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Supporting Students & Graduates in developing and implementing career plans

Frequently Asked Questions

Some frequently asked questions (from AIB website)

Introductory information

  • Tell me about yourself?
  • How do you think a friend/colleague/employer would describe you?
  • What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • How has college changed you?
  • What are your hobbies and interests?

Third level education:

  • Why did you choose to go to your college or university
  • Why did you choose your course?
  • Do your results accurately reflect your ability?
  • Were you involved in extracurricular activities?
  • Do you plan to pursue further studies?

Education and work experience:

  • How can you relate your education experience to this job?
  • What have you learnt from your previous work experiences?
  • What can you offer us?
  • Why should we hire you for this position?

Organisational knowledge:

  • What do you know about this organisation?
  • Why are you leaving your present position?
  • What features of your most recent position did you like the most/least?
  • What were you most recent contributions while in your most recent position?
  • What criteria are you using to evaluate potential employers?
  • Can you work under pressure and to deadlines - provide examples
  • What type of work environment do you like best?
  • Can you give me an example of when you had to deal with conflict in the workplace?

Career goals and aspirations:

  • What are your career goals and aspirations?
  • How do you plan to achieve these goals?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years or ten years from now?
  • What are you salary expectations?

Situational questions:

  • If you could start your career again, what would you do differently?
  • If you could change any part of your college experience what would it be and why?
  • If you had six months free with no obligations or financial constraints what would you do?
  • If you were hiring for this position, what qualities would you look for in a candidate?

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