Interview Preparation

Things to consider:

  • Prepare beforehand – Do your research!
  • Keep answers relevant and succinct
  • Difficult questions (Situational or behavioural), take a moment to think about your response before answering. (CAR-Context + Action = Result)

The best way to answer a Behavioural or Situational question is to use the Context/CAR format.

Context: The interviewer wants you to present a recent challenge and situation in which you found yourself.

Action: What did you do? The interviewer will be looking for information on what you did, why you did it and what the alternatives were.

Results: What were the outcomes of your actions? What did you achieve through your actions and did you meet your objectives? What did you learn from this experience and have you used this learning since?

Sample Questions:

Question: Tell me about yourself

A: Identify some of your main attributes and memorize them. Describe your qualifications, career history and range of skills, emphasizing those skills relevant to the job on offer.

Q: What have your achievements been to date?

A: Select an achievement that is either academic, work or volunteer related and fairly recent. Identify the skills you used in the achievement and quantify the benefit it had to the company.
For example, increased productivity, efficiency, new procedures?

Q: What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?

A: The purpose of this question is to find out what your definition of difficult is and whether you can show a logical approach to problem solving. In order to show yourself in a positive light, select a difficult work situation which was not caused by you and which can be quickly explained in a few sentences. Explain how you defined the problem, what the options were, why you selected the one you did and what the outcome was. Always end on a positive note.

Q: What makes a good team/team member?

A: A good team needs to have clear objectives and goals, and procedures to work towards these. Each person needs to be clear what their role is, and what is expected of them. There needs to be openness and trust, and clear communication

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