Perfect Phrases For The Perfect Interview

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Perfect Phrases For The Perfect Interview

  1. 1. Perfect Phrases for the Perfect Interview Winning answers to the toughest interview questions
  2. 2. Index <ul><li>Getting ready for the interview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1) WORDS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2) Prepare for follow up questions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lets Start the Interview </li></ul><ul><li>General questions – getting to know you </li></ul><ul><li>Career Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Industry Savvy </li></ul><ul><li>Job hopping / Working for a problem company </li></ul><ul><li>Dealing with conflict </li></ul><ul><li>Time Gaps in your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Lacking experience </li></ul><ul><li>Salary </li></ul><ul><li>Leaving current job </li></ul><ul><li>Joining ABC co </li></ul>
  3. 3. Getting ready for the interview <ul><li>1) WORDS – the words u choose to write your resume, during the interview, salary negotiation & offer acceptance reveal info about yourself. So you should be aware of KEYWORKS used in your industry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sources for keywords / phrases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Company web sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trade magazines / journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PR material / press news released </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job postings / job descriptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classified ads in newspapers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After all, experienced professionals write these words, so you can use these words to let them know you are on the same wavelength. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>2) Prepare for follow up questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make a list of projects you were particularly proud of in your last jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make a list of motivating experiences from your last jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make a list of your achievements / contributions from your last jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make a list of problem solving / crisis management situations </li></ul></ul>Getting ready for the interview
  5. 5. <ul><li>Lets Start the Interview </li></ul>
  6. 6. General questions – getting to know you <ul><li>Q] Tell me about yourself </li></ul><ul><li>A] Give a brief summary about your total work experience, your educational background and current profile for e.g.–I have 3+ yrs of exp in HR, mainly in advertising / retail industry. I studied from Mumbai University and am currently pursuing further studies in HR. My Last / current job has been with ABC company as a HR manager. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Q] Describe yourself / your strengths </li></ul><ul><li>A] Use keywords such as </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Well Balanced person, known for my positive attitude </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organised & Reliable, dependable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong ability to solve problems, ready to take up any challenging tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Team player – have the ability to work with all types of people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexible and adaptable to new situations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remain calm in chaotic situations </li></ul></ul>General questions – getting to know you
  8. 8. Career Goals <ul><li>Q] What are your short term & long term career goals OR where do you see yourself 3 years from now? </li></ul><ul><li>A] One thing I have learned is to stay flexible to opportunities. I know that whatever I do, I will continue to take on additional challenges and responsibilities. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Industry Savvy <ul><li>Q] What relevant industry experience do you have? OR What can you bring to this job from your previous experience? </li></ul><ul><li>A] My knowledge & experience in this industry is around 5 years. I have built strong relationships and contacts throughout my career that would help me add value. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Job hopping / Working for a problem company <ul><li>Q] You have jumped from job to job in past few years OR you have quit your job after only a year. What was the reason? </li></ul><ul><li>A] Unfortunately, the company I was working for was going through some tough economic times. I was hoping for things to turn around coz I really loved my job. But that hasn’t happened, so I decided to move forward in my career. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Dealing with conflict <ul><li>Q] How do u resolve a conflict situation that arises at work with your colleagues / boss? </li></ul><ul><li>A] I usually get along well with everyone, but there have been times when disagreements do creep up. I think the best way is to talk it out with that person. We must treat each other as professionals and respect each others point of view. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Time Gaps in your resume <ul><li>Q] Your resume shows that you had/have a 6 months gap where you didn’t work. What was the reason for that? </li></ul><ul><li>A] I did take time off for personal reasons. I wanted to study further / pursue some other interests / deal with family obligations. I was lucky to be able to take a sabbatical from work. I am now ready to resume my career with new energy and excitement. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Lacking experience <ul><li>Q] Judging from your resume, I doubt that you will be able to step into this job since you lack experience in this similar field. What makes you think you can do the job? </li></ul><ul><li>A] I have worked effectively in different industries and have been able to make a smooth and quick transition always. My ability to learn quickly has made a huge impact on my career. There are some skills that I feel I can transfer to any job that I do, such as excellent communication, great rapport with people, calm under pressure, ability to multitask and having the right attitude. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Salary <ul><li>Q] What salary expectation do you have in mind? Would you consider taking less pay than your previous job? </li></ul><ul><li>A] I would need to know more about the position, your salary structure, before I can put down a figure for the same. Opportunity is valuable to me, so I am always willing to look at the bigger picture. I would want to be fairly compensated for the work I do, but at the same time I can be flexible when it comes to the bigger picture. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Leaving current job <ul><li>Q] Why are you leaving your current job? </li></ul><ul><li>A] I have set some career goals for myself to become part of a bigger team, where I can contribute from my past experiences, and add value to the organization. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Joining ABC co <ul><li>Q] Why do you want to work for our co? </li></ul><ul><li>A] While researching your company, it looked like a good match for the kind of place I want to work for, as well as your expectations from this position. Hence I wanted to find out more about the opportunity. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>All the best </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared with the RIGHT phrase for every situation…every time!!! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>References – Perfect phrases for the perfect interview by Carole Martin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PPT by Munira Thanwala </li></ul></ul>

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