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The elements of interview success tip 2 - effective interview preparation

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Your hard work has finally paid off and you’ve landed an interview for a great role. You already know how to dress for success (link to part 1 in series), but what can you expect at interview? In part …

Your hard work has finally paid off and you’ve landed an interview for a great role. You already know how to dress for success (link to part 1 in series), but what can you expect at interview? In part 2 of this series, we’ll brief you on three interview types and offer our top tips to help you prepare.

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  • 1. The Elements of Interview Success – Tip 2: Effective Interview PresentationYour hard work has finally paid off and you’ve landed an interview for a great role. You already knowhow to dress for success (link to part 1 in series), but what can you expect at interview? In part 2 ofthis series, we’ll brief you on three interview types and offer our top tips to help you prepare.Type #1: Tackling telephone interviewsWhen you meet someone in person, you’re relying on personality, body language, and conversationto make a good impression. In a telephone interview, the only thing your interviewer has to assessyou on is what you say. A lot can be lost in translation when you’re speaking over the phone; in oursurvey of 800 recruitment and HR professionals 95% of respondents said that candidates comeacross differently over the phone compared to in-person meetings.A telephone conversation is often a way for recruiters or employers to pre-screen a group ofcandidates with similar qualifications before bringing them in for a face-to-face meeting. By nottaking the interview seriously, you could cut yourself out of the running before you hang up thephone.Tips for success:  Prep with the same rigor as you would an in-person meeting  Make sure your environment is free of noise so you sound professional and calm  Use a landline instead of a cell phone if possible, to avoid reception problems  Give the potential employer your undivided attention  Make sure you’re listening just as much as you’re talking  Be as polite and professional as you would be in real life; don’t use any slang, and avoid using over-familiar terms such as ‘mate’ or ‘love’.Type #2: Competency-based interviewsIf you’ve ever been asked a question that started with: “Tell me about a time when you…”, thenchances are you’ve already experience this type.Competency-based questions are asked on the premise that your performance in the job you’regoing for can be predicted by your behaviour in past roles. It’s one of the most popular interviewtypes, and requires significant preparation. Research the company and analyse the employer’s needswhen formulating your best possible answers.Tips for success:  Re-read the job description – can you prove your experience with each responsibility and task listed?  Go over your CV once more, and make sure you can recall real-life examples that will support the skills required for the role
  • 2.  With each response, explain: the details of the situation, the actions you took, and the impact you made on the business  Avoid using theoretical scenarios or using ‘we’, as this potential employer is interested in you, not your former team  If you find a question difficult, allow yourself the time to think about it before you respond  Have a list of things to ask prepared for the end; this will show your passion and excitement for the position.Type #3: Preparing for panel interviewsAbove any other type, the key to a successful panel interview is preparation. There can be severalpeople on the panel; either led by a chair who might ask all the questions, or multiple people askingquestions around different subjects.Tips for success:  Research your interviewers to learn more about their background. Do you have any common connections on Linkedin? What’s their work history like? Do you have any commonalities? This will help you develop a relationship with them and allow you to tailor your answers to them  Engage the entire panel. Make eye contact with the questioner, and then move across the panel  Don’t waffle; make sure you get to the point.Remember that the point of an interview is to sell yourself, so keep this in mind when responding toany questions that they might throw at you.Dreading those tough interview questions? In part 3 of this series, we’ll identify the trickiest ones toanswer and guide you through what you need to say so you can land your dream job.Learn more interview secrets and how to ace your next HR Jobs with Changeboard.com

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