Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Job interview advice: 

You may have heard of the Star technique, but what is it and how can you use it to perfect your interview answers? If you've got a competency-based, the technique will be especially helpful. Here, we look at what's behind the method, with some real-life examples. 

Answering the million-dollar question 
Some interview questions you just can't avoid. "Why do you want to work here?" is one of them. Find out how to make sure you have your answer perfected with some clear and practical advice. 

A checklist for every interview 
From preparing what you'll wear to making sure you improve after each interview, here is a simple step-by-step guide for all your interviews. 

Beat the first-impression bias 
If hiring managers make a decision in the first 90 seconds of meeting, how can you stop biases working against you?  

Your interview with the chief executive 
As you climb the career ladder – or perhaps if you're joining a smaller organisation – interviews with the chief executive become more common. Find out what they really want to know, and how you can show you've got what it takes, before you start preparing. 

Finish on a high with great questions 
At the end of most interviews, the tables turn and you're asked if you have any questions. This gives you a chance to show you're on-the-ball, inquisitive, have done your research and are serious about the role. Here are four essential points to consider. 

De-stress your interviews 
We are often told to relax when it comes to job interviews, which is easier said than done. But a little preparation beforehand can help to make yourself feel less stressed. 

Mock interviews make perfect preparation It may be age-old advice, but it still rings true with interviews. Here's some tips on how to do a practice interview, even if you don't have an interviewer.

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Friday, 24 October 2014

7 Interview Tips That Will Help You Get the Job

                                                              Job interviewing never seems to get any easier - even when you have gone on more interviews than you can count. You are meeting new people, selling yourself and your skills, and often getting the third degree about what you know or don't know.
                                                                      Here are job interview tips to help prepare you to interview effectively. Proper preparation which help alleviate some of the stress involved in job interviews and the more you prepare, the more comfortable you will be interviewing.
Practice answering interview questions and practice your responses to the typical job interview questions  most employers ask. Think of actual examples you can use to describe your skills. Providing evidence of your successes is a great way to promote your candidacy. Also have a list of your own questions to ask the employer ready.
Prepare a response so you are ready for the question What do you know about this company? Know the interviewer's name and use it during the job interview. If you're not sure of the name, call and ask prior to the interview. Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions.
Get Ready
Make sure your interview attire is neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing with. Bring a nice portfolio with copies of your resume. Include a pen and paper for note taking.
Be On Time
Be on time for the interview. On time means five to ten minutes early. If need be, take some time to drive to the interview location ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there. Here's more on preparing for an interview.
Stay Calm
During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm possible. Take a moment to regroup. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention - you will be embarrassed if you forget the question!
Show What You Know
Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions.  When discussing your career accomplishments match them to what the company is looking for. Here's how to make a match between your expertise and the company's requirements.
Follow Up
Always follow-up with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position. If you interview with multiple people send each one a personal thank you note. Send your thank you note (email is fine) within 24 hours of your interview.
Avoid Common Interview Mistakes
What shouldn't you do when interviewing? Here are the most common job interview mistakes, blunders, and errors a candidate for employment can make. Take the time to review these mistakes before your interview, so you don't have to stress out about blunders after it.
More Job Interview Tips
Tips for phone interviews, second interviews, lunch and dinner interviews, behavioral interviews, interviewing in public, and more advice for interview success.
Phone Interview Etiquette
Phone interview etiquette is just as important as in-person job interview etiquette when it comes to getting hired. That's because, regardless of how you interview, a successful interview will get you to the next stage of the hiring process.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Meaning and Purpose Behind Interviews

The Meaning and Purpose Behind Interviews

The telephone rings. It’s for you. An unknown voice provides an introduction and
begins a conversation. “I’m pleased to tell you that after reviewing what seems to
be at least a hundred applications you are one of those selected to be interviewed.”
 Is this a moment of excitement or a moment of panic for you? 
The following ideas
are designed to help you be a more successful interviewee.
What is the Purpose of an Interview?
An interview is a two-way exchange, a
conversation, in which both participants
have some goals. 
The Interviewer wants to determine:

  • Can the candidate do the job?
  • Will the candidate fit in?
  • Is this the best candidate for the position?
The Interviewer wants to determine:
  • Do I want this job?
  • Can I do this job?
  • Does this job offer me the opportunities I want for advancement orexperience?
  • To enhance your success at interviewing there are things you need to do before, during and after the interview. 
 Before the Interview:
  • Read about the job/occupation.
  • Interview people in the department
  • Build your network
  • Practice interviewing
  • Dress for success
  • Visit the organization
  • Have an agenda, know what you want the interviewer to learn about you Anticipate what questions will be asked
  • Know your Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Accomplishments
  • Relate your KSAs to the position for which you are applying
  • Know who is interviewing you
  • Prepare and practice answers to typical questions
During the Interview:
  • RELAX!
  • Answer the questions using the “PROVE IT” Method
  • Ask intelligent questions about the organization
  • Don’t volunteer negative information about yourself
  • Be honest
  • Have eye contact with the interviewer
  • Be believable, be yourself
  • Say positive things about your former
  • supervisors and working conditions
  • Find ways to let the interviewer know you are a team player
After the Interview:
  • Evaluate the interview What questions were asked?
  • What did you say that seemed to interest the interviewer?
  • Did you present your Know ledges, Skills and Abilities well?
  • Did you learn what you need to know about this job?
  • What did you forget to say?
  • Did you get a commitment from the interviewer?
  • Do you know what the next step is in the hiring process?
  • Write a thank you note to the interviewer
  • Follow up 
  • Contact the interviewer for feedback
  • Express your interest in the position even after the position is filled.
Typical Interview Questions
  • 1. Tell me something about yourself.
  • 2. What do you like about your field? What do you dislike about it?
  • 3. What are the most important considerations for you in choosing a job?
  • 4. Why do you want to work in this office? Branch? Division?
  • 5. What have you learned from your previous work experience?
  • 6. What are your strengths?What are your weaknesses?
  • 7. What kinds of people do you like working with? What kinds of people do you dislike working with?
  • 8. How do you react under pressure?
  • 9. What are your long term goals? What do you see you doing five years from now?
  • 10. Do you have any questions you would like to ask?