|Questions from Application Forms|
These questions are based on questions found on real
graduate job application forms for a variety of careers.
We have chosen the questions because they are not related
to the degree subject that you have studied. Instead,
these questions relate to the employability skills and
attributes that you will have developed during the course
of studying for your degree and through your extra-curricula
Employers like asking questions like these because making a decision on whether to employ you or not based purely on exam results does not tell them whether you will fit in or be reliable. Questions like these are designed to reveal how manageable you will be, how willing you are to learn and to see if you stand out from the crowd.
When you are filling in job application forms, make sure that you read the questions carefully, check your spellings and be positive!
How many of these questions can you answer fully now? Think about what you need to do to fill in the gaps or gain the experience that you need to answer the questions. Refer to your Personal Development Plan and your Key Skills audit – these should jog your memory about the experiences that you have had and how you have developed.
1. Describe an experience in the following key areas – outline the situation, your actions and the outcome. What did you learn from the experience?
i. Analytical Skills
– analysing problems systematically and logically,
identifying key issues.
i. An occasion when you have had to
make a decision about the appropriateness of a particular
course of action.
|Questions from Interviews|
How should you prepare for job interviews? Below are a series of questions from real graduate job interviews. Think carefully about how you would answer them. Are any of the questions designed to trick you? For some questions you will need to give examples in order to justify your answer – what experiences can you draw upon from your academic life, your work experience and your extra-curricula activities, in order to do this?
Advice: This is more difficult than it sounds, as you have to demonstrate knowledge of their offices, work portfolio, and other relevant plus points.
‘What puts you off working for this company?’
‘Taking for granted that this is your first-choice firm, which is your second choice and why?’
‘Put yourself in our position – what question would you ask to test an interviewee?’
‘What do you think about working long hours?’
Advice: If you say ‘I will really hate it,’ they would immediately cross you off the list. But if you say ‘That would be marvelous,’ they will guess you are lying.
These kinds of questions aren’t there to dredge the truth out of you. Rather, they are designed to find out how good you are at putting together an argument that is sensitive to the full range of issues involved.
The death theme
The dinner party thing
Advice: This seems to be a recurring favourite for many interview panels, so you may as well prepare yourself a list. Don’t get too clever or obscure though. Your reasoning, as ever, will be more important than the choices themselves.
The hardest one of all
Advice: Many people find this the hardest questions of all to answer, perhaps you’ve never stopped to articulate it to yourself before. Perhaps you don’t have a good reason. Whatever, you should be prepared for this one – it’s hardly an unreasonable question, after all. Try to be honest too, or failing that, plausible.
How is your application form
Remember to check through your application
thoroughly. You would be surprised how many people
submit applications with spelling and grammatical
errors, whilst at the same time saying they have an
'eye for detail'.
from Application Forms, Summer
Recess Questions from Employers
You can greatly increase your Employability by taking a 1-year Placement or Gap Year. Life Experiences and Volunteering are also very useful, as these show a greater depth of personality, and will engender greater interest from potential employees - making you stand out from the crowd