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Help for Job Seekers



Open and Closed Questions

When a closed question is asked, the reply is usually short (eg "yes" or "not really").

An open-ended question is one that allows the interviewee an opportunity to give us a wider response. Some questions are closed but an experienced interviewee can answer them and enlarge on their answer - for example:

Q     Did you meet your sales target last year?

A     No - we were unable to meet our target due to our local office being closed for 5 months for refurbishment.

Look at the below questions and decide whether they are closed or open-ended questions?

  • Why have you decided to change career?
  • How many staff are you responsible for?
  • Tell me about the work you did with Jones & Co?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • What do you know about the job?


Always ensure that before attending the interview that you have some background knowledge of the company, such as:-

  • WHO they are
  • WHAT they produce
  • HOW big the company is
  • WHO their competitors are
  • Also find out as much information about the job you are applying for and how the job fits into the structure of the company. 

Predicting Employer's Questions

  • Why do you want this job?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What things do you enjoy in your work?
  • What things to you least enjoy?
  • Tell me why you are the right person for this job?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • Describe a difficult work situation you have overcome?
  • How would you deal with a difficult client / customer?
  • How is your health?
  • Would you undergo a medical examination - if no, why?
  • What's your future career objective?
  • What is your greatest achievement?
  • How do you react to criticism?
  • Give me an example of a problem that you have solved?
  • What are your views on Equal Opportunities?
  • Can you work unsociable hours - if no why?
  • Do you work well under stress?
  • Would you describe yourself as cooperative with colleagues?
  • Why did you leave your last job?
  • What are your interests outside of work ?