Job Interview Questions in English

Job Interview QUESTIONS

Questions and Useful Expressions

1/ WARM-UP QUESTIONS

What made you apply for this position?

How did you hear about this job opening?

Could you summarise your work history and education for me?

 

my previous job

my last job

It has always been my intention to work for…

The job you are offering matches both my personal and professional interests

with my understanding of…

to be relevant to…

in an English-speaking environment…

I would be pleased to…

2/ WORK HISTORY

What special aspects of your work experience have prepared you for this job?
Describe for me one or two of the biggest disappointments in your past jobs?
Why are you leaving your current job? (Or, why did you leave your previous job?)
What is important to you in an organisation?
What it is that you look for in a company? 

my degree

my (professional) career

relevant experiences include…

the challenges involved in…

I would particularly welcome the chance to…

My experience has familiarised me with…

presently

I enjoy working…

3/ JOB PERFORMANCE

Tell me about your strong points/strengths for this job.

What are your weaknesses/areas you consider need improving?

Do you enjoy more working alone or in a team?

What kind of people do you find difficult to work with? Please provide reasons and an example.

What sort of things would you prefer to avoid in a job? Why?

Tell me about the kind of pressures you encountered in your last job. And any others in previous jobs?

Tell me about things you particularly enjoyed in your last job.

a skill that I have honed… 

a habit that I have developed…

Focusing on…

My technical skills include…

The way I conquer this weakness…

Work-related strengths include…

Experience that can speak the value of my strength is…

Examples of weaknesses: logical thinker, analytic thinker BUT work too hard, a perfectionist, over prepared, meet every deadline…

Examples of strengths: excellent communicator, flexible, creative, innovative thinking, pragmatic, to be great with people, reliable, honesty, discipline, enthusiasm, respectfulness, dedication, versatility…

 

4/ EDUCATION

What would say, in terms of training or special aspects of your education, has prepared you for this position?

What courses or parts of your degree have been the most helpful or essential in doing your job?

a main subject, to read history = to study history

a lecturer, to attend a lecture on…

a mentor

a deeper understanding of…, project work, research, tutorials, presentations, assignments, dissertation, thesis…

to learn about / to be taught

to be assigned homework, to keep up with the workload, to keep the pace with university work

to take part/ to participate in school activities

to enrol on a degree course

an online course, distance learning course, diploma, certificate, vocational course, non-vocational course, degree 

5/ CAREER GOALS

What is your medium to long-term career objective?

What sort of job do you see yourself holding five years from now?

What makes you confident that you will succeed in such a role/job?

What might make you leave this position?

What do you think you need to develop, in terms of skill and knowledge, to be ready for this (future opportunity)?

a career plan, to reach a career goal, a step-by-step plan of action

This goal will be achieved by…

short term, medium term, long term

stepping-stone goals = goals that can/will help you to reach your ultimate career goal (realistic stages which allows for adjustments too) 

my ultimate goal

attainable

to achieve this by effort

to set, to reach, to achieve

a target, an aim, a vision

specific

6/ SELF-ASSESSMENT (coming soon)

7/ MOTIVATION (coming soon)

8/ DECISIVENESS and LEADERSHIP (coming soon)

9/ ORAL PRESENTATION SKILLS & WRITTEN COMMUNICATION SKILLS (coming soon)

10/ STABILITY (coming soon)

11/ FLEXIBILITY and STRESS TOLERANCE (coming soon)

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