How to develop a great job interview technique

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You done really well to get this far – the job interview, and now it’s your chance to grab the employer by the tie (not too hard) and convince them you’re the person for the job. …

You done really well to get this far – the job interview, and now it’s your chance to grab the employer by the tie (not too hard) and convince them you’re the person for the job.
A job interview is all about selling yourself to the employer and convincing them that you’re the right person for the job. If you don’t do this, no-one else will do it for you! A job interview typically lasts anything up to forty-five minutes.
However it takes on average only 90 seconds to make a first impression, and selectors often make up their minds about a candidate’s personality within just the first four minutes of an interview. You should then make the best use of those crucial first few minutes to create the right sort of impression.

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  • 1. Want2get on? is a unique career coaching service that offers 1:1 support for those who wantto draw upon their Christian faith and apply it in a practical way to their job situation.www.want2geton.co.uk Tel: 07503 177126 charles@want2geton.co.ukHow to develop a great job interview technique A job interview is all about selling yourself to the employer and convincing them that you’rethe right person for the job. If you don’t do this, no one else will do if for you! A job interview no-onetypically lasts anything up to forty forty-five minutes. However it takes on average only 90 secondsto make a first impression, and selectors often make up their minds about a candidate’spersonality within just the first four minutes of an interview. You should then make the best useof those crucial first few minutes t create the right sort of impression. toPoints to Remember1. Prepare well beforehand • Research the employer – visit their website, read the company brochure and annual report. Also, try linking in with someone on a social networking site who works for the company to get some inside information. • Make sure you know ‘inside out’ the skills the employer is looking for – check the information given on the job advertisement and in the job specification. • Make a list of key points you want to get acrossDon’t forget the skills that employers want: • Communication skills – presenting, listening. • Organisation and planning skills – being able to prioritise your workload and work unsupervised. • Working in a team – listening to other peoples points of view, being constructive and view, joining in with ideas. • Problem-solving – being able to find alternative solutions. • Flexibility – being able to adapt to changing working environments. • Time management – being able to prioritise and organise.Overleaf there are examples of interview questions and also questions that you could ask. Ifyou can answer their questions fully and evidence your answers to these, then you should dowell.© Copyright Want2geton? Christian Career Coaching UK 2013
  • 2. 2. On the day of the interview • Dress appropriately, be clean and tidy – a dark business suit is usual. Remember to polish your shoes! • First impressions count – from the moment you walk through the door and are greeted by the receptionist. They could be asked for their impression of you. • Smile and give the interviewer a good, firm handshake. • Be prepared for any questions and give good examples to back up your claim. • Make sure you answer the questions asked! • Give yourself time to answer. If you dont understand say, ‘Can you clarify the question please?’ • Answer as fully as possible. Make it easy for the selector to see that you are right for the job, but don’t talk too much. • Watch your body language – dont fidget! Try and remain calm and confident. • Keep eye contact with the interviewer. • Be enthusiastic and as natural as possible. It will show in your voice and in your face. • Remember to smile, shake hands and say ‘thank you for seeing me’ at the end of the interviewInterview Questions The bulk of the interview will be taken up with their questions, but a good interviewer willalways leave time for you to ask questions of your own – it is a two-way process. While theinterviewer is trying to decide whether youre right for the company, you need to think ‘Is thisjob right for me?’By asking questions of your own you will obtain the information you need to make the rightdecision if the job is offered to you. Not only is this an essential way of extracting information,its another opportunity to make yourself look good by highlighting your strengths, showing offyour research efforts and demonstrating your enthusiasm. If you dont ask questions it will lookas if you are not interested.Questions you could be asked: • What do you know about this company/industry? • Why are you interested in working for the company? • What experience have you had of working in teams? • What have you found the most enjoyable aspect of your course? • What positions of responsibility have you had? • What are your strengths and weaknesses? • What can you offer us? • What is your greatest achievement to date? • What work experience have you had? • What did you learn from it? • Why are you interested in this line of work? • Where do you see yourself in three to five years time?© Copyright Want2geton? Christian Career Coaching UK 2013
  • 3. • What are your long-term career ambitions? • What do you like to do in your spare time? • Tell me about yourself.Questions you could ask: • What are the key tasks and responsibilities of this role? • Where do you see this role fitting in with the rest of the organisation? • Will the job involve travel? • Do you run an induction programme? • What training and development do you offer? • What are your performance review procedures? • What are your key criteria for promotion? • How would you define your company culture? • What are your strategies for growth? • When do you expect to make a decision?After the InterviewFeedbackIt is useful to obtain feedback from your interview performance and whether you have beensuccessful or not. The employer will have assessed your performance objectively and you willbe given specific examples of how you demonstrated effective or ineffective behaviour.This feedback will highlight your strengths and areas for further development. If you arereceiving telephone feedback, make sure that you have pen and paper handy so that you cantake notes.If at first you don’t succeed…It is often difficult to accept that you have been unsuccessful in your application for a job – itmay be that you performed well but lost out to a better candidate on the day. We live in a verycompetitive market and there will obviously be occasions when you are unsuccessful, but aslong as you apply for work for which you have the necessary qualifications and experiencethen eventually you should succeed.It may be useful to ask yourself the following questions: • Am I applying for the wrong sort of jobs? • Am I being too narrow in my search for a job? • Have I customised my CV for the job I am applying for? • Do I need to review my interview/presentation techniques? • Where am I going wrong in selling myself? • Am I researching and preparing enough for the interview? • What image am I presenting to the interviewer/assessor? • Is my body language assertive or passive?© Copyright Want2geton? Christian Career Coaching UK 2013
  • 4. Enlist some help from a work colleague, friend or a careers adviser. Show them your CV, thejob applied for and go through your interview technique with them. They will be more objectivethan you and will be able to offer constructive support.Want2get on? is a unique career coaching service that offers 1:1 support for those who wantto draw upon their Christian faith and apply it in a practical way to their job situation.www.want2geton.co.uk Tel: 07503 177126 charles@want2geton.co.uk© Copyright Want2geton? Christian Career Coaching UK 2013