How can I be successful in an interview? How to Ace the Common Job Interview

How to: Boost your social and career prospects; by remembering a person's name

Nothing can be more awkward for you, when you forget a person's name. But when you do remember, the other person feels like a happy little puppy. People love to hear their own name, and the fact that you remembered it makes even the most negative person happy. So boost your career and social relationships by remembering a person's name.

Follow these simple steps:

  • Pay attention when you are introduced. If you didn't catch the name first time, ask!
  • Repeat the name when you hear it, out loud.

  • Repeat the name in your head three times. Imagine their face as you repeat the name.

  • Ask how to spell it if it is a difficult or foreign name.

  • Connect the name to something you will remember, Robert Falcon Scot could be a Scottish Falcon called Bob. Think of the bird wearing a kilt.

  • Put the new name in your phone as a contact and take a picture!

Remember fit looking people are more likely to get hired!

Other Methods of Remembering

Warning - may cause job loss and you may still be charged.

  • Immediately gossip about them, while they are there
  • Tell them they look like a famous person as soon as you can
  • Use a Poem: there was a girl named Jill, who had a nose like a bill, I took her up the great hill, but had to come back because she caught a chill


The Essential Steps to Handling an Interview. Including What Should I Wear?

Get the Perfect outfit for your job interview

 

No matter how well-qualified you are for a job, your personality and personal presentation will count greatly at interview. Whatever your confidence levels, you can develop and work on the skills required to make the interview process more bearable.

Get organised – be prepared

  • Know who it is you are meeting (Check them out on social media - what is their favourite colour? Make sure to wear something of that colour), where the building is and how to get there.
  • Bring your contact details, spare CV, pen and notepad (Do not read from it unless you are telling a quote from someone else)
  • Have information ready to impress the interviewer with your research
    Do your homework – find out about the company, read trade magazines, visit competitors' websites, etc.
  • Study the job specification, match it to your CV so you can provide evidence that you meet the criteria

Your first impression & What To Wear

  • Wear a smart  suit/ dress, you can show of a little but not allot. Go for light colours (light blues etc) If wearing a suit, make sure to add lighter colours to it. - remember to add something of colour that you know the interviewer likes (If you have researched them on social media etc).
  • Remember that you're making an impression as soon as you walk through the door.
  • Be courteous to everyone, from the Receptionist to the MD – you never know who might influence the final selection of candidates, or even the job winner.
  • Look at all interviewers (if a panel) when greeting them, smile and carefully remember their names so you can address them throughout the interview.
  • If the sun is in your eyes or the chair is wobbly etc. say something rather than squirm and fail to concentrate.

Questions to you

  • Relax  listen to the questions; slowing the pace will help you hear the questions and answer them correctly.
  • Before you respond to more difficult questions, think about your answers and how you want to express them. This will help you speak more confidently. You could practise talking slowly and evenly before you go. Record your answers and listen to your pace and tone.
  • Body language demonstrates how comfortable you are with your subject matter. If you're enthusiastic about what you are saying, smile and let your hands do the talking.
  • If you said something you did not mean and are worried it could damage your chances, rectify this by restating what you actually meant. Don't hold back, it could be your only chance to get the point across.
  • Be factual and honest about your strengths and weaknesses. Show that you recognise your weaknesses and that you are striving to improve them if you get stuck on a question, do not dwell on it for too long but politely ask if you can come back to it later.

Ask the interviewer

  • What are the other people in the department like? How would their roles impact on mine?
  • What would my core responsibilities be?
  • What training or induction is given?
  • What sort of one-off projects might I be given?
  • How much interaction would I have with other departments, or with clients/suppliers?
  • What scope is there for taking on extra work, or being involved in any other aspects of the company?
  • What plans do you have for expansion and how would these impact on my role?
  • Where are the opportunities to progress within the company?

Conclusion of the Interview

  • There may be an explanation of how the process will continue. If not, ask.
  • Try to find out when you should hear back but do not be pushy as some recruiters will not want to commit themselves to timescales until they have had time to consider all candidates.
  • Make sure the appropriate people know where you can be reached.
  • At the end, thank your interviewer for his or her time and shake hands.
  • Remember to say a personal goodbye to each person you talked to.
  • Do not forget to acknowledge the receptionist as you leave, particularly if you have been looked after while waiting.

Post-interview

  • Some interviewers may give you their direct line in case you have any further queries.Take advantage of this if necessary but do not overdo it.
  • Allow a reasonable amount of time before getting in touch. At least 24 hours.
  • Write a letter confirming your interest and thanking the company for its consideration. A timely but subtle


Researching employers

Whether you're looking for a new job in your field or you’re about to embark on a complete career change, researching information on your potential employer is a vital part of the interview process.

Preparation for the interview is one of the essential ingredients for success. Not only will the knowledge from the research help you decide whether you'd like to work for a particular organisation, it will also enable you to formulate some informed questions, should you be invited to an interview.

Market research

You can gain a better understanding of what career potential exists with a certain employer, or within a particular industry, by using certain resources.

Important background information on an employer includes the types of activities carried out, existing jobs and the company's financial stability.

If you're researching a certain industry, trade associations and institutes produce membership directories and journals that provide information about trends and issues in the field. Almost every type of industry has a trade association affiliation or dedicated institute. You can find this information online, or by going to your local library and searching for a book on trade associations. If the Company is in the Technology sector, consider following The Register etc etc etc.

The key to effective research lies in your preparation and targeting devices. Once you've identified the industry you want to work, and located potential employers, your next step is to research the specific people who will help you to find out more about the job or get you an interview. See what positions they are advertising for, don't just focus on the position you want, take a look at the other positions, this will give you an idea about the structure of the company.

Interview Research

Succeeding at the interview depends on many factors, such as previous experience, character, skills and ability. However, one of the most common mistakes to make during the application process is to carry out insufficient research on prospective employers.

Before meeting your potential employer, you'll need to be aware of the following:

What does the company do and how?
The company's financial state – are they expanding or downsizing?
Who are their major competitors?
What skills they are looking for, such as education or previous experience?
What you can offer them?

Having a general overview about the organisation will also give you confidence during the first interview, so that you can refer to your research when asking questions. For example, if you were going for a marketing executive position within a direct marketing agency, you could say, "I understand from your annual report you spend a certain percentage on advertising. How much of this is allocated to direct marketing spend?"

Rather than asking how many employees are in the company, which you could have found out yourself, the above question implies you have taken time and effort to prepare for the interview. The interviewer will take this as a sure sign that you're serious about the company, job and future career.

Information research

With modern technology such as the internet, there are no excuses for not being able to find out the relevant information on your prospective employer(s). Not only can you drop into your local library, you can also visit your local internet café.

The Company's twitter, Facebook and other social media pages will provide information before you attend interviews. The Company website will also give details of the job location, skills and experience required, size of the firm and salary. Search the internet for reviews of the company or its products and services, find other websites that have information or have spoken about the company, allowing you to find out as much information as possible for the interview. See if you can find email addresses of people working for the company on its website, or elsewhere. If you can strike up a relationship, they might be able to give you useful information or even provide a good word about you to the manager in charge of recruitment.

 

We hope this post helps you gain a positive outcome for your interview.


Below are some examples of competency based questions you may encounter on an interview. When answering, try to think about who was involved, what you did, what the impact was, what you achieved from the situation and whether you would do anything differently the next time.Also, keep in mind that an interview is a negotiation as well. You are there to interview them to see if their company fits with you and your plans. 
 

Sample Questions and Answers

  • When have you dealt with an angry customer? / Troublesome complaint?

Focus on: Listening skills, Empathy, Logic and communication.

  • When have you influenced a customer round to your way of thinking, who was not interested initially? / How did you overcome objections in your previous role?

Focus on: Questioning the customer, active listening, establishing rapport, meeting their needs and influencing skills.

  • When have you worked to targets or deadlines? How did you achieve the target? / What do you do if you do not reach your target?

Focus on: Time management skills, prioritizing work, Business needs, personal motivation and self improvement.

  • When have you been given negative feedback?

Focus on: Ability to take criticism, Self improvement, ability to learn from experience and handling pressure.

  • When have you worked in a team? / What makes a good team?

Focus on: Team spirit, helping others, and understanding the team members

  • What makes good customer service? / When could you not help a customer?

Focus on: Treating the customer as an individual, exceeding their expectations and making sure they are satisfied.

 

Below we have included a more comprehensive list of questions that you may be asked. Meditate on each question and write down answers that are good for you. Think about the answers we have already done above, and try to answer in the same manner.

 

Interview Questions 1-10

Tell me about yourself
Take me through your CV / Application Form
What made you choose this career?
Why are you applying for this post?
Why do you want to leave your current post?
Why do you want to work for our organisation?
What do you know about our organisation?
How have you prepared for this interview?
What will you do if we don't offer you this position?
What can you bring to this company?

Interview Questions 11-20

What do you think that our company can bring you?
What makes you think that you are the best candidate for this post?
How can you help us develop?
What makes you tick in life?
How do you see yourself in 5 / 10 years' time?
How have you planned your career?
What are you most/least proud of?
If you had to start your career all over again, what would you change?
Looking back at your career (or training), what do you feel went well and what could be improved?
What makes you a good communicator?

Interview Questions 21-30

How would you describe your communication skills?
What is your management experience?
How do you manage an underperforming colleague?
How do you manage upwards?
What is the difference between management and leadership?
What makes you a good leader?
How would you describe your leadership skills
Do you prefer to work on your own or as part of team?
Who do you regard as your role model?
If you had to invite three famous people (alive or dead) for dinner, who would you choose and why?

Interview Questions 31-40

How do you make sure that your team is up to scratch?
What makes you a good team player?
What makes a good team?
What are your main strengths?
Give us three adjectives that describe you best?
How would colleagues describe you?
What you like written in your obituary?
What is your main weakness?
How can you convince me that I can trust you?
What qualities do you have that would make you a good lawyer/teacher/manager/etc?

Interview Questions 41-50

How do you measure success?
How do your managers motivate you?
What skills do you need to develop most?
What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
How do you handle stress?
How do you handle pressure?
What is the biggest decision that you have ever had to make?
How do you motivate your colleagues?
Tell us about your worst colleague/manager?
What is your approach to resolving conflict?

Interview Questions 51-60

Describe an instance when your work was criticised.
What do you think about being mentored?
How would you handle a situation where you mentor recommended an approach that you disagreed with?
Tell us how you influence colleagues?
Tell us how you would manage a conflict with a third-party provider, quoting your experience.
What is the riskiest thing you've ever done?
What makes you angry?
Do you ever lose your temper?
How do you cope with criticism?
Tell us about your hobbies

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ASKING FOR EXAMPLES 1-10

Give us an example of a situation where... / Tell us about a time when...

your communication skills made a difference to a situation.
you had to resolve a conflict with a colleague
you dealt with a difficult client
you played a key role in a team
you showed strong leadership
you took initiative
you set and achieved a goal
you improved the way things were typically done on the job
you improved the performance of your work unit
you have maximised or improved the use of resources beyond your own work unit to achieve improved results

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ASKING FOR EXAMPLES 11-21 11.

you changed your priorities to meet others' expectations
you altered your own behaviour to fit the situation
you had to change your point of view or your plans to take into account new information or changing priorities.
you identified a challenge or opportunity based on your industry knowledge, and developed a strategy to respond to it
you created a strategy to achieve a longer term objective
you used your business knowledge to understand a specific business situation
you provided service to a patient/stakeholder beyond their expectations
you had to deal with a patient/stakeholder service issue
you acted as an advocate for your stakeholder’s needs
there was some organisational resistance to be overcome

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ASKING FOR EXAMPLES 21-30

you had to bring a difficult person on board
your communication skills did not succeed in getting something done
you were successful in getting people to work together effectively
you were a member (not a leader) of a team, and a conflict arose within the team
you provided negative feedback to someone about their performance
you recognized that a member of your team had a performance difficulty/deficiency
you went through a series of steps to influence an individual or a group on an important issue
you needed to influence different stakeholders with differing perspectives
you inspired others to meet a common goal.
you helped your organisation become more efficient


Desktop Site