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27 Graduate Questions And Answers

1⟩ Tell me about a situation where your analysis of a problem was deemed to be incorrect?

This is a difficult question to answer as you will have to admit failure. The best approach is to briefly describe the problem first and then spend the majority of the question showing how you developed the resolution. Try and end your answer by describing a similar situation that has happened since where you used what you have learned to overcome the problem, and explain the value of learning from mistakes quickly.


2⟩ Why are you the one whom we should hire?

Give definite examples of your skills and accomplishments. Be positive, and emphasize how your background matches the job description. Mention any software packages and spreadsheet software you are familiar with. Also let them know if you have advanced knowledge of any of the software. There are almost no jobs where you will be the only candidate so you must differentiate yourself from your competition.


3⟩ Tell me about a time when you discovered a more efficient way to do a work task?

Interviewer wants to use examples of past behavior to predict how you may react in the future. Before the interview think back to previous experiences in the workplace with examples of how you developed specific skills and improved a specific process in the workplace. For example, did you ever have suggestions taken on board by a manager, even in a part-time job? Remember the STAR approach.Describe the Situation, identify the Task, what Action you took, and the Result of your action.


4⟩ How to describe the assets needed for someone to be a huge success in his field?

Good approach would be to name an asset, say why it is important and then explain how you meet it, if possible using an example. 2-3 criteria should suffice depending on how much detail you go into. Tailor your chosen criteria to yourself so you can give the best examples. Typical criteria could be creative, resourceful, imaginative, flexible, dynamic, visionary, organised.


5⟩ Suppose if one day you realize that your field has become a neglected and forgotten area, what would be your next ideal field to jump to?

Start by saying why advertising will never become neglected or forgotten, by stating how important it is, and the importance of its continual evolution and innovation. Then ponder why advertising may become neglected e.g. could products and services become the same in the future? Now suggest what alternative fields you might consider, perhaps highlighting a creative side, but never stray too far from advertising or your commitment to this field may be questioned.


6⟩ Tell me about your favorite campaign out right now and why?

This question has two dimensions. It is an open question that seeks to understand what kind of advertising you like and it is also testing your knowledge of contemporary advertising. The best way to answer is to choose a campaign that is interesting and one that you know a lot about. It would also be helpful if you do genuinely like the campaign as this will allow you to speak passionately about it. Prior to an interview spend time researching campaigns which the company have been involved in recently that you admire, but don't be afraid to praise their competitors work as long as you explain why it was successful.


7⟩ Give me an examples of when you've helped a team be successful?

This is a question that you should always have a couple of examples ready for. Anything that demonstrates you have supported or had a positive influence on a group is a good start. Remember, this is not to be confused with leadership questions as this quite often happens. They want to see how you worked within a team, not how you lead a team. The best kind of example an interviewer would look for would be an example where the team has improved or come back from a hard situation due to your efforts rather than your role in maintaining a team's success. They will be looking out for examples of resilience, co-operation and professionalism so make sure you get this across in your answer.


8⟩ How do you convey technical information to someone of more or less technical ability?

With this question the interviewer will be looking for confidence and clear communication in your answer. Remain composed, concise and precise in your answer, and demonstrate your ability to digest information. Your example could be anything, for instance, one candidate used the example of showing a foreign language student how to use an oyster card. They broke it down into each stage fully explaining not only how but why each action needed to be carried out. The interviewer will be looking for someone that can digest a process in this way, as well as someone who is very patient and adaptable in their method of communication.


9⟩ Tell us about the most pressing environmental issue currently?

Appear to be a right or wrong answer but it is not. This question will allow you to discuss what you believe to be the most pressing issue in the environmental sector. It doesn't matter what you discuss as long as you have a good justification for your choice. Issues you may wish to discuss include global warming, energy resources, deforestation, desertification or declining bio-diversity. Research the news carefully for any new developments and bring these up.


10⟩ What are main differences between education today and in your own school days?

National curriculum has probably evolved since you were at school, even if you left relatively recently there have still been more vocational subjects have been introduced into the curriculum. Research specific changes as they will be personal to you depending on when you left school. Schools also employ more technology in a greater range of subjects than it's likely you were used to. Behavior is unlikely, however, to be a bigger problem than in the past: yes, there are some poorly behaved children and there are always a small number of reported incidents in school. Remember though that classroom management is an important part of teacher training.


11⟩ What working in healthcare/social care entails?

If you have prepared thoroughly before the interview then that should shine through when answering this question. An answer that is accurate would be beneficial here but try not to appear like you have just memorized the job specification and are just parroting it back. When you are mentioning the roles that you could take, explain why you have the right skills to be successful and give examples.


12⟩ How would you increase sales?

This question seeks to assess your marketing potential. If you have thoroughly prepared for the interview then this will be a good opportunity for you to display some industry specific knowledge. In the sector often the price and placement of products are key, so you may wish to shape your answer around these elements of the marketing mix. Finish your reply with a acknowledgement of the balance between an increase in revenues and an increase in the cost of marketing.


13⟩ Tell me why is it important to maintain the physical environment we exist in?

An open question and it will allow the interviewer to get an insight into your philosophical position on environmental issues. A well balanced diplomatic answer is probably the order of the day here. Only express marginal beliefs if you can back them up. If can use an issue or even currently in the news to reinforce your answer it will reflect well on you.


14⟩ Tell me why you want to work in the environmental sector?

Good opportunity to get across to the employer how you will be a motivated worker. A good approach would be to say that you find environmental issues interesting and this is why you want to pursue employment in this sector. If there is a particular issue you are concerned with, or have an area of expertise, make sure you highlight this. Make sure you are up to date with environmental issues in the news.


15⟩ Tell me about a time when you confronted a problem that really tested your engineering know-how?

For most graduates the use of an academic example would be best here unless they have taken relevant work experience and can therefore use a practical example. This question gives you a good opportunity to display your knowledge about engineering and discuss skills that you possess which an employer would value. The ability to problem solve effectively is key to an employer so go into depth on how the overcame initial difficulties.


16⟩ Tell me about a situation where you were required to gather a large amount of data, to analyse it objectively and to make a decision or a recommendation based on the results?

Unless you have had a lengthy work placement it is unlikely that you will be able to use an example other than from your degree, but this is still relevant as long as you tailor your answer carefully to the question. Focus on an extended project from your degree (or work placement if applicable) and go into detail as to how you dealt with data to formulate your recommendations. This is a good opportunity to highlight a successful project so expand your answer to include positive feedback you received.


17⟩ What skills, experience or interests that you think relate to being a teacher?

There are many 'transferable skills' which will serve you well as a teacher, particularly the ability to plan and organize your work well, and a confident presentation style. What's most important is for you to have some experience of working with young people and recent experience of life in a state-maintained school. You can contact the teaching information online. for help and advice about visiting schools in your area in order to research the current systems in place locally.


18⟩ When you have been charitable?

This is an open question that will allow you to give an extended answer. It will be a good idea to think of a good example and how you will articulate that example before you go in to the interview. If you do not have any experience in the charitable sector, there should be lots of examples in everyday life that you could use in this situation, but try to be original and expand your answer.


19⟩ Tell me how to fund your life style?

Some work for a charity will be paid, on most circumstances your expenses will be covered but on some occasions you will not be supported. Your answer should incorporate the period of time you will be working for, your likely expenditure (if you don't know ask) and then the amount of funding that you have available. It will be important that you are realistic at this stage for the benefit of the employer as well as yourself.


20⟩ Tell me why you want to pursue a career in the voluntary sector?

Your answer to this question will be key to your interview success. Try and avoid the cliches about wanting to help people. A good response would be to describe an experience or a person that has affected you and therefore encouraged you to work in the voluntary sector. This is an open question and may be one of few opportunities in an interview where you get to sell yourself and any previous experience in this sector. It would be a good idea to extend your answer and talk about what you would get out of a career in the voluntary sector in the long term.