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This week the ‘Thinking in English’ Community is asking situational interview questions!

Interview questions can be tricky, and ones that ask about past or possible situations can be the trickiest of them all. So we should practise!

In an interview it is important to give examples of when you have showed your skills, and to show what you might do in certain situations.

Here are 10 conversation questions to practice situational interviews!

Conversation Questions: Situational Interview Questions!

1. What is the biggest challenge you dealt with at work? How did you deal with it? 

2. Give an example of a time when you had to show leadership.

3. How do you avoid making mistakes in your work?

4. Describe a time when you had to deal with a difficult person in your work.

5. What would you do to make a good first impression?

6. How would you share bad news with your team?

7. Give an example of a time when you worked well under pressure.

8. What is the best way to respond to negative feedback at work?

9. How would you motivate people?

10. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

– Peter Drucker

What do you think of this quote?

Vocabulary List:

  • Challenge
    • (the situation of being faced with) something that needs great mental or physical effort in order to be done successfully and therefore tests a person’s ability
  • Deal with
    • to take action in order to achieve something or in order to solve a problem
  • Leadership
    • the set of characteristics that make a good leader
  • Difficult
    • not friendly, easy to deal with, or behaving well
  • Impression
    • an idea or opinion of what something or someone is like
  • Pressure
    • a difficult situation that makes you feel worried or unhappy
  • Feedback
    • information about something such as a new product or someone’s work, that provides an idea of whether people like it or whether it is good
  • Motivate
    • to make someone want to do something well
Every team requires good leadership.
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A lot of pressure can impact our mental wellbeing
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By Thomas Brock

Hi I'm Thomas and I'm an English language teacher and editor. I teach English to adults from all over the world. I focus on written English and on conversational English. I also edit written English in a number of different fields and areas. When I'm not teaching I'm travelling as much as I can, cooking new dishes, and trying hard to play and watch sports.

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