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“Job Interview! It’s Your Moment of Truth!
And, You - You Alone - Must Prove Your Worth!”
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Let us not have any illusion. At present employment market is a buyers’ market. Employers are buyers, they are able to dictate terms. It for the seller (the job candidate or you as a person) to convince the buyer (interviewer) that you are a good ‘buy’.
In this section I want to focus on responses you should give when questioned about your specific skills, work experience, and personal interests.
Or a over suspicious customer. There is reason for his suspicion. One of the biggest concerns relating to the nature of hiring authority is the fear of making a mistake.
Every question is designed to illuminate and clarify some piece of information about you so they can determine whether you are the best person to hire. In the broadest terms, every question asked in an interview addresses at least one of the following five main concerns:
Through these knowledge pages, many of my colleagues at Espoir Technologies have talked about the nuts and bolts of interviewing: how to research the employer, prepare for the interview, what questions you should ask and shouldn't answer. All those things are important, and the more you follow these guidelines, the better your interviews will go. However, in the end what gets you the job-or not-is not how well you "do" the interview, but how you present yourself to your interviewers. Ultimately, they will make their decision in large part based on how they feel about who you were "being" in the interview.
When you arrive for your interview feeling confident and assured that you are the best candidate for the position, you will interview well and give the non-verbal message that you are the best candidate for the job. You can use several techniques to tap into confidence, such as being prepared and having your homework done. Another is to prepare your mind-set. What you believe in your core is what will usually occur. If you know without a doubt that you will be hired for this position, you will show up as confident.
It is important that you create a rapport with the interviewers. Creating rapport is creating a relationship which forms from how you are being as well as what you are doing. Your being needs to match up with your words. Let's see if we can uncover what this means for you.
This era is of flat organizations, cross-functional teams and dotted-line reporting. That means that people at every level of a company are more likely to become involved in a variety of projects and tasks, including recruitment.
The hiring manager or someone from Human Resources may chair an orderly question-and-answer; or he may turn the group loose to shoot questions at you like a firing squad. When it's all over, you'll have to survive the assessment of every member of the group.
People are hungry for stories. It’s part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too. It goes from one generation to another.
Creating a narrative (a fancy word for "story") when interviewing is important because it communicates why you are the best candidate for the job. We at InterviewMax make sure that when our candidates went on an interview they did great and got the job. One thing we coach our candidates on is to make sure they had a good story. We want our candidate to tell a true story that communicated his or her skills and abilities in a way that was believable and compelling.
Background: This is where the story starts. It is not the beginning but rather the point when the listener comes in. This is when you set up the characters, place, time and circumstances that will create tension.
In many interviews, interviewers ask the candidates this question, “Why don’t you sum your self and your skills up in three words” so that it is a good start for the serious interviewing. Therefore, before heading into a job interview, you should take the necessary time and come up with a short three word description of what exactly it is that you do in your work life.
During interviews I usually hear combinations like these;
How to demonstrate to your interviewer that you area an organized person?
You must give much convincing answers so that by the time you leave the interview, the interviewer should have a strong sense that you're a very organized person. How to achieve this?
Therefore, as a candidate, to be successful in your job interviews, you need to understand the role of interviewers and what they are trying to accomplish. Sure, they want to hire someone for the position, but they want to hire the right person. It is their goal to make an informed and reasonable decision, so every question they ask has meaning and importance. The questions they ask aren't random; they don't pull them out of a hat and hope that they can divine who is the right person for the job.
Your buyer knows his strength. He knows he can be picky or choosy. He can take his own sweet time in deciding, or demand you to be available for work immediately - soon after the interview!
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No one likes to make mistakes, but making a mistake in employee selection is one of the greatest fears companies have. Mistakes cost money and time. Most importantly, it can affect the credibility of the hiring authority - that is the interviewer and the team. All of this can add up to a lot of anxiety on the part of the hiring authority.
A successful candidate keeps these five questions in mind while answering every question. Through these knowledge Pages, my colleagues present practical hints about these questions. Visit any InterviewMax centres and specialist staff over there will be glad to help you customize your answers for these questions.
You are right. That means, a cross-functional team could be assigned to interview you!
Team interviews can be intimidating and awkward for the applicant. Sitting before a group of people who are judging your every move, appearance, credentials and response is a difficult and daunting task that can affect your interview performance and reduce your chances of getting the job. A confident and well-planned approach is necessary if you want to ace the test.
How to handle a team interview?
First, do some research. Try to find out the names and positions of people who could be part of the team interview. Research to learn what they do and who they are. This bit of inside information can help you prepare for the types of questions that may come your way and who may be asking them.
Second, pay attention to each member of the team throughout the interview. Read the group to determine who is the power broker on the team.This person will likely have more input into the hiring decision and may exercise influence over the other members. Pay special attention to respond to the lead person and refer back to his or her questions whenever possible.
Third. By asking educated and intelligent questions demonstrate your interest in the company and the position. Spread your questions around so that every member of the interviewing team answers at least one.
Forth. Whatever be the provocations, remain professional throughout the interview. Your are there with a clear objective of bagging a good job. Therefore, creatively dodge unwanted questions. Also, keep your answers sharp and to the point for the maximum positive impact.
Whatever happens during the team interview, if you follow the above points, usually you will be the beneficiary. If you practice with Espoir InterviewMax programs and products, team interviews will be cake walk for you.
Just by giving answers like the following, you might not gain much.
“Absolutely. I like to have a check list, and make sure that each item gets the attention it needs.”
“Yes, sometimes a little too much so. I make sure that everything is neat and in order.”
“I am a very organized and thorough person, which I think contributes to my success as a nurse.”
You can actually use the speech model to prepare your presentation. Think of ways to present your key qualities throughout the interview. For example, let's say you're interviewing for a position that requires strong organizational skills.
The first interview question the interviewer asks is, "Tell me about yourself.” Part of your answer should include a statement about your organizational skills. “One of my key strengths is being organized. If you were to ask my coworkers, they would tell you I am the ultimate planner.”
Later in the interview, you could repeat your strength in a story format: “One project I worked on was very complex and detailed. It required a lot of forethought and planning on my part. I was able to do this using Primavera software for tracking and scheduling.”
The interviewer asks, "“Why should we hire you?” Your interview answer should repeat information about being organized. “From what I have heard throughout the interview, it sounds like you're looking for someone to come in and bring order to projects here. Since I am known for my organizational skills, I know I would be a real asset.”
Always be ready with one or two stories in STAR pattern even if you firmly believe that a neat desk is the sign of a sick mind. Talk in detail about the organizational skills that you have developed -time management, project management, needs assessment, delegation-and how those skills have made you more effective.
But don't veer too closely to either extreme. No one wants to hire someone so anal-retentive that he always knows the number of paper clips in his drawer or someone so disorganized that she'd be lucky if she remembers it's Monday.
Since this is important for the job, you will probably receive serious consideration as the solution to the company's problem. For more details, visit your nearest InterviewMax centre or ask executives from Espoir Technologies to demonstrate interview simulators so that they will show you the path to success.
Ambitious, Creative, and Dedicated
Attentive, Competitive, Leader
Calm, Bright, Quick-witted
Sharp, Intellectual, Humorous
Responsible, Passionate, Cooperative
Team-player, Flexible, Intelligent
Look at the question again. It is both simplistic and challenging, but that duality is precisely what makes me think that it really is a very powerful question – incredibly valuable for the reflective insights and communicative skills that a properly considered answer will reveal.
Therefore, you can’t just tell three adjectives and think your answer is done. See another answer one candidate gave me recently:
“In three words I am: honest, capable, and smart. Honest because that's who I am. Capable, because I am very qualified and I can do this job. Smart, because I open to learning new things and I enjoy furthering my knowledge in whatever way I can.”
Whatever you say here, you must be able to support it with real life examples. Also, before uttering those words, make sure that these are the key skills your interviewer is looking for in a candidate.
You must do a professional and critical self-evaluation. My colleagues at InterviewMax will help you with identifying your strong points and refining your self-marketing scripts and identifying those three golden words!
You being the seller, onus is on you to convince the buyer about your value. Therefore it is important to present your unique selling points - your skills and experience - in the most effective way.
Skills can be divided into two categories: hard skills and soft skills. Hard skills, or technical skills, are the ones that define your job. You will be required to be proficient in these skills, and your prospective employer will want you to prove this to him by drawing on specific examples of how you have used your skills.
Soft skills, also known as functional or personal skills, are those skills that you need to have in order to excel at work in general. These are very wide-ranging skills. They aren't specific to any occupation, but instead they are the things that enhance your performance regardless of what your actual job is. Examples of soft skills include decision-making, time management, delegating, multitasking, and problem solving.
You may be asked questions about your work style or strengths and weaknesses. The answers you give will help the interviewer decide whether to hire you. By revealing aspects of your personality, you give a strong indication of whether you will make a good employee. The interviewer wants to know what makes you a better choice than another candidate with the same experience and skills.
Talk about your key skills and how you'll use them in this job. Avoid using cliches or generalities. Offer specific evidence, drawing parallels between your current or previous job and the job you're interviewing for. Don't be afraid to ask a question in your answer. However, the last thing you want to do is seem garrulous, so find out if the interviewer would like to hear specific examples and, if so, oblige her.
When describing the skills you feel are most important, make sure that you know how these skills relate to the position at hand. Illustrate how the cited skills have helped you in your current and/or past positions.
For more details, visit your nearest InterviewMax centre and my colleagues there will be happy to help you with practical responses customized for your personality, future ambitions and the organization you target for employment.
By continually working on Espoir Smart Interview Simulators, you gain confidence to face any interviews.
Relate to your Interviewers
When you meet your interviewers, connect with them like an old friend. Make them feel comfortable. You may be thinking that is their job. But take it from one who has been on both sides of the interview table, sometimes the interviewer has more at stake and experiences more anxiety about the interview than you do.
Being authentic means allowing your true self to show through. If you don't have a good answer to a question, say so. The interviewer will appreciate knowing what your limits are. Your interviewer will know that you are who you say you are because your words will match up with the experience he or she is having of you.
If you are excited about the job and really want it, Saying something like “I really enjoyed the interview and would accept a reasonable offer for this position" is acceptable. Being authentic does not mean blurting out what's on your mind. Being appropriate and effective is the route to take.
Be upbeat and accompany everything you say with a visible and invisible smile. Being positive in this instance means that your words are heard with optimism and happiness, and bring good feelings to the listener.
Listening and hearing with an interested mind is the only way to show up as "being" interested. Would you want to show up any other way? This one seems like a no-brainer, but it takes practice. Be sure to let go of your agenda and allow the interviewers words to reach you and in some big or small way, touch you.
It is relatively easy to formulate strategies. However, key is in the execution. You must be able to be confident, you must relate to your interviewers, you must look authentic, You must remain positive, and you must be seen as interested throughout the interview.
To achieve this, you must fine-tune your approaches through InterviewMax programs. You must use Espoir smart Interview Simulators.
Can you do the job?
Will you love the job?
Who are you?
Will you fit in at the company?
What will you cost us?
Co-founder of MGM Studios, Samuel Goldwin once said, “We want a story that starts out with an earthquake and works its way up to a climax.” We at InterviewMax strive to create such unique stories in every candidates’ minds. When developing your story, we make sure it includes specific details, moves forward in time, is memorable, makes sense to the interviewer, and creates an opportunity to give more details if asked.
Have you ever thought about how monotonous and boring an interviewer’s job is? Even the most passionate interviewer needs to take a brake after few sessions. Reason? Most candidates enter the venue with anxiety, can’t hide their nervousness, sit with impatience, talk with fear, stare with apprehensions, and demonstrate the tension throughout the interview.
No wonder, interviewing a very stressful affair. Therefore, if you can enter the interview room as a cool breeze and talk in the following way, I guarantee, most interviewers will hire you.
A good narrative includes:
Tension: When you have conflict, no matter how small, that is tension. When the wolf huffed and puffed on the little pigs' homes, he was creating conflict and tension. ("Oh my goodness! Something bad is happening. How will it be resolved?")
Resolution: When the problem, tension, or conflict is resolved we have resolution. This is when you demonstrate your skills and save the client.
If you gain expertise in STAR method of interviewing, story telling would become much easier.
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Do Research. Because most other candidates are uninformed or misinformed.
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