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Acing Your Interview

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Ahmed Shehatah

on 17 December 2013

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Transcript of Acing Your Interview

Acing Your Interview
Purpose of an Interview & The Interview Scale
I'm The Best
Knowing your Strengths & Shaping your answers
Acing Your Interview
Communication & Your Personal Brand

Managing nerves & portraying
Questions you should be able to Answer

Knowing your Strengths & Shaping your answers
Communication & Your Personal Brand
Managing nerves & portraying Confidence
Questions you should be able to Answer

1. Your Strengths - What you want interviewers to know about you?
2. Questions Interviewers ask to uncover your strengths.
Talk me through some of your strengths? your main strengths?
How will you add value to this organization? bringing to the role?
Why would you consider yourself to be an asset to the team?
Why should we employ you? best person for the role? (The harshest way of asking it.)
If I was to ask one of your colleagues or your current (or past) manager to describe you, what do you think they would say?
3. Uncovering your strengths
• Being self-motivated • Good with people
• A reliable team player • Strategic thinker • Leadership skills
• Friendly, easy to get on with • A keen learner • Good with detail
• Committed to furthering your career • A good listener
• Professional – eager to do good work • A track record of achievement
• Enjoys a challenge • Effective communicator
Packaging your strengths into an answer [job description & competencies]
More tips for shaping your answers

Think of your answers as linked bullet points. "
key points

Using the conditional tense ‘
I would like to think
- What are competencies and why are they important?
competency based interviews
• Communication Skills • Organisational Skills • Being a Team player
• Interpersonal Skills • Leadership Skills
- How interviewers assess competencies?
• Past Examples • Hypothetical Scenarios • Competency Definition
- Eight common competencies & examples of questions used to assess them!
• Communication Skills • Leadership • Team Player • Decision Making
• Influencing and Negotiation Skills • Organizational Skills • Innovative Thinker
• Managing Others/ Supervisory Skills

- The
Approach – How to structure your answers?
• Tell us about a time…
• Describe a situation where…
• Talk us through…
• Give us an example of…
= Situation or Task
= Action or Ability demonstrated
= Result or Resolution
- What are your weaknesses?
- Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
- What motivates you?
- Why have you applied for this job?
- What do you know about this company?
Set up a Google Alert
Use your network
- Do you have any other questions?
Asking a question that demonstrates your knowledge
Adding to an earlier answer
Drawing attention to a strength or competency
Closing on a strong positive note
- The Curveball Question

- Why do we get nervous?
- Why confidence is important?
- Strategies for managing nerves and boosting self-confidence
Slow down your breathing
Three simple questions for re-focusing the mind
• • What’s the worst that can happen?
• • What’s the best that can happen?
• • What’s likely to happen?
Who do you admire?
Why not give it a go now? 3 Persons - we are human beings, not human doings
Put on the Uniform of Confidence (sitting straight, shoulders back, good eye contact)
Ask yourself Empowering Questions ‘how can I?’

- Verbal Communication – The Components
Professor Albert Mehrabian Rule

% of the message communicated (pertaining to feelings and attitudes) is found in the Actual words that are spoken.

% of the message is paralinguistic (the way that the words are expressed e.g. tone.)

% of the message is found in facial expressions.
- The ways we can use our voice [Volume, Tone, Clarity, Speed, Pauses and Silences]
- Beware of verbal fillers
- How to minimize verbal fillers
- A quick note on listening
- The do’s and don’ts of Body Language
• Handshake • Facial Expression • Upright posture
• Open bod yLanguage • Visible Hands • Eye Contact
- Some final body language tips
Do a quick body language check during the interview
Don’t pay any attention to the interviewers’ body language
- Determining your Personal Brand
By the end of the interview, what words would I like the interviewers to use to describe me and their experience of interviewing me?’
- Factors that influence your Personal Brand in an Interview
• Appearance and grooming • Accessories • Punctuality • Social Media
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