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Job Interview Tips Journey
Transcript of Job Interview Tips Journey
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There are some questions that are asked during almost every job interview including the most common job interview questions about your:
Research will help relating answers back to the company and how you can help them
Make sure you know your CV inside out, the interview will be based on the information you give in your CV.
Practise answering these questions and be sure that your responses match what you have listed on your CV and job applications.
Look the Part
You may not be given the option, but if you can, try and get your interview arranged in the morning. That way you don't have the whole day for things to run over in your mind and you can get it out of the way.
Get a good nights sleep
Try to do a trial run before the day of your interview so you know exactly how long it takes and can plan accordingly.
Be prepared with essentials
. Take extra two or three copies of your CV, cover letter, references, professional documents, and anything else needed with you. Do this even though you already submitted them earlier
At the Interview
Tips for The Interview
"You mean I have to prepare for an interview??
5 Key Interview Tips
Look the Part
Your CV has been approved for interview and convinced your potential employee you can do the job
If you have made it this far just follow the 5 steps to preparing for an interview
After the interview
Begin your Journey...
Research the company!
Start with the company website
Type in the company name and use different search engines
Research details on the company products and services
Note down the company mission, vision and values statements
Go to competitor websites:
Get information on developments in the company's industry or sector.
Go to company specific message boards.
Showing you are prepared will make you standout from everyone else
There has been a lot of research about what employers are looking for in potential employees and typically it results in lists of skills, abilities and work behaviours like this:
Refer to a corrected weakness
cite a lesson learned
cite a learning objective and how you will achieve it
turn your weakness into a strength
: wear professional suits, slacks, and a formal shirt. Make sure your socks match your pants; alternately, match your shoe color.
. First impressions last. It is human nature to presume that a person turning up in jeans to an office job really doesn't have their mind on the job and therefore really doesn't want the job. Same for unironed clothing, clothing with obvious stains, disheveled clothing, and clothing that is too revealing or informal.
Wear a suit with either pants or skirts
Don't neglect the shoes. People do look! Make sure they're polished and match the
During the Interview
Be aware of the interviewers body language and style
Look the interviewer in the eye
Sit up straight in your chair
Communicate- Don't dominate
Use positive body language
Closing the interview
Engaging the Interviewer
Did I answer your question sufficiently?
Would you like to know more?
Can you be more specific
What are you looking for?
How can this work with your goals?
ALWAYS ask questions
An interview is a two way meeting, not only for a potential employer to see if you are right for the job but you need to see if the job is right for you. Saying "I don't have any questions" shows you are unprepared, and not interested to find out anything further about the company.
the work itself, training and career development:
about holidays, pensions, and season ticket loans!
sit down somewhere quiet for a few minutes to think about the questions you were asked and how you might improve your answers next time
Remember to email 24 hours after the interview to thank them for their time and remind them with a short sentence why they should hire you
Not heard from them yet? If its gone past the date they said they would be in touch it doesn't hurt to ring or email the recruiter.
If you didn't get the job you can still ask for feedback, it'll help for next time.
Everyone has a weakness, so don't say
"I don't have any weaknesses"
eakness- State what it is or was
ction- What action have you taken to overcome the weakness
esult- What has happened, how have you improved
Take your research with you to the interview
The best way to respond is to describe the skills and experience that directly correlate with the job you are applying for.
Lack of self-awareness
Most job seekers don’t spend enough time analyzing their strengths and thinking about which ones are most relevant for each position. Knowing your strengths will serve you well in job interviewing and in the rest of your life as well.
Many candidates are too humble or just aren’t comfortable articulating what makes them great. This is particularly true for introverts and/or people who never really had to “sell” themselves before because new jobs always fell in their laps in the past. You have to get over any hesitation to say nice things about yourself. You can do it in a way that feels comfortable and authentic if you prepare in advance.
Choosing poor strengths
Others choose strengths that don’t help them stand out — strengths that aren’t important for the job at hand or strengths that just about anybody could claim. This mistake makes a candidate bland and forgettable at best. At worst, you can raise red flags with the interviewer — who wants to hire someone whose greatest strength is the ability to show up on time?
Sit down and make a list of your top strengths — aim for at least 10 and be creative.
If you have trouble coming up with enough work-related strengths, jot down positive personality qualities or personal strengths. You may find ways to relate these to job performance.
Your strengths could include:
— Experience with a certain software or type of task, expertise in a particular industry, a track record of working with similar products or clients, etc.
— Abilities such as programming in a desired language, writing proposals, selling widgets, litigating cases, organizing events, translating from Mandarin, etc. (the possibilities here are truly endless)
— Competencies such as problem solving, influencing, team building, negotiation, managing up, etc.
— Relevant background on topics critical to the job — including college degrees, certifications, training seminars, mentoring, internships, etc.
Develop at least one example or Interview Story to illustrate each of your strengths. If you’re not sure how to go about crafting compelling stories and examples from your previous experience, check out Big Interview and our Answer Builder.
- "I used to find that pressure got to me but I’ve found ways to minimise this. I went on a time management course at university, which has helped me to organise myself and reduce my stress"
You'd be surprised how many job applicants fumble when asked about prior employment. Don't be one of them!
A slip up if you don't remember dates and job titles could cost you a job offer.
DON’T mention problems with people and ensure you come across as someone who is upbeat and positive.
Be prepared to tell the interviewer the
Names of the companies you worked for
Your job title,
Your starting and ending dates of employment
What your job entailed
The best way to respond is to give an example of something you accomplished that is directly related to the job you are interviewing for
Please tell me about some of the accomplishments you have achieved and which make you the proudest.
What are some of your personal goals and have you achieved them?
What would you like to be doing five years from now?
Why are you interested in this industry
What are your career interests
First impressions count!
If you know information about the company it will help to prepare answers relating back to the companys mission
Questions can include:
What would a typical day look like on the job?
Is there chance for career progression?
Prepare some questions in advance:
it is OK to write these down and to refer to your notes to remind yourself of what you wanted to ask
Thank the interviewer for their time
First impressions can come from Social Media accounts
Don't be this guy
If you're fresh out of school, employers will understand that your professional achievements will be limited. However, you might have achieved success as an intern, volunteer or student. High performance and dedication in any environment is essentially what the employer seeks.
This might include:
Being an integral part of a successful project as an intern,
Winning academic or athletic awards,
Helping to increase donations at a non-profit.
"Being co-captain of my college football team, exemplifies my leadership abilities, drive and will to win. I'll bring that same level of energy to this sales team."
"I have learned that long-term goals are best achieved when I break them into shorter goals. My short-term goal is to find a position that will put me in a forward-moving company with solid performance and future projections. As part of a team, I want to add value and continue to grow the company. My long-term goal will depend on where the company goes. My plan is to move into a position of responsibility where I can lead a team."
What the hiring manager is really asking…
“Does this position fit into your long-term career goals? Do you even have long-term career goals?”
Use excellent grooming
- comb or brush your hair neatly,
Always arrive 15 to 20 minutes before the interview time. Allow time to park your car or for the public transportation to get you where you need to be