Frequently Asked Interview Questions

16 May 2019 John Wyatt

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Seek has recently completed a study of over 3000 interview questions to understand those that are most frequently asked. Have a read!

The top 5 most-asked motivation interview questions:

  1. Why are you interested in working at this organisation?

  2. What’s your understanding of the role and why are you interested?

  3. Tell us about a team you’ve worked in that enabled you to do your best work? What was it about the team that made you do your best work?

  4. What work achievement are you most proud of?

  5. What parts of your current role do your really love?

The top 5 most-asked situational interview questions:

  1. If you had two important deadlines coming up, how would you prioritise your tasks?

  2. What steps would you take to make an important decision on the job?

  3. You realise that an early mistake in a project is going to put you behind deadline. What do you do?

  4. How would you handle working closely with a colleague who has a different working style to you?

  5. What would you do if you made a strong recommendation in a meeting, but your colleagues decided against it?

The top 5 most-asked behavioural interview questions:

  1. At times you will be asked to do many things at once. How do you prioritise your tasks

  2. Have you ever worked in a role where priorities and goals have changed frequently, what were they and how did you ensure you were successful in that environment?

  3. Can you share with me some constructive feedback you’ve received and how you’ve used that feedback to chance the way you work?

  4. Tell me about a time when you’ve given a team member feedback? How did you approach it and what was the outcome?

  5. Tell me about a project or idea that was implemented or executed upon successfully because of your efforts?

In terms of skill sets there are four core skills that those who hire should be focusing on:

  • Organisational skills, such as time management or research skills

  • Communication skills, such as listening and writing

  • Interpersonal skills, like empathy and flexibility

  • Analytical skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving

Source: SEEK