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Interview Tips

Interview Tips
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Jelena Ivahnova

on 7 January 2014

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Participate actively in the group
Listen to what others have to say
You can’t be assessed if you can’t be heard – try to speak clearly
Contribute early, even a few words
Be friendly and co-operative but defend your point of view
Never try to win by putting others down
It’s the quality of the contribution that is important, not the quantity

ASSESSMENT CENTERS:

Check out the interview clips we have up on Moodle


Tell me about a time when you…..

Give me an example of a time when….

What has been your experience in….

When has it been necessary for you to….

Describe a situation in which you had to…
COMPETENCY / BEHAVIORAL QUESTIONS
USUALLY START WITH……

Uses a business dilemma facing a company, asking you to
analyze the situation, identify key business issues, and discuss
how you would address the problems involved

The interviewer begins by giving you basic facts and then asks
you an open-ended or specific question

Can also be a brainteaser or a theoretical problem

INTERVIEW FORMAT

INTERVIEWS HINTS AND TIPS

Thank you

What are organization’s future plans/projects?
Work Environment
Would it be possible to get a tour of the work environment?
Work and Training
What would I be doing?
What is the training?
What is the project timescale?
Colleagues
Who would I be working with?
What will be the level of contact with others inside and outside the organisation?
Interview Process
What is the next stage in the recruitment process?
How soon are you hoping to make a decision on the position?

CLOSE QUESTIONS

High energy (But not overwhelming)
Ability to work well in teams
Professionalism
Good degree of intelligence
Personal presence
Projecting substance/credibility
Asking good questions/making statements that show thought process
Ability to think creatively
Personal "fit" with company
Clear, concise answers
Honesty

INTERVIEW SUCCESS FACTORS:

Impact
Business/Technical Knowledge
Decision Making
Leadership
Innovation
Communication
Teamwork Interpersonal Skills
Planning and Organizing
Motivational Fit

BEHAVIORAL INTERVIEWS – SAMPLE COMPETENCIES

TYPES OF BEHAVIORAL / COMPETENCY QUESTIONS

Smile: It really is contagious.
Stay neutral. Don't be baited into "choosing sides." This is a
common group interview tactic.
Share airtime with all members of the group. Avoid interrupting.
Try to connect topics from different people to create a sense of
cohesiveness.

GROUP INTERVIEWS:

Overview of the company the position the programme you are applying for

Why you want to work with the firm

Nature of the tasks you might undertake

Areas that the firm works in - Their clients etc

Sell yourself short - “I’ve only….”
Be Vague
Don't speak negatively about previous employer
Be afraid of silence
Make excuses
Lie – Best laid plans don’t always work!!
Reveal confidential information
Run down their competitors
Confuse arrogance with confidence
Look disinterested
Fidget
Answer questions with a simple yes or no. Explain yourself further as much
as possible without waffling
No jokes

DON’T

TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF

I want to combine my knowledge of marketing processes and information technology to contribute to success of a market research company, ideally as part of a graduate training program.

I am motivated and driven and have shown this by combining working and studying over the last three years.
I’m a confident communicator and have led and facilitated many debating and sports societies activities in college. I enjoy interacting with people and have been heavily involved with customer facing activities for many years. I like setting challenges for myself and last year completed the Dublin City Marathon
and a triathlon with my local cycling club.

TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF

To fail to Prepare is to prepare to fail:

Know your CV / Application form inside out.
Research the company and make sure go beyond the first line on their website.
If you can’t find information on the company ring them up
Network- if you know someone in the company- call them!
Practice answers to questions- out loud and preferably with another person- consider videoing yourself!
Prepare a Brief overview on your experience to present
Be ready to answer the “ tell us a bit about yourself” question

What did you do well?
What questions did you struggle with?
What did you like/not like about the organization
you visited?

Interviews are difficult to attain
Invest time in C.V. Preparation and Cover Letter Preparation
Don’t waste the opportunity
To fail to prepare is to prepare to fail
Prepare for typical questions
Anticipate “Follow-Up” questions
Prepare questions you want to ask the employer
Think like the interviewer

RECAP

Sex
Marital Status
Family Status
Age
Disability
Religion
Sexual orientation
Race
Membership of the traveling community.

LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS

I am aware that the company is a leading employer and has a good reputation.
I am sure that should I be successful today the offer will be in line with my experience.

If asked the question by the interviewer

How to approach the question

Do not ask how much will the position pay
It is acceptable to ask what benefits the company offers as part of the overall
remuneration package.

So what will I be Paid?

THE COMPENSATION QUESTION

‘ I play football with my local team and last year after losing a big
match we were very unmotivated.

(S) So I wanted to do something to raise the teams spirits.
(T) I thought the best way to do this was to organize a team night out. So I spoke to everyone on the team and asked what would they like to do. The majority wanted to go for dinner so I took it upon myself to make all the arrangements
(A) It was a great success and it definitely raised moral as we went on and won the next two games and they also awarded me best team player in our annual awards’
(R)….(Correct)

STAR EXAMPLE

What
are they?

Career Motivation
Goal Orientation
Influencing
Planning and Organizing
Team Work
Commercial Awareness
Communication & Social Interaction
Academic Achievement
GRADUATE COMPETENCIES

Behavioral / Competency based interviewing is interviewing based on discovering
how the interviewee acted in specific employment-related situations.

The logic is that how you behaved in the past will predict how you will behave in the future i.e. past performance predicts future performance.


BEHAVIORAL / COMPETENCY BASED INTERVIEWS:

Group Interviews
Behavioral / Competency Interviews
Telephone Interviews

TYPES OF INTERVIEWS:

Arrive on time
Dress appropriately- First impression is important one
Pay attention when being introduced and use their names
Turn off mobile phone prior to interview
If you have special requirements advise the company in advance of the interview.
Know who you will be meeting with and their position in the company
Shake hands firmly at the beginning and end of interview
Maintain good body language – Make good eye contact- don’t overdo it
Be friendly – do not be afraid to smile
Engage the interviewer or interview panel – area’s of common interest
Speak clearly
Be honest
If you do not understand the question, ask for clarification
At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you.

DO

Ref: What colour is your Parachute? Richard Nelson Bolles

Why did you apply for this job?

What can you do for us?

What kind of person are you?

Why should you get the job?

What money do you want?

ANTICIPATE THE QUESTIONS

Know where you are going and who you are meeting with

Give yourself plenty of time to get there

Do a trial run if feasible

Have contact detail with you in case of a delay.

PLAN AHEAD

Your CV has convinced them you can do the job!

Stop the negative self talk!

Manage your nerves

Relax and stay in the present moment

THINK POSITIVE

Can you do the job?

Ability

Will you do the job?

Motivation/commitment

Will you fit in?

Communication/personality

INTERVIEW OBJECTIVE....

Don't smoke, chew gum, eat, or drink.
Do keep a glass of water handy, in case you need to wet your mouth.
Smile. Smiling will project a positive image to the listener and will change the tone of your voice.
Speak slowly and enunciate clearly.
Don't interrupt the interviewer.
Remember your goal is to set-up a face-to-face interview.

TELEPHONE INTERVIEWS

“I am a people person.”
“I am a hard worker.”
“I am a quick study.”
“I am dependable.”
“I am a team player.”

1000 candidates were asked the question: “How would you
describe yourself to an interviewer?”


BEHAVIORAL / COMPETENCY BASED INTERVIEWS:

BE PREPARED

Education
I am a Final Year student in Waterford Institute of Technology studying for a degree in Marketing Management.
I have specialized in Marketing Systems and Databases and am completing my final year project on the effects of systems failures on retailers in Ireland. I have achieved 2.1’s throughout my time at university and am confident of achieving a 2.1 in my finals.
Skills
Experience
Career Objective
I have spent a summer working on the design of databases for a market research company in the UK . This has given me an excellent understanding of drivers in the industry.
I have maintained a good network of friends and ex colleagues in the industry and I use them to keep me
up to date on the latest developments in the industry.

More than one interviewer
A group interview may involve the candidates attending a presentation
A group discussion on a particular subject or the candidates may have to make a presentation to the entire group.

Points to Remember:
Case Study Interview
Can you guess the top five answers?
Tell me about a time that you have successfully demonstrated …
Describe an experience where you were ...
If you were to do this again, how would you do it differently?
What have you done that demonstrated ….

What obstacles have you faced ...
Top Tip: Talk about what you did not what a group did

The Origin of Job Interviews - The Armstrong and Miller Show - Series 2 Episode 6 Preview - BBC One youTube clip


http: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=b56eAUCTLok

Phone interviews are often used to screen candidates in order to narrow the pool of applicants who will be invited for in-person interviews.

During the phone interview:
Assessment centers involve assembling in one place several candidates who are applying for the same position and putting them through a variety of different tests.
Tips for Success:
Ask appropriate job-related questions
If you want the job – Say IT!!! – Leave the interviewer in no doubt you are interested.
Large Volume of Law surrounding Recruitment
All Recruitment Decisions must be made on the basis of ability to do the job.
Legislation
Employment Equality Act, 1998
Freedom of Information Act
9 Protected Classes:
Review how you got on...
WHAT AN ORGANIZATION EXPECTS YOU TO KNOW
Before the Interview
At the Interview
After your Interview
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