Don’t answer any more interview questions until you have read this….

Remember I said that finding a job can be likened to a highly competitive sport? And just like any game you’re playing, if you don’t know the rules or how to outwit your opponent, your chances of winning are dramatically reduced.

What if you knew the rules? What if you understood how your opponent plays the game? Or better still, what if you knew your opponents likes, dislikes and weaknesses? Would that place the advantage on your side? YOU BET!

Ok, so let’s get started.

One of the hardest stage of the game (and I refer to it as a game so that you start to ease your mental approach slightly towards what can be a very nerve wrecking experience) is when the tough questions get asked. You know the ones;

What are your weaknesses?

What do think will be a challenge for you whilst working here?

How do you not show frustration when dealing with a complaining customer? What stresses you when you’re under pressure?

We have other candidates who have more and experience and better qualified, why should we employ you?

Let me ask you … What is wrong with this picture?

What’s wrong with these questions????

Can you see that there is a presupposition (an assumption) in the questions? It assumes you have weaknesses, challenges, stress etc. Your brain hears this and looks to answer the question, literally.

I can hear you ask…so what should I do Al, lie? NO! We all have weaknesses, challenges and stresses (so do I).

Three ways to answer…ready?

  1. It’s all relative! A weakness to one person can be another’s strength. Pick a weakness that may be an advantage to your employer. For example, one of my weakness is that I’m a perfectionist, I cross the ‘Ts’ and dot every single ‘I’s’. So, yes, I will look over an article many times before publishing it. Some people find this annoying.
  2. If you get caught out, then 90% of the answer should explain what you are doing to overcome your weakness. For example, time management may not be your strong point, no problem, now you keep a diary and allocate time next to each activity, or you’re taking an online course to help you improve etc.
  3. Last resort, use the role you are applying for as a platform to help you improve. For example, you may be shy and find it hard to socialise until you get to know people. No problem, being employed in a bigger company will force you out of your comfort zone and allow you to grow and overcome the weakness. You will be grateful for this opportunity and will work even harder.

Get it?

Turn it around to your advantage. Employers love to know you are willing to grow, face challenges, learn, and that you may have a personality trait that will benefit the company.

Enough for today, want to become an interview master? Join our free Employ ME Master Class, It’s Free!

Speak Soon

Alberto Lavenuta

Employ ME Coach

Employ ME Master Class

I bet you don’t this before an interview!

Have you ever been nervous before an interview? Come on Al, what I dumb question! Ok, I deserved that.

Listen, nerves are perfectly normal, the greatest performers on the planet get nervous before going on stage. I remember watching a video of Elvis preparing for a show when he was performing in Vagas. This was late into his career, having done thousands of appearances on stage and screen, yet there he was, pacing up and down trying to manage his nerves! Even the King gets nervous. So chill’s all normal.

 I believe the nervous feeling you get actually sharpens you somewhat and prepares you for ‘action’. This can be a performance, response to danger or even a job interview (which could be both depending on how you look at it). From a biochemical perspective, the brain is flushing the body with a cocktail of ready-to-take-action neurotransmitters such as Dopamine, Norepinephrine, and Epinephrine (also called adrenaline).

If you’re like most, a job interview is seen as something quite unpleasant, in extreme cases, something dangerous. I’ll will talk about why this is, in another Blog, but for today I want to give you one simple strategy that will help to calm those nerves. Got pen and paper ready?



When people are under pressure or stress, their breathing tends to be rather shallow and fast. Observe your breathing next time you’re in a situation of stress and you will notice you are not taking long slow breaths.

Deep, controlled breathing has been proven to lower blood pressure, promotes better blood flow and reduces stress! But here’s the best part – deep breathing forces you to focus on your breathing and quietens that voice in your head that is telling you, you are about to die!

Try it now  – take a deep breath to the count of 5, feel your rib cage expanding and diaphragm pushing down. Hold it for a count of 2 and then exhale slowly to a count of 5. As you exhale, allow your muscles on your face and upper body to release.

You should feel an instant change in your body.

Do this several times before an interview and feel the difference it makes. You will be more relaxed and able to access your memory much better, which will allow you to smash those tough questions eeeeeeasy!

Speak soon and play hard.

Alberto Lavenuta

Employ ME Coach

Visit us at Burwood Festival

Date: Sunday 8th October 2017 – Time: 11:00 am till 6:00 pm

The Burwood Festival, held on the 8th October 2017 at Burwood Park is the largest free community event in Sydney’s Inner West.

Held at Burwood Park, the festival’s main stage program will include a diverse range of performers, including local schools, community groups and professional artists.

The one day event will showcase a kids’ area, food, merchandise and information stalls, model boats, classic car show, sensory journey, live street art, workshops and roving performers.

As SSBT has recently relocated to Burwood, this event provides an opportunity to introduce SSBT to the local community and say hello to the locals. SSBT will have its own stand with staff available on the day to showcase our 17 year history of providing quality vocational education in Business, Accounting, Hospitality, Child Care and English courses. Our Certificate iii and iv, Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications provide a strong platform for our students to continue their education at University.

To commemorate SSBT’s first Festival attendance we will be offering a 5% discount on all short courses to anyone who registers their interest leading up to and on the day of the festival. Short courses on offer will include; Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA), General English, English for Academic Purposes, IELTS and PTE Preparation Course and short courses relating to Tax, Hospitality and First Aid.

Visit our Facebook page to register your interest and come and say hello to the team on the day!

Hello my name is Arjaree

Hello, my name is Arjaree Veeraprach and I am the Marketing and Admissions Manager for Sydney School of Business and Technology and Apple Study Group. I would like to share my experience of being an International student in Australia.

I am from Khon Kaen, a beautiful, small, colourful city in northern eastern of Thailand and I came to Australia 17 years ago as an International student to study English and Higher Education. I started to learn English when I was in High school but my level was very minimal. After graduating from University in Thailand I decided to come to Australia to continue my studies.

After arrival!

I had no doubts, I would struggle with my English when I arrived in Sydney, Australia.  However, I realised that Studying English in Australia would be far better and more efficient compared with learning in my country. It took me sometime to adapt to a new environment.  The combination of Culture shock, a new place, new food, new friends and a new environment was challenging.

The first skill that I improved was cooking, I suddenly had to do everything for myself, no mom or dad helping anymore. Converting Thai Baht to Dollars was also a challenge. The Dollar is worth almost 30 times the rate of Thai Baht, I kept telling myself that I needed to save more!

Something I liked about being an International student!

I like the transportation system here, it is so convenient.  The Weather is the best. I can feel real winter!  However, as an International Student, we do not get any discount or concession on transportation fees.

The most difficult part of learning English is Writing.  I could not use or link all my beautiful words to make nice sentences. I decided to join a Writing task and wrote a lot of essays which helped me a lot to improve.  Someone said to me that if I wanted to improve my writing skills I should read a lot.  So, I started to do much more reading.

I never regretted making the decision to come and be a student in Australia. It was a good experience throughout.  Working at SSBT and Apple Study Group as Marketing and Admissions Manager is a bonus.  I can give an advice to other international students who are struggling as I once did. It is an advantage to speak 2 languages, so students I deal with can understand more

I wish that you all have a good time here in Australia and enjoy being an International Student!


Thank you


Marketing and Admissions Manager


Employ ME – Master Class

Employability skills training

Having difficulty landing that perfect job?

Don’t despair, it can be done, you just haven’t been shown how to play the game!

You can gain the advantage and win!

Finding employment has become a highly competitive game, but not an impossible one to win. Just like any game, you need to have the psychological edge and have the best tools at your disposal.

SSBT’s Employ ME Master Class will reveal the secrets to winning the employment game and provide you with the ‘cut-through’ tools such as effective covers letters and resumes that will make your application stand out and one that a prospective employer will find irresistible.

Our Employ ME Coach has worked in Executive Management Roles for over 12 years across various industries. He will reveal how most manager’s short list resumes, choose candidates and how the final decision is made. It’s a revealing behind-the-scenes look at what really happens throughout the recruitment process. You will learn how to play the game and win!

The Employ ME Master Class will cover:


  • The Secret Advantage – Setting your goal and vision
  • Powerful introductions – Non-verbal communication (presentation and interview skills)
  • Cut through Cover Letters & Resumes
  • Fast Find Job Search – Job search strategies
  • Rehearsing Success – Perfecting interview skills (role play)


SSBT has been educating students for over 17 years in various business related faculties including Business, Accounting, Hospitality, Child Care and English. We know that, in the current environment, a qualification is simply not enough to guarantee employment. If you’re looking for work, you need to understand how the recruitment process works. More importantly, you need to know how to make your application and YOU stand out from the crowd! These skills and techniques are not taught in schools and do not form part of most qualification curriculum.

SSBT is committed to delivering quality education and real employment outcomes by giving our students the winning edge!


Are you ready to get the winning advantage?

We deliver every month for limited number!

Places are limited, register today, it’s free!

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