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Classic Interview Questions and Answers

Are there any other organizations to which you are applying?

Alternative and related questions:

What other organizations are you applying to?
What other jobs have you applied for?
Have you had any other interviews yet?
Have you received any job offers yet?

The meaning behind the question:

This question has nothing directly to do with your ability to do the job. The interviewer is trying to gauge how important this particular application is to you and how much you are in demand with other – possibly competing – organizations. They want to assess how discerning you are or, the other side of the coin, how desperate you are! If you’ve already received a firm offer from another organization then they will know they need to act fast if they don’t want to lose you.

Your answer:

You’ve got to tread carefully here. You don’t want to be trapped into disclosing too much detail – especially the names of specific organizations. The only exception to this is if you are also applying to a direct competitor. It’s a risky move – the interviewer might see this as rather mercenary on your part – but it can motivate them to want to secure your services rather than let ‘the enemy’ take advantage of you. Generally, it’s best to dodge the question somewhat and give an appropriately vague answer but, above all, to be truthful. If you round off your answer by emphasizing that this particular vacancy is your preferred choice then the interviewer is unlikely to press you for further details of your other applications.

Example:

Finding the right position is obviously very important to me so I am being rather thorough in my job search. I have been quite selective but I have identified a number of different jobs and organizations which fit my criteria and my applications for these vacancies have reached varying stages. However, this opportunity with yourselves remains my preferred choice – both because of the specifics of the role in question and because the organization itself is one I feel to be particularly appropriate to me.

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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?

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