Jobdate plan of Idea 4U: How to prepare you for a job interview?


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Jobdate plan of Idea 4U: How to prepare you for a job interview?

  1. 1. JobdatePlan Experts  in  the  art   of  mo0va0on   By Yvan Dierckxsens © 15 steps for a successful job interview
  2. 2. 2 Gather  informa0on   It  is  important  that  you  gather  as  much   informa0on  as  you  can  before  the  interview.   Also,  analyse  the  jobs  offered  by  the   companies  where  you  plan  your  jobdates.   Consequently,  you’ll  be  able  to  choose  the   elements  from  your  CV  on  which  you  should   focus  during  the  interview!     Check  the  company’s  website  and  search  for   addi0onal  informa0on  about  the   developments  which  have  recently  occurred  in   the  sector.  Do  you  know  someone  who  did  or   does  work  in  this  sector? Know  the  content  of  your  cover  leJer  &  CV       To  be  persuasive,  avoid  constantly  reading   your  CV  during  the  jobdate.  If  you  say   something  different  than  what  is  men0oned  in   your  CV,  the  interviewer  will  probably  think   that  you  are  trying  to  hide  something.  Of   course,  you  can  bring  a  copy  of  your  CV  to  your   interview!   Know  the  name  of  your  interviewer   Your  interviewer  will  no  doubt  find  you  very   pleasant  and  professional  if  you  address   yourself  to  him  by  using  his/her  correct  name.   Prepare  specific  ques0ons  that  you  want  to  ask     Is  there  anything  else  you  want  to  know  about  the       job,  the  growth  opportuni0es  offered  by  the   company…        See  the  separate  module  in  your  JOBDATE  PLAN   0tled  ‘10  ques0ons  you  may  ask’ Wear  the  appropriate  clothing.     Take  also  into  account  which  style  you  want  to       reflect  and  if  this  style  is  adequate  to  the  company’s   culture.     If  you  think  that  your  interviewer  will  wear  a  suit     and  a  0e,  you  should  wear  the  same  kind  of  clothing.   Create  posi0ve  thoughts  and  images   Posi0ve  thoughts  create  posi0ve  mooth  and  is   contagious.  Irradiate  with  posi0ve  vibes  your   interviewer   Remember:  look  clean  and  well  groomed! Read  and  study  your  JOBDATE  PLAN     from  A  to  Z   Preparation Is the key for successful jobdates Copyright  ©  Idea  4U   The  par4al  or  total  copy  of  this  material,  or   reproduc4on  in  any  form,  without  permission,  is     prohibited.JobdatePlan © 1 Visualize your future Experts  in  the  Art  of  Mo0va0on  
  3. 3. Happy  to  meet  you! Incredible  but  true:  studies  reveal  that  the   interviewer  forms  his  opinion  of  the  interviewee  in   the  first  minutes  of  the  interview.  The  first   impression  is  crucial  and  should  not  be  spoiled.   Smile,  be  happy  to  meet  your  interviewer,  it  will   boost  your  confidence  and  your  posi0ve  abtudes Show  your  best  side! First  impression   Don’t  immediately  hold  out  your  hand  to  the   interviewer!  It  is  beJer  to  wait  that  she/he  takes   the  ini0a0ve. Properly  introduce  yourself  with  a  good   handshake,  not  too  flabby,  not  too  hard!  And  look   at  the  other  right  into  his/her  eyes. Give  clearly  your  name  and  listen  carefully  to   the  other’s  name...  And  try  to  remember  it!   Thefirst impression Break  the  ICE: Show  immediately  your  interest  in  the  person  you   meet  and  engage  in  conversa0on.  Make  a  posi0ve   remark  about  the  building  or  its  loca0on.  These  types   of  comments  give  a  good  impression  and  break  the  ice. Adapt  your  tone  and  speech  pace  to  the  one  of   the  interviewer. Wait  un0l  you  are  invited  to  sit  down.  Don’t   slump  in  your  chair  and  don’t  sit  on  the  edge  of   your  seat. If  you  are  offered  a  drink,  you  can  either  accept   it  or  refuse  it  and  thank  the  person  for  the  offer. Copyright  ©  Idea  4U   The  par4al  or  total  copy  of  this  material,  or   reproduc4on  in  any  form,  without  permission,  is     prohibited.JobdatePlan © 2 Be Positive Experts  in  the  Art  of  Mo0va0on  
  4. 4. Believe  in  you You  must  believe  in  it.  You  must  believe  in  you.   To  strengthen  your  posi0ve  abtude,  you’ll  find   here  some  good  advice: Make  a  list  of  your  achievements  and   success  stories!      Start  this  list  with  a  moment   of  your  life  chosen  at  random.  You  can  take   topics  such  as  your  rewards,  appointments,   associa0ons/clubs,  exams,  successes,   dis0nc0ons,  jobs,  promo0ons,  successful  tests,   speeches,  special  missions,  specific   knowledge,  things  that  you  created  or   developed   Make  a  list  of  the  reasons  why  Jobdates   are  “nice” Laugh,  laugh,  laugh:  Laughing  is  not  only   healthy...laughing  also  strengthens  the   posi0ve  abtude.  And  a  laugh  can  be  so   contagious  and  seduc0ve! Go  to  bed  early.  Par0es,  too  much  drinking   and  sleepless  nights  before  a  jobdate  are  not   recommended  if  you  want  to  be  posi0vely   radiant Don’t  skip  meals:  if  you  don’t  eat,  your   stomach  will  start  rumbling,  but  if  you  eat  and   drink  too  much...  you  feel  sleepy Say it with your hands... the bodylanguage The  words  and  the  voice  you  use  give  an   accurate  picture  of  your  posi0ve  abtude.  But   don’t  forget  that  your  hands  and  your  body   language  also  tell  a  lot. Your  hands  behind  your  head:  your   message  is  “I’m  the  boss”.  Leaning  back  on   your  chair  with  crossed  legs  strengthens  this   feeling. Finger0ps  on  finger0ps:  you  know  what  you   are  speaking  about  and  you  give  a  feeling  of   confidence,  focus  and  authority. Thumbs  up  signals  that  you  are  someone   op0mis0c  and  self-­‐confident. Show  your  thumbs:  don’t  leave  your  hands   in  your  pockets,  nor  your  thumbs:  this  means   uncertainty. Neck  rub:  rubbing  one’s  neck  and  avoiding   looking  at  the  interviewer  right  is  his/her  eyes   reveals  uncertainty  and  a  feeling  of  general   discomfort Hands  folded.  With  your  hands  folded,  you’ll   make  people  feel  at  ease  with  you.   Par0cularly  if  you  also  0lte  your  head  to  one   side,  paying  full  aJen0on. Positive attitude Copyright  ©  Idea  4U   The  par4al  or  total  copy  of  this  material,  or   reproduc4on  in  any  form,  without  permission,  is     prohibited. 3 JobdatePlan ©Believe in you Experts  in  the  Art  of  Mo0va0on  
  5. 5.    Varied  tasks     I  prefer  a  variety  of  tasks  and  different  responsibility   areas.  I  don’t  want  to  have  always  the  same   ac0vi0es.   Administra0ve  job         I  prefer  a  job  that  100%  uses  my  administra0ve  and   computer  skills.      Crea0ve  job                                      I  prefer  a  job  that  allows  me  to  create  and  innovate Opportuni0es  to  learn  new  skills   I  prefer  a  job  that  gives  me  the  chance  to  learn  new   skills  and  that  offers  me  con0nuous  training.  I  can   improve  myself  in  my  branch  or  learn  a  new  job. Growth  opportuni0es   I  prefer  a  job  that  gives  me  the  chance  to  get   passionately  involved  and  to  achieve  my  goals Recogni0on  and  respect   I  would  like  to  be  recognized  and  respected  for  my   work,  performance  and  involvement What DoIwant Work/life  balance   My  job,  my  family  and  my  private  life  can  live  together   very  well.  I  prefer  to  work  for  an  employer  who  takes   my  personal  situa0on  into  account. Physical  efforts   I  prefer  a  job  that  allows  me  to  use  my  hands  and  my   physical  force.  I  like  moving  and  staying  on  a  chair  all   the  0me  is  really  not  my  cup  of  tea.    Outdoor  job     I  prefer  a  job  that  allows  me  to  stay  in  the  healthy  open   air  or  with  nature  and  for  which  you  need  a  good   resistance  to  the  changing  weather  condi0ons. Control  of  my  work:   I  prefer  a  job  that  allows  me  to  keep  on  eye  on  things  and   situa0ons,  and  to  supervise  the  processes  and   procedures.   Certainty  and  security   I  like  security,  also  financial  security.  I  prefer  to  know   what  will  happen  in  the  future  and  not  to  face  any   unforeseen  situa0ons Quiet  job     I  prefer  a  job  that  allows  me  not  to  worry  about  too  many   things,  not  too  stressful  or  where  others  put  me  under   pressure. Tick the items you consider as important in a job When  you  have  a  job  interview,  it  is  important  that   you  know  precisely  what  are  the  most  important  aspects  of  the  job  to  you Copyright  ©  Idea  4U   The  par4al  or  total  copy  of  this  material,  or   reproduc4on  in  any  form,  without  permission,  is     prohibited. 4 JobdatePlan © Make your dreams true Experts  in  the  Art  of  Mo0va0on  
  6. 6. Social  contacts     I  like  communica0ng  with  people  and  I  enjoy  being  in   company.  I  like  people! Team  work       Working  together  as  a  team  to  achieve  the  same  goal  is   important  to  me.  I  like  posi0ve  team  spirit.  Yes  We  can! Services  &  Aid     I  prefer  a  job  where  I  can  help  the  others  and  contribute  to   the  improvement  of  their  situa0on.   Sales     I  like  being  in  contact  with  customers.  I  want  to  nego0ate   with  customers,  analyse  their  needs  and  promote  the   advantages  (Unique  Selling  Points)    &  the  services  or   products  of  my  company A  wise  whole       I  prefer  a  job  where  I  can  follow  a  project  from  the   beginning  0ll  the  end.  I  want  to  see  the  results  of  my  own   efforts.  My  contribu0on  really  means  something Autonomy  and  independance     I  want  to  organize  my  work  as  I  wish,  in  total   independance  and  without  permanent  supervision. A  challenge     I  prefer  a  job  where,  facing  changing  situa0ons,  I  can   test  myself  and  achieve  success.  Compe00ve   challenges  are  really  what  I  want  in  a  job Use  of  technical  /  industrial  arts   I  prefer  a  job  that  allows  me  to  use  my  specific   knowledge  and  skills  in  my  branch   People  management     I  want  a  job  where  I  can  be  a  team  leader  and  be   responsible  for  the  management  and  the  coaching  of   my  team Independant  entrepreneur     I  prefer  to  run  my  own  business.  I  dare  take  risks.   At  management  level   As  a  management  member,  I  want  to  be  responsible   for  solving  company’s  problems  and  to  par0cipate  in   the  strategy  and  the  final  decisions. Solidarity  with  the  direct  superior   I  need  a  direct  superior  who  shares  informa0on  and   who  makes  efforts  to  communicate  with  me. Tick the items you consider as important in a job When  you  have  a  job  interview,  it  is  important  that   you  know  precisely  what  are  the  most  important  aspects  of  the  job  to  you Copyright  ©  Idea  4U   The  par4al  or  total  copy  of  this  material,  or   reproduc4on  in  any  form,  without  permission,  is     prohibited. 5 JobdatePlan © Develop your gratitude What DoIwant Experts  in  the  Art  of  Mo0va0on  
  7. 7. 7 1)  You  have  to  be  flexible  to  be  self-­‐employed. If  you  start  a  business,  you  no  longer  have  "one"  job   with  clearly  defined  du0es  and  responsibili0es.  You'll   suddenly  have  mul0ple  jobs,  which  will  be  ooen   interrupted  by  unforeseen  crises  (par0cularly  in  the   startup  phase).  Many  employees  are  used  to  having   days  filled  with  predictable  ac0vi0es;  many  self-­‐ employed  people  don't. 2)  You  have  to  be  a  self-­‐mo0vated  ini0ator. When  you're  an  employee,  other  people  tell  you  what   to  do,  either  directly  or  indirectly.  You  get  used  to   having  your  ac0ons  directed  by  others.  But  you  have  to   direct  your  own  ac0ons  as  a  small  business  owner.  You   can't  just  sit  there  and  hope  that  maybe  some  clients   stroll  in  or  that  someone  will  drop  by  out  of  the  blue   with  inventory  for  your  retail  store.   3)  You  have  to  be  able  to  recognize  opportuni0es  and   go  aoer  them.  If  you  start  a  business,  you  need  to  be  the  one   constantly  watching  for  opportuni0es  -­‐  and  be  able  to   recognize  them  when  you  see  them. you  have  to  keep  scanning  the  horizon  yourself  and   posi0oning  yourself  to  benefit  from  the  opportuni0es   that  you  find.  As  an  employee,  you  may  be  used  to   opera0ng  in  a  "head-­‐down"  posi0on;  if  you're  going  to   start  a  business  and  become  successfully  self-­‐ employed,  you  need  to  start  opera0ng  in  the  "head-­‐up"   posi0on. 4)  When  you're  self-­‐employed,  you  have  to  be  able  to  plan   ahead. If  you  want  to  start  a  business,  you  need  to  develop   exper0se  in  both  short-­‐term  and  long-­‐range  planning;  it's   about  to  become  a  big  part  of  your  life. When  you  start  a  business,  one  of  your  first  tasks  will  be  to   work  through  a  business  plan.  As  your  business  becomes   opera0onal,  you'll  find  that  this  plan  (however  detailed)   needs  to  be  revised  and  that  other  plans  need  to  be   created,  as  you  work  towards  the  long-­‐range  goals  that   you've  set  for  your  business 5)  You  need  to  be  prepared  to  put  in  a  constant  and   consistent  effort. Star0ng  a  business  takes  energy,  and  you  need  to  be  able   to  give  it  100  percent.,  you  need  to  deliver  this  constant   and  consistent  effort  without  the  employee  safety  net.   Many  employees  are  used  to  being  able  to  "call  in  sick"   and  have  someone  else  cover  their  job,  for  instance.  As  a   self-­‐employed  business  owner,  you'll  have  to  go  in  and  give   it  your  best  effort  . 6)  You  have  to  be  able  to  deal  with  uncertainty. As  a  self-­‐employed  entrepreneur,  there's  no  guarantee   that  the  products  or  services  you  offer  will  be  in  demand   six  months  from  now.  There's  no  guarantee  that  your   customers  will  pay  their  bills  on  0me  or  even  pay  them  at   all.  There's  no  guarantee  that  your  current  big  client,  who   seems  to  be  perfectly  happy  with  your  work,  won't  drop   you  next  week.  There's  actually  no  guarantee  that  you  will   make  any  income  this  month  or  the  month  aoer.   6 traits to start a business Copyright  ©  Idea  4U   The  par4al  or  total  copy  of  this  material,  or   reproduc4on  in  any  form,  without  permission,  is     prohibited. 6 JobdatePlan © Create your Own future Experts  in  the  Art  of  Mo0va0on  
  8. 8. What  are   the   advantages   of  working   for  an   SME ? Early  responsibility:  it’s  possible  that  you’ll  have   the  opportunity  to  take  on  responsibility  early  on   in  the  job. Value  and  recogni0on:  being  part  of  a  small   team  allows  for  a  greater  transparency  in  your   involvement  of  a  project  or  process. Seeing  the  final  result:  usually  the  process   between  the  ini0al  idea  and  the  end  result  is   quick  and  it’s  likely  that  you  will  be  involved  in   each  stage  of  the  project. Opportuni0es  for  quick  progression:  because   there  are  fewer  posi0ons  to  work  through,   promo0on  can  come  quickly. Being  part  of  the  team:  the  opportunity  to   work  as  part  of  a  small  team  working  towards   the  same  goals  can  be  fulfilling  and  can  lead  to   an  increased  sense  of  camaraderie. Working  for  a  small-­‐to-­‐medium  sized  company  benefits,   such  as: Gaining  varied  experience:  because  of  the  size  of   the  company,  there  is  less  dis0nc0on  between  roles.   It’s  likely  that  you’ll  get  involved  in  a  wider  range  of   ac0vi0es  and  there  is  the  possibility  of  taking  on   extra  responsibili0es  as  and  when  is  necessary. Work/life  balance:  many  SMEs  can  be  flexible  and   offer  family-­‐friendly  policies,  such  as  job  sharing,   working  from  home  and  flexible  or  part-­‐0me  hours. Gebng  involved:  working  for  an  SME,  it’s   common  to  be  given  more  opportuni0es  to  get   across  your  ideas  and  opinions.  This  could  lead  to   being  involved  in  informing  the  company  policies   and  strategies.   Copyright  ©  Idea  4U   The  par4al  or  total  copy  of  this  material,  or   reproduc4on  in  any  form,  without  permission,  is     prohibited.JobdatePlan © 7 El secreto Small is beautifull More than 99% of all European businesses are, in fact, SMEs They provide two out of three of the private sector jobs. SME’s are the true back-bone of the European economy, being primarily responsible for wealth and economic growth, next to their key roll in innovation & R&D . Nine out of ten SMEs are actually micro enterprises with less than 10 employees. Hence, the mainstays of Europe's economy are micro firms, each providing work for two persons, in average. This is probably one of the EU's best kept secrets! Experts  in  the  Art  of  Mo0va0on   h"p://­‐business
  9. 9. 1.  Tell  me  about  you!
 This  is  an  open-­‐ended  ques0on  which  is  asked  very   ooen.  It  gives  the  interviewee  the  opportunity  to   speak  about  his/her  personal  life.   What  you  need  to  prove  is  that  : you  have  other  points  of  interest  aoer  your   working  0me you  are  able  to  establish  interes0ng  links   between  your  points  of  interest  and  your  skills you  and  the  interviewer  are  on  the  same   wavelength  and  you  can  speak  together  about   something  you  are  both  interested  in your  private  situa0on  is  stable What  you  can  men0on  : your  life  in  some  words  –  the  places  where  you  were   born,  where  you  grew  up,  where  you  studied,  where   you  worked,  etc your  career  path,  YOUR  PASSIONS your  favorite  hobbies  and  points  of  interest   the  clubs  and  associa0ons  you  are  a  member  of Remark:  this  ques0on  can  also  be  asked  by  the   interviewer  in  order  to  start  the  interview  and  the   CV  can  serve  as  a  guide. 2.  What  experience  do   you  have? Briefly  summarize  your  work  experience  to  date  and   go  deeper  into  the  elements  proving  that  you  know   the  job  and  can  do  it.  Insist  on  the  following  points:  the  skills  you  used  the  machines  and  devices  you  worked  with  the  responsibili0es  you  had  the  people  you  worked  with  the  0me  you  had  this  job  (only  if  you  had  this  job   for  a  while)  if  you  were  promoted  if  you  were  given  addi0onal  tasks  or   responsibili0es  aoer  some  0me  the  tasks  which  are  par0cularly  relevant  for  the   job  you  are  now  applying  for  if  your  experience  in  this  specific  branch  is  poor   or  inexistant,  speak  about: your  degrees the  courses  you  aJended The  points  of  interest  and  hobbies  which   are  closely  related  to  the  job  top  10  interview  ques0ons Copyright  ©  Idea  4U   The  par4al  or  total  copy  of  this  material,  or   reproduc4on  in  any  form,  without  permission,  is     prohibited.JobdatePlan © 8 You are what you think Experts  in  the  Art  of  Mo0va0on  
  10. 10. 3.  Why  do  you  want  to   work  for  our  company? The  employer  wants  to  hear  all  the  posi0ve  reasons   showing  that  you  have  the  inten0on  to  stay  should   you  be  hired.  Take  this  chance  to  show  what  you   know  about  the  company.  This  way,  you  prove  that   you  prepared  yourself  for  the  interview. Speak  about  the  good  reputa0on  of  the  company  as   an  employer,  and  its  pleasant  work  atmosphere.  The   loca0on  of  the  company  can  some0mes  play  an   important  role  (near  your  home)  :  with  this  easy   accessibility,  impossible  not  to  arrive  on  0me! Say  that  the  work  they  do  does  especially  interest   you  or  do  you  perhaps  have  a  specific  point  of   interest  in  this  sector? Say  that  this  job  is  your  dream  job   Give  the  reasons  why  you  claim  this:  you  can  adapt   your  specific  skills  (say  which  skills).  Prepare  your   arguments  perfectly 4.  Why  should  I  hire  You?   Answer  quickly!  If  you  seem  doubwul  about  the  fact   that  this  job  should  be  yours,  how  could  the   interviewer  be  sure? Give  3  prac0cal  posi0ve  features    proving  that  you   are  the  ideal  candidate  in  the  company’s  point  of   view,  also  if  you  need  to  repeat  things  that  you  have   already  said.  Insist  on  the  quali0es  which  the   company  considers  as  important e.g.:  I  see  three  reasons  why  you  should  hire  me   immediately: 1. I  can  work  very  hard.  My  former  boss  (my   former  employer)  par0cularly  appreciated  me  for   this  reason. 2. You  can  always  count  on  me,  I  don’t  run  away   from  my  responsibili0es  and  I  have  no  problem  to   always  make  more  efforts,  as  my  former  employer   (my  parents,  friends,…)  could  tell  you 3. I  can  adapt  myself  quickly  to  new  colleagues  and   to  new  work  circumstances.  Thanks  to  this,  I  can  be   quickly  produc0ve  in  my  new  job  top  10  interview  ques0ons Copyright  ©  Idea  4U   The  par4al  or  total  copy  of  this  material,  or   reproduc4on  in  any  form,  without  permission,  is     prohibited. JobdatePlan © 9 Be an opportunity Experts  in  the  Art  of  Mo0va0on  
  11. 11. 5.  What  are  your  Strengths? Speak  about  your  strengths  rela0ng  to  the  job  that   you  aim  at  (see  module:  what  do  I  want?).  It  is   important  to  think  about:   “What  would  the  employer  like  to  hear?” You  have  the  chance  to  summarize  all  your  assets: Your  skills Your  experience The  languages  you  can  speak Your  posi0ve  abtude Your  enthusiasm Your  reliability Your  efficiency Your  crea0vity  and  problem-­‐solving  ability Your  social  skills  /  team  work Your  ability  to  work  independently Your  craving  to  learn Your  sa0sfac0on  for  good  performance For  each  asset,  give  a  prac0cal  example  or  a   situa0on  proving  your  strength 6.  What  are  your  weaknesses? Admibng  you  have  weaknesses  is  not  always  easy.     However,  this  proves  that  you  know  yourself  very   well  and  that  you  are  honest. Turn  your  weaknesses  into  strengths During  this  personal  conversa0on,  it  is  important   that,  when  summarizing  your  weaknesses,  you  try   to  turn  your  weaknesses  into  strong  skills.  For   example: I  am  ooen  “too  hard  on  myself”,  BUT  this  makes   sure  that  I  always  get  the  best  of  myself. I  am  someone  “quiet  and  silent”,  BUT  this  makes   sure  that  all  the  things  I  say  are  well-­‐thought-­‐ out.  I  am  not  a  talka0ve  person. I  am  an  extreme  perfec0onist  and  consequently   I  am  never  sa0sfied  with  the  results  I  achieve,   BUT  thanks  to  this,  I  pay  always  aJen0on    to   detail  and  I  never  do  the  work  half  heartedly. I  am  quite  un0dy,  BUT  I  am  incredibly  crea0ve.  top  10  interview  ques0ons Copyright  ©  Idea  4U   The  par4al  or  total  copy  of  this  material,  or   reproduc4on  in  any  form,  without  permission,  is     prohibited. JobdatePlan © 10 You are The best Experts  in  the  Art  of  Mo0va0on  
  12. 12. 7.Why  did  you  leave? Give  clear  answers. This  is  an  obvious  ques0on  and  the  recruiter  wants   an  obvious  answer.    The  answer  "I  wanted  to  move   forward  with  my  career“  is  not  sufficient.   Tell  which  precise  elements  you  missed  in  your   former  job  &  what  you  aim  at  with  this  new  job   The  magic  word  is  “more”:  I  had  the  ambi0on  to   have  more  challenges,  to  learn  more,  to  grow Another  ques0on  could  be:  have  you  ever  been   fired? “No"  is  –  of  course  –  the  easiest  answer  to  this   ques0on,  but  a  “yes”  is  not  automa0cally  a  bad   answer.  If  you  can  prove  that  you  learned  a  lot  from   this  experience,  your  answer  will  become  posi0ve.   Each  failure  is  a  richfull  experience If  possible,  try  not  to  say  that  you  were  fired   because  of  disagreements.  Make  sure  that  you  don’t   lie  during  the  interview.  Never  cri0cize  your  former   employer! The  interviewer  will  probably  contact  your  former   employer  in  order  to  carry  out  a  reference  check. 8.  How  much? Don’t  try  to  nego0ate  your  salary  during  the   first  interview,  especially  if  the  person  you  are   talking  to  is  not  the  one  who  will  make  the  final   decision  about  your  salary.  By  asking  to  give  an   idea  of  the  salary  you  wish,  the  interviewer  will   only  check  if  your  expecta0ons  are  realis0c.   Don’t  set  your  standards  too  high  or  too  low,  but   prove  that  you  can  make  out  your  value  in  the  job   market.  Try  to  know  in  advance  what  is  a  fair  salary   for  this  job.   Return  the  ques0on  to  the  employer:  what   salary  do  you  have  in  mind  for  this  job?  Or  try   first  to  get  more  informa0on  on  the  salary  package:   will  you  receive  meal  vouchers  or  any  other   advantages?  What  does  the  company  also  offer:   any  training  that  you  can  aJend,  what  are  the   growth  opportuni0es,  etc  top  10  interview  ques0ons Copyright  ©  Idea  4U   The  par4al  or  total  copy  of  this  material,  or   reproduc4on  in  any  form,  without  permission,  is     prohibited.JobdatePlan © 11 Be ambitious Experts  in  the  Art  of  Mo0va0on  
  13. 13. 9.  “What  do  you  want?”            Ques0ons?
 See  the  module  “  What  do  I  want” What  is  important  to  you  in  a  job? What  mo0vates  you? What  do  you  absolutely  not  want  to  do? With  what  types  of  people  do  you  want  to     work?  What  do  you  like  to  do  as  work?   What  do  you  know  about  the  job  you  are   applying  for? Why  did  you  decide  to  pursue  this  degree?   How  do  you  imagine  the  ideal  job/  dream  job? To  answer  these  ques0ons,  refer  to  elements   that  your  ideal  job  must  offer  or  to  a  feature   that  will  be  decisive  if  you  had  to  choose   between  two  jobs.  Are  you  willing  to  aJend  courses?  Are  you  willing  to  work  over0me?  What  are  your  objec0ves  and  ambi0on?  Where  do  you  see  yourself  in  5  years? 10.    10  other  ques0ons 1. For  which  classes  did  you  get  the  best  results?   The  worst?  Which  subjects  did  you  find   interes0ng  and  why? 2. Why  did  you  choose  these  subjects? 3. What  do  you  know  about  our  company?   4. Why  did  you  leave  this  job? 5. What  types  of  people  do  you  get  along  with  or   don’t  you  get  along  with? 6. How  do  you  perform  under  pressure?  (Or:  Give   me  an  example  of  when  you  performed   successfully  under  pressure) 7. Did  you  have  some  conflicts  with  your   colleagues/friends?  For  which  reasons? 8. When  can  you  start  working  for  our  company? 9. Do  you  have  ques0ons? 10. What  other  jobs  have  you  also  applied  for?  top  10  interview  ques0ons Copyright  ©  Idea  4U   The  par4al  or  total  copy  of  this  material,  or   reproduc4on  in  any  form,  without  permission,  is     prohibited.JobdatePlan © 12 Smile You happy Experts  in  the  Art  of  Mo0va0on  
  14. 14. What  are  the  3  most  important  skills/ strengths  we  should  have  for  this   func0on? Which  objec0ves  does  the  company   consider  as  the  most  important  and  which   contribu0on  am  I  supposed  to  offer  in   order  to  achieve  these  objec0ves?   According  to  you,  which  added  value  do  I   offer?   What  are  the  most  important  things  that  I   could  do  to  help  during  the  first  3  months?   Which  performances  will  be  considered   for  appraisal  during  my  trial  period?  What   is  expected  from  me  during  the  first  6   months? By  asking  the  right  ques0ons  during  the  interview,     you  also  prove  that  you  have  a  good  knowledge  of  the  job/the   company/the  sector,  and  that  your  mo0va0on  for  this  job  is  high
  Why  are  people  happy  to  work  for  your   company?  How  do  you  see  me?  Why  would  you  decide   to  hire  me?  What  can  you  say  about  the  company  culture   and  the  people  (colleagues,  hierarchy,  ...  )   whom  I  would  work  with?  If  you  should  give  me  the  job,  why  would  you   do  this?  Are  there  any  points  that  I  can  clarify  upon  in   order  to  become  a  top  candidate?   Avoid  asking  the  following  ques0ons   during  the  first  interview:   How  many  holidays  /  make-­‐up  days  am  I       en0tled  to?     How  is  the  schedule  arranged  and  when  can  I       take  some  holidays? Do  you   have   ques0ons   ? Copyright  ©  Idea  4U   The  par4al  or  total  copy  of  this  material,  or   reproduc4on  in  any  form,  without  permission,  is     prohibited. JobdatePlan © 13 Carpe diem Experts  in  the  Art  of  Mo0va0on  
  15. 15. Arrive  on  0me What  do  you  need  to  bring:  bring  your  CV,   your  covering  leJer,  leJers  of   recommenda0on,  appraisal  forms  from  your   former  employers,  a  wri0ng  pad  and  a  pen  to   take  notes Be  concrete  and  specific Most  candidates  give  common  and  general   answers.  During  the  job  interview,  try  to   convince  the  interviewer  by  giving  measurable   informa0on  and  precise  details  rela0ng  to  your   achievements.  Give  examples  coming  from   your  career  and  create  links  with  the  func0on   you  are  applying  for Repeat  your  “strengths”  three  0mes It  is  crucial  that  you  insist  confidently  on  your   strengths.  Put  forward  which  advantages  your   strengths  represent  for  the  requirements  and   objec0ves  of  the  company  or  department  for   which  you  will  work An  interview  is  a  dialogue:  Don’t  speak  too   much  but  try  to  respect  the  50-­‐50  rule:  you   speak  50%  of  the  0me  and  the  interviewer   speaks  50%  of  the  0me.   Listen  carefully  to  the  ques0ons  and  make   sure  to  give  concrete  answers.   Don’t  start  talking  about  this  or  that or  about  anything  not  rela0ng  to  the  interview.   If  you  are  afraid  that  your  answer  to  one  difficult   ques0on  was  not  enough  or  sufficiently   concrete,  just  ask  if  you  answered  to  the   ques0on. Dare  to  leave  some  silent  moments.   It  is  recommended  to  think  about  the  answer   you  want  to  give  to  a  difficult  ques0on  rather   than  just  saying  some  non-­‐sense.  Most  of  all:   don’t  become  nervous! Ask  for  some  more  explana0on  if  the   ques0on  is  difficult  or  unclear.  This  way,  you   can  win  some  0me  in  order  to  prepare  your   answer. What  you  should  keep  in  mind  during  the   conversa0on:  convince  the  other  that  you   represent  an  added-­‐value    and  assure  him/her   that  you  are  made  for  this  job. Not  too  close. Try  not  to  be  too  familiar  at  the  end  of  the   conversa0on Copyright  ©  Idea  4U   The  par4al  or  total  copy  of  this  material,  or   reproduc4on  in  any  form,  without  permission,  is     prohibited. JobdatePlan © 14 Jobdate TIPS Self suggestion makes you master of yourself Experts  in  the  Art  of  Mo0va0on  
  16. 16. Prepare  3  success  stories.   Make  a  list  with  your  skills  such  as:  you  can  work   in  a  team,  you  are  willing  to  have  responsibili0es,   you  are  reliable,  you  are  crea0ve…  In  your  career,   find  concrete  situa0ons  where  you  successfully   used  these  skills. Image  is  as  important  as  content. The  image  you  give  and  the  way  you  talk  is  as   important  as  the  things  you  say.  Studies  reveal   that  65%  of  the  message  comes  from  the  non-­‐ verbal  communica0on.  (see  module  on  posi0ve   abtude) Ask  ques0ons. Don’t  wait  for  the  “Do  you  have    ques0ons?”.  The   ques0ons  you  ask  and  the  manner  in  which  you   ask  them  can  give  an  incredibly  posi0ve   impression. The  good  ques0ons  require  some  prepara0on:   you  can  refer  to  the  module  from  your  JOBDATE   PLAN  named  The  Top  10  ques0ons  that  you  can   ask.  Find  the  right  moment  to  ask  them Avoid  asking  personal  ques0ons  even  if  you   precise  that  you  have  a  ques0on  which  does   not  relate  to  the  job What’s  next? Ask  what  are  the  following  steps  in  the   selec0on  procedure Keep  a  JOBDATES  book. Aoer  the  JOBDATE,  summarize  what   happened,  your  posi0ve  abtude,  the  way  you   answered  the  ques0ons,  if  you  received  all  the   informa0on  you  needed,  what  you  would  like   to  do  differently  next  0me,  etc Follow-­‐up  your  JOBDATES: Aoer  the  jobdates,  send  an  email  or  a  leJer  to   thank  the  interviewer.  Repeat  again  your  skills   and  strengths    and  the  importance  they  can   represent  for  the  company Copyright  ©  Idea  4U   The  par4al  or  total  copy  of  this  material,  or   reproduc4on  in  any  form,  without  permission,  is     prohibited. JobdatePlan © 15 Jobdate TIPS Just do it! Experts  in  the  Art  of  Mo0va0on  
  17. 17.  Mo4va4on  is  the  force  which  moves  us     into  ac4on.    Are  you  looking  for  a  new  way  to   mo4vate  yourself,  your  team,  your   company    What  mo4vates  You?  What  gives  you  the   right  energy    to  move  forward  every   morning  of  the  year?  Why  do  you  feel   down  today?      Who,what  is  responsible  for  your   mo4va4on?    Are  you  responsible  for  the  mo4va4on  of   your  family,  your  team,  your  partner?   Do  you  know  how  too  keep  the  best   mo4vated  team  members  on  board?    Is  boos4ng  the  Mo4va4on,  mission   impossible? learn  to  recognize  “demo4va4on  at  first   sight  “  and  all  the  modern   demo4va4onbugs  (absenteeism-­‐ presenteeism)          The  wisdom  of  the  4  mo4va4on  laws     Define  your  own  Mo4va4on  DNA.   Design  your  Personal  Mo4va4on  Plan  (PMP)   Crack  the  mo4va4onal  code  of  your  family   and  team  members   Develop  crea4ve  and  authen4c  mo4va4on   strategies  for    your  team,  your  boss   Discover  the  secret  of  emo4onal  rewarding   and  the  intrinsic  mo4va4on   The  power  of  the  4  T  of  Autonomy       9  ways  to  boost  Mo4va4on  of  your   organiza4on  to  the  top   Create  your  own  mo4va4onal  cockpit In you must burn What you want to ignite in others Experts  in  the  Art  of  Mo0va0on   Workshop the ART of Motivation WHY? this workshop WHAT? will you learn Yvan  Dierckxsens  is  owner   and  Chief  Engagement   Officer  of  IDEA  4U  since   2008.  As  formal  CEO  of   Unique  Belgium,  his   company  was  elected  five   0mes  as  “great  place  to   work”  .   His  mission:  to  inspire   people  and  organisa0ons  to   a  higher  mo0va0on,  success   and  trust  in  the  future For more information: