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Interview Questions - Part 4

1. What would your boss or co workers say about you?

Great, another opportunity to speak about yourself in a super positive light without you even actually having to describe yourself. Look at past performance reviews, compliments about your work and examples where you have been praised by others. Take this chance to really sell yourself here, this is a great question to be able to answer. If you don’t have any concrete examples then just say that you think that they would say that you’re really well organised because you’re always being asked to streamline processes for example. Situational answers are great as well.

2. How do you like to work?

This is a cultural based question. Hiring managers are obsessed with company culture, even if they don’t have much of one. People disrupting a team can have a very detrimental effect so this question is important to answer really honestly. Do you like to work early in the morning and power through lunch? Do you like to enjoy office chat and have lunch with your colleagues or you like to work on your own and only collaborate when necessary. Theres no right answer here, teams within companies vary wildly so if you’re not sure about how these answers will go down just use them as a chance to open the conversation up. Highlight communication and clear lines of comms and clear objectives.

3. How would you handle a disagreement with your colleague?

We don’t all agree all the time, I have worked in so many businesses where my opinion wasn’t important and that I had no opportunity to bring up any grievances properly however what the hiring manager wants to hear from you is that you’re able to handle a disagreement, offer a solution or at least be part of it. You don’t have to go into loads of detail and remember to keep it truthful but not over detailed. Don’t argue your point, just explain the situation and know that the outcome is exactly what they want to know.

4. What do you like to do in your spare time?

Important question because again, recruiters, hiring managers, they love to know if you’re going to fit into a team. Im my case at the moment, I have watched the whole of the Tiger King and if you’re like me, in the middle of a global pandemic you’re not going to be able to do as much as you usually do. Let them know what you’re interested in, do you like running, cooking or learning new stuff. They want you to be part of a team and teams often get on because they like the same things. Don’t make stiff up, I don’t have loads of hobbies because I have an eleven year old who takes up most of my free time but share a bit about yourself.

5. What is your five year plan?

I have a five year plan but I think everyone feels thrown off course because of the coronavirus pandemic. Also, you might not really want to divulge everything you want to achieve, it may not fit in with the job that you’re applying for at all. So keep it less about specifics and more about drive, personality and how you’re committed to improving your life. You may not be in a position to think about five years ahead in your career, a lot can happen during five years so keep it general.


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