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Getting Ready for Interview

Make sure you have done your research both on the company and the position you are applying for.

Remember first impressions are very important, you need to dress appropriately, after all if you are successful then you will be representing the company.

If you are carrying a bag or briefcase this needs to be in your left hand so you can deliver a firm handshake with eye contact.

Ensure your mobile is switched to silent.

Some difficult questions you may be asked

Tell me about yourself 

This is your elevator pitch, your opportunity to succinctly reference your academic qualifications and how you gained your skills/experience related to the role you are applying for.

What do you know about this company?

Make sure you've done your research and looked at their website and/or asked people who work there about the company, what it stands for, the culture and why they like working there

Tell me about any recent developments that have occurred in the marketplace that may affect our business

Look at industry news / trends to understand the industry landscape

How would you add value to our company? 

Think about the role you are applying for and match your skills, experience and qualifications to show you have what they want. Go the extra mile and add how you were proactive at Uni or at your previous jobs in organising or leading initiatives to bring people together for charity or other activities

Give me an example of when you had to solve a problem at work, how did you do it and what was the outcome?

You'll have lots of these. Think of relevant problems that relate to the position you are applying for so

you can show how you've overcome or handled the situation.

What is your biggest achievement in life? 

I'm sure you've had many of these too. Pick out sporting, academic, voluntary, charitable or travel related example.

Tell me 3 main weaknesses you have

Everyone hates this question and it could be asked in a different way to elicit your weaknesses. Always turn your weakness into a positive. For example: Public speaking is a weakness, however I have joined Toast Masters, a Debating team or speak at a Networking group which has improved my confidence.

Why should we hire you?

Avoid the obvious answer - because I'm the best person for the job. Reiterate the skills, experience and/or academic qualifications you have and how you will add value to the company. Include your interest in the industry and based on your research you share the same work ethic and believe in the product/service.

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