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Interview Questions (graduates)
What kind of questions were you asked during the interview process?
"I was asked questions like why I decided to apply for this position when I already had a job, about the local authority and I was quizzed on my knowledge of it. I was also given various scenarios and asked how I would react, asked why I wanted to work for a public body and finally where I would see myself in two years."Local Government Graduate Development Programme,
"My questions were surrounding the role of the council, including why good communication is important for a local authority. This was alongside how I would improve the marketing and communications of the council and what I would do if you were appointed the role of communications officer."Local Government Graduate Development Programme,
"I had to give examples of scenarios where I was required to work in a team, any challenges I faced and how I overcame them, including how I manage change. My interviewer also asked what attracted me to my area of study, and why I would like to work for a local authority."Local Government Graduate Development Programme,
"I was given questions such as why do I want to apply to the Civil Service, examples of all the competencies my interviewer asked for, and what I would do if someone who worked for me was under-performing, and to describe myself in three words."Civil Service Graduate Development Programme,
"I was asked about experiences of working under pressure, examples of projects delivered on time, my opinions on current international events, situation-specific questions on time management and ordering of priorities."Civil Service Graduate Development Programme,
"I was asked about the different roles of the council and how the local government fits in terms of the overall government."Local Government Graduate Development Programme,
"I was asked why I would be suitable for the role, and what difficult situations have I faced and how I overcame them."Civil Service Graduate Development Programme,
"I was asked general questions regarding past work experience and methods of communication that I have used throughout my career to date. I was also questioned on what I knew about the organisation and my thoughts on certain aspects of it. I was given a number of scenarios to think through and asked what I would do in such situations."Local Government Graduate Development Programme,
"I was asked detailed questions on experience listed on my initial application form, in particular about outcomes of projects. I was given specific economics questions such as "What is inflation?" as well as general economics discussion type questions."IGEES, Graduate Economist Development Programme,
"The interview was very focused on what I could do and what I could offer - not just in terms of my education but also what I have achieved in the past and proof, through recent examples, of how I can contribute day-to-day as issues arise."Local Government Graduate Development Programme,
"During the interview I was given questions about my education, experience, practical examples and also questions about the work of the department to which I was applying."Civil Service Graduate Development Programme,
"My questions were primarily on/around the competencies for the role, but also included some about education and previous work experience. I was also given more general questions such as "What would you bring to the Civil Service?"."Civil Service Graduate Development Programme,
"I was asked about my own experience in local government, how I would adapt to a team environment, how I would deal with interpersonal conflict within a team and how my own education would prepare me for the role. I also offered examples of my own experience in areas outside those specific questions."Local Government Graduate Development Programme,
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