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Table of Contents
                            Contents
Introduction
Ch1 I have an interview - what will happen?
Ch2 What will I be asked?
Ch3 Introductory questions
Ch4 Questions about the  company and the job
Ch5 Competency questions (about your experience and skills)
Ch6 Task based questions
Ch7 Questions about you
Ch8 Questions you can ask
Ch9 Dealing with weak spots in your application
Ch10 After the interview
One last thing...
                        
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WINNING
The Winning series provides strategies and tips on
getting that all-important first job, whether it’s a
Saturday job, work experience or a full-time position.

Don’t miss the rest of series, including:

series

Winning
Interviews

Winning
CVs

Winning
Cover

Letters

n Need expert advice on answering interview questions?

n Want to prove you are the best candidate for the job?

Your interview is your chance to shine in front of a future employer so

it’s crucial your answers mAkE A Good ImpRESSIoN.

This book provides top tips and sound advice to ensure you give

fantastic answers to any questions thrown at you. Packed with typical

interview scenarios, it will set you up with your own winning interview

answers helping you GET ThE job you WANT!

To GET ThE job you WANT
WINNING INTERVIEW

ANSWERS

WINNING AdVIcE oN:

n Being confident in your interview

n Understanding what you’re being asked

n Tackling tricky questions

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Winning Interview
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59Competency questions

‘I don’t have any paid work experience, but I have
been doing some babysitting and I am always
polite to the families whose children I look after
and make sure to have some fun with the children
if I am looking after them during the daytime.’

What skills have you gained from your work experience?
It’s another question which asks you to be refl ective. Don’t worry if your
work experience is not from a full-time or part-time job but from a 2 week
work placement while at school. This is absolutely fi ne and you can use this to
answer the questions above. You also want to think about what you learned
from this work experience.

ACTION
Think about some work experience you have, and what you gained
from it.

Not everyone has thought carefully about a particular work placement and
you might have been like Tim and worked at the local garage because it
was close to home, or like Susie, whose dad arranged for her to work at his
offi ce (a solicitors’ offi ce). Both Tim and Susie were not interested in this
work and found it diffi cult to think of anything to say. But actually to learn that
you are not interested in a job is also useful. So if this is you, you could say
something like:

‘I thought I might like offi ce work but I didn’t
really enjoy it, and it made me realise that I’d
rather have a job where I get out and about, that’s
why I’m interested in training to be an electrician.’

But you may have gained a lot from your work experience in which case you
could say something like:

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60 Winning Interview Answers for First-time Job Hunters

‘Working for 2 weeks at a vet’s made me much
clearer that I do want to be an animal nurse. I love
animals and I liked watching what the vet does.
I hadn’t realised what the job was all about, but
after 2 weeks I know that alongside helping in
the consulting rooms it is also looking after the
animals that have to stay over. I was happy to do
the cleaning work as well and understand that this
is an important part of the job.’

Tell me about a problem you have solved
You can’t say that you didn’t have any problems and whatever you do say,
make sure the problem was overcome. You might like to talk about a mistake
and what you have learnt from it. Oliver struggled with how to answer and
then thought about an example related to his passion, playing in a band.

‘I play bass guitar in a band and our lead singer
left suddenly so we needed to fi nd someone to
replace her as the rest of us aren’t very good
singers. None of us really knew what to do,
so I decided to put a note to all my friends on
Facebook, and for them to contact their friends.
This meant we had a few people to audition.’

Tell me about a time when you have had to make a decision when you
didn’t have all the information you needed

‘The best example was my choice of A levels, I
didn’t know what career I would want to pursue
and knew that my choice of A levels could rule
out certain university courses if I didn’t take the
right subjects. I spent the summer reading about
different careers and then chose the subjects to
study that both interested me and I was likely to
get the best grades for.’

Do you think this is a good answer? Other answers could include a choice
over summer work experience or in what sort of voluntary work to pursue
as part of a gap year.

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