The Hardest Interview Questions: Answered

No one knows what you’ll be asked in an interview but we can have a good go at guessing! We’ve compiled a list of the most common interview questions that leave us feeling like this:

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Question 1: Why should I hire you?
Answer 1:Study the job description before your interview! Stress why you’re the most qualified candidate for the job role, link your skills and experiences to the skills & knowledge they’re looking for, make sure you keep it relevant.

Question 2: What are your greatest weaknesses?
Answer 2: Try to answer this question with skills you have improved whilst at your previous job, however try to pick a skill not directly related to the job you’ve applied for.
Example: Being organised wasn’t my strongest point but I implemented a time management system that’s really helped my organisation skills.

Question 3: Tell me about yourself
Answer 3: Don’t get personal. Keep your answer short and concise (about 2 minutes max) stick to early years, education, work history and recent career experiences. Don’t waste all your best points here this is only a warm up!

Question 4: Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Answer 4: Do not say the interviewer’s position; you don’t want to make them feel threatened. The interviewer wants to gain an insight into your career goals and how this position would fit into your plan. Stress your interest in a long term career at the company and emphasise your interest and eagerness to learn.

Question 5: Do you have any questions?
Answer 5: You should always ask questions at your interview, this is usually your last chance to prove you’re the right candidate. Try asking about company culture or about the role you’ve applied for.
Example: Where will the job fit into the team structure?
Example: Why has this role become available?

If you need help on your interview skills then join us on one of our employability short courses!

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Caterham F1 Sponsors

We are pleased to announce that Steadfast Trainings Logo will be one of the sponsors on both Caterham’s Formula 1 Grand Prix Cars this weekend as well as in the Pit Garages.

Many of you may have read in the press Caterham F1 have struggled to survive this year and raised funds by crowd funding which Steadfast Training Ltd have supported in return for the company’s branding to be on the car and the pits.

We wish the best of luck to the team, who will race in Abu Dhabi this weekend!

20 Most Powerful Words to Use in your CV

So, you’ve written a great CV or Covering Letter but something is missing?

Add some of these powerful words to your document to add that extra ‘wow factor

  1. Solved
  2. Innovative
  3. Conceptualised
  4. Directed
  5. Strengthened
  6. Forecasted
  7. Initiated
  8. Managed
  9. Oversaw
  10. Adapted
  11. Assessed
  12. Persuaded
  13. Introduced
  14. Built
  15. Organized
  16. Projected
  17. Improved
  18. Positivity
  19. Trained
  20. Increased

Use these words carefully! Remember is all about quality not quantity!

What can an Apprentice do for your Business?

Now we nearly always focus on the learner in our blog so we thought it was about time we gave the employers some attention – this post is for you, employers!

You’ve probably seen all the benefits an Apprenticeship can have on a learner/employee but do you know what an Apprenticeship can bring to your business?

Whether you’re in the IT or Health Sector an apprenticeship can benefit you, there are many reasons to take one on! Here are our favourite benefits;

  • Vocational Training can help your business gain Skills & Knowledge that will enable you to work better and quicker.
  • Apprentices can strengthen your bottom line by improving productivity.
  • Apprentices can fill in any Skills Gaps in your workforce often introducing new techniques and technology to increase productivity.
  • Introducing a young enthusiastic apprenticeship into your company can generate new ideas and encourage a culture of learning.
  • Apprenticeships are a tried and tested way to recruit new staff, re-train or upskill existing staff.
  • Learning is undertaken in the workplace meaning there is minimum disruption.
  • Apprenticeships attract people who can bring fresh, innovative ideas to your business.
  • Apprenticeships allow you to mould young talent to their specific requirement.