Human Resources South Africa

Interview Questions

Interview Questions

September 04
13:42 2010

When you apply for a job the most common technique in the selection process is the job interview. Job interviews can be extremely stressful. There is normally someone from human resources and one or two other managers that will conduct the job interview. There are a couple of methods that one can do before time in order to reduce the stress that one has before the job interview. By reducing your stress one can come across more confident and therefore answer the questions in the best possible manner.

Before you go for the job interview, research the company. This can put you in a good light as you need to know who you might be working for. You need to be interested in the company and this can shine through if you mention things about the company. There are standardised questions that most interviewers normally ask. The point of this is to have a standardised interview that is not biased towards any one individual. By taking your time to have knowledgeable answers about certain aspects of your life and career can go a long way to impressing the human resource managers. Here are a few common job interview questions that human resources might ask you when you go for your job interview.

Common Job Interview Questions: Work History

  • Name of company, position title and description, dates of employment.
  • What were your expectations for the job and to what extent were they met? –
  • What were your starting and final levels of compensation?
  • What were your responsibilities?
  • What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them?
  • What did you like or dislike about your previous job?
  • Which was most / least rewarding?
  • What was the biggest accomplishment / failure in this position?
  • Questions about your supervisors and co-workers.
  • What was it like working for your supervisor?
  • What do you expect from a supervisor?
  • Who was your best boss and who was the worst?
  • Why are you leaving your job?
  • What have you been doing since your last job?
  • Why were you fired?

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