I had an investment interview with the CEO of Alexander Mann Solutions (Rosaleen Blair) and I’ll never forget the first question she asked me, it was probably the question from the top list of interview questions! I’m trained to be a reflective career guidance practitioner, and I went away thinking, interesting first interview question’ from Rosaleen. I bet she has asked that interview question over 100,000 times in her recruitment career.


So, if you are think, what interview questions can I expect…..that’s your first question. Now, document an answer, read the response out loud a few times, how does it sound. Now relate the answer to the job role and the job function.


But the reality is, you have to ask yourself, what is the purpose of the question? How qualified is the interviewer? Good interviewers will primarily be interested in whether you will be competent in the job, they will try and divorce and remove any personal influence and preference. They will take notes, rather than an implied subjective impression. They will also use rating scales and also try and calm any nerves you might have. They want to see the best in you.


A bad interviewer, well, I’ll leave that to another blog post!


Anyway, getting back to the Interview Questions……


Seeing as there are hundreds of questions that could be asked. For this interview questions blog post we will look at interview questions that a graduate might be asked.


So, here we go:

  • How did you get your Summer Jobs?
  • Which of the jobs you have held have you liked least?
  • What are your future educational plans?
  • What University did you attend and why did you choose it?
  • How did you pay for University?
  • I’d be interested to hear about some things you learnt at University that could be used on the job?
  • Do you like routine tasks?
  • What have you done that shows initiative and willingness to work?
  • Can you take instructions without feeling upset or hurt?
  • Have you ever had difficulties getting along with others?
  • What type of position are you interested in?
  • What qualifications do you have that will make you successful in this field?
  • Why to you think you would like this type of work?
  • What’s your idea of how industry works?
  • Why do you think you will shine in this profession?
  • What do you know about our company? What do you think determines progress in a good company?
  • Do you think your exam results should be considered by first employers?


Good luck!!


Landing that first job can sometimes feel like a struggle and a little daunting! But with the right preparation that step can be reduced in difficulty!!


Keep an eye on our career guidance blog, where we will be discussing interview questions at all stages of professional development.


Diarmuid Haughian

MA Career Guidance, QCG

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Interview Questions