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Job interview questions


Hey boss,

Here is some practical help with questions you can ask at the next job interview.

1. Issues of professional experience
(Note: Always go to the bottom with all the answers and ask questions about the details).

Can you give some concrete examples of professional experience that you think will be very useful if you work with us? Dig down deep ...

Can you give three concrete examples of positive things that you bring with you from each of your last three jobs? Dig down deep ...

Can you give three concrete examples of things you don't want to bring with you from your last three jobs? Dig down deep ...


2. Issues of special projects

Can you give one or more specific examples of how you participated in a larger project and if you had a decisive impact on how the project reached its goal? Dig down deep ...

Can you give one or more specific examples of when you have had a major supporting role in a project, where your contribution was important? Dig down deep ...

Can you give one or more specific examples of how you acted as project manager and in what way your actions greatly contributed to the advancement of the project goals? Dig down deep ...


3. Questions about the problem-solving skills

Can you share an experience where you found the solution to a problem that had great importance for the company or department you worked on? Dig down deep ...

Can you give three concrete examples of times when you, more or less, have solved significant problems? Dig down deep ...

Can you give three examples of the types of problems you want to solve? Give specific examples of when you've managed to solve that type of problem. Dig down deep ...


4. Issues of interpersonal skills

Can you describe some specific situations in which you joined a team and had a very good cooperation, crucial to the project reaching its goal? Dig down deep ...

Can you give one or more specific examples of what you think good collaboration is all about? Dig down deep ...

Can you give some concrete examples of how you, in some instances, have contributed to a team improving their interpersonal skills because of some of your abilities? Dig down deep ...


5. Questions about motivation, attitudes and interests

Can you describe where you at any point worked more than anyone asked of you? Dig down deep ...

Can you talk about any particular task that made you forget both space and time when you worked on it? Dig down deep ...

Can you describe the best partner you've had and why you enjoyed working with him/her so much? Dig down deep ...


6. Questions about personality

Can you describe yourself as a person using three freely chosen adjectives? Dig down deep...

Can you give specific examples of how these personality traits have helped you to achieve positive results in your work? Dig down deep ...

Can you give specific examples of how these personality traits have caused problems for you in your work? Dig down deep ...


7. Questions about work capacity

If you imagine that a normal job performance is 100%, where do you, in relation to it, end up? Dig down deep ...

Can you give some concrete examples of when you for a long time had at a workload of 100%? Dig down deep...

Can you give a specific example of when you have been below 100% during any period? Dig down deep ...


8. Issues of stress resistance

If you would rate your own stress resistance from 1-10, where would you end up? Dig down deep...

What might have caused you to take a step up on the scale? Dig down deep ...

What might cause you to take a step down the scale? Dig down deep ...


9. Questions about what the candidate will bring to your business

Can you point to a certain range or a single project from your past jobs that you have contributed something extra to the company you worked for? Dig down deep...

If you look at your experiences in general, what do you usually bring to a workgroup when you can work the way you want? Dig down deep ...

When you saw the ad and now hear my description of the work we are discussing, what are you thinking that you will be able to provide in a general way? Dig down deep...


10. Questions about leadership

Can you give me three concrete examples of when you were performing well as a leader? Dig down deep ...

Can you describe your management skills by using three adjectives that captures your strengths? Dig down deep ...

Can you give three concrete examples of where these skills will help you and the team to achieve good results? Dig down deep ...

Now you have some help to use for the next job interview.





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