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Behavioural questions are common. They seek to predict future behaviour by examining recent past behaviour.
Use examples from work, volunteering, study, personal interests or club and community involvements.
Tip: Identify the underlying theme (e.g. teamwork) and use the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action and Result) to answer this type of question.
Designed to encourage you to talk.Your responses should demonstrate your strengths, skills and abilities in relation to the position.
Your qualifications or education
Your career goals
Your work experience
Used to gather facts. They require a 'yes' or 'no' or one word answer giving little chance to elaborate.
Tip: Be confident and take the initiative if you feel the answer needs to be longer.
Used to draw you out, or to focus your answer on the information the interviewer needs, for example, 'Tell me more about that', 'How did your co-worker respond?'.
Used to confirm information, or test how your reaction. The response is indicated in the question. 'You will be expected to take on three projects, you don't mind, do you?'
Used to test your problem solving skills. The interviewer outlines an imaginary situation and asks how you would deal with it. Your task is to quickly grasp the problem, analyse it, and generate your response or possible solutions. Your problem solving process is usually more important than the answer.
Take your time and ask for clarification if you don't understand. If you can request time to think of an appropriate example, ask if you can return to that question later on. Your reaction to a tough question is often as important as the answer you give.