Interview Skills

When you’re looking for a job it is easy to make it all about you. The problem being the company have made it all about them. To get their attention you need to make it about them too.

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Sometimes you expect to wait; babies are late being born, brides arrive late to the altar, that special letter you’ve been expecting doesn’t arrive through post the day you thought it would. All of these are things we’ve come to accept and expect. But being late for an interview. No, we don’t like that.

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Getting an interview can be the most exciting thing that’s happened this month. Acing it is another story! Nerves, bad preparation and fumbled answers will put you back to square one; making new job applications. If you only prepare one answer for your interviewer’s questions, make it this one.

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• If you’re driving to your interview, work out where you’re going to park; do you need to take change for a car-park? Make sure you pay for an hour more than you think you will need. You don’t want to leave mid-meeting if it’s going well What are you going to wear? Have you […]

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Written by Bob Howard-Spink   I’ll be watching Will Ferrer in Elf sometime before Christmas. It’s traditional. I love it.   Especially the final scene in Central Park – where to make Santa’s troublesome sleigh fly, the watching crowd are urged to sing with total belief “Santa Claus is coming to town.”  And as always […]

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You may have had a tough time, but nobody wants to hear about your problems and baggage. Especially in the job interview. Rule one of Interview Etiquette.

Some people’s lives begin to sound like a Soap Opera, because there have been so many extenuating circumstances. The following is some advice to handle those tricky situations that may be difficult to talk about, let alone explain, so that you display great Interview Etiquette

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Has it ever occurred to you how much you are saying to people even when you are not speaking? Unless you are a master of disguise, you are constantly sending messages about your true thoughts and feelings whether you are using words or not.

Studies show that your words account for only 7% of the messages you convey. The remaining 93% is non-verbal. 55% of communication is based on what people see and the other 38% is transmitted through tone of voice. So think about it. In the business setting, people can see what you are not saying. If your body language doesn’t match your words, you are wasting your time!

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Packages are quite complex and have various elements, although it is easy to know if the basic salary is what you wanted the rest can also have a huge monetary value in both income and savings. Take some time, pour over the offer and work out just how good this is for you!

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Try not to talk to too many people (other than your coach). Everyone you know will have an opinion and you might just find yourself with twenty-five points of view, an overload of information and more confusion than you started with. Take some time out. Sleep on it. Meditate on the options and be led by your instinct. You can’t see what is around the corner but you can feel your way to happiness!

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When you made your application for this role you will have supplied one of two things; your current package or your desired package. If it is the former it is reasonable to expect that you will be offered more. If it is the latter then the Company will expect you to accept what you asked for (unless the role has grown significantly during the interview process). It is always worth being up front about what you want from the off.

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Congratulations! You got the call and it is good news. Good news, don’t they mean great news, fantastic news even!? This is the role you wanted, you have done lots of research and preparation to get the role. So what are they going to offer you and how?

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If you believe that they are the right Company for you and you are therefore the right person for them say so. Tell them why you think that. State your positives both in what they will get and in how it will be perfect for you (although stating; this is the ideal job for me because your office is right next to my daughter’s school is probably one to avoid listing)

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There is a definite list of things it is fine and even good to ask at interview, as well as a list of absolute don’t mentions. The thing to hold in your mind is this Company is looking to employ someone who is going to be a great fit for this role and an asset to them. They want you to view them as a ‘love match’ not a meal ticket.

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Our first tip is always, 100% of the time, be honest. Sometimes you feel that the interview is slipping away from you and that the Company is looking for something a little different. If that is the case, which it is sometimes going to be, then trying to pretend you are a round peg for an hour is one thing. Getting the job and having to be a round peg eight hours per day, five days per week is quite another.

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You are expecting to be asked some questions during your interview. You can even second guess what some of them are going to be;

Tell me about yourself?
Do you know anything about our Company?
What are your key strengths and weaknesses?

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Someone once told me that there is no such thing as over dressed; just better dressed. Never has this been so true as when you are attending an interview. A suit is always the answer no matter how the employees dress for their regular work day. When you are an employee you too can dress like them. In the meantime you are making a good first impression for which you have one chance and one chance only. You want to make it count.

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