How To Answer the Most Common Interview Questions in Ireland 2018
While you cannot predict exactly what you will be asked during an interview, having a good knowledge of the most common interview questions can help you to prepare for your interview in advance. Feeling confident can make all the difference when you are being interviewed, and making yourself familiar with what you are likely to be asked and how you are expected to answer can give you a very positive boost.
Here at CareerWise, we believe that candidates who are well prepared for interview will always have a headstart. Interview preparation is part of our strategy for success, alongside specific methods to match candidates with their ideal roles in our client companies.
Common Interview Questions And How To Answer Them:
- Why do you think this is the right job for you? It’s a simple question but your answer will speak volumes about the passion you have for this position. You should reply with an answer that explains why you are interested in this company and in this particular role, and you should identify one or two specific reasons why you are perfected suited to the job.
- Can you tell me about yourself? This may seem like a straightforward question, but it’s well worth thinking about how you can present yourself most effectively. You don’t need to explain your whole employment history but you should select the most relevant and unique experiences and talk about how these have prepared you for the role you want.
- What are your greatest strengths? This is a question for which there are many formulaic answers but a recruiter will want an honest insight into what you really believe you are best at. You can, of course, pick the strengths that are most relevant to the position in question, but don’t forget to give examples to demonstrate each of these.
- What are your weaknesses? This is probably the interview question that causes the most concern to candidates, and it can be tricky to know what to say here. A brutally honest list of all your flaws is not advised, but denying that you have any weaknesses is equally unhelpful. Try to identify something that has been difficult for you in the past and explain how you are working to overcome this. For example, if you find it overwhelming to speak in front of large groups, discuss strategies you are using to become more comfortable doing this.
- What are your goals for the future? This is a common question, and may even be more specific and refer to your five year plan. Either way, your recruiter wants an honest answer that is realistic and positive, and relevant to the position you are applying for. For example, if you have a dream job in mind for the future, you should indicate how the role you are applying for will help you to achieve this.
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(Director) BBS (Hons), MBPICS – Shannon Office
Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.