What will you bring to the job/company if we employ you?
“I can see clearly that quick results are a priority – and that’s something I’m good at generating, because I have good abilities and experience to interpret situations, and then a strong focus on activities which will achieve change and results in the necessary areas.”
“I’m diplomatic with people too, which means I can generally bring people along with me; if needs be though I can be firm and determined enough to convince people who need a bit of extra encouragement.”
Tell me about the culture at your last company/employer.
“The culture encouraged people to develop, grow, take responsibility. People were coached and mentored towards quality and productive effort. All of this helped me a great deal because I identify with these values, and respond to these opportunities.”
Tell me about your life at College or University (or even your time in your previous job).
In your answer, emphasise the positive behaviour, experience and achievements (ideally backed up with examples and evidence) which will impress the interviewer because of its relevance to the role requirements.
It’s a trap for interviewees who look regretfully or negatively on past experiences, criticise or attribute blame, or display ‘someone else’s fault’ attitudes.
College and University are environments which provide lots of opportunity. Good applicants will be able to demonstrate that they have used the opportunity to learn and develop, whether their experiences were all positive and successful or not.
What do you want to be doing in 2/5/10 years time? Or: Where do you want to be in 2/5/10 years time?
“Making a more significant contribution to whatever organisation I’m working for. To have developed new skills, abilities, maturity – perhaps a little wisdom even. To have become better qualified in whatever way suits the situation and opportunities I have. To be better regarded by my peers, and respected by my superiors as someone who can continue to increase the value and scale of what I do for the organisation.”
“I’d like more responsibility, because that’s a result of personal growth and progression, and it’s important for my personal satisfaction.”
“I have no set aspirations about money and reward – if I contribute and add value to the organisation then generally increased reward follows – you get out what you put in.”
“Long term I want to make the most of my abilities – if possible to build a serious career, but in this day and age nothing is certain or guaranteed; things can change. I’ll do my best and believe that opportunities will arise which will enable me to keep contributing, increasing my worth, and developing my ability in a way that benefits the organisation and me.”