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Top 10 Erasmus+ Interview Questions

17 October 2019

Top Erasmus+ Interview Questions

So, you've weighed up all your options, you're seriously considering the Erasmus Plus programme, but you're not quite sure how to nail the interview process that will lead you to that next step in your career?

We know the word 'interview' can cause even the brave to break out in a cold sweat.  Maybe because you feel unprepared? Or because you don't know the questions interviewers will be asking? There's no need to panic. 

We have got a list of the top 10 most asked questions below to help you to prepare for your Erasmus Plus Interview and get you one step closer to gaining international work experience. Let's dive in:


Tell us more about yourself?

This is one of the first questions to expect in any interview. Companies want to know more about you, but they don't necessarily want your family history. Companies are interested in how your personality will fit the role. For example; I've always been a keen sportsman, I've played everything there is, so I've learnt to work as part of a team, but I also quite like tennis too, so I can rely on my own strength to see me through. 


What are your goals?

The reason you get asked about your plans for the future is that your interviewer wants to see how determined you are, and they want to assess your decision-making abilities. 

Don't know what your plans are for the future? That's ok - your goals can change - they often do. But, never say that you don't know. Instead, give options and your reasons for those options. For example; I might not have a ten-year plan, but I do know that I'm really good with people, and think that a role in hospitality just might give me the clarity I need. 


What are your skills?

The interviewer will ask about your skills so they can see if you are capable of doing the job. Are you are qualified, or do you have experience in the role. They also know that you are just starting your career, so consider your transferable skills, like creativity, or problem-solving or leadership. Then give them examples of where you've used these skills in the past and how it will benefit their company in the future. Let them get to know more about you.

“Never say that you want to do an Erasmus programme to pass the time

What are your hobbies?

When mentioning hobbies, try not to overthink this question. Managers don't ask it to catch you out. All they want to do is learn more about your personality. To make sure that you're interests match those of their team. After all, you will spend a lot of time at work - fitting in will be beneficial to all. 


 What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Interviewers want to understand what matters to you the most, and what your intention was behind your achievement. Explain to them why this accomplishment stands out. The 'why' is often more important than the 'what'. 


Why did you apply for the Erasmus Plus Programme?

Never say that you want to do an Erasmus programme to pass the time. If this programme is something you have always wanted to do, then say that. Focus on reasons that inspired you to choose this job in particular and why you want to gain the international experience that Erasmus offer.


How does completing the Erasmus programme help contribute to your future plans?

Interviewers want to know how this opportunity can benefit your future. Mostly they want to assess whether you've considered the impact it will have and how it will make a difference to your future based on the work they would be providing you. 


 How do you organise your time and set your priorities during a typical day?

It is a pretty straightforward question. Time management is incredibly important in any role. It indicates to the hiring manager that you can stay on top of multiple projects. The best answer is to describe how you will be able to meet deadlines - prioritising tasks and using your time effectively. For example; It helps me to make a to-do list at the end of every day for the tasks that need to be done the following day. So, when I get into the office, I have a clear idea of what and how I can accomplish my tasks. 


Are you open to learning a new language when doing the Erasmus Plus Programme?

If you travel to a different country for Erasmus, the interviewer will be intrigued if you are willing to step out of your comfort zone and learn a new language or a new culture.


Do you have any questions about Erasmus Plus?

Many interviewers end with asking if you have any questions. By not having any questions, you leave the impression that you haven't really thought about or researched the Erasmus programme or the companies available. 


The best tip we can give you for your Erasmus interview is to be prepared.  Now that you know what to expect, you're one step closer to getting your passport stamped and launching your career in an exciting destination of your choice.


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