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Interview Success


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Careers adviser presentation on how to succeed at interviews, October 2016

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Interview Success

  1. 1. Careers & Employability Centre Interview Success
  2. 2. What we want to achieve By the end of the workshop you will be able to: • Describe how best to prepare for an interview • Understand the different types of interviews and questions • Feel more confident about interviews
  3. 3. Why interview candidates? Interviews are designed to find out : •Can you do the job – experience and skills •Will you do the job – motivation •Do you fit in – culture and team
  4. 4. Types of interview Ask what sort of interview to expect! First interview Second interview Telephone interview 1 to 1 or panel interview CV or Application Form based Competency based Case study Academic or technical Selection tests Assessment centre
  5. 5. Before the interview Be prepared! • Find out about the organisation and the interviewer • Rehearse your answers to typical questions with examples • Know your CV inside out
  6. 6. Preparation Practical preparation – how to get there, what to wear Research preparation – research the job, the organisation, think of examples to illustrate your suitability Psychological preparation – positive mindset, dealing with nerves
  7. 7. Research the company • Who are their main competitors? • Who are their customers/clients? • Who are the key players in the industry? • What are the hot topics at the moment? Website Speak to people who work there – careers fairs, events, alumni LinkedIn Twitter feed Google alert
  8. 8. Types of questions • Motivational questions • Competency based questions • Strength based questions • Technical questions • General questions
  9. 9. Motivational questions Examples: •Why are you interested in this role? •What interests you about this company? •What interests you about this career?
  10. 10. Competency based questions •Use ‘past behaviour indicates future success’ •Objective way of comparing you to others •Relate to skills and behaviour needed for the role •Interviewers decide beforehand which type of answers score positive points •They look for structure •Use real scenarios
  11. 11. Competency questions • Identify competencies for the job you are seeking •Company website •Advert •Job descriptions • Compare these against your background • Find your best example and prepare this in advance • Keep the answer concise
  12. 12. Competency questions Examples: •How would you deal with a team member who is underperforming? •Describe a time when you had to find a solution to a problem
  13. 13. Technical questions Designed to test your technical knowledge - engineering, IT… May be asked to solve a particular technical problem eg: • How much reuse do you get out of the code that you develop, and how? • Which do you prefer; service oriented or batch oriented solutions?
  14. 14. Strength based questions Competencies can be defined as “what you CAN do”, while strengths are “what you really ENJOY doing” What are you good at? What comes easily to you? What do you learn quickly? What did you find easiest to learn at school or university? What subjects do you most enjoy studying?
  15. 15. More strength based questions What things give you energy? Describe a successful day you have had. When did you achieve something you were really proud of? Do you prefer to start tasks or to finish them? Do you find you have enough hours in the day to complete all the things you want to do?
  16. 16. Answer the question • Give answers structure – don’t ramble • Define the context • Be prepared with specific answers • Your chance to paint your own portrait
  17. 17. STAR model Situation: give a context by describing the situation Task: what was your goal? Action: tell the interviewer your specific actions Result: shows yourself in a good light, even if the overall project was not a success
  18. 18. Initial impressions are critical You make an impression as soon as you meet someone:
  19. 19. The impact you make •50% Body language •40% Voice •10% Words
  20. 20. Initial impressions • Walk tall and straight • Be grounded before you speak • Make eye contact and smile • Shake hands • Say who you are clearly • Remember to breathe
  21. 21. During the interview What you say: Use examples Be informative – 5 points you want to tell them Boast modestly Take time over difficult questions - ask for clarification if necessary How you say it: Think about the words you use Talk about I rather than we
  22. 22. During the interview Sit reasonably upright Keep hands on show Maintain good eye contact Keep an open posture Minimise things you do when nervous Speak clearly Remember to breathe
  23. 23. Further help Short interview with a careers adviser 10 – 5 Mon – Fri Book through Careerhub Events Website
  24. 24. Examples of questions.. 1. What has been your greatest achievement? 2. Describe a situation where you have dealt with confrontation (for example a difficult customer). 3. What do you look for in a job? 4. Why did you choose your university and degree subject? 5. Tell me about yourself. 6. Describe a situation in which you led a team? 7. Is a jaffa cake a cake or a biscuit?
  25. 25. Your questions……… What would an average day be like? How would my work be monitored and how often would I be appraised? What career paths have other graduates followed in this company? Will I have any opportunity to use my foreign language skills? Will I be working in a team? What is the make-up of these teams? What are the company’s development plans and targets over the next five years? When am I likely to hear back from you? Do you support study for external qualifications?