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Questions to Expect in a Job Interview

There are certain questions that pop up in job interviews all the time. If the exact question isn’t asked, usually something very similar is and so it’s good to be prepared for all situations. We’ve captured some of the most common questions that get asked in resources related job interviews. We’ve previously shared the five most common questions asked by miners in general. If you’re preparing for an interview yourself, we’d encourage you to go through the list and consider your answer to each of them, especially one’s you may not have considered before.

Openers

  • Give us a broad overview of your career to date, including qualifications, or
  • Outline key achievements over the course of your career, or
  • Based on what you know about the role, tell us how your skills and experience align with our requirements.

Safety Related

  • How do you ensure your own personal safety at work? When was the last time these methods worked well for you? Why?
  • How have you familiarised yourself with the safety policies and procedures relevant to your position?
  • Tell us about a dangerous task you had to perform. (How did you make sure you or someone else wasn’t injured?)
  • Tell us about a time when you observed someone not following correct safety procedure. What did you do?

Technical/Job Related

  • What was the most difficult task you had to learn on your job at __________? How did you learn it?
  • Tell us about a complex aspect of your current job. How long did it take you to learn it?
  • Tell us about a typical day. What do you work on and who do you interact with?
  • In what areas do you consider yourself to be quite the expert or at least very skilled or knowledgeable in?

Teamwork

  • What is it that you contribute to a team over and above your technical skills?
  • Tell us about your role in the most successful team you have been associated with. What made it a successful team?
  • Tell us about a time you worked with someone who wasn’t as cooperative as you needed him or her to be. What did you do?
  • If we were to ask others from your current workplace what words they would use to describe you, what do you think they would say?
  • Tell us about a time when you went out of your way to help a team member.

Showing Initiative

  • Describe some of the ways you changed or improved the way your department operates or the way you do your job. What prompted you to make these changes?
  • Are there any projects or improvements you have initiated? Give us an example. What prompted you to begin that project or improvement?
  • Have you suggested any new ideas to your manager/supervisor/team leader recently? Give us an example. What happened to the idea?
  • Have you taken any steps to make your job easier/more efficient/more productive? Give us an example.

Performance Under Pressure

  • Tell us about a time when you were unable to meet a very demanding deadline. What happened?
  • We all have times when the pressure at work is extremely high. Describe a time like this in your past work experience. (How did you react?)
  • Have you ever been in a new or unfamiliar work situation for which there was little time to prepare?
    (Give us an example. How did you react?)
  • Describe a time when you were experiencing conflicting work demands. (What were those conflicting demands? How did you respond?)
  • Has there been a time when a colleague or manager requested something of you and you had to say no. Why? How did you approach this?

Different people take different approaches to the job interview process. We captured the experience of one industry worker Dylan, who only made the jump to mining about 18-months ago.

These are just some examples that we’ve come across! To help prepare yourself beyond just questions, check out our article on the Do’s & Don’ts of job interviews:

Job Interviews: Do’s & Don’ts

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