We reveal the top 23 Job Interview Questions Asked By Australian Companies. Althougth interviewers will ask you approximately 10 – 15 questions in each job interview, it’s good to be prepared with whatever they will give you. If you have a job interview on the horizon, we suggest you prepare yourself. Feel free to peruse the questions and pay extra attention to the ‘behaviour-based’ job interview questions that require some fore-thought.
Most Commonly asked Job Interview Questions
- Tell me about yourself.
- Why are you applying for this job? / What interests you about our products or services?
- What do you wish to gain from this position and why do you want to work here?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- What have you really enjoyed about your last 2 positions?
- Why do you want to change jobs? / Why should we hire you?
- What contributions do you see yourself making to this job/company?
- What is your greatest strength?
- What have you achieved that has given you the most satisfaction?
- How would your current colleagues / supervisor describe your personality?
- Describe a challenging work issue you had to face, and how you dealt with it.
- What has been your favourite project or job role so far? Why?
- How do you normally handle criticism and/or stress?
- Based on your resume and what you’ve told me, I think you’re over-qualified/underqualified for this position. What do you think?
- Tell me about your greatest achievement?
- Which jobs /assignments did you enjoy the most? Why?
- What are your major weaknesses? What have you done about it?
- Describe the biggest problem you’ve faced in the past year. How did you handle it?
- Tell me about an experience in your career that really challenged you?
- What have your other jobs taught you?
- Why did you choose to study that course?
- What do you think determines a person’s progress in an organisation?
- What does “customer service” mean to you?
Job Interview Questions for Managerial Candidates
- What is your leadership style?
- Tell me about a time when you improved business processes to increase efficiencies.
- What practical experience have you had with risk management and OH&S Management?
- How do you motivate your staff?
- Tell me about a time that you have changed the culture within your department?
- How do you manage performance and improve productivity?
- What are your key strengths with regards to operational management/
- Tell me about your last experience with meeting the business goals and vision of your last employer?
- Tell me about a time that you implemented / managed change?
- What are the attributes of a good manager?
- You have an exemplary employee who suddenly starts coming in late. How will you handle this situation?
- Tell me about a time you dealt with a difficult employee.
- When you are supervising others, how do you motivate them?
Answering Behaviour Based Job Interview Questions
When interviewers ask behavioural interview questions, they do so with the belief that past behaviour predicts future behaviour.
As you answer these questions, make an effort to provide an overview of the situation in question, the task that needed to be done, the action you took and the result of your action (the STAR technique)
Tell us about a time when you…
- Delegated a project or job effectively
- Had to adapt to a new and difficult situation
- Had to make an unpopular decision
- Handled a difficult situation with a co-worker
- Won (or lost) an important contract
- Made a bad decision
- Overcame what seemed to be an insurmountable obstaclePersuaded others to follow your suggestion
- Showed creativity in solving a problem
- Were disappointed with the way you handled a situation
- Worked effectively under pressure
- Anticipated potential problems and developed preventative measures
- Had to deal with an irate customer
- Prioritized the elements of a complicated project
How to sound impressive when answering job interview questions
The job interview questions listed above are standard questions that employers and recruitment agencies will ask, so you can plan on how you respond to these questions.
If you can remember a few key points to incorporate into your answers, then you will feel more confident about whatever questions they ask you.
If you keep these points in mind, you won’t feel the need to try and memorise rehearsed responses (which always sound rehearsed from the interviewer’s point of view).
The key points to cover through your answers in Job Interviews:
The top 4 skills that this employer would benefit from (refer to their advertisement to see which ones they are seeking).
How any courses you have done will be useful in the position.
How your experience (including both work and personal) is relevant to the industry and goals of the company.
The non-verbal points that you want to demonstrate – through talking to them and communicating through your body language.
While you are answering the questions, think and act like you think the ideal employee would, this could include being:
Once you have established the key points you need to cover in the interview, you then take a closer look at the list of commonly asked questions.
Nervous? How to remain calm and confident in a job interview!
Showing that you are a little nervous is completely acceptable; it’s when your nervous reactions prevent you from communicating well that it starts to impact on your interview performance. For example: forgetting the key points that you wanted to promote in your skills and experiences, or even lying or exaggerating on how much skill and experience you actually have!
One strategy that may help you to become less nervous, and more confident, is to prepare yourself:
Practice how you are going to answer questions
Visualise working in the company
Visualise them offering you the job
How Does Your Nervousness Show?
From our experience, you may show one or more of these signs:
Red blotchy rash on your neck
Not listening to the question
Clammy, sweaty palms of hands
Your eyes show how you feel
Your body language
Usually it is not a problem for the interviewer, but if your nervousness inhibits your ability to be yourself, and let your natural personality shine through, the interviewer will never know just how personable or how ideal you are for the job!
Some interviewers will make you feel intimidated.
How will you overcome your nervousness when they are firing questions at you?
Learn how to use the top 3 strategies to overcome interview nervousness by order our popular guidebook:
Your Questions to ask the Interviewers
The questions you ask, and how you ask them, do as much to differentiate you from the competition as any other part of the job interview. Asking questions also enables you to establish an easy flow of conversation, build trust and rapport.
3 reasons why Candidates should ask their own set of Job Interview Questions
Interviewers want to know candidates can collect information, and the easiest way to know that is by listening to candidates ask questions. By asking thoughtful questions, you have the opportunity to set yourself apart from the other job applicants.
Thoughtful questions emphasize that you are taking a pro-active role in the job selection process, not just relying on the interviewer to evaluate the decision.
Asking questions is an great way to demonstrate your strategic thinking and genuine interest in the job. The questions you chose indicate your depth of knowledge of an industry as well as your general level of intelligence.
Choose Your Own Job Interview Questions to Ask the Next Prospective Employer:
1. What’s the makeup of the team as far as experience?
2. What does this company value the most?
3. What kinds of processes are in place to help me work collaboratively?
4. What’s the most important thing I can do to help within the first 90 days of my employment?
5. What is the top priority of the person who accepts this job?
6. Can you describe a typical day for someone in this position?
7. What are the day-to-day expectations and responsibilities of this job?
8. How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be measured? And by whom? How often?
9. Can you describe the company’s management style?
10. Can you discuss your take on the company’s corporate culture?
11. How would you characterize the management philosophy of this organization? Of your department?
12. What do you think is the greatest opportunity facing the organization in the near future? The biggest threat?
13. What’s the makeup of the team as far as experience?
Professional & Executive Level Staff
The more senior the position you are seeking, the more important it is to ask indepth questions. Your questions should demonstrate your understanding of the subtext and context of the role, as well as your confidence in challenging the interviewer. Hiring managers will judge you as much on the inquiries you make as on the responses you provide. If you don’t ask sufficiently detailed questions, it will demonstrate lack of initiative and leadership qualities that a senior level position demands.