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Meerkat Recruitment Interview Questions

Below are a few thought provoking questions for a valuable candidate, looking into a new job application. You must know exactly why and where you are going, before you decide exactly what you want to do – Your ultimate goal, is to “love what you do.”

  • Is your CV ready and accurate? Can we help you sort it out?
  • Are your references aware of a probable check?
  • Who are you? Tell me about yourself in one sentence.
  • Why are you leaving your current employer?
  • Have you written down all the positives and negatives of your current position? The grass is not always greener.
  • Have you talked about your concerns or problems with your current “boss”?
  • Is there any way to resolve issues that are unsettling you?
  • Why do you want to work for a new company?
  • What can you bring to the company?
  • Why should you be hired?
  • What do you know about the company in question?
  • What is your ideal position?
  • Where do you see yourself in 1, 3 and 5 years?
  • What industry sector do you want to work in?
  • What are your career goals?
  • Why did you choose this field/career path?
  • Can you tell me about your role in your current company?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your achievements?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Tell me about a time where you worked in a team. Were you a leader/coordinator/etc.?
  • Tell me about a time where you faced a challenge. What was your reaction? How did you solve it?
  • What are your views on change?
  • What don’t you like about a boss?
  • What management style do you like?
  • Are you time or task orientated?
  • Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
  • What motivates you?
  • What is your view on ethics?
  • What was your biggest failure?
  • What did you learn from it?
  • What was your biggest mistake? How did you fix it?
  • Are you willing to relocate/travel?
  • Would you be prepared to study further?
  • How far are you prepared to work from home? What is your current situation? Traffic?
  • What are your expected working hours? Were they good or bad previously?
  • What is your expected annual leave? What are you on versus what can you get or settle for?
  • Are employee benefits important to you? What are you leaving behind?
  • Do you have any hobbies/ interests?
  • What are your computer skills/technical skills?
  • How did you hear about this position?
  • What are your salary requirements?
  • Is there anything I should know when doing background checks?
  • What are your personal abilities?

Questions? Write down a list and be properly prepared for your interview. You may have only one shot – make it count!

Remember that you will typically spend more time every day at work, than you do with your family. The time spent looking into these questions thoroughly, will certainly help you in your search for the right job, in whatever industry sector you choose - this will ultimately bring you deserved happiness and job satisfaction. At Meerkat Recruitment we prefer to meet our candidates face to face or over a Skype interview, so that we know who we are dealing with. We sincerely hope that we can make a difference to your life, through helping you in finding the right job or career path.

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Meerkat’s Checklist of Personal Abilities – Which ones describe you?

  • Accurate: Careful, precise, free from error.

  • Adaptable: Able to adapt oneself to new surroundings; to make suitable change so as to fit new conditions.

  • Alert: Watchful, wide awake, ready to act.
  • Ambitious: Full of ambition, strong desire "to do" something.
  • Amiable: Feeling and inspiring friendliness; lovable.
  • Analytical: Employing analytic methods; separating things into their parts of elements.
  • Articulate: Able to express oneself clearly, do not mumble.
  • Assertive: Insist on one's rights or opinions.
  • Attentive: To notice, pay attention to, careful attention.
  • Broad-minded: Being tolerant or liberal in thought or opinion.
  • Businesslike: Practical, systematic.
  • Calm: Stillness, serenity, peaceful, undisturbed.
  • Capable: Having the skills/ability or fitness for.
  • Careful: Watchful, cautious, concerned for.
  • Competent: Adequately qualified, ability.
  • Confident: Trusting, fully assured, belief, trust in yourself.
  • Conscientious: Good moral understanding of right and wrong.
  • Consistent: Constant to same principles, not changing.
  • Cooperative: Work well with others.
  • Dedicated: Devoted to aims or vocation.
  • Dependable: May be relied on.
  • Determined: To do, resolve, on a course of action.
  • Efficient: Competent, capable, able to get results.
  • Energetic: Active, full of life, vigorous, an energetic worker.
  • Enterprising: Strong interest, great eagerness.
  • Flexible: Manageable, adaptable, versatile.
  • Hardworking: Done with energy, industrious.
  • Honest: Not lying, cheating or stealing, sincere.
  • Independent: Ability to work on your own without being constantly supervised.
  • Industrious: Hardworking, diligent.
  • Innovative: Make changes, introduction of something new.
  • Motivated: The inner reason for any act; as, hunger might be the motive for working.
  • Optimistic: View that good prevails over evil.
  • Organized: Place things in working order.
  • Patient: Calm.
  • People-oriented: Enjoy working/being with people.
  • Persevering: Steadfast pursuit to an aim, refusal to give up; continued effort.
  • Practical: Inclined or suited to useful action, rather that speculation.
  • Productive: Tending to produce.
  • Realistic: Practical views/policy, truth/detail, presenting people/scenes as they are.
  • Reliable: Dependable.
  • Resourceful: Ability to supply what is needed, quick wit.
  • Responsible: Capable of rational conduct, trustworthy.
  • Versatile: Turning easily or readily from occupation/job to another, changeable.

Meerkat’s Top 10 Key Skills and Competencies that employers expect to see on applicants’ CVs:

  • Communication skills: includes all levels of communication such as verbal/speaking, interacting with people, writing and expressing themselves clearly.
  • Team player skills: this refers to working with others in a group, sharing information, helping each other when facing a problem, properly dividing tasks between team members, etc.
  • Leadership skills: this skill is vital because it shows that you are a visionary, you can lead others (and yourself) and take responsibility whenever things go wrong. It means that you do not need someone to spoon-feed you or hold your hand on a daily basis in order for you to do your job!
  • Attention to detail: this is a very important attribute; an employer looks whether you can pay attention to small details such as silly spelling mistakes, badly formulated sentences, not finishing a design until completion, etc.
  • Enthusiasm and personal drive: no employer wants to employ a person who takes forever to do the most trivial of tasks and sighs deeply whenever asked to do something. They are more interested in people who are enthusiastic about what they do; completing tasks with excellence and always looking forward to the next one.
  • Initiative: this means that you think outside of the box; you come up with things rather than sit and wait until things come to you. You are a starter. Not a follower.
  • Management and organisational skills: in the majority of cases, projects and tasks fail because of mismanagement. Proper management of time, resources and focus can really do wonders in the work place.
  • Ability to handle pressure and meet deadlines: although stress levels and pressure vary from one job to another (e.g. compare a surgeon with a cleaner), there will always come a time in every job in which you’ll have it extremely busy. Will you crack under the pressure or stay calm and carry out your tasks efficiently? Employers look for the latter.
  • Willing to learn: no one knows it all. Some people think they do, but they don’t. Employers are looking for people that are willing to learn and develop their skills and qualities further.
  • Flexibility: Can you handle new situations? Can you adapt to whatever circumstances you are presented with? Can you complete a task in more than just one way? If you can, you are officially a flexible employee!