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Common Questions
Common Questions

What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Some key strengths and weaknesses employers are usually looking for are: the ability to adapt to a new environment, quick learner, team player, self motivated, dedicated, keen to learn. Has the ability to work well under pressure and shows good communication skills. Provide strengths relevant to the position you are applying for.

In terms of weaknesses, try to be honest if you feel there is a particular weakness that you want to improve on then let your employer know. It will show your employer that you have the ability to self reflect which is in fact a strength.

What experience do you have if any?
Always try to respond to this question with answers relevant to the position. In many cases, you may have obtained experience through unpaid work. You should mention this in your interview. For example: You may have coached your local football team - this shows your leadership skills well as working within a team unit, commitment, dedication and goal setting. Also mention relevant school activities which relate to any experience you may have gained– this proves your diversity and work ethic.

What do you want to do when you finish school?
It’s always important to present some sort of career direction even when you’re unsure of the type of direction you would like to take. Attending university, working within the industry you are applying for or just setting some simple short term goals should be sufficient enough for this particular question.

What are you other commitments? E.g. sport, school activities etc
This can sometimes present itself as a tricky question. Be alert that outside commitments can sometimes jeopardise your chances of securing the position you are applying for. It is important to be honest about any serious outside commitments that will conflict with the position. For example: schoolwork, debating team, serious sporting commitments. Always tried to be flexible when talking in terms of availability but also let your employer know if you have commitments you can’t or are not able to break.

How quickly do you adapt to new situations?
Ideally, most employers are looking for people who can adapt quickly and are versatile.

Are you able to work to a deadline?
You have a proven ability to work to deadlines as you have been doing it at school. Meeting assignment deadlines is a great example to prove to employers you can work to time constraints.

How do you feel about school?
Whether you enjoy school or not, it’s always best to stay positive throughout your interview. Try mentioning some aspects of school that you did enjoy. For example: Sports, Drama or Art.

Do you prefer to work alone or as part of a team?
It’s always beneficial to mention you are capable of working in both types of environments. Depending on the position you’re applying for, you might be required to work by yourself or you could be part of a team. Be flexible.


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