Competing

Top 5 tips for the judges interview

  1. Shake hands: when the judges first come to your stand be sure that all members of your team are present and ready. Start with every member of the team shaking hands with the judges.
  2. Introduce the team: at the beginning make sure that you introduce each team member to the judges and tell them what role each person played. Alternatively each person could introduce themselves.
  3. Give everyone a chance to speak: it’s a good idea to decide beforehand who will speak about the different areas of the business. The judges will want to hear about the part played by each team member rather than one person doing all the talking. Remember not to all speak at the same time!
  4. Focus on what you have learned: tell the judges about the various lessons you learned about entrepreneurship during the year. Tell them about the various obstacles you came across and how you worked together to overcome them.
  5. Prepare in advance: it’s very easy even for experienced business people to get tongue tied at interviews. It’s a good idea to do as much preparation as possible in advance of the interview – try anticipating the questions the judges are likely to ask and prepare your answers. Here are some ideas:
    • How did you work together as a team?
    • Did you have any team conflict and how did you deal with this?
    • What lessons did you learn?
    • What mistakes did you make and what did you learn from them?
    • How did you come up with a price for your product / service?
    • What market research did you carry out?
    • How did you promote your product / service?
    • How did you come up with your business idea?
    • What risks did you identify for the business and how did you plan to protect yourselves against them?
    • What financial forecasting did you do?
    • What profit did you make?

More tips on what the judges are looking for (Google document)