast Group Training, we want you to be as prepared as possible, whether you attend an interview at our office or elsewhere.
With this in mind, we’d like to share some of our insight with you when it comes to answering the tricky questions we all face at an interview.
Here is a list of commonly asked interview questions and what we look for in your response. Ask a friend or family member to do a mock interview with you prior to the real one.
Tell me about yourself Give us a little background so we can get to know you better; where you grew up, your hobbies, what led you to pursue this type of employment etc. Just be careful not to get too personal, there is such a thing as providing too much information!
What are your proudest achievements? It can be hard to think on the spot, so while you have time, think about your answer. Some examples include completing the HSC or a major project, past work experiences or sporting achievements.
Why did you apply for this position? Ideally you’ve applied for the role because you would love to do the job and have an opportunity to advance your career and learn more about the industry. If location and money were a factor in your decision, it’s alright to mention, but don’t present this as being your primary reason.
What do you know about the role you’ve applied for? The interviewer is testing to see what kind of understanding you have about the job. In order to be enthusiastic about the role, you need to understand what it’s about. It’s important to have a reasonable idea and you can get this by reading over the advertisement again before the interview.
What do you know about this company? Hint hint. Jump online before the interview and research the company. You don’t need to know everything, just the basics.
Why are you the right person for the role? This is not a time to be shy or modest. Answer with confidence and refer back on your past work experience while pointing out your best attributes and how they will benefit the company.
What is your ultimate career goal? Even if you aren’t 100% sure, provide a broad idea of what you think you’d like to be doing in the future; managing, owning a business, working within a particular industry etc.
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