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Interview Questions


Interview questions that arise in most job interviews must be well prepared as an interview is the a chance to sell your skills so therefore it is important that you find out as much as you can about the recruiting manager and the company.

The types of questions the recruiting manager will ask are what is your general background. Most often the first question is a summary of your CV. If this is your first job focus on education, achievements, enthusiasm and personality. The second question tends to be based on your qualifications for example ‘why do you think you are qualified for this position?’ This question not only means your educational qualifications it also means your employment experience. This is the main question the recruiting manager will ask that will help make a decision if you are suitable for the job position. It is highly recommended that you take along a analysis of your experience on projects either from university or employment and be clear and explain your key projects and day to day activities. Asking questions shows an interest in the position and the company.


This is where your research will help. Your answers should include the details about the company, how long they have been established, what projects are they working on or discuss the projects they have on their website (core area to your skills). Also, discuss the job position they are recruiting for and more details about their organisation.

A helpful tip is to ask questions such as why the recruiting manager likes working for the company and base your questions on the answer. Remember the interview is a two way process and your questions and answers should be well thought of and intelligently expressed.

Questions you could be asked

  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • Why are you right for this position?
  • What is your ideal job post?
  • Where do you see yourself in 2/4 years’ time?
  • Why do you choose a career in engineering?
  • How do you handle pressure?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why are you looking for a new job position?
  • What are your achievements?

Types of Questions to ask the Recruiting manager

  • Why are you seeking a new employee?
  • Why do you like working for the company?
  • What is the structure of your department?
  • What types of projects does the company work on?
  • What training and educational courses does the company offer?
  • What are the company’s plans for the next 6/12 months?
  • When will I hear from you?


Make lots of notes that are structured for the interview and arrive at their offices 15/20 minutes early. If the recruiting manager offers you a drink accept it as this will help you and the interviewer(s) to be under less pressure during the meeting. Ask the recruiting manager if it’s okay for you to make notes of the interview. This shows the recruiting manager your professionalism and organisational skills.

A positive attitude on job interviews can help you secure the job. Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life expecting positive results. In order to adopt positive thinking read about the company, use positive words during the interview. If a question is asked that you find difficult to answer replace it with a positive constructive answer for example; “I may not have experience on that particular software however, I do have experience working on similar types of software that develop similar results". Again match your experience to their job description and turn the challenging question into a positive answer.

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