Conversation Lesson – Preparing Students for a Job Interview

by on 06/07/09 at 9:50 am

A Job Interview in English – ESL/EFL/Business English

Some adult students are learning English for their jobs and some other to apply for jobs. Nothing better than a list of questions they are going to be asked on the day of the interview.

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Top mistakes people make at a job interview

You will find these and many more:

  • What degrees do you have?
  • How much experience do you have?
  • Where have you worked?
  • Why did you choose this employment?
  • How much would you like to earn?
  • Have you ever worked in this field?
  • Where would you like to work? Why?
  • Why do you find your job interesting?

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Interviewing Questions

Below is a listing of sample interview questions to use as a guideline when developing questions you might ask a potential employee. The trend in developing these interview questions has been to make them behavioral based, allowing the interviewer to get the maximum benefit from the interview.

General

  • Tell me about your recent work experience(s).
  • Why did you leave your previous place of employment?
  • Why are there gaps in your employment history?
  • What strengths and weaknesses would you bring to this position?
  • What is your understanding of this position and what skills do you bring to the position?
  • What types of job responsibilities do you find to be most rewarding? Why?
  • What types of job responsibilities do you find to be most frustrating? Why?
  • Tell me about your computer skills and what type of software you are experienced with.
  • What type of management style do you prefer (hands-on, frequent supervision, minimal supervision, etc.) and why?

Behavior Questions

  • Describe a situation when you had to take directions from several people at the same time.
  • Describe a tough problem that you have dealt with, tell me how you approached it and the outcome.
  • Tell me about a specific occasion when you conformed to a policy even though you did not agree with it.
  • Tell me about a project you have been responsible for and how you organized the necessary paperwork, tasks, goals, etc.
  • Describe for me two improvements you have made in your job in the past six months.
  • When you delegate assignments to others, how do you keep track of their progress?
  • Tell me about a decision you made that your supervisor disagreed with. How did you handle it?
  • What do you feel would be the most common errors made in a position such as this?
  • Tell me about a time when you were late or absent to work. How did you communicate that to your supervisor?
  • Tell me about a time when a supervisor asked you to complete a task that you thought was not necessary, or could have been done another way. What steps did you take to achieve the task?
  • Tell me about a time when you felt you had to break a company rule in order to get something done.

Customer Service

  • How would your supervisor describe your relationship with your peers?
  • Describe a day when you were faced with multiple interruptions and had to assist in covering an additional position. Tell me how you managed your day to accomplish your work.
  • Tell me about a time when you were given high priority tasks from multiple supervisors. How did you decide which to complete first?
  • How would the people you supervise describe your management style?

End of Interview

  • What aspect of your past employments did you enjoy the most?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • Do you have any questions for me?

 

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