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Practice makes perfect: ITC graduate aces job interview

Posted on 29/06/2015 by
ITC graduate Tuita Tokareta wowed the General Manager of 360 Discovery Cruises when she went for a job interview. It goes without saying that she was offered the position!

ITC graduate Tuita Tokareta wowed the General Manager of 360 Discovery Cruises when she went for a job interview. It goes without saying that she was offered the position!

“Would you like to come in for an interview?” This is the question every job hunter wants to hear. So why does it make so many people break out in a nervous sweat?

Going for a job interview doesn’t have to be terrifying. At the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC), students are given plenty of CV and job preparation support, helping to ensure they are ready to impress when they walk into the interview room.

And impress is definitely what ITC graduate Tuita Tokareta did when she went for an interview with 360 Discovery Cruises.

“She was the best prepared person I have interviewed in a long time,” said 360 Discovery General Manager James Bailey.

Way to go, Tuita!

So what is the secret to Tuita’s success?

As James said: preparation is key.

There is a time and place to ‘wing it’, and the interview room is not it. The more prepared you are, the better your chances of impressing your interviewer.

Tuita’s success didn’t happen overnight. She put a lot of time and energy into her studies and her job search, working closely with ITC staff and applying for a range of suitable positions.

Not every interview you go to will result in a job offer, but they are all a great opportunity to practice your interview technique, improve your CV and learn more about the tourism industry.

Practice makes perfect

For Tuita, practice really did make perfect. That, and a healthy dose of patience and a very positive attitude.

“Study hard and aim high. Try your best in everything you do, because your future is what counts,” she said.

Tuita is excited about what the future holds and loves being part of the 360 Discovery family.

“The 360 Discovery team is wonderful to work with. They are full of fun, laughter, joy and most importantly they treat each other as family. Having James (General Manager) and Grace (Office Manager) as my bosses is wonderful, they always make me feel at ease and are willing to help with anything. And not forgetting my girls in the ticket office who are such good team players – Chantell and Kahlia, you girls are awesome,” Tuita said.

As part of her role she gets to go on Famil trips, free cruises, talk to customers from all over the world and help people plan their dream holidays. It’s a great first job and the perfect introduction to a career in the tourism industry.

ITC South Auckland Campus Manager Natasha Allen couldn’t be prouder of Tuita’s achievement.

“Tuita demonstrated perseverance in her job seeking. She was a student who always showed a positive attitude, kept up-to-date with her work and maintained great attendance. She knew that the effort she put in to her qualification would in the end benefit her career,” Natasha said.

“She learnt from mistakes and she kept on going – strong will and determination leads to success – Tuita, you’re a star! Keep up this awesome attitude towards life and your career will go far!”

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