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How to win at 8 different types of interviews!


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This is an overview of Steve Preston's 2 hour Winning at Interviews (part 2) seminar presentation, without any of the images. Steve explores 8 key interview types and what you need to consider and focus on in order to interview success.

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How to win at 8 different types of interviews!

  1. 1. Many different types of interview processes used today to screen and select candidates Once selected to attend interview you may experience one of a number of possible scenarios Ensure you obtain advance information about the process Expect the unexpected! Prepare – (9P’s) and make sure you’re ready to impress
  2. 2. Yes …there are many types of interview Yes …things have changed in the last decade Let’s now explore the various interview types and focus on the ‘Pieces of Eight’
  3. 3. Considered the most common/traditional A formal ‘one-on-one’ conversation – individual basis Your focus is on the person asking questions Maintain eye contact, listen carefully and respond once a question is asked Your goal – to establish rapport with interviewer and demonstrate how you will benefit their organisation
  4. 4. Often used to screen candidates to narrow the pool for remaining selection process/interview Can come out of the blue! If given no forewarning politely request a mutually convenient time Challenging – unable able to rely on nonverbal communication or body language Prepare as you would for a regular interview Have resumé, organisation info, points to highlight, questions, accomplishments etc. in front of you for reference
  5. 5. Formal Panel - conducted by 2 or more interviewers - can be intimidating Reduces individual interviewer bias – used to obtain different perceptions of candidate Interviewers usually take turns to ask questions around specific themes Ensure eye contact with person asking questions, but maintain eye contact with everyone. Connect with them all Demanding – requires constant focus and energy to be alert and respond to more people
  6. 6. Opportunity to interview outside a formal office setting to get an insight on how you behave in more relaxed surroundings Maintain same standards in this situation as you would in an office Environment might be more casual, but still being closely monitored Use interview to build common ground Be sensible with your meal selection – follow their etiquette - be aware of your table manners Also known as ‘Trial by Sherry’ or ‘Death by Knife and Fork’!
  7. 7. One of the newer processes using video technology e.g. Skype webcam remotely or from one of the company’s locations You will need to set up Skype on your PC, laptop, tablet or phone Same interview strategies apply as if you were meeting in person e.g. dress, body language, dialogue plus prep and practice all important Remember you can still be seen and your expressions will be read Make eye contact with the camera, check your monitor, sound, broadband /wifi and be mindful of what else can be seen on camera! Ensure you are in a quiet location where you won’t be disturbed
  8. 8. Assessment Centres are extended periods of interviews (1-2 days), assessed tasks and practical exercises held by recruiters or employers for small groups of candidates to establish the right candidate/s Group interviews (often included in an assessment centre) are usually designed to uncover professionalism and leadership potential Part of a wider selection process – often front runners are gathered in an informal, discussion type interview focusing on a particular subject or a pre-determined problem or task to resolve Goal of interview group is to see how you interact with others and how you use your knowledge, initiative and reasoning to influence Treat everyone with respect – give everyone a chance – be aware of the group dynamics – be yourself!
  9. 9. Highly structured interview to reflect the competencies required by the employer for the particular job Check the job spec (or interview brief) for the detail and ensure you fully read and understand the competencies Competency based questions require very specific answers e.g. ‘Adaptability’ - “Tell us about the biggest change you have had to deal with and what was the outcome? Practice giving clear, concise, positive examples which highlight your proven ability of each competency Aim to respond with “I” or use ‘3rd party endorsement’
  10. 10. Employers and recruiters often schedule job interviews in public places like a coffee shop, pub or hotel lounge Why? Because…………. Of many reasons e.g. : - Hiring for a field position and they don’t have a local office - As an initial informal screening interview prior to formal interview - Less intimidating - an informal familiar neutral site can help break down communication barriers, also ideal for ‘networking’ meetings - To see how the candidate can handle ‘small talk’ - To preview someone’s personality as well as their skill set
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