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How to Prepare Effectively for Job Interviews


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This presentation on how to prepare effectively for job interviews is aimed at undergraduates and postgraduates.

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How to Prepare Effectively for Job Interviews

  1. 1. Tahira Majothi Careers consultant 0161 295 5088
  2. 2. Aims • Better understand the different types of interviews • Anticipate likely interview questions • Present your answers in an interesting and accurate way using the STAR technique • Access support from the Careers and Employability Service
  3. 3. Types of Interview One-to-one (inc. informal chats, social gatherings) Panel Telephone / Skype Situational / case studies Assessment Centres
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  6. 6. From a Employer’s perspective… • Are you the right person for the job? • Will you love the job? • Can we see you as a ‘fit’ for our company?
  7. 7. “We expect a graduate to have conducted research on our organisation and know the customer trends facing us in the external market…….[we expect] knowledge of competitors, relevant market trends, opportunities, current challenges, recent developments.....” Graduate Recruitment Officer, The Co-operative
  8. 8. It’s not necessarily the most talented candidate who gets the job, often it’s the one who has done the most preparation!
  9. 9. • Why did you choose this company in particular? • Articulate your commercial awareness • What makes you the ideal candidate? - Open doors
  10. 10. Good news! You can predict likely questions! The essential volunteer job description • Job person specification • Company websites • LinkedIn • Networking events with employers • Careers and Employability staff •
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  13. 13. Job Competency Matching Grid Knowledge /Qualifications • PhD / Masters or Degree • Relevant modules • Short professional training or Distance learning courses • Technical abilities • Commercial awareness Experience • Lab experience or live projects • Placements and work experience • Part-time work • Student Societies Skills • Communication • Teamwork • Time- management • Problem-solving • Initiative • Adaptability
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  15. 15. S.T.AR Example: Situation – set the scene As part of a live marketing project on my Business Studies degree, I worked within a team of five to help develop a successful marketing strategy for a local charity, KidsCarers.
  16. 16. Task or Aim A confident social media user, I volunteered to lead on improving the charity’s social media strategy. Having had some prior experience by way of my own blog, LinkedIn and having taken on responsibility for Brownstone’s Twitter and Facebook feeds whilst on my placement year.
  17. 17. Action – your contribution To begin with, I organised a focus group to provide the charity feedback of it’s website and ran an comparison analysis of social media usage amongst other similar charities to assess brand recognition and usability.
  18. 18. Result - outcome I recommended that the charity have a dedicated person to coordinate all social media activity and arranged for them to attend social media training at the University of Salford. The charity implemented my ideas including successful case study vlogs, online competitions and more personalised interactions via Facebook and Twitter.
  19. 19. Review – away from interview, review the questions Reflect – what went well, what didn’t and why do you think this was? Regroup – what would you do differently, ask for feedback and book a mock interview. o Close up of the Thinker
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  21. 21. Useful Resources: Researching Employers: • • • Careers Fairs: • • Jobs website: • Interview resources: • interviews/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy • • • • • technique-live-chat