Classic Interview Questions and Answers
What appeals to you most about this vacancy?
Alternative and related questions:
What are you most looking forward to in this job?
What is it that you are looking for in a new job?
Why have you applied for this vacancy?
The meaning behind the question:
This question is similar to the top 10 question “Why have you applied for this vacancy?” that we discussed in the previous chapter. However, it is sufficiently different – and sufficiently popular – to warrant us covering it separately.
The interviewer knows that there will be a number of factors which draw you to this vacancy. What they are looking for with this question is to identify your key motivator – what really matters most to you. This will naturally give them some insight into you both as a professional and a person.
There’s a right way and a wrong way to answer this question. The wrong way is to see matters entirely from your own point of view and to cite some aspect of the vacancy which meets your own needs first and foremost. The right way is to make sure you identify some aspect of the vacancy which you can talk about in such a way as to place emphasis on how you meet the organization’s needs. The interviewer is more interested in how you meet their needs than on how they can meet yours.
I’m particularly taken by the importance you place on customer service. In too many organizations customer service is very much a secondary priority whereas you place the customer at the centre of everything you do. As a Customer Service Manager, I am naturally very committed to excellence in customer service – and I am very keen to work with an organization that attaches the same importance to customer service that I do. A business is nothing without its customers; it’s vital to recognize this – and your reputation for customer service is clearly enviable. It sets you apart from the competition.
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More classic interview questions and answers
How would you describe yourself? / How would your boss/colleagues/team/family/friends describe you?
In what ways are you a team player?
Do you work well on your own initiative?
What techniques do you use to get things done?
What motivates you?
Are you proactive?
Are you creative?
Are you a risk-taker?
How do you handle pressure and stress?
Can you tell me about a time when you have failed to achieve a goal?
What's the worst mistake you've made at work and how did you deal with it?
How would you handle the following situation?
Can you tell me about a major project you have successfully completed?
Can you tell me about a major problem at work that you've had to deal with?
We have a problem with x. How would you resolve that?
What do you do when you disagree with your line manager?
How would you describe yourself as a manager?
Can you give me an example of when you have successfully coached a member of your team?
What is your customer service philosophy?
How did you get your last job?
What does your current job involve on a day-to-day basis?
What contribution do you make to the department in which you work?
What changes have you made to your current job role since you started?
What have you learned in your last job?
Can you tell me about your last appraisal?
How would you describe your current boss?
Why did you leave that job?
Which of your jobs was the best?
Why is there a gap in your resume/CV?
What do you know about us as an organization?
What do you know about our products/services?
What do you think are our organization's greatest strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats?
What do you know about the vacancy for which you are applying?
How do your skills and experience match the job description/person specification?
What appeals to you most about this vacancy?
Why have you chosen this line of work?
Are there any other organizations to which you are applying?
How does this job compare to others for which you are applying?
Can you describe your ideal employer to me?
What sort of person would you most like to work for?
In what ways is your degree relevant to the work you are now doing?
What have you learned and how have you developed over the last year/five years?
What sports are you/have you been involved in?
Do you know what the current headline news is?
How quickly can you adapt to a new work environment?
Would it be a problem if we asked you to work overtime/evenings/weekends?
What is your current salary package?
What salary package are you expecting for this role?
When would you be available to start?
Do you mind if we contact your current employer for a reference?
Author: James Innes