Job Search: Tried and Tested Interview Tips

Job Search: Tried and Tested Interview Tips


Wendy Mason is a Career Coach and Life Coach helping you to solve difficult problems at work and at home

So, here we are at the beginning of another week and outside my window the sun is shining despite the cold. For some of us it is the beginning of another week of job search, so I thought today I’d repeat some general tips on handling interviews.

  • Don’t expect the interviewers to remember what you said in your CV/application form, when they ask a question, give them a complete answer. (Do remind yourself of exactly what you did write though before the interview)
  • Take time to breathe before you answer each question. Think about the question and prepare the answer. Don’t just gush out an incomplete answer.
  • If you don’t understand the question ask for more information. Not every interviewer is good at asking questions and, in any case, interviewers would prefer you understood what they were asking and gave them an appropriate answer.
  • Don’t answer any question with a simple “yes” or “no” – always add some detail but don’t waffle.
  • Remember an interview is the time to show them that you are the right person for the job, so don’t be embarrassed about showing how good you are.
  • Be up-beat and don’t moan or complain about anything, if you want the job. Even if you have good reason not to like a past employer this isn’t the time to complain about them – it will make the interviewer wonder whether you can be a loyal employee.
  • Don’t put yourself down with false modesty and don’t make excuses. If they didn’t think you were good they would not have asked you to the interview. Be true to yourself and honest but be sensible – now is not the time to express you secret doubts about any lack of experience.
  • Watch your body language, give the interviewers good eye contact, show interest and look attentive.  Sit and stand confidently and have a good hand shake ready – practice if necessary. Speak clearly and simply at a level that they can hear. Keep to the point and give concise answers.
  • Show real interest in the organization and enthusiasm for the work; nothing is more attractive to a potential employer. But don’t fake it – work on what you like about the opportunity! 

If you are going for an interview shortly, I wish you luck and if I can help, please get in touch.

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Tips for Successful Interviews

Tips for Successful Interviews

Job Search: 12 Top Really Practical Tips for Successful Interviews

Tips for successful interviews! This short video from PFJ media has 12 really practical tips that you can’t afford to ignore

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Job Search: 12 Top Really Practical Tips for Successful Interviews

Job Search: 12 Top Really Practical Tips for Successful Interviews

This short video from PFJ media has 12 really practical tips that you can’t afford to ignore

If you would like some help getting ready for your interview – please get in touch – I offer a first free coaching session by phone or Skype.

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Job Search – Funny Interview Mistakes Not To Make

Job Search – Funny Interview Mistakes Not To Make

This is a great piece from  Alison Doyle on About.Com

Interviews can go really wrong really fast. Sometimes, you can knock yourself out of contention for the job before you even get a chance to introduce yourself. It could be wearing the wrong interview clothes or talking on the phone or chewing gum or even having beer cans fall out of your backpack at the worst possible time.

Some interview mistakes are embarrassing, others could have been easily prevented, and some are funny later – even if they weren’t funny during the job interview.

How Not to Impress the Interviewer

One of the funniest interviews, looking back, that I ever conducted when I was a hiring manager involved an applicant for a top level finance position who started taking off his shirt to show me the scars from a boating accident he was in. He wanted to show me why he had been out of a work.

It wasn’t funny then. I couldn’t imagine why he was starting to get undressed in my office. Years later though, it still makes my list of the top interview mistakes I’ve seen…….

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After the Interview – Now What?

After the Interview

After You Interview – Now What?

What to do after the interview – there is very good advice in this post that appeared recently on the Resume Bear Blog

Now that your interview is over you can relax and wait for the answer –WRONG! In any good sales campaign, you have a plan, and you keep on selling. No interview is over until you’ve assessed the interview and written and mailed the thank you notes to all who interviewed you. You should also notify your references that they may soon be getting a telephone call from your prospective employer. Be sure to coach them on what you’d like them to emphasize.

These are the extra steps that go into making you the outstanding and memorable candidate in the mind of the employer. If done correctly, these steps can put you a cut above the competition.

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Its more important than ever right now to do well at interviews.  Don’t lose your vital opportunity because you have not done your home work!

  1. Research as much as you can about the company – products, services, markets, competitors, trends, current activities, priorities.
  2. Prepare your answers for the type of questions you’ll be asked, especially, be able to say why you want the job, what your strengths are, how you’d do the job, what your best achievements are.
  3. Prepare good questions to ask at the interview – see the section below.
  4. Related to the above, request a copy of the company’s employment terms and conditions or employee handbook before the interview, in order to save time covering routine matters during the interview.
  5. Assemble hard evidence (make sure it’s clear and concise) of how what you’ve achieved in the past – proof will put you ahead of those who merely talk about it.
  6. Have at least one other interview lined up, or have a recent job offer, or the possibility of receiving one from a recent job interview, and make sure you mention it to the interviewer.
  7. Make sure your resume/cv is up to date, looking very good and even if already supplied to the interviewer take three with you (one for the interviewer, one for you and a spare in case the interviewer brings a colleague in to the meeting).
  8. Get hold of the following material and read it, and remember the relevant issues, and ask questions about the areas that relate to the organisation and the role. Obtain and research: the company’s sales brochures and literature, a trade magazine covering the company’s market sector, and a serious newspaper for the few days before the interview so you’re informed about world and national news. Also worth getting hold of: company ‘in-house’ magazines or newsletters, competitor leaflets, local or national newspaper articles featuring the company.
  9. Review your personal goals and be able to speak openly and honestly about them and how you plan to achieve them.
  10. Ensure you have two or three really good reputable and relevant references, and check they’d each be happy to be contacted.
  11. Adopt an enthusiastic, alert, positive mind-set.  Follow the link.
  12. Particularly think about how to deal positively with any negative aspects – especially from the perspective of telling the truth, instead of evading or distorting facts, which rarely succeeds.
  13. Try to get some experience of personality tests. Discover your personality strengths and weaknesses that would be indicated by a test, and be able to answer questions positively about the results. (Do not be intimidated by personality testing – expose yourself to it and learn about yourself)  More at link
  14. Think about what to wear.  Do you know the company dress code? When in doubt wear a smart business suit!
  15. Some jobs invite or offer opportunity to re-define or develop the role itself. It might be a existing role or a new position. If so prepare for this. Most jobs in fact offer this potential, but sometimes it is a stated requirement.

Asking Questions to Impress the Interviewer

A key to asking great questions at your interview is to ask questions that impress the interviewer. Most candidates just ask about routine details that they think they ought to know, or which they think of on the spur of the moment, but which will probably be provided in due course anyway in documentation about terms and conditions. This is meaningless   and should be avoided.

Instead focus on the job priorities and scope, on the organisation and ways to make a difference or an improvement. Try to think strategically like a manager, and for very senior positions, like the CEO. Try to adopt the mind-set of a helpful advisor who needs to ask helpful facilitative questions. Focus on the organisation not on your own needs.

Try to prepare and ask questions that make the interviewer think to themselves, “Wow, that’s a good question – this candidate has really thought about the role, and understands the sort of issues we need them to handle/the sort of responsibilities/initiatives we want them to take..”

Aim to ask questions that make the interviewer think, (depending on what the organisation and role requires), “Wow, that’s an unusual question – this candidate is special – they are demonstrating to me that they understand people/understand about communications/have great integrity/a strong value system/great humanity/maturity/a good strategic mind/etc, etc.”

Think before the interview about what the successful candidate will be like – ask yourself beforehand, what great questions would the successful candidate ask? And then be that person.

When you research the job look into the sort of challenges the organisation is facing, and think how this affects the vacant role. What does the employer need from the successful applicant? How might the role be extended to contribute more to the organisation if the job were performed by a suitably positive and capable person ? (That’s you incidentally.) The job advert or job specification might give you some clues. Do your research so that you understand as much as possible about the priorities of the job position, and the organisation and its situation, and then think about the ways that the role could be extended to provide greater support towards achieving organisational challenges.

This sort of background thinking will help you to prepare questions that will seriously impress any interviewer, whatever the role. It is possible also to think of good positive impressive questions just by using what you know of the role and the sort of issues that face modern employers. The point is, you need to think about it and prepare beforehand.

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