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A list of questions most frequently asked by employers:

  • Tell us something about yourself.
  • Why you have chosen our company?
  • What is your greatest success and your greatest failure?
  • How do you cope with stress?
  • How will you use your education and skills at work?
  • What are your plans for the next 5 years?
  • How did you learn about the job offer?
  • What are your vices?
  • What you have read recently?
  • Why is it you we should employ?
  • What kind of people would you be willing/unwilling to cooperate with?
  • Why do you think you are a better candidate than the others?
  • Would you prefer to work in a small firm or in a big company?
  • Have you done anything other than studying to improve your qualifications?
  • Name 3 of your virtues and 3 of your vices
  • Do you have any hobbies?
  • Do you know what our company is doing? What do you think about us?
  • What would you change in our company? Would you introduce anything new?
  • What is your idea of a perfect boss?
  • Could you describe a problem you have managed to solve?
  • Tell us about your achievements?
  • How would your best friend describe you?
  • What kind of people annoys you?
  • How do you cope with defeat?
  • What is your greatest success?
  • How much would you like to earn?
  • What is the most important thing in your life?
  • Do you think you made a good choice of study programme?
  • What do you like to laugh at?
  • Was there anything you disliked in your previous job?

Even though some of the questions may seem strange and unrelated to the job you are applying for, you should be prepared to answer them. If you have never participated in a job interview, come to our consultations or sign up for the workshops. The interview is like an exam: if you know what to expect and are well prepared, you will not be taken by surprise and are likely to perform well.

Points to remember:

  • Come to the meeting on time.
  • When shaking hands with your interlocutor do not demonstrate your strength by trying to crush his or her hand.
  • Look at your interlocutor.
  • Do not criticize your former workplace.
  • Be brief and to the point.
  • Do not interrupt your interlocutor
  • Ask questions: e.g. What are the chances of promotion? Who will be your superior?
  • Do not ask about your salary at the beginning of the interview.
  • Interview is not an interrogation. Respect yourself and your knowledge and try to make as good an impression as you can.