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Interview tips to help you get the jobs you want

Interview tips to help you get the jobs you want

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  • Lunchtime Sessions: Successful Interviews Careers Consultant Career Development Centre careers@westminster.ac.uk
  • Working life… 10 job interviews Six different jobs 12 pay rises late for work 188 times one office romance – Source: Benenden Health March 2013 – Survey of 200,000 British Workers
  • What will be covered       How to prepare for job interviews Interview formats Interview questions Interview well - get your skills to shine Tips for interview success Useful resources
  • The interview – your sales pitch You need to convince an employer that:  You can do the job  You want the job  You will fit into the organisation  Make them want YOU!
  • Interview formats Most common interview formats:  Telephone interviews  Face-to-face interviews  Group interviews
  • Before the interview THE JOB YOU! • • • • Know yourself Re-read your application Identify your strengths and weaknesses Why do you want the job? • • • • COMPANY & SECTOR • Why do you want to work for the organisation? • What does the organisation do? • What are the latest developments in the sector? • What skills are required? Demonstrate skills with examples Know the Interview format What questions are likely to be asked? Prepare and rehearse answers
  • Employer’s perspective Simon Reichwald - CEO Graduate Success
  • Interview Questions Motivational Questions • Assess your motivation for the job and organisation Technical Questions • Designed to test the technical knowledge you have learnt on your course/work experience Competency Questions • Structured around the competencies or qualities required by the job
  • CAR Model Context Where were you? What did you have to do? Scenario or problem Action What action did you take? What was your role? Be specific. Result What was the outcome and why? Would you do it differently next time?
  • During the interview Positive attitude • Be positive in your attitude and answers • Treat the interviewer with respect Remain calm • Take a deep breath • Be yourself • Maintain an appropriate posture and body language Shine! • Remember CAR • Let the interviewer know about the skills, knowledge and experience that make you a qualified candidate
  • After the interview Review your performance Send a Thank you Don’t give up!
  • 9 Top tips for success 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Preparation, preparation, preparation! Dress appropriately Arrive in good time Shake hands in a firm and positive manner Check posture – avoid slouching Maintain good eye contact Listen carefully Give clear and concise answers Smile!
  • Career Development Centre Services Mentoring Associates In Schools 1-to-1 Guidance E-Advice Talent Bank Employer Events Volunteering Vacancies & Events Information Resources
  • Contact us Central London 1st Floor, Cavendish House 101 New Cavendish Street London W1W 6XH T 020 7911 5184 E careers@westminster.ac.uk westminster.ac.uk/careers Harrow Room E16 Watford Road HA1 3TP Nearest Tube: Northwick Park
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  • Thank you for listening