First impressions count
Interviewers will start assessing you as soon as they meet you, so your presentation and attitude are important. To make a good first impression:
How to answer interview questions
Questions about your experience
When you answer interview questions about something you’ve done it’s best to use the STAR method (situation, task, action, result).
“When I was an assistant manager at Sally’s Sandals we hosted a VIP sales event for our loyalty card customers, and I was in charge of organising it. I needed to make sure that the store was decorated, we had food and drink for the customers, and we had enough staff members to work that evening. The event went very smoothly and we exceeded our sales targets for the evening by 50 percent.”
Common interview questions
Can you tell us about yourself?
Summarise your work and study experience and talk about your goals.
Why do you want to work for us?
Use your research about the job and organisation to answer this question.
What made you apply for this job?
Talk about your interest in the job and the organisation
What makes you the best person for this job?
Explain how your personality, skills and experience make you ideal for the job.
Have you done this kind of work before?
Discuss any skills or experience you have that will help you do the job.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Discuss your strengths and then talk about how you overcome your weaknesses.
Tell me about a time when you…
Describe a specific task or situation, what you did and what the result was using the STAR method.
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