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To learn more about you on a personal level, our interviewers will ask you job-related interview questions to gain insight on your capabilities and motivation for the company. We’ll ask questions about your past experiences, key accomplishments and other information commonly asked about during an interview.

What is SGS looking for in you?

SGS recruits and develops its people against core competencies. Our interviewers will ask you questions that will allow us to understand examples of your past behaviours and experiences that relate to your successful performance at SGS.

What kind of questions can you expect?

The questions you will be asked by SGS interviewers are likely to be similar to those asked by other companies. This is because SGS, like many other companies, considers behavioural interviewing to be a valid predictor of a candidate’s potential for job success. Behavioural interviewing is basically an interview designed to obtain information from you about your relevant past behaviour and performance – information that will tell the interviewer how you will perform on the job. The principle behind the technique is that past behaviour predicts future behaviour.

During a behavioral interview, you will be asked a series of standardized questions.

Sample questions are as follows:

  • Tell me about a time when you set a goal and weren’t able to meet or achieve it
  • Give me an example of when you showed initiative and took the lead
  • Tell me about a time you were able to successfully deal with another person even when that individual may not have personally liked you (or vice versa)
  • Give me an example of a time when you used your expertise to solve a problem

How long will my interview last?

Most interviews last around 45-60 minutes, but there are no strict time limits.

Know what you have done – review your resume and other information

Our interviewers start preparing for your interview by reviewing your resume and other information you have provided. You should therefore be prepared to talk about your past experiences.

Think about past successes from all aspects of your life

In the interview, we are looking for the best example you have that answers the interview question – no matter where it comes from.

While school and work experiences provide great examples of past work-related behaviours, you should also feel free to use examples from other aspects of your life – such as volunteer activities, military experience, clubs, organisations, etc.

Practice how to give a complete answer to our questions

SGS interviewers will be looking for a complete response from you to best understand your past behaviour. Your response to our questions should start by providing information on the situation in which your behaviour took place, the actions you took and the results of those actions.