Graduation Interview Preparation Guide
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Graduation Frequently Asked Questions by expert members with experience in Graduate. These questions and answers will help you strengthen your technical skills, prepare for the new job test and quickly revise the concepts

27 Graduate Questions and Answers:

1 :: 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.

2 :: 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.

3 :: 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.

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 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.

7 :: 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.

8 :: 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.

9 :: Should you really be building anything any more?

This is an open question about contemporary architecture. The best response would be to take a positive approach and say why it is important that architects continue to build. Do make sure your answer is well rounded and acknowledge the debate surrounding construction, especially environmental costs. Examine how you think this can be overcome by using clever architectural design and innovative, responsible building techniques.

10 :: Tell me what you understand role of a graduate construction manager/building services engineer etc. to be?

This question is testing your industry knowledge. If you have prepared thoroughly before the interview, it will shine through when is comes down to these testing questions. This question basically wants you to describe your daily routine, as well as your role within a larger context. An accurate answer would be appropriate here, but try not to make it sound like you are reading the job specification.