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Job Search and Career Planning Seminar 4

Successful job interviews

Jim Campbell

on 1 November 2013

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Any Questions?
If successful
Reflect on the interview – think it through

If unsuccessful
Don’t let it get to you, your time will come!

Ask for feedback
Choose one of the example questions

Plan your own response

Practice giving the response

Partner to give feedback: what was good? What could be better?
Practice Giving a Response
Listen to these questions and a candidate’s responses

What has gone wrong?

How could the response be better?
Example Questions
Be negative

Waffle/be over-communicative

Expect the interviewer to be an expert
Competencies Can you do the job?

Capabilities Does your behaviour prove that you have the skills?

Commitment Do you want the job?

Cultural fit ill you fit in with the culture of the organisation?
The Agenda: the 4 “C”s
Telephone Interviews
Slumped posture = low spirits

Erect posture = high spirits, energy and confidence

Leaning forward = open and interested

Leaning away = defensive or disinterested

Crossed arms = defensive

Uncrossed arms = willingness to listen
Body Language
Be on time
Be pleasant to everybody
Dress appropriately
Be positive, enthusiastic
First impressions count – assessment can begin as soon as you arrive
Be yourself
Tell me about yourself.
What are some of your main strengths?
What is your greatest weakness?
Sell me this pencil/mobile phone.
When were you last angry?
We have seen five others today. Why should we employ you?
If you were an animal/biscuit, what would you be?
Miscellaneous Questions
Look again at the person specification from last week’s seminar

Work in pairs

Predict five questions which a candidate might be asked
Predicting Interview Questions
Outline an occasion when you were faced with conflicting priorities. What did you do and what was the result?

Describe a situation where you were successful in putting your ideas across.
Competency Questions
Read their recruitment literature
Explore their website
Check their social media presence
Read the annual report
Find our about their products, locations, number of employees etc.
What are the company’s long-term strategies?
Who are the competition?
Conduct media searches on the organisation
Know the Organisation
Know the Job
What are the competencies the employer is looking for?

What evidence do I have of these competencies?

Know yourself, the job, the organisation
Types of question
Interview types
Purpose of Interviews

The employer likes what they’ve seen so far

You meet their criteria on paper
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Seminar 4: Successful Job Interviews

Your questions

find out more

demonstrate the research you have done

use this as a final opportunity to sell yourself

don’t ask a question merely for the sake of asking

Thank them!
The Interview Close
Be positive
Be enthusiastic
Be natural
Be honest
Answering Questions: Do’s
Body Language
Re-read your application form/CV

Think of best examples for evidence of competencies

Try to give as many examples as possible from different
areas or key events of your life

Try to anticipate questions

Know Yourself
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What do you do well?

What activities energise you?

When do you feel that you are most like ‘yourself’?

When are you at your best?

How can you capitalise on your strengths more?
Your strengths?
Life After Competencies
In this seminar we will:
examine the main formats used by employers to interview.
Understand the interview process and how to market
yourself at interview
Consider how best to respond to the most common question types used by employers
Common objectives
Employer –
Are they suitable for us?
matching the person specification
Yourself –
Are they suitable for me?
Interview Types
Panel interviews
Telephone interviews
video interviews
Job knowledge
Knowledge of the employer
Occupational profiles
Information interviews
The words you use
Good communication
Tone of voice
body language e.g. facial expression
Slumped posture = low spirits

Erect posture = high spirits, energy and confidence

Leaning forward = open and interested

Leaning away = defensive or disinterested

Crossed arms = defensive

Uncrossed arms = willingness to listen
Body language
Effective phone interviews

Have a copy of your application in front of you
Make sure you will not be interrupted
Listen carefully for verbal clues
Prepare as you would for a face-to-face interview
Tone of voice = 35%
But first...
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