Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years time?
Your potential employers are now looking to gauge your long-term planning. This answer generally depends on the job role and your personal aspirations. It should incorporate the growth in your experience, skillset and responsibilities.
In preparation for this question, try researching an attainable career path for your job role for five or 10 years into the future. Don’t be too overambitious as it could be seen as your rushing past your first role before you even set foot in the door. Instead of this, highlight your enthusiasm for the role and document the logical next steps of your chosen career.
Do you have an accomplishment that you are proud of?
This is a competency styled question – a strong answer to this is based on your ability to tell a story. Saying you saved your last company £10,000 worth of business isn’t going to get you the job. You need context.
The STAR technique (situation, task, action, result) is a good way to answer this question.
If you start your story with the size of the challenge you faced, you can grab their attention right there and then. For the middle part, let them know how you overcame the challenge, and at the end state what you achieved and what you took away from it all.
Give us an example of when you solved a problem
Try thinking of a recent example for this question, and an example that could be applicable to the role you are applying for.
You can use the STAR technique for this answer as well. The most important part of this answer is the result. Emphasise how big the problem was, how integral you were in solving the problem and the magnitude of your success. Don’t forget to let them know how this can help you in your new position too!
Give us an example of a situation where you led/worked in a team
The STAR technique is again useful for this question. A good leader isn’t bossy; they listen, they’re knowledgeable about their area and have a top-down strategic view of the situation. It’s also good to demonstrate your understanding of your team members’ strengths, and how you were able to match their strengths to the task at hand.
Do you have any questions?
This gives you the chance to build up a good rapport with the interviewer. It’s definitely worth preparing a few good questions beforehand. You can demonstrate your enthusiasm for the opportunity to work for their company.
Here are some example questions you can use:
• What’s the biggest challenge facing the company right now?
• Where do you see the company heading in the next five years?
• What can you tell me about the team I’ll be a part of?
Just remember not to ask questions that have already been answered in the interview!
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