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Postgraduate careers update


Sarah Juillet, Director of Business School Postgraduate Careers and Professional Development:

Sarah JuilletThe Postgraduate Careers team would like to thank our alumni who, over the past few months, have been wonderful in supporting our postgraduate students with their time for virtual chats, sponsoring MBA Business Mastery Projects and joining us for live virtual ‘coffee mornings’ to share their advice and knowledge. The next year will be challenging in many ways and being part of this community will provide essential support for those graduating and starting their courses this year.

As postgraduate alumni, don’t forget that you too benefit from access to a suite of resources to help support your career and professional development. Through links on your Careers Online homepage you can access alumni resources including: job search advice and resources for company research; industry sector factsheets; interview and selection advice and practice; a suite of expert-led webinars on career progression, career change and leadership; and access to paid-for subscription sites such as Remember to check back regularly as we will be releasing new webinars and interviews over the summer months.

You can also utilise Careers Online to help you identify and target Business School talent efficiently by posting jobs, or to find and apply for jobs yourself.

For any queries or if you would like to support postgraduate students, please contact

Finding Your Future

Careers, Cass Business School News.

e9ad9fee9d0bc73e0b2c055eb0b268ce_xlMira Rutter (MSc Banking and International Finance) is a career, personal growth and wellbeing coach with her own coaching practice Rutter Coaching. We recently spoke about her own career transitions and have been allowed to publish extracts from her blogs.


So, you have spent some time asking yourself various questions about what makes you happy, what activities make you lose track of time, what you are naturally good at, what makes you feel great about yourself, who you want to help and what causes you strongly believe in. You also now have an understanding of your values and what you need in order to feel fulfilled in your career and live your life with purpose. (If you haven’t, then check out our 7 Steps to Finding Your Passion guide.)

So what now?

Now, it’s about chasing your dreams or perhaps if you haven’t fully identified what it is you want to be doing, it’s about taking some actions to define it clearly and then chase it.

Remember that famous Benjamin Franklin quote, ‘If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail’? It’s about committing to making a change and a difference to how you live your life, whether it’s a small or a major change that you are looking to make. It’s about taking actions and saying ‘no’ to the status quo and remaining complacent and saying ‘yes’ to having focus and determination.

At the end of the day, if you are following your passions you are optimising your life because you are spending more of your time doing what you love and you are fulfilling your potential. And who doesn’t want to be doing that?!

Read more on Mira’s blog >>


When you wake up on a working day, do you think to yourself ‘I’m so looking forward to today and all the exciting things the day ahead will bring?’

These days we’re all being urged to ‘find our passion’ but what if we don’t know what it is or how to find it? Or perhaps we know what it is but we don’t know to go on about following it? We’re expected to take control of our careers, but often with minimal resources or support.

In our busy lives, the days, weeks, and months fly by and it’s very easy to find ourselves on a career path determined by others or by circumstances. That job offer or project that came along and is now a career. We get stuck where we are and can end up feeling uninspired and lacking motivation. I’ve been there myself and I know what it’s like.

And the one thing we never get around to doing is taking a step back and asking ourselves ‘What do I really want to be doing?’ ‘What will make me jump out of bed with joy every day, even on a Monday morning?’

Last week, Simon and I delivered a very engaging and interactive workshop at Barclays HQ in London as part of their Careers Week. What we found was that people didn’t know what questions to ask themselves to help them find out what they are passionate about and how they can gain that invaluable insight about themselves. We also saw on our social media that people wanted to know more about how to find their passion. So, I want to use this blog to help you to take that step back and explore what motivates you, what’s really important to you and what you are passionate about.

Passion. What is it to you?

First of all, take a moment to think about what feeling passionate about your work means to you.

Your passion is the reason you wake up in the morning, and just the thought of it can keep you up late with excitement although preferably not too late. It can also be a quieter feeling of satisfaction, knowing you’re living life on your terms.

What are the benefits?

Have you ever wondered what difference will feeling passionate about your work make to you? What about to your family, to your company and to society?

I personally know how scary it can be when you feel like your life has no purpose or direction but finding your passion can change all that.

Finding your passion is like finding your personal road map. When you find your passion you feel happy, fulfilled, work doesn’t really feel like work, your relationships with your family and colleagues improve and many more… And you are so much clearer about in what direction you are heading and what steps to take.

Read more on Mira’s blog >>


It’s Work-Life Balance week. Hurray! I guess it says it all that if we’ve had to dedicate a national week to it.

Do you feel overwhelmed and overstretched by constantly having to juggle a demanding job and various personal commitments? Are you frequently stressed, exhausted and struggling to fit everything in? You are definitely not alone.

In our hectic, 100 miles per hour lives, we often get pulled from pillar to post, drown in detail, more is expected from us and we demand more of ourselves. As a result, we tend to forget to get off the hamster wheel and take a break to think of what it is we really want, and why.

What is work-life balance anyway?

Let’s pause for a moment and think what having work-life balance means to you. What would an ideal week would look like to you? How much time would you dedicate to work? How much time would you dedicate to your family? How about to yourself – downtime, personal development time? What about your hobbies and interests? How about exercising?

I truly believe that leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle is the key to feeling happy, energetic and fulfilled.

There are a lot of things that depend on others, but there is a lot that can be determined by us. So, it’s important to focus on what you can control and influence. Even if that sometimes is ‘just’ your mindset.

Read more on Mira’s blog >>

The Career Mastery: Effective Communication

Careers, Cass Business School News.

thank-you-letter-3-2-630x315Deniz Sasal (Executive MBA, 2013) currently works for PwC Consulting, and has started his own careers blog that will “share valuable insider information that most hiring managers wouldn’t share”.

We have been allowed to publish extracts from the blog. You can read more on

Writing a Compelling Resume Objective & Resume Summary

Writing a well-crafted resume objective is as important as wearing nice shoes to an interview. Here is the catch, though, just as how you wouldn’t wear flip-flops to an interview, you wouldn’t wear your shiny shoes to the beach.

The point is very simple, you may not need a resume objective section at all if you fit in one of the categories below;

1) You have plenty of experience
2) Been in that industry for some time and have no intentions to go into a new domain

In that case, what you need is a resume summary. Resume objective may end up making you look like a fresh graduate or simply, an amateur… But if you are a recent graduate or looking to change your domain, then a basic resume objective or some sort of a resume goal/purpose statement is what you need.

What NOT to say in a resume objective section?

First of all, this is not a section where you write down what you have always wanted to be. Speaking of not to dos, here are a few more;

– Don’t use a general career objective statement for all your applications. It will hurt your chances more than it will help. You are trying to collect points in every section of your resume.
– Plus, resume objective is the first section in your resume so it’s even more important. Remember, that’s the first thing they see…
– Don’t use fillers. Whatever you say in your CV needs to serve a particular mission. It needs to help you position yourself for that role.
– Avoid writing long paragraphs. It should be short, simple, and effective. Hiring managers will only browse through it. They don’t have time to go over it in great detail.
– It’s not about you! It’s about what you give to the organization. Leverage your experience and skills and explain briefly how they will benefit them.

What to say in your resume objective?

Alright, let’s get to the good bits. The number one tip I can give you here is to make your objective as specific and as tailored as possible to the needs of the organization. By having read the job description, you have so much knowledge as to who their ideal employee is. So, you give it to them!

Essentially, you are looking to write down only a couple of sentences. That’s about it. The more you write in this section, the less attention they will have left for the rest of your resume. Ideally, you would want your experiences section to be the center point of attention, not the objective section.

So your objective needs to answer two questions.

– What position are you applying to?
– What’s your relevant experience and skills?

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How To Find A Job With A Letter of Interest

Don’t you agree with me when I say your confidence takes one heck of a beating with all those 100s of rejections?

It just blows…

It really does.

After 2 rejections, you think “Maybe the job wasn’t really suitable to my background”. After 20 rejections, you think “Maybe the competition was fierce. I should perhaps start looking at less competitive job posts” After 100 rejections, you think “What’s wrong with me? All this education, grade marks, was all of it for nothing? I should have studied at Stanford instead…”

You know what, you are really not alone. But I want to tell you something. Receiving 100s of rejections have very little to do with you. It really isn’t about you.

I know you came here because you are probably just looking for a sample letter of interest format for a job opening. If you bear with me until the end of this post, I will over-deliver. Not only will you get the best letter of interest sample and a template that you can use for a job application, internship, or a promotion, but I will also increase your over-all chances to get a job with a multinational company by a very large margin.

Stick with me, will you?

Essentially there are two reasons why you are receiving all those rejections all the time.

You are just using wrong methods. What I call “click-applications” won’t get you very far. For every job post online, there are about 3,000 applications. It gets a lot higher if it’s a renowned organization. Making those “click-applications” are so easy that the candidates no longer even read the job description. A couple of years ago, I was introduced to a recent graduate. He was a relative of a close friend of mine. Anyway, I got on a call with him and asked what he is doing to make applications. He gave me an answer that I don’t think I will ever forget for the rest of my life. He wrote a software that makes automated applications to all those job posts whenever certain keywords are mentioned in job post titles. He told me that his software made anywhere from 100 to 500 applications a day… I was definitely speechless when I heard it… He is smart for sure; but definitely misguided. Oh, he told me that he’s not alone by the way… Some of his classmates also employed a similar technique. In fact, they shared the software.

So, now you know what you are dealing with here…

The second problem is the jobs that you think you are applying to may not be real. This is a very controversial topic and got me in a legal trouble a couple of years ago. This was when I talked about it in an event and named those companies that were posting fake jobs. I also presented the proof. It didn’t take them long to threaten me with a 7-figure lawsuit.

Well, I no longer name names… But that doesn’t stop me from talking about it so you don’t fall victim to it.

Let’s start with the first one. You are using wrong methods to get a job. You already know from my above summary that the click-applications are not the way to go about finding your dream job.

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The Career Mastery: Why Should We Hire You? The Ultimate Answer Guide

Careers, Cass Business School News.

thank-you-letter-2-630x315Deniz Sasal (Executive MBA, 2013) currently works for PwC Consulting, and has started his own careers blog that will “share valuable insider information that most hiring managers wouldn’t share”.

We have been allowed to publish extracts from the blog. You can read more on

How To Answer: Why Should We Hire You?

Well, to start with; nobody is going to ask you “why should we hire you” if you do a great job in the interview with your answers and implant your messages of why you are the best candidate.

They won’t have the need to ask you that. A hiring manager will not waste his time asking that question if you already made him feel that you are the right candidate.

But, let’s say the hiring manager isn’t convinced and he still asks that question directly. No problem! At the end of this guide, you will be a lot better equipped to have an amazing answer for it.

First things first, let me introduce myself. I am Deniz Sasal. I am a manager with PwC Consulting in our strategy consulting business unit. I am also the creator of Landing Interviews Guaranteed and The Career Mastery. I am an MBA from Cass Business School of City University London and I also hold various professional certificates, such as; PMP, PMI-RMP, CMA, etc. I launched The Career Mastery blog as a side project in 2016. I wanted to help fresh graduates find better jobs with large multinational employers and management consultancies. See, I join a lot of interviews as a hiring manager. One thing I noticed very clearly is that today’s job applicants are extremely mislead… There is so much BS advice given to you from completely unqualified non-achievers who somehow have the audacity to teach you… As a result, you are wasting so much valuable time post graduation and most of the time ending up settling for sub-par employers. Long story short, if you stick with me, I will provide you with the best advise, insider tips, and tricks to increase your chances to get jobs with multinationals.

Anyway, in this article, I’d like to present you a different answer to when you are asked “why should we hire you”, one that will most probably increase your chances by a significant margin. I will also let you in on some of the insider tips and perspectives.

Time to look at the fundamentals. What are you trying to accomplish when asked this question? You are simply trying to convince them that:

– You will fit in well with the organization culture
– You possess all the skills and experiences required
– Hiring you will make them look smart
– You can deliver great results

So far so good?

Now, let’s look at the requirements of this role. To do that, take a look at the job description again. And take out;

– What skills are required in the job description?
– What experience are they looking for?


To establish this outcome, the tools available to you are:

– Your industry experience
– Hard and soft skills
– Your main accomplishments
– Your education

Now, we got the fundamentals out of the way, let’s get into more advanced stuff. It’s time to start our analysis and recommendations. You probably fit one of the 2 categories below:

1) Are you an experienced hire with years of experience and you are joining the firm to solve a particular problem?
2) Are you a fresh graduate or have minimal years of experience?

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The Career Mastery: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Careers, Cass Business School News .

denizDeniz Sasal (Executive MBA, 2013) currently works for PwC Consulting, and has started his own careers blog that will “share valuable insider information that most hiring managers wouldn’t share”.

We have been allowed to publish extracts from the blog. You can read more on

What a stupid question to ask… It really is…

Interviewer: Where you do you see yourself in 5 years?
Me: Well, I am going to tell you that I see myself at your company at a role where I contribute to the organization’s success… and you will not believe that I am genuine but then I will say that anyway because this is the only answer I know you are looking for…

In an ideal world, if you are interviewing with a highly professional company and highly professional hiring managers, they may not ask you this question; where do you see yourself in 5 years…

I hope they won’t. It’s meaningless and encourages the candidate to lie. It serves very little purpose. There are way better questions to understand a candidate’s commitment and loyalty.

But here is the thing… We are not living in an ideal world, and the chances that they will ask you this question is very high.

In fact, unfortunately, I was asked this question even when I interviewed for PwC Consulting 5 years ago. Worst of all, this question came directly from the partner himself. And no, not partner in charge of HR. But the partner in strategy consulting!

As I said, we are not living in an ideal world…

I am Deniz Sasal. I am a manager with PwC Consulting and for the past 10 years, I have been interviewing thousands of candidates as a hiring manager. At The Career Mastery, a blog that I own, I help change some of the notions when it comes to interviews and hiring.

Whatever you hear from me represent my view as a hiring manager. I am not HR, never been, nor have any intentions to become one at any point in my career.

Alright, let’s continue now…

First things first, here are what not to do when they ask “where do you see yourself in 5 years”

Don’t try to be funny for God’s sake. I remember at least 4 candidates who said they saw themselves in my position in 5 years. The funny thing is I didn’t ask where you see yourself in 5 years. I merely asked about their future plans and whether they’d like to stay in Dubai over the foreseeable future. After all, this is an expatriate-oriented city with high expat-turnover. Plus, this is probably the oldest joke in the book. Where are they learning this from? Who’s that guy teaching them that it’s okay to say such an awkward, obnoxious, not-even-funny joke? Please don’t do that. It’s not funny and also not even logical. If I am interviewing you for a junior consultant role, it will take you a lot more than 5 years to become a manager… Just don’t shoot yourself in the foot.

You don’t need to necessarily talk about your ambitions for future when asked this question. Start from today. After all, we are interviewing you to fill a current role. Not necessarily a role to fill 5 years in the future. We are not going to hire you to train you for “that” role for 5 years. Don’t talk about your life story. Ever since you started grade school, you always wanted to be a management consultant… Be Realistic.

So, I will give you 2 approaches to this question.

First, I will share with you the conventional safe approach. And once it’s out of the way, I will share with you, my way.

The first approach is the safest one. It’s what everybody uses and it is what I call “Bullshit” answer. Your BS answer may tick the box and prevent you from taking any risks. But, at the end of the day it’s BS. To craft your perfect BS answer, you need to hit certain triggers.

The way I see, they are the following;

– You need to show them you are committed and not a 2-year jumper – which most of us suffer from.
– The reason you are here is not to find a quick solution to your unemployment. But rather, you are thinking of us as your last destination in your corporate career. Simply, you are not here to wait for the next best offer. Then, off you go. From hiring manager’s perspective, this is a big challenge. Finding the right candidate consumes too many valuable resources from the company. Time being the most important one. Show your loyalty and commitment to the organization.
– Ambitious and assertive characters are in high-demand for certain roles, especially in sales related positions. So, feel free to clearly state that you are looking to grow with the company, learn from the best, and ultimately, when you are ready take on more responsibilities.

So, a safe BS answer may look something like below;

I am really determined to achieve my and company’s goals. I’d like to deliver to the best of my abilities while learning from the best. Having said that, I see myself 5 years down the road growing into a managerial role and demonstrating my leadership capabilities.

Or another one,

I am really looking forward to spending the next five years in an organization where I feel I share all of its values, especially when it comes to [some values]. I would love to have the opportunity to demonstrate my leadership capabilities when the time is right, hopefully within 5 years and contribute to its growing success.

Alright, as you see from above responses, they are safe answers but not necessarily something I would say.

This is especially true if I am interviewing with a hiring manager. The hiring manager will most probably be your direct line supervisor once you get the job. Do you really want to start that relationship based on lies and BS?

I don’t…

And I didn’t… When I was asked this question 5 years ago, my answer was something like below;

Me: “Hmm. Let me gather my thoughts for a second… [Yes, I literally took my time to think. You should try it too…] Judging by the fact that where I saw myself in the past and where I ended up, it’s really hard to say where I will be. The only way I can see the future is by looking at my past, right?

“And if you asked this question to me almost 8 years ago when I was working at Standard & Poor’s as a financial analyst, I’d tell you I wanted to be an investment banker, then 5 years later I was a project management consultant, then sustainability consultant, and now here I am interviewing for a management consulting role which I can confidently do very well.

“So, as you see, where I wanted to be almost never happened and it’s really hard to say now where I will be in 5 years.

“But I guarantee you one thing. I will do my best in this role and try my best to have a wonderful career at PwC with your team and with your leadership. And when the times comes, I will assume more leadership roles, hopefully easing some of your intense work load.”

When I gave this answer, something incredible happened… Partner was definitely shocked hearing my answer and I could tell he wasn’t expecting this. But… He was incredibly impressed…
I could see it in his eyes.

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The Career Mastery: Tell Me About Yourself

Careers, Cass Business School News.

thank-you-letter-3-630x315Deniz Sasal (Executive MBA, 2013) currently works for PwC Consulting, and has started his own careers blog that will “share valuable insider information that most hiring managers wouldn’t share”.

We have been allowed to publish extracts from the blog. You can read more on

I think you’ll agree with me that when you are asked the dreaded question “tell me about yourself” in the most intense environment you can think of, the chances are that you may end up blabbering and you will make little sense if you are not prepared enough. Worst of all, it will most likely be the first question they will ask you in the interview.

Don’t you worry though. I have an awesome guide for you here. I will share with you a very detailed answer that will increase your chances by a large margin to get that job.

Just be patient…

I am Deniz Sasal. I am a manager with PwC Consulting and also the creator of Landing Interviews Guaranteed and The Career Mastery. I have been interviewing candidates as a hiring manager for a very long time.

In this article, my intention is to show you a different perspective than what you find when you search Google for answers to your query “tell me about yourself”. What I share with you will be the perspective of a hiring manager working for a large multinational company.

Alright, let’s continue.

First I will cover what not to do. These will be short and sweet I promise.

Then, we will look at why they are asking this question. And eventually, we will craft the perfect answer for you. I will also show you 1 critical strategy to take it a step further to create a long lasting impact with hiring managers.

Sounds good?


What not to do?

To start with, the hiring manager has already seen your resume and even cover letter. There is really no need for you to go over your resume bullet by bullet. Having said this, it doesn’t hurt your chances to highlight some of your most important qualifications and achievements.

When you are presenting your background, don’t fall victim to under or over qualification. Just give them what they need. There is a very thin line between being an over-achiever and being over-qualified.

No need to share them your life story. And oh God please don’t you start from your high school years. It’s really a waste of everybody’s time. I recently interviewed a candidate for a graduate hire role. She literally started her pitch like this; “I graduated from grade school in 1995 from XXX school and then continued my education further with XXX junior high in XXX city. High school years were very challenging with new environment…” By this point, I was already done. Horrible first impression. I interrupted the candidate and asked her to talk about her current experience. She definitely failed the interview. Not necessarily only because of how she presented her background.

Avoid keeping it too long. It’s a monologue so nobody really has 20 minutes to listen to your background, however, exciting that may sound to you.

Don’t be boring. Please… You should show some real enthusiasm in your pitch. The more energetic you are the better it is. Oh, remember to smile. It makes a big difference.

Everybody else thinks that you are asked to present yourself because;

– Hiring managers want to see how your response would be to a question that you are not prepared. (Not sure why they think you’d be unprepared…)
– They want to know what you consider important in your background
– I can agree to a certain degree. I’d also want to see what you consider important in your background.
– But, the real reason hiring managers in multinational organizations ask this question is because we want to see your presentation skills!

Yeah, surprised?

After all, think about it, we all have seen your resume, your cover letter, you have probably already passed the HR interview. So, we do know a lot about your background already. In fact, if you are applying to a multinational organization, you have already been Google’d even. Why go over your background all over again?

Even if they haven’t seen it before, they are holding that CV in their hands when they ask the question; “tell me about yourself”.

Remember this, companies want employees who are:
– presentable
– can represent the firm professionally to their clients (especially true for consulting and other professional services companies)
– charismatic and likable – especially if you are in a client facing role

If they ask you to present the company or its products to gauge your presentation skills, it would be unfair to you as you have very limited knowledge. But what better material is there than your background to present?

That’s why they say tell me about yourself not tell me about our products or the company. Right?

So, they are giving you an opportunity to present something that you know inside out. They already know when you graduated, which company you worked for, when you left them, what tasks you carried out for each of them.

What they are interested in is:

Can you speak smoothly without stuttering?

Can you be charismatic?

Are you getting nervous when presenting?

When you speak, do you impress people?

How are your communication skills?

How is your language skills?

These and a lot more questions like these need to be addressed by the way you present.

See, this is actually an incredible opportunity for you. It’s an unbelievable opportunity.

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The Career Mastery: What are your weaknesses?

Careers, Cass Business School News.

thank-you-letter-1-630x315Deniz Sasal (Executive MBA, 2013) currently works for PwC Consulting, and has started his own careers blog that will “share valuable insider information that most hiring managers wouldn’t share”.

We have been allowed to publish extracts from the blog. You can read more on

What are your weaknesses?

Let me start by saying your greatest weakness is your greatest weakness. It’s not your greatest strength taken to extreme and portrait as a weakness. Anybody asks what are your weaknesses, you tell them out loud…

Am I confusing you?

Let me explain; I have come across way too many HR professionals recommending that you should just take your greatest strength, take it to extreme, and then say that it’s your weakness.

Like; my greatest weakness is that;

– I work too hard
– I am a perfectionist
– I don’t delegate as much as I should
– I am a people pleaser
– I am very critical of my own work

Please… Stop! Seriously, what are you trying to do?

I am Deniz Sasal. I am a manager with PwC Consulting and have been interviewing 1000s of candidates for the past 10 years as a hiring manager. If you mention one of the above, then I will immediately label you as a bullshitter.

What else do you think I will feel?

I will feel that you will continue to BS me in every opportunity you get. There is simply no reason for me to hire a team member, especially a subordinate whom will try to bs her way through tough times. Of all the qualities you have, your hard skills, your dedication, that college degree you studied so hard to obtain were all so you could be known as a bullshitter? I am confident that the answer is no. I understand why you are confused though. I really do.

You make a search on Google “What are your weaknesses?” and all the answers you are exposed to tell you to trick the interviewer. They tell you that you should look for a weakness that is not too extreme or a strength in disguise. I hope with this article I help change that notion.

In the world of consulting, we are challenged with deadlines and quality deliverables on a daily basis. It’s tough out there. It’s also same with large multinational companies, be it investment banking, consumer goods, marketing, sales, anything. A large MNC didn’t get to be the number 1 with lazy employees. Clients are demanding and competition is fierce. Whoever is not up to the challenge gets lost. In these high-intensity environments, leaders need soldiers who will fight with them as one united team. There are no lies or bullshits in such a team. There are no acts no pretends.

Imagine, one profession that works in such intensity is army. Do you think they go about asking “what are your weaknesses?” before enlisting? No, not at all… They don’t. So, when we are looking for new additions to such an environment, we make sure we are confident we can trust you to deliver that research when you say it at the quality you committed to. There are no excuses, buts, uhmms, “this or that happened”s.

It’s not about “what are your weaknesses?” or “what are your shortcomings?”, it’s about them giving you an opportunity to prove your honesty. I hope I am being clear when I say how honesty plays an integral role in your interview process.

I have a checklist. It goes like this;

Is she trustworthy?
Can she say sorry when she messes up? Learns from it, and then moves on with lessons learned?
Is she honest?
Is she motivated to work hard for the team?
If the answer is “YES” so far then only we move on to evaluate the hard skills.

And I test you to understand whether you are trustworthy or not. I can increase the pressure and use your answers against you.

Look for inconsistencies in your answers

Try to make you say sorry. Are you adult enough to say sorry when you need to? Or is it a pride issue?

Am I dealing with self-entitlement here? Because, if you are suffering from it, I suggest you work on it before you start interviewing with anyone. It will be obvious.

It’s mind games at its best. And you were asked a very simple question under pressure; what are your weaknesses? If you can’t answer this honestly, you sure will not answer honestly once we start working together.

Alright, I hope so far it’s clear for you. You know now that the first thing you need to establish is honesty. But how do you answer that question? After all, you did indeed search “what are your weaknesses” and ended up in my article to find an answer. Good. Let’s get to it.

What are your weaknesses? Here is what I say.

First; be specific. There are about a billion weaknesses I can list down here but without knowing your domain, background, and experience it’s very difficult. But, what I thought is, I could share with you my very own weaknesses and perhaps they may also relate to you as well. Sounds good? Alright here it goes;

My first weakness: Although I am very good with applications of powerpoint, its tools and functions, I am not the best when it comes to designing the slides.

This is true. I really am not a good designer. I can’t design a slide based on what I have in my head. But luckily, PwC has probably the best slide library in the world. So, all I have to do is go through about 400 slides and pick the best template. To be perfectly honest, even if I were great at it, I am not sure if I would be allowed to take initiative and design my slides anyway. Consulting companies invest millions of dollars to make sure they have the best colors and layout.

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On Thursday 23rd June 2016, we hosted our fourth alumni careers webinar. The topic was “Working in the USA”, and focussed on the next steps you need to take to work and live in the USA.

This webinar was recorded and is now available here. Running Time 50 mins.

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