Your CV has done its job. Now only the interview lies between you and the role you are after. You want to do a great interview, but fear you will dissolve into a mumbling nervous wreck.
You MUST build rapport with the interviewer! So, here are some simple tips to help you.
Most interviews today are competency-based. It’s a phrase that can be confusing. Simply put, a competency is an important skill or attribute that is required to do a job effectively. Whilst you will also be asked questions concerning your strengths, motivations and ambitions during a competency-based interview, competency assessment will be the core component.
It’s rare that I meet an interviewee being themselves during an interview. Most interviewees go into “interview mode”, which basically means they become rigid, formal and awkward. This is a dangerous game, as interviewers need to assess personality and organisational fit during an interview.
We have outlined below some ofthemost popular interview questions you are going to come across. Find out what the employer is really asking, and follow our guidelines to help you prepare a strong response.
During an interview most job seekers place 100% of their focus on ensuring they sell relevant skills and experience. Yes, I agree, this is extremely important. Interviewers want to know that you’ve got the ability, experience and qualifications to do their job. However, there are two other important factors they’ll be assessing - your genuine interest and your personality fit. Ignoring these key areas will cost you important job offers.
Most job seekers fear competency based interviews, but I think they’re easier to navigate than traditional interviews. A critical component for success is an in-depth understanding of the STAR technique.
Some tips on best practices forfollowing upafter a bigjob interview.
Plenty ofjobcandidates get nervous in the hot sea. Here are some tips that show you how to remaincool,calmand collected throughout your job interview.
‘What should I wear?’ is a question every candidate will ask before aninterview. Even if you’ve been through numerous successful interview processes, you will find yourself questioning your clothing choices.
There is one saying that’s very true for job interviews - “fail to prepare, prepare to fail”. I encourage all job seekers to prepare thoroughly for interviews.
Before you attend your interview, run through our checklist to prepare.Before you go for that interview make sure you...
There are three key areas an interviewer is assessing during interview – Can you do the job? Do you want the job? And, finally, are you a fit for the team/organisation?We have examined each of these areas in more detail. Focus on addressing these three areas and you’ll improve your job interview results.
Facing a panel or group interview? Top career coach Carmel Morrissey offers some essential preparation tips.
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Talk me through your CV is a question that is almost guaranteed to come up at interview. It is a fantastic opportunity to prove to the interviewer that you are the right fit in terms of your experience and skill set.
In the current climate, this is a hugely important question, it is essential not to overprice or under price yourself, you ask for too much and you could ruin your chances, ask for too littleand you could end up frustrated that you could have gotten more or judged under qualified because it's too low.
Have you ever left an interview thinking “I could have done much better “or “ I wish I could do that interview again” ? In the current economic climate we cannot control the availability of roles, whoisshortlisted or indeed who gets the job, however, we can control how we come across ininterview.
So you have gotten the interview, you answered the questions well and feeling confident -thenyour interviewer asks you for your password to Facebook.
Group interviews are a popular way for employers to assess a large number of applicants in a cost effective and timely manner. They’re often used so to determine qualities such as communication/ influencing / leadership skills and are a good way to test how well job applicants will behave in a stressful environment.
1. You lack focus - Most job seekers ignore the interviewer. You won’t get hired if you ignore the interviewers’ requirements.
Humour and interviews don’t often go hand in hand. But in the spirit of the Christmas season, we would like to share some amusing interview moments with you to help you end your year on a happy note……………
In any interview, the one question you can be guaranteed is “What do you know about our company?” Answering this question well, can help differentiate you from other job applicants and will place you as someone who wants to fitin totheir corporate culture.
This month’s article will continue the theme from the last few months and explore other commonly asked interview questions. We’ll reveal what lies behind each question and guide you on how to best respond.
What do you do when the flow of conversation comes to a grinding halt in an interview? It’s very easy to feel the weight of silence and the impulse to fill the gap can be hard to overcome.
These days in order to get back into the job market, many people are applying for roles that don’t require their level of experience and qualifications. In this situation, how do you avoid running the risk of being overlooked in the recruitment process and rejected on the basis of being overqualified?
Fashion touches every aspect of our lives – our latest phone model, hair style, colours we wear, music we buy…. The recruitment sector is no different and is subject to “what’s hot and what’s not”. So what are the latest interview trends and how do you best adapt your style to beat the competition?
There are many questions every jobseeker should be ready for, no matter what the position. Many are very common, yet they're also the ones that pose the greatest challenge when you're sitting in the hot seat, especially if you haven't fully prepared a response.
1. I’ve no weaknesses If you are asked the weaknesses question, never answer by saying you have none. Firstly, it is a lie and secondly the interviewer will only see you as arrogant.
There are many important ingredients required for successful job hunting. One key ingredient is the ability to understand and effectively communicate your product. Job seekers must work to enhance their ability to sell themselves effectively. Inability to master this will result in missed job opportunities and rejection
This is a hugely popular interview question and at first glance looks little more than an “ice breaker”. In reality it’s probably one of the more challenging questions asked as it’s not immediately obvious what the interviewer is looking for. What do you focus on - your professional or personal life? How much detail should you give? How long should your answer be?
For anyone who watches the Apprentice on Monday night it might put the fear of God into you regarding doing well at interview. Remember that was part of an entertainment show so in reality interviews work quite differently and are rarely as harsh.
Most of us, if we are honest would like to feel more self confident. For some, it is situation specific, like interviews or delivering presentations, for others it is more general. Whilst shyness can be an endearing quality, excessive shyness can seriously impede us in our careers and relationships.
As the jobs market is showing no sign of an upturn, graduates can no longer rely on strong academic grades to land their first job. A greater supply of graduates has resulted in employers being more demanding in their requirements. They are now looking for strong interpersonal skills and a sharp, polished interview performance. Understanding what employer is looking for and matching your background to their needs is the first step on this journey.
Telephone interviews have increased in popularity over the past twelve months and are regularly used as a selection tool for first round interviews. Whilst they share many features of the traditional interview, they have their own unique characteristics and understanding these will help you maximise your performance.
In the days running up to a job interview, knowing how to most effectively prepare for your meeting can be challenging.
80% of HR Managers use them so it's time to ask if you know how to answer Behavioural Interview questions?
These days, interviews are a fraught process, brutally competitive and require nerves of steel. It is important in the run up to the big day, that nerves are kept under control and are channeled in such a way that keeps you alert, energetic and focused.
This question is commonly used as an ice breaker at the beginning of the interview to put job applicants at ease and help create a relaxed setting. Yet perversely it often has the opposite effect and is regularly seen as being one of the most difficult interview questions to answer.