T is for… Teamworking

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T is for… Teamworking

Most jobs will require you to work in a team and may ask questions designed to see if you are a team player and find out how you handle teamworking and the potential problems of working in a team. So it is important to have a couple of good examples that you can use.

Examples of Teamworking Interview Questions include:

  • How do you feel about working on a team?
  • Give me an example… of when you worked as part of a team
  • What aspects of teamwork do you find challenging?
  • What role do you normally perform when working in a team?
  • Do you prefer working in a team or working independently?
  • What do you enjoy about working in a team?

Do you have a natural role that you always fall into when participating in teamwork? Your weekly career journal entries can be used as prompts to help you remember particular team working experiences, and identify problems that were solved, what you role was and what functions other team members carried out.

Using your career journal will help you find inspiration for Interview Questions and help you prepare, practice and review your answers. This can be a great technique which is why I have chosen to use the A to Z of Interview Questions Posts as Journal Prompts. If you don’t already have a career journal this is the perfect excuse to get started.

 

S is for… Strengths

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S is for… What are your strengths?

During the challenge I have not written much about skills because these are being covering in the A to Z of Skills Development Series. However, the popular interview question “What are your Strengths?” asks you to consider you unique selling points and name your strong natural talents in black and white with an example that demonstrates how these talents enhance employable skills.

This is an important Interview Question for which a number of examples can be prepped and revised in your Career Journal.

Identifying your Strengths (and weaknesses) can also form part of a useful personal development exercise – for anyone.

Using your career journal will help you find inspiration for Interview Questions and help you prepare, practice and review your answers. This can be a great technique which is why I have chosen to use the A to Z of Interview Questions Posts as Journal Prompts. If you don’t already have a career journal this is the perfect excuse to get started.

R is for… Responsibilities

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R is for….What are your Responsibilities in your job?

You are being asked to define your job. What responsibilities do you currently have? This is an opportunity to talk about what you do and explain in more detail the day-to-day job. I have been asked the question ‘what do you do’ and it can be a very difficult (and wide-ranging) question to answer concisely.

A little bit of preparation on this question can be useful to run through prior to interview. This could include highlighting which of your responsibilities are most relevant for the job you are applying for to make sure you are getting these into your answer. It is a good opportunity to review the original job listing/description for the role.

Using your career journal will help you find inspiration for Interview Questions and help you prepare, practice and review your answers. This can be a great technique which is why I have chosen to use the A to Z of Interview Questions Posts as Journal Prompts. If you don’t already have a career journal this is the perfect excuse to get started.

Q is for… Questions

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Q is for… Have you any Questions?

The interviewer will nearly always ask if you have any questions for them. It is important to realise that they don’t always wait until the end of the interview. I have been in an interview where this has been rolled out as the second question after tell me about yourself. For me this highlighted the importance of knowing what you wanted to know about the company as there was no asking questions based on the content of the interview or saying that all the questions you had have already been covered.

Quite simply: there was nowhere to hide.

You should have a list in your journal of questions to ask – this can be a mix of questions you have previously asked, questions you realised post-interview you wish you had asked, questions you thought of while researching the company you are interviewing with.

Just make sure the answers to the questions you are asking are not readily available on their website.

Using your career journal will help you find inspiration for Interview Questions and help you prepare, practice and review your answers. This can be a great technique which is why I have chosen to use the A to Z of Interview Questions Posts as Journal Prompts. If you don’t already have a career journal this is the perfect excuse to get started.

P is for… Planning and Time Management

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P is for… How do you Plan your Day and Prioritise your Workload?

Here the Interviewer is looking to see that you are capable of planning your time effectively. I am a naturally organised person, therefore I just answer this question honestly (although having had a few OTT moments I have reigned my answers in a bit). Talk about things like team meetings, brainstorming sessions, using your diary or allocation of time slots for large projects.

Talk about how you Plan your day and utilise your calendar. If you struggle with Time Management why not read our time management at work series for some ideas.

Using your career journal will help you find inspiration for Interview Questions and help you prepare, practice and review your answers. This can be a great technique which is why I have chosen to use the A to Z of Interview Questions Posts as Journal Prompts. If you don’t already have a career journal this is the perfect excuse to get started.

O is for… Objectives

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O is for … What were your OBJECTIVES for last year? Were they achieved?

You may either be asked about past goals and objectives OR future goals and objectives. Prepare for both scenarios.

The interviewer is trying to assess your motivation and your professional successes.

If you use a Career Development Goals Notebook this question should be straightforward from a personal professional perspective. But where you may not be so clear is where you are acting to achieve Objectives and Goals on behalf of the company or the team you work for-  not just yourself.

Take some time to think about your company/teams objectives or goals in the last year and whether you achieved them.

Using your career journal will help you find inspiration for Interview Questions and help you prepare, practice and review your answers. This can be a great technique which is why I have chosen to use the A to Z of Interview Questions Posts as Journal Prompts. If you don’t already have a career journal this is the perfect excuse to get started.

N is for… News

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N is for… Tell me about a recent piece of NEWS about the sector/industry that interested you.

It is important to not only be interested getting a job you should also be interested in the company, the role, the product or service offered by the company and the industry/sector in which you are working. Even if you have no prior experience it is important to have some basic working knowledge. If you do not have clear experience in a sector/industry you may be asked a general question about a prominent piece in the news or asked to pick one to talk about therefore it is always important to keep up to date with current affairs.

I usually incorporate this into my ‘Company Research’ although I try to keep up to date as a standard practice with the news in the industry or sector I am currently working in.

Using your career journal will help you find inspiration for Interview Questions and help you prepare, practice and review your answers. This can be a great technique which is why I have chosen to use the A to Z of Interview Questions Posts as Journal Prompts. If you don’t already have a career journal this is the perfect excuse to get started.