Tag Archives: Job Interview Tips

What other companies are you interviewing with?

The hiring manager is looking for validation that your qualifications and experience are in demand in the current job marketplace. Do not oversell your other opportunities because the interviewee may presume you’re holding out for a better vacancy. Also, you may appear like a desperate candidate that applies for everything. Talk in generalities and don’t… Read More »

How did you hear about this position?

The hiring manager wants to know the approach you took to find the vacancy.  If a current or ex-employee told you about the position avoid mentioning their name, because they may have left the company on bad terms. Also the hiring manager may feel pressured into consider you over better candidates. Find a publication which… Read More »

Describe a time you lead your team by example?

In this question the interviewer wants to know if you’re committed enough to roll-up your sleeves and get stuck-in with your team during exceptional circumstances. Give a specific example where you went above and beyond to rescue a project by supporting your team’s activities. A good answer could be: At my last job I was… Read More »

What project management software can you use?

There are numerous project management applications in the marketplace and the hiring manager is trying to find out whether you are competent using at least one. Try to demonstrate an awareness of the alternative applications, and an eagerness to learn how to use it, if necessary. A good answer could be: I am very familiar… Read More »

What is your greatest accomplishment at work?

The hiring manager wants to know the largest and most significant project you’ve delivered successfully. Avoid personal accomplishments, as a last resort use a notable educational achievement like completing a Masters or PhD. But a work related answer is best. Take time and think back over your career, and give an example of a specific… Read More »

Do you prefer to work independently or in a team?

The hiring manager wants know if you’re dynamic enough to work both in a team and alone. It’s a mistake to exaggerate one preference over the other. If your answer leans too heavily on working alone the hiring manager may become concerned that you won’t get along with your colleagues. Lean too heavily on teamwork… Read More »

How to Explain the Gap in Employment On Your CV?

The interviewer is checking to see that it’s not because you are unemployable. The best way to answer this question is to be truthful. Whether it’s a career break to raise children or looking after a sick relative, travelling the world or you returned to university, answer with honesty.  Practice a short-concise response without over… Read More »

What motivates you at work?

Avoid an answer that involves money, an exception is sales where a key motivating factor could be exceeding sales targets and getting commissions. Analyse the job description for keywords and tell a story around it. For example the job description for a project manager vacancy may require experience dealing with suppliers. A good answer could… Read More »