1. What you do outside of work?

► Travelling.
► Foreign languages.
► Football.
► Winning any competitions i.e. chess, karate.
► Running marathons.
► A member of any societies or charities.

2. What not to do in a interview?

► Tell jokes or try to be funny.
► Become flustered and nervous.
► Do not become shy, highlight relevant skills and abilities.
► Chew gum.

3. What you like about your present job?

► It provides me with constant new challenges to test my abilities.
► Communicating and meeting with new people.
► Able to use your initiative.
► Working as part of a team.

4. Tell me about your main strengths?

► I have been told that i am honest, reliable and ethical.
► Your sense of urgency, if you know that a task is important, then you will work hard to get it done on time.
► You are a fast learner.
► Ability to communicate with people.
► Flexible enough to handle changing environments.
► Able to cope with setback and learn from my mistakes.

5. Tell me about your main weaknesses?

► Occasionally I have been told that I take longer than other colleagues to complete complicated projects or tasks. But this is only because I want to make sure the work I do is to the highest standards.
► My MS PowerPoint skills are weak, so I have enrolled on a evening course to improve them.
► I am sometimes accused of being over friendly.
What NOT to say:
► You are a workaholic.

6. Reasons to leave your last job?

► There was no real room for growing my career.
► The position you are advertising seems like a excellent match for my knowledge, abilities and qualifications.
► I am keen to use my skill sets and abilities in a different capacity than I have in the past.
► I am looking for a job that has more responsibility.
► The reason for leaving my last job was that I wanted to spend more time with my family. I am now ready to go back into full time employment.

7. What you dislike about your present job?

► Sometimes it is difficult for me to get a sense of my own achievement in a big company like my present employer.
► There are very few opportunities for advancement with my present employer who are a small company.

What NOT to mention:
► Overtime issues.
► Salary expectations.

8. What is your biggest mistake?

► If I had a time machines I would go back to University and taken a degree in Business Studies rather than Hospitality.
► I stayed too many years in a job that was stable but didn't offer me enough challenges or opportunities for growth.

9. Where you see yourself after four years?

► In four years time I aim to have improved my abilities and to be a leader in my field. This will mean that I can contribute more to my employers and their business.
► That really depends on how well I perform in my job and also what career opportunities come my way. However the bottom line is that I want to have improved my skill sets and be making a ongoing contribution to any organization that i happen to be working for.

10. Is ther any questions to ask me?

I'll finish the way I started, with one of the most common questions asked in interviews. This directly relates to the research you've done on the company and also gives you a chance to show how eager and prepared you are. You'll probably want to ask about benefits if they haven't been covered already. A good generic one is "how soon could I start, if I were offered the job of course." You may also ask what you'd be working on. Specifically, in the role you're applying for and how that affects the rest of the company. Always have questions ready, greeting this one with a blank stare is a rotten way to finish your interview. Good luck and happy job hunting.

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