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Job application support

The Careers Team offer a wide range of services to help students find employment and make an informative choice about their future career.

It is best to have a up to date CV ready as many companies ask for one. This also helps with application forms for jobs as you have already written down everything that you have achieved and your skill base.

Most common interview questions

  1. Tell me about yourself/What can you offer us that someone else can not?
  2. Why are you interested in working for the company/How did you hear about this position?
  3. What are your weaknesses/strengths?
  4. Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
  5. Are you willing to travel?
  6. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
  7. Tell me about a time you made a mistake/how you handled a difficult situation? (Turn into a positive by explaining how you fixed the mistake)
  8. What is your dream job? (Incorporate aspects of the job you are applying for)
  9. Would you work holidays/weekends?
  10. How would you deal with an angry or irate customer?
  11. Give a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.
  12. Who are our competitors?
  13. What motivates you?
  14. How do you handle pressure?
  15. What is the name of our CEO?
  16. What are your career goals?
  17. What gets you up in the morning?
  18. If I called your tutor/boss right now and asked him/her what is an area that you could improve on, what would he/she say?
  19. Are you a leader or a follower?
  20. What was the last book you’ve read for fun?
  21. What are your co-worker pet peeves?
  22. What are your hobbies?
  23. What is your favourite website?
  24. What makes you uncomfortable?
  25. What are some of your leadership experiences?
  26. What do you like the most and least about working in this industry?

Our top tips for interviews!

Interviews can make everyone nervous especially if you really want the job. Our team at Warrington & Vale Royal college are here to support you every step of the way.

  • Research the company 
  • Make sure you are smart (even if your interview is in a building site you can make an effort, make sure you clean your boots and have clean clothing)
  • Practice mock interviews with a friends/family or a tutor
  • Prepare questions (At the end of the interview they may ask if you have any questions? Prepare some in advance so you do not feel pressured)
  • Just take a breath, take your time and remember no-one knows you, as well as you do! Below are a list of example questions that you can use to practice.

 

Our Careers Team can provide opportunities to develop your employability:

  • Employer workshops and talks
  • Employer site visits
  • Searching and applying for a job
  • Access to specialist careers directories
  • CV and cover letter guidance
  • Help with filling in application forms
  • Mock interviews