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02/03/2016Jon Stephenson
Preparing to pass face to face interviews
Be punctual
Make every second count
Take your time
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A heads up on face to face interviews!


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About a year ago, I applied for a dream job in my beautiful home city of York and didn't get through to the second interview stage. I was gutted, even more so when I received the feedback from my interview. I knew I had sold myself short and failed to demonstrate my leadership qualities in my answers to the competency based questions.

Now that I am working full time on my job hunt, I am determined to be better prepared for my face to face interviews. I have sought lots of advice from colleagues, fellow job hunters and recruitment consultants.

I have used this advice, plus my earlier feedback from that interview in York, to produce an infographic on a powerpoint slide to improve my chances of passing face to face interviews.

As many of the suggestions came from within the job hunting community, I thought it was only fair that I should publish the slide.

I'd welcome any suggestions for further images and if you get the chance to use it, please let me know what you think.

Good luck...

And finally, a big shout out to Tracy A. Miller for giving me the idea based upon the post-it notes she said she uses during telephone interviews.

2 March 2016

Slide updated to include Voice (pitch, tone & volume), Body Language and Match (your interviewer, but don't mimic).

3 May 2016

I am delighted to announce that the infographic must have helped me because I have accepted an offer from ted Learning Ltd to establish a business and management consultancy to complement their theatre-based training company.

It worked for me so why not give it a go and see if it works for you?

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A heads up on face to face interviews!

  1. 1. 02/03/2016Jon Stephenson Preparing to pass face to face interviews Be punctual Make every second count Take your time Slow down! Keep to the point Stay focused Think positively Dress to impressResearch the role, organisation & interviewer Come up with some ideas Give a firm handshakePractice your elevator pitch, answers and questions Don’t panic! Frame your questions Smile and enjoy it! Show your passion for the role Make it clear you want the job Remember pitch, tone and volume Listen carefullySit up straight Answer the question using STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) Make good eye contact Build rapport Match (not mimic)Watch your body language