Seasonal jobs 101: The 5 most asked interview questions and how to answer them

24 October 2018

Seasonal jobs 101: The 5 most asked interview questions and how to answer them

1. “What is your past experience in this area?”

This question is really a way for them to see how much training they need to give in order to bring you up to speed. A lot of people are on the lookout for seasonal jobs, and if you make it seem like you don’t have enough experience, someone is bound to swoop in and take your spot.

Our advice? Regardless of whether you have past experience or not, let them know that you are adaptable and dependable. You want to leave the impression that you are open for whatever they want to give you. As a seasonal employee, your biggest strength should be flexibility, and that’s exactly what you should focus on.


2. “What does your schedule look like? What days and hours can you work?”

Maybe you’re a student, a carer or a working parent looking for some seasonal work. The point is, you already have a schedule.

First things first: don’t lie. Don’t tell them you can come in every day of the week when you can’t. Again, it all boils down to flexibility. If you have commitments on Mondays and Wednesdays, answer by saying they can have your Tuesdays, Thursdays, and weekends.

Whatever your schedule is like, make sure it communicates one crucial thing: availability and flexibility.


3. “What do you enjoy most about working in this industry?”

Some applicants will overthink this. The right answer isn’t “I’m passionate for ‘this’ service.” Your answer could be as simple as the following:

  • I want to learn how to give great everyday customer service
  • I want to have hands-on experience about this industry
  • I want to have a better understanding of customer satisfaction


4. “This job will only last for a couple of weeks – why are you interested?”

You go into a seasonal interview knowing fully well that the job isn’t permanent beyond what they’re currently offering. There’s no point in overselling and saying stuff like, “I hope to do so well I become a permanent part of your team and grow as a person.” Your best shot is something practical.

Seasonal hiring managers are aware of what they’re offering so there’s no need to go above and beyond with your answer. You can say something like, “I’m interested in helping you accommodate seasonal demands while learning about this industry.”


5. “What are your plans once summer season is over?”

They don’t have an entire year to get to know you as a person. Hiring managers and business owners want to know they’re getting a dependable person from the get-go. Talking about your goals and future plans can increase your chances of getting hired, especially if it has something to do with their industry.

Most importantly, don’t sweat it. There are lots of employers looking for candidates just like you and here CoAct, we can help build your confidence and give you the support you need.

From putting your resume together to getting you interview-ready and matching your skills and interests to jobs in your area, our team wants to see you succeed.


For personalised support that helps you land the right job sooner, get in touch with our friendly team today.

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