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Interviews – Tips on making an impact

Submitted by on January 6, 2017 – 2:16 pmNo Comment

If you are currently looking for a new job and have got yourself an interview – well done.

Now is the time to get yourself super prepared.Much the same way as the mountaineer in the photo,preparation is the key to reaching the summit.

My work has been in outplacement for many years, guiding and teaching people how to perform their best at interview even whilst under stress. This feels very similar to the pressures actors feel when live on stage – many famous actors are still sick with anxiety before a performance.  Homeopathic or Flower essence remedies can be useful to take the sharp edge of your discomfort.

The best way to keeping your nerves under control is to be well prepared. The marketplace is more competitive than ever and to give yourself an edge, don’t rely on your charm and ability to ‘wing it’ , you’ll find yourself in the rejection letter pile.

So impressing people does not just mean turning up looking wonderful, you have to back up your skills with evidence and be able to qualify what you mean by ‘communication’ or other skills you have put on your C.V. by giving concrete examples you can talk about. You can rehearse this beforehand. Be supercritical of yourself – be your own Britain’s got Talent judge for the workplace.  Criticism, even the painful stuff is wonderful for our growth.

Also, what do you know about the company and what is currently happening for them. Can your skills/experience/qualities  help them?

You also need to know Why you want the Job and give reasons! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So here are some questions to get you thinking.

These are standard interview questions and the concepts are found in the basics of business – see Great Answers to Tough Interview Questions by Martin John Yate.

Here’s what he says;-

 

Describe a situation where your work or an idea was criticized

Have you done the best work you are capable of doing

What problems do you have with getting along with others

How long will you stay with the company

I’m not sure you are suitable for the job

Tell me something you are not very proud of

What are some of the things your superior did that you disliked

What aspects of your job do you consider most crucial

can you answer these questions off the top of your head?

They are designed to catch you out and test your mettle.

Please remember that 80% of people never prepare for an interview, do not be one of them.

Those who fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

If you would like personal support, then email me about the Job Support Package.

 

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