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  • Teaching-you Job Interview Skills Tips Peter Brown and Jose Ros 2004

  • 1. What is an interview?2. How to avoid interview nightmares ...3. Preparation is the key to success4. Rest and relaxation5. Help and support6. Getting advice7. Your workspace8. Planning9. Tools of your trade10. Your To Do list11. Dealing with paperwork12. Stationery13. Letters14. Filing information15. Screening16. Telephone interviews17. Telephone Tips18. Accepting the offer of an interview19. Doing your homework20. Research21. Informational interviews22. Using your network23. The job advert24. The job description25. The person specification26. Buying interview clothes27. Dress general28. Formal dress women29. Formal dress men30. Your CV31. Your career history32. Your portfolio33. Your household budget34. Your job targets35. What does the interviewer want to know?36. Selling yourself37. Features and benefits38. Practice answering questions39. Multiple interviews40. Tests and tasks41. Making presentations42. Group tasks43. Psychometric testing44. Assessment centres45. Panel interviews46. Personal hygiene47. Dealing with nerves48. On the day of the interview49. What to take to the interview50. Aim to enjoy the interview



    Teaching-you Job Interview Skills Tips Peter Brown and Jose Ros 2004

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  • 51. Travelling to the interview52. Arriving for the interview53. Where the interview starts ...54. Believe in yourself55. Body language56. Structure of an interview57. What not to do in an interview ...58. Making notes59. First impressions60. Food and drink61. Think before you speak!62. Answering questions63. Building rapport64. Breaking the ice65. About interviewers ...66. Types of questions67. Classic questions68. Closed questions69. Open questions70. Hidden questions71. Multiple questions72. Hypothetical questions73. Difficult questions74. Illegal or unprofessional questions75. Speaking76. Listening skills77. Dont criticise78. Tell the truth!79. Back-up what you say80. Be calm and professional at all times81. Are you the best person for the job?82. Will you fit in?83. Can you take direction?84. Your strengths85. Your weaknesses86. Management and leadership skills87. Time management88. Your computer skills89. Communication skills90. Customer care91. Salary92. Your benefits package93. Promotion94. Asking questions95. Second (and third!) interviews96. After the interview97. Negotiating98. Accepting a job offer99. If you dont get the job ...100. The future ...

    Teaching-you Job Interview Skills Tips Peter Brown and Jose Ros 2004

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  • 1. What is an interview?

    * An interview is simply a conversation between 2 or more people.

    * Unlike conversations between friends, the interviewer is in control of the conversation, but youcan have some influence on the direction it takes and how it develops.

    * The interviewer is trying to find out if you:

    - can do the job- will fit in with the organisation- can be given instructions and respond positively

    * You should be trying to find out:

    - if you would like working for this organisation- more about the job and the organisation.

    2. How to avoid interview nightmares ...

    * Weve all had sleepless nights and even nightmares about job interviews.

    * But you can avoid a lot of anxiety by:

    - preparing carefully and thoroughly before the interview

    - doing your homework: find out about the company and the job; plan your schedule; re-read your application, the job description and the person specification; try to predict the questions you might be asked

    - practicing answering questions and discussing your answers with a friend or colleague.

    * And remember that being slightly nervous is a good thing, because it makes you more alert (it keeps you on your toes).

    3. Preparation is the key to success

    * Like most things in life, thorough and careful preparation is the key to success in job interviews.

    * Good preparation takes time, planning and hard work. Dont skimp on these, and dontunderestimate the time you need to spend on them.

    * If you prepare carefully for interviews, youll be more confident and less nervous at theinterview itself. And the more you prepare the easier interviews will become.

    * Work hard at your preparation but dont drive yourself to exhaustion. You wont do well at aninterview if youre a worn-out wreck! Balance your preparation with relaxation and a goodnights rest.

    * Dont get over-confident. No two interviews are the same, so there can always be surprises.But the more you prepare, the less likely youll be asked a question that you cant answer.

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  • 4. Rest and relaxation

    * If you do it thoroughly, preparing for interviews is hard work. And, when you have a full-timejob as well, its even harder.

    * Although you cant avoid the work you need to do to prepare for interviews, you must also getplenty of rest and relaxation if youre not to become exhausted or burnt-out.

    * So, relaxation is an important part of your preparation. Get some exercise, do some DIY, takethe kids to the park, go to see a film, dig the garden, cook a great meal.

    * Try to get a good nights sleep - preparing properly for interviews, will stop you havingsleepless nights through worrying.

    * Managing and planning your time will help you juggle interview preparation while you also getsome rest and relaxation.

    5. Help and support

    * Preparing for interviews needs a lot of work. So, get some help.

    * If you live with a partner, ask for their support and advice. For example, you may not havequite so much time to help with household chores while youre job-hunting, so getting theirsupport is vital to keep the peace if nothing else!

    * You might also need your partners help to plan your schedule to create more free time forinterview preparation.

    * Get a colleague or friend to help you practice for interviews. Ask your friend to listen tointerviews youve recorded with this programme, and give suggestions for improving youranswers.

    * Try a mock interview where your friend acts as interviewer - record it with a video camera.Then play it back, study your performance and take advice from your friend.

    6. Getting advice

    * Adults dont ask for advice as often as they should, so they keep making the same mistakes.Dont fall into this trap!

    * We can help each other by sharing our experiences of job interviews - that way, we learn moreabout what works in job interviews and what can go badly wrong.

    * Use your network - friends, family, current and ex-colleagues - to get more advice about howto tackle interviews. You may be surprised what you can learn.

    * For more information and tips about interviews, use the internet. Youll find lots of advice onthe web sites of recruitment agencies as well as the job sites of national newspapers, eg

    * Dont forget to act on the advice you get!

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  • 7. Your workspace

    * Job interviews involve a lot of preparation. So you need a quiet place to work. A home study isbest, but you can improvise - for example, a spare bedroom.

    * Make sure your workspace has room to store your job files, and has useful equipment such asa stapler and a hole-punch. You also need a desk (a small table will do) and a chair which willsupport your back properly.

    * Libraries:

    If you dont have a quiet place to work at home, try your local library. Many libraries stay openquite late, so you may be able to use them after work. In any case, you may need to use thelibrary to do your research about the employer. And you can use computers and the internetfree at the library.

    8. Planning

    * If you have several job interviews around the same time, you must plan your timetablecarefully to fit in all your preparation for each job interview. Use our timetable and to do list tomake sure you cover everything.

    * Plan your journey to the interview - if its practical, do a practice run to time the journey andmake sure you dont get lost!

    * Plan how youll sell your achievements, skills and experience to the employer. Use the job ad,job description and person spec to find out what the interviewer is looking for.

    * Check your To Do list every day.

    * If youre already in a full-time job, you may need to do all your preparation in the evening. So,plan how youll fit it in to your family or social life.

    9. Tools of your trade

    * Youll need a number of useful things to prepare properly for job interviews:

    Diary - to plan your schedule and organise your time

    To Do list - to make sure you dont overlook any tasks

    CV/ application form - reminds you of what you told the employer

    Job description, person specification, job advert - tell you what the employer is looking for

    Computer & printer - plan your schedule, write letters and notes, practice answering questions

    Folders/ storage - keep everything organised and close at hand.

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  • 10. Your To Do list

    * Preparing for an interview involves different tasks to be done at different times. So, a checklistor To Do list is essential to make sure you dont overlook anything.

    * Our programme contains a sample To Do list to help you cover all your tasks. Add your ownitems