Previously, I’ve discussed the “STAR” technique used in most interviews in New Zealand and it is the best way to structure your response to interview questions:
Situation – briefly describe the background to the situation
Task – specifically describe your responsibility
Action – specifically describe what you did
Result – describe the outcome of your actions
Typical motivational questions
- Tell me something about yourself
- What kind of job are you looking for?
- Why did you apply for this position?
- Why have you chosen this particular vocation?
- What are your short-term and long-term goals or what is your career objective?
- What are your qualifications?
- Describe your strengths and weaknesses.
- What do you know about the company and what it does?
- Why would you like to work for our organisation?
- What do you think will be your main contributions to this position/organisation?
- What does team work mean to you?
- What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
- What style of management gets the best from you?
Behavioural or Competency Based Questions
Behavioural based questions require candidates to give an example from their past work experience in response to questions aligned with a specific behaviour or competency. This methodology is based on the notion that past behaviour is the best reflector of future behaviour.
Typical Competencies and Questions
Competency – Planning and Organising
Can you tell us about a time when you had competing deadlines and you had to prioritise?
Can you tell us about an event or project you have planned?
Competency – Relationship Management
Can you tell us about a time when you have had to deal with a difficult stakeholder?
Can you tell us about a time you have had to build a relationship with someone at work?
Competency – Communication Skills
Can you tell us about a time when you had to communicate the same message to a variety of people and how
you ensured understanding?
Can you tell us about a time you were misunderstood and how you managed that?
Possible Questions for you to ask the interviewer/s
- Why the position has become available?
- What training and induction is available?
- How would you describe the culture in the team?
- What is the make-up of the team?
- The future expectations of this position?