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Predicting questions and preparing examples will help you answer even tough questions with confidence. Although you won’t know the exact questions the interviewer will ask, you can predict the main topics and common interview questions.
Example selection criteria: "High level of interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively in a team environment."
Competency: Interpersonal skills and teamwork
Be flexible with your examples. Interviewers sometimes combine 2 or 3 competencies in one question!
Why do you want to work for us?
Employers are impressed by a genuine answer, not someone repeating their career web page back to them. From your research, identify the areas that really appeal to you. Sell the job back to them!
Why are you the best candidate for the job?or What are your strengths?
Don't be shy. This is your opportunity to talk about strengths and achievements that show you have something to add to the role and organisation.
Tell me a little about yourself
It seems like a simple question, but plan ahead because they aren't looking for a long rambling history of your family pets. Possible approach:
What are your weaknesses?
This is not a trick question. The employer is usually trying to find out if you:
Tips: Don’t use an example of a skill essential to the job! Preferably choose an area you are actively working on improving. You can even put a positive spin on it by mentioning your professional development in this area.