Example Interview Questions
These types of questions ask you to give examples from your life experience. You will be required to tell a story.
Answering behaviour-based questions
Try to provide behaviour-based answers wherever possible, even if a traditional question has been asked. These answers will make your interview more memorable and meaningful to the interviewer.
Always take plenty of time before your interview to think of examples to the above situations so that you can be as fully prepared as possible. Provide crisp, precise answers and do not drift away from your original point when answering the questions.
Never place any blame on anyone and never criticise or complain about a previous position or person that you worked with. Be diplomatic in your responses and ensure that you give answers that reflect what steps you took as an individual and a team to resolve any problems. Also never give replies only with the goal to please your interviewer, unless you are an excellent actor there are few chances that your answers will hit the target.
Sample Competency-Based Interview Questions
“Tell me about yourself” Questions
This is a very common interview question and it can be incredibly easy to simply ramble on about yourself and provide plenty of information about yourself without really planning an answer. The best answers to this question are to-the-point, interesting, informative and give you an edge against your competitors.
Your Unique Selling Proposition (USP)
This is a short description of yourself that describes your biggest strength and explains how a company will benefit from hiring you with respect to this strength.
What is your greatest weakness?
This is another common interview question and can be a challenge for many interviewees as it requires you to speak negatively about yourself. It’s important to answer this question as calmly and competently as possible. Try to turn a negative situation into a positive one. Be honest in your response – choose a weakness that is fixable, such as nervousness, or delegation skills, and describe how you are taking initiative to improve that weakness, learn and grow.
What is your greatest strength?
This question is far easier to answer than the above question, but always bring in strengths that relate to the position you are interviewing for. Refer back to the job description to describe skills that relate to the position.
Questions to ask at the end of the interview
At the end of any job interview you will always be given an opportunity to ask questions. Never decline this opportunity. You are still in an interview and are being assessed on your questions. This is also your opportunity to gauge whether you are still eager to be hired for the position.
Closing the Interview
Although first impressions are paramount, last impressions also count, so it is essential to leave a positive, memorable last impression. If you are still interested in the position, explain that you are now even more convinced that this position will represent the kind of challenges you seek in a position. From here, enquire about the next interview stage. Finally, thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you.