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Job interview English - Results focus

Job interview English - Results focus

In today’s blog post about Job Interview English we’re going to look at the competency of Results Focus. This particular competency and set of questions are relevant to every position irrelevant of what your specific role; sector or professional specialism is.

When undertaking an interview in English you can be certain that you shall be asked questions that are either identical or very similar to the ones you will find below relating to your ability as a candidate to articulate how you deliver results. Here is the business definition of Results Focus:

‘’Demonstrates a determination to set and meet high standards in individual, team and department objectives and remains optimistic and persistent in challenging circumstances’’

A number of our teachers at ELTS have a professional Human Resources background and will work hand-in-hand with you to ensure that both your English and interview technique is as strong as it can possibly be for your Job Interview in English.

  1. Please give an example of an objective you have been set that you have achieved.
    • What was the objective?
    • How did you ensure you took personal ownership for achieving the objective?
    • How did you monitor your progress?
  2. Please give an example of a time where you have recognised you were falling behind in a target.
    • How did you recognise that you were failing behind?
    • What did you do to address the shortfall?
  3. Please give an example of when you have demonstrated a “can do” approach.
    • What was the situation / outcome?
  4. Describe a recent opportunity when you had to take on new responsibilities.
    • How did the opportunity arise?
    • What were these new responsibilities?
    • What was the outcome?
  5. Give an example of when you have set yourself an ambitious target.
    • What made it so ambitious?
    • How did it compare with other targets you had set yourself?
    • How well did you do?
  6. Tell me about a crisis you have handled recently.
    • What caused it?
    • What did you do to resolve it?
    • What were your feelings at the time?
  7. Describe a situation at work when something was causing you to feel negative.
    • What caused these feelings?
    • How did you approach your work at the time?
    • What impact did this have on your colleagues?
  8. Can you tell us about a time when your drive and determination inspired others to give more commitment to their work.
    • What did you say?
    • How did other people respond?
    • What was the result?
  9. Most people have potentially experienced situations where they wished they had taken action to deal with an issue sooner. When have you anticipated a potential problem like this?
    • How did you identify the problem?
    • What steps did you take to address it?
    • What feedback did you receive?
  10. How important are quality standards in your current (most recent) role?
    • What do you find most difficult or challenging about working to quality standards?
    • What might you do to improve quality standards?
    • How do you personally ensure that all quality standards are met?
  11. Describe a situation where you felt you were working under a high degree of pressure.
    • How did it affect your behaviour?
    • What did you do to maintain your quality of work?
    • What did you learn from the situation?
  12. Please describe a time you achieved over and above expectations. What did you do and why?
  13. What appeals most about this role and why?
  14. What are you passionate about and why?
  15. In your job, what is “good enough”?
  16. What is the most challenging project you have been given? How did you feel about this?
  17. What does success look like for you?
  18. How do you/your team know when they have been successful?
  19. How do you ensure you are on target to reach your goals?
  20. How do you ensure team or departmental targets are translated into individual targets?
    • Why is this important?
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