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Www.futurepoint.ie is a leading enterprise delivering smart
strategies, to the graduate and the broaderprofessional
community, in careerdevelopment &management.
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TheJob Fit
Find the right
Function. Functions
represent job titlesand
tasks, such asengineer
and graphic artist or
market research and
product development.
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TheJOB Interest
Identify yourideal
Industry and Interests.
Industry refersto where you
will apply your functional
skills, whereasIntereststap a
specialty areathat you
connect with, or are
especially enthusiastic about.
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What istheMattter?
Think about the Things That
Matter. What you do in your
career should align with your
valuesand needs, that way, you will
find greater energy, motivation,
and career satisfaction. Employers
valueemployeeswith energy and
motivation. What motivatesyou?
Autonomy?Authority?Influence?
Monetary reward?Recognition?
Teamwork?Variety?
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DefineFulfillment
Define Fulfillment. Fulfillment
transformsyour job from pay to
purpose. Fulfillment, or purpose, is
thereason why you work. To define
fulfillment, pay attention to the
“tinglefactor” theaddictivefeeling
that comeswhen you do something
you absolutely love.
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RaisetheBar
Enhance yourIdentity. Your
identity, what you believeabout
yourself, isdirectly linked to the
typeof position you’ll target. You
areusually capableof
accomplishing much morethan you
believeyou can. Raisethebar on
beliefs, you will bepushed beyond
your previousself expectation.
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Personality types
Know yourpersonality Type. Understanding
your typeallowsyou to pursuepositionsthat
complement, rather than clash with, your
personality preferences. Thebasic tenetsof
personality typemeasurefour scales: Energy—
thefocusof your energy and attention flowsto
theouter world or isdirected toward inner
experiencesand reflection. Perception—your
preferencefor taking in information via“what
is” or “what could be” Judgment—your
preferencefor making decisionsbased on facts
and logic or personal/social valuesand
Orientation—your preferencefor coming to
closureor remaining open to moreinformation .
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Telling Stories
Detailing your answersin astory
telling format isremarkably
effective. Usean anecdotal method
to structureyour relevant success
stories, remembering to include
contextual situational clues;
sequential actions; numbersdriven
results; astrong link to the
employer’sneedsfor thevacant
position.
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TheDetails
Fill your storieswith numbers, such
asyear-to-year comparisons,
records, past highs, past lows, target
goals, sizeof project, number of
personsinvolved, and budget or
project figures(when not
confidential!) Details, giveyour
successescredibility and weight.
Interviewerswill respond positively
to such detail. Avoid being long
winded.
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Leading Story
Remember , it isall about them
and not about you. Interviewers
will filter your story for
relevancy to their organisation.
You arethereto solvetheir
problemsand not to detail your
features; they want to hear
about thebenefitsof hiring you.
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Authenticity
Authentic image; sound knowledge
of your advantagesand self
awarenessproject an imageof your
authentic self; focuson the
advantagestheemployer receives
from you, for getting the
job done, and makeemployers
awareof thoseadvantages.
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The3 Point Message
Honeyour benefitsinto aThree-
Point Marketing Messagethat
conveysyour uniquestrengths. This
is a critical sound bite.
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TheVerbal BusinessCard
CreateaVerbal BusinessCard to
keep you focused; help networking
contactsknow how to help you and
explain your valueto interviewers.
Align yourstatement with
employerexpectations.
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Story of Yourself™
Mix and match your successstories
and sound bitesto createa
comfortableyet compelling Story
of Yourself™. Consider using a
taglinethat helpspeopleremember
you in auniqueand favorablelight.
Practice, you must beableto
deliver your sound bitesnaturally,
without appearing asthough you’ve
memorised ascript.
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Inner Thoughts
Successstartson theinside, with
theinner action of thought and
choice. Consciously beawareof
your thought life. Hold a pictureof
your objectivefuture, remind
yourself of thevalueyou offer
employersand framesituations
from apossibility perspective. Do
not entertain irrational positive
thoughts, thisisamanged process,
using practical stepsand actions
driven by rational thinking.
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ThePower of Habits
Identify your inspirational triggers
(being with other people,
researching, exercising, and so on)
and weavethem into your daily or
weekly habits.
“ We are what we repeatedly do ,
therefo re excellence is no t an act, it
is a habit” Aristo tle
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Controllables
Controllablesinclude“soft” items
likeyour attitude, self-talk, and
self-image, aswell as“hard” items,
such asdevoting acertain number
of hourseach week to networking
and preparing for interviews;
putting contingency plansin place;
managing your time; taking careof
yourself.
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Act Successful
Act like you have value. Adopt
theattitudes; actions; vocabulary;
dress; posture; knowledge; habits;
self-talk and mindset that personify
peoplewho aresuccessful in your
target position.
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Assessment Tests
Don’t try to aceapersonality test or
“fake” any psychometric
assessment. Most of thesetestsare
constructed to detect socially
desirableresponding.
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TheBig Five
Employerstypically prefer candidates
with psychological attributesthat
correlateto the“Big Five” personality
factors: extroversion (social
leadership); emotional stability;
receptivity (opennessto new
experiences); accommodation
(agreeableness); self-control
conscientiousness).
Employersgenerally favour answers
that reflect thesefactors.
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TheValueFocus
When taking personality tests,
focusfully on your valueand your
positivetraits. Don’t allow personal
stress, work stress, or other factors
to cloud your truetraits.
Answer questionsfrom the
perspectiveof how theemployer
would liketo seeyou operate
within awork environment.
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Behaviour Questions
Recognisebehavioral interview
questionsby introductory phrases
such as“Tell me/usabout atime
when you…,” “Describeasituation
whereyou…,” “Giveme/usan
exampleof…,” or “In thepast, how
haveyou handled….”
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Probing Questions
After theanchor question, be
prepared for probing questions,
such as“What wasyour specific
role?” “Who elsewasinvolved?”
“How did you decidewhich task to
do first?” “How did theoutcome
affect thecompany?” “What might
you havedonedifferently?” and
“How hasthat affected theway you
would approach thesituation
today?”
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Model Behaviour
Competencies drive behavior!
Competenciesarecapabilities,
skills, and talentsthat makethe
behavior easy or enjoyableto
perform. Employerslook at the
behaviorsof top performersin
similar positionsto identify
competencies. You may model
yourself after top performers,
remembering behaviour may not
demonstrateknowledge.
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Common Competencies
Therearemorethan 50 common
competenciesin demand by
employers. Among themost
important areinitiative/ drive/
energy and communication skills.
Search job postingsand job
descriptionsto createamaster list
of key competenciesfor your
target position.
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Interview Support
Interviewing isn’t asport, abattle,
or amagic show designed to trick
someoneinto hiring you. It’sabout
offering your best casefor why
you’retheright person for thejob
and ableto support thecompany.
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Listen & Tell
It isimpo ssible to connect with
othersif you don’t listen well.
Remember your objective; engage
theinterviewer; sharesuccinctly;
point to benefits; offer proof; never
droneon; dedicateyourself to a
win-win relationship.
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Ask for theposition!
Expressdesirefor theposition, and
ask fo r the jo b! Many an
interviewer haspassed over a
wholly qualified candidatebecause
thecandidatedid not appear
motivated to do thejob. Motivation
to do thejob can beasimportant as
qualificationsfor thejob.
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Follow Up
It isvery important to always
follow up an interview with a
“Thank you” to every onethat
interviewed you individually. A
short email isfine.
And thank you to you, for
watching thispresentation, we
hopeyou find it useful.
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Futurepoint areasynthesisof management and education
professionals. It isheaded up by Paul Walsh and located in
County Waterford. Paul hasworked in theIrish public
transport and themulti national industrial sector. Hehasalso
expanded hiscareer portfolio into theeducation and training
sector. Hehassuccessfully managed complex multi million
Euro operations, delivering businessprocessimprovement,
employeedevelopment, changemangement, and managing
diversemulti level employeerelations. Hehasspecialisation
in recruitment, employeetraining, team building, employee
engagement & intervention, communications, interviewing &
selection. Hehasdeveloped adult education coursesfor third
level collegessuch as UCC, WIT, and delivered training to
such professional bodiesasmembersof theIrish Law
Society. Hehasalso worked in second level education
delivering career guidanceteaching. HeholdsaBA Degree
from University CollegeCork, aDiplomain BusinessStudies
from Waterford Instituteof Technology, aDiplomain
Management from theIrish Management Institute, and a
MastersDegreein Law from TheUniversity of Wales.
Futurepoint isaleading enterprisedelivering smart
strategiesprimarily to thegraduateand thebroader
professional community in career development &
management.

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SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEW PREP.

  • 1. Www.futurepoint.ie Www.futurepoint.ie is a leading enterprise delivering smart strategies, to the graduate and the broaderprofessional community, in careerdevelopment &management.
  • 2. Www.futurepoint.ie TheJob Fit Find the right Function. Functions represent job titlesand tasks, such asengineer and graphic artist or market research and product development.
  • 3. Www.futurepoint.ie TheJOB Interest Identify yourideal Industry and Interests. Industry refersto where you will apply your functional skills, whereasIntereststap a specialty areathat you connect with, or are especially enthusiastic about.
  • 4. Www.futurepoint.ie What istheMattter? Think about the Things That Matter. What you do in your career should align with your valuesand needs, that way, you will find greater energy, motivation, and career satisfaction. Employers valueemployeeswith energy and motivation. What motivatesyou? Autonomy?Authority?Influence? Monetary reward?Recognition? Teamwork?Variety?
  • 5. Www.futurepoint.ie DefineFulfillment Define Fulfillment. Fulfillment transformsyour job from pay to purpose. Fulfillment, or purpose, is thereason why you work. To define fulfillment, pay attention to the “tinglefactor” theaddictivefeeling that comeswhen you do something you absolutely love.
  • 6. Www.futurepoint.ie RaisetheBar Enhance yourIdentity. Your identity, what you believeabout yourself, isdirectly linked to the typeof position you’ll target. You areusually capableof accomplishing much morethan you believeyou can. Raisethebar on beliefs, you will bepushed beyond your previousself expectation.
  • 7. Www.futurepoint.ie Personality types Know yourpersonality Type. Understanding your typeallowsyou to pursuepositionsthat complement, rather than clash with, your personality preferences. Thebasic tenetsof personality typemeasurefour scales: Energy— thefocusof your energy and attention flowsto theouter world or isdirected toward inner experiencesand reflection. Perception—your preferencefor taking in information via“what is” or “what could be” Judgment—your preferencefor making decisionsbased on facts and logic or personal/social valuesand Orientation—your preferencefor coming to closureor remaining open to moreinformation .
  • 8. Www.futurepoint.ie Telling Stories Detailing your answersin astory telling format isremarkably effective. Usean anecdotal method to structureyour relevant success stories, remembering to include contextual situational clues; sequential actions; numbersdriven results; astrong link to the employer’sneedsfor thevacant position.
  • 9. Www.futurepoint.ie TheDetails Fill your storieswith numbers, such asyear-to-year comparisons, records, past highs, past lows, target goals, sizeof project, number of personsinvolved, and budget or project figures(when not confidential!) Details, giveyour successescredibility and weight. Interviewerswill respond positively to such detail. Avoid being long winded.
  • 10. Www.futurepoint.ie Leading Story Remember , it isall about them and not about you. Interviewers will filter your story for relevancy to their organisation. You arethereto solvetheir problemsand not to detail your features; they want to hear about thebenefitsof hiring you.
  • 11. Www.futurepoint.ie Authenticity Authentic image; sound knowledge of your advantagesand self awarenessproject an imageof your authentic self; focuson the advantagestheemployer receives from you, for getting the job done, and makeemployers awareof thoseadvantages.
  • 12. Www.futurepoint.ie The3 Point Message Honeyour benefitsinto aThree- Point Marketing Messagethat conveysyour uniquestrengths. This is a critical sound bite.
  • 13. Www.futurepoint.ie TheVerbal BusinessCard CreateaVerbal BusinessCard to keep you focused; help networking contactsknow how to help you and explain your valueto interviewers. Align yourstatement with employerexpectations.
  • 14. Www.futurepoint.ie Story of Yourself™ Mix and match your successstories and sound bitesto createa comfortableyet compelling Story of Yourself™. Consider using a taglinethat helpspeopleremember you in auniqueand favorablelight. Practice, you must beableto deliver your sound bitesnaturally, without appearing asthough you’ve memorised ascript.
  • 15. Www.futurepoint.ie Inner Thoughts Successstartson theinside, with theinner action of thought and choice. Consciously beawareof your thought life. Hold a pictureof your objectivefuture, remind yourself of thevalueyou offer employersand framesituations from apossibility perspective. Do not entertain irrational positive thoughts, thisisamanged process, using practical stepsand actions driven by rational thinking.
  • 16. Www.futurepoint.ie ThePower of Habits Identify your inspirational triggers (being with other people, researching, exercising, and so on) and weavethem into your daily or weekly habits. “ We are what we repeatedly do , therefo re excellence is no t an act, it is a habit” Aristo tle
  • 17. Www.futurepoint.ie Controllables Controllablesinclude“soft” items likeyour attitude, self-talk, and self-image, aswell as“hard” items, such asdevoting acertain number of hourseach week to networking and preparing for interviews; putting contingency plansin place; managing your time; taking careof yourself.
  • 18. Www.futurepoint.ie Act Successful Act like you have value. Adopt theattitudes; actions; vocabulary; dress; posture; knowledge; habits; self-talk and mindset that personify peoplewho aresuccessful in your target position.
  • 19. Www.futurepoint.ie Assessment Tests Don’t try to aceapersonality test or “fake” any psychometric assessment. Most of thesetestsare constructed to detect socially desirableresponding.
  • 20. Www.futurepoint.ie TheBig Five Employerstypically prefer candidates with psychological attributesthat correlateto the“Big Five” personality factors: extroversion (social leadership); emotional stability; receptivity (opennessto new experiences); accommodation (agreeableness); self-control conscientiousness). Employersgenerally favour answers that reflect thesefactors.
  • 21. Www.futurepoint.ie TheValueFocus When taking personality tests, focusfully on your valueand your positivetraits. Don’t allow personal stress, work stress, or other factors to cloud your truetraits. Answer questionsfrom the perspectiveof how theemployer would liketo seeyou operate within awork environment.
  • 22. Www.futurepoint.ie Behaviour Questions Recognisebehavioral interview questionsby introductory phrases such as“Tell me/usabout atime when you…,” “Describeasituation whereyou…,” “Giveme/usan exampleof…,” or “In thepast, how haveyou handled….”
  • 23. Www.futurepoint.ie Probing Questions After theanchor question, be prepared for probing questions, such as“What wasyour specific role?” “Who elsewasinvolved?” “How did you decidewhich task to do first?” “How did theoutcome affect thecompany?” “What might you havedonedifferently?” and “How hasthat affected theway you would approach thesituation today?”
  • 24. Www.futurepoint.ie Model Behaviour Competencies drive behavior! Competenciesarecapabilities, skills, and talentsthat makethe behavior easy or enjoyableto perform. Employerslook at the behaviorsof top performersin similar positionsto identify competencies. You may model yourself after top performers, remembering behaviour may not demonstrateknowledge.
  • 25. Www.futurepoint.ie Common Competencies Therearemorethan 50 common competenciesin demand by employers. Among themost important areinitiative/ drive/ energy and communication skills. Search job postingsand job descriptionsto createamaster list of key competenciesfor your target position.
  • 26. Www.futurepoint.ie Interview Support Interviewing isn’t asport, abattle, or amagic show designed to trick someoneinto hiring you. It’sabout offering your best casefor why you’retheright person for thejob and ableto support thecompany.
  • 27. Www.futurepoint.ie Listen & Tell It isimpo ssible to connect with othersif you don’t listen well. Remember your objective; engage theinterviewer; sharesuccinctly; point to benefits; offer proof; never droneon; dedicateyourself to a win-win relationship.
  • 28. Www.futurepoint.ie Ask for theposition! Expressdesirefor theposition, and ask fo r the jo b! Many an interviewer haspassed over a wholly qualified candidatebecause thecandidatedid not appear motivated to do thejob. Motivation to do thejob can beasimportant as qualificationsfor thejob.
  • 29. Www.futurepoint.ie Follow Up It isvery important to always follow up an interview with a “Thank you” to every onethat interviewed you individually. A short email isfine. And thank you to you, for watching thispresentation, we hopeyou find it useful.
  • 30. Www.futurepoint.ie Futurepoint areasynthesisof management and education professionals. It isheaded up by Paul Walsh and located in County Waterford. Paul hasworked in theIrish public transport and themulti national industrial sector. Hehasalso expanded hiscareer portfolio into theeducation and training sector. Hehassuccessfully managed complex multi million Euro operations, delivering businessprocessimprovement, employeedevelopment, changemangement, and managing diversemulti level employeerelations. Hehasspecialisation in recruitment, employeetraining, team building, employee engagement & intervention, communications, interviewing & selection. Hehasdeveloped adult education coursesfor third level collegessuch as UCC, WIT, and delivered training to such professional bodiesasmembersof theIrish Law Society. Hehasalso worked in second level education delivering career guidanceteaching. HeholdsaBA Degree from University CollegeCork, aDiplomain BusinessStudies from Waterford Instituteof Technology, aDiplomain Management from theIrish Management Institute, and a MastersDegreein Law from TheUniversity of Wales. Futurepoint isaleading enterprisedelivering smart strategiesprimarily to thegraduateand thebroader professional community in career development & management.