9 chapters of tips and techniques to pass your interviews
The following list of 9 chapters of tips and techniques to pass your interviews is comprised of advice gathered from the years of expertise. We put 9 chapters, the numbers are different but the sequence is not based on importance. We belief that every chapter could be marked as no.1 because if you will fail in one you probably not gone get a job.
1. First Impressions
•The first 2 minutes of meeting will always be one of the most crucial moments when forming an opinion of someone, whether this is over the phone or meeting in person. When meeting in person you have three influence tools Posture or body language Tonality and words that you actually speak. You would be surprised how little influence words have in a sales meeting. The difference between sales meeting and the date is when you use sales/influence techniques consciously. Wouldn’t it be smart to use the tools of influence consciously in interviews?
•The most common and easiest to apply tools are mirroring posture tonality, tonality speed. In the first two minis call him by his first name, give them Big smile and Equal straight handshake.
•Make shore your clothing “say” to person what you want them to say. Outfit plays major part in first impression, so Go neutral. Conservative business attire, such as a neutral-colored suit and professional shoes. Use good judgment. Make sure your clothes are neat and wrinkle-free. The best clothes colour for interviews is blue it gives impression of loyalty and reliability. Consider wearing white shirt. White is associated with goodness, innocence, purity, safety, purity, and cleanliness.
2. Give yourself time
Always check if it is a possibility to give yourself at least a day to prepare for the interviews.
3. Remember that it’s a two way process
Sometimes managers prefer you wait till the end of the interview to ask questions, but feel it out. If there are some pauses you could ask the interviewer some questions from time to time and before giving a question I would ask permission “Can I ask some questions during interview or you prefer answering them at the end? It gives him control and shows your politeness and respect. Asking questions show an interest in what they have to say as well.
4. Research the organization
•Get perspective. Review trade or business publications. Seek perspective and a glimpse into their industry standing. Read the organisation's website, social media profiles and key literature (e.g. business plan, financial reports and corporate social responsibility strategy), ensuring that you're prepared to share your views and ideas.
•Identify what the organization wants and needs.
•Looking for the top three or four most important requirements of the job and make shore you show them that you meet them.
•Develop a question list. Prepare to ask about the organization or position based on your research
•Many interviews end with “Do you have any questions?”
•Bring a list. You may say, “I took some time to write down a few questions. Please allow me to review my notes.”
•Do not ask for information that can be found on the organization’s website.
•In your opinion, what makes this organization a great place to work?
•What do you consider the most important criteria for success in this job?
•Tell me about the organization’s culture.
•How will my performance be evaluated?
•What are the opportunities for advancement?
•What are the next steps in the hiring process?
5. Plan what to bring
Generally, you should bring:
•A bottle of water;
•Details of the person that you must ask for upon arrival;
•Exam certificates, examples of your work, and any further evidence of your past successes;
•A notepad or professional binder and pen
•A list of references
•Information you might need to complete an application
•A portfolio with samples of your work, if relevant
6. You have to make a good impression
Generally, you should:
•Answer questions clearly and concisely;
•Avoid talking about any personal problems;
•Don't badmouth any previous employers, company, boss...;
•Be as enthusiastic as possible;
•Display positive body language, speaking clearly, smiling frequently and retaining eye
•Show agreement in your body language;
•Show your hands-palm, as this is a sign of honesty and friendliness;
•Give a firm handshake to your interviewer(s) before and after;
7. Tips for controlling your nerves
•Exercising before your interview, as this burns off negative energy and creates feelings of well-being;
•Taking a toilet break before the interview;
•Stay in power position and breathe deeply somewhere privately to release positive hormones
•Pausing before answering a difficult question to give yourself thinking time, or asking for clarification if needed;
•Breath calm. Don’t not speaking too quickly.
•Visualise about positive, happy experiences, and visualise yourself in complete control during the interview.
•Take power position
See Amy Cuddy: Power Poses (TED Talks)
8. Practice job interviews because confidence comes from confidence
•Practise and monitor your skills by treating interview-like scenarios such as discussions with your tutor as genuine interviews;
•Record yourself in a mock interview, playing it back to check how you did.
•Research all known your position interview questions on Google, writing down your responses.
•Practise answers questions with someone that you trust.
•Imagine yourself in an interview. What are you hoping they don't ask you? Figure out what is it and read about it.
•Google yourself. Find out what the company knows about you. You might strongly considerate improving your “Google image”. If there's anything negative about you, have a response ready.
Probably you will get general questions like:
•What is the name of our CEO?
•What are your career goals?
•What would your direct reports say about you?
•What questions haven’t I asked you?
•What questions do you have for me?
•What are your strengths?
•What are your weaknesses?
•Why are you interested in working for x-company?
•Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
•Why do you want to leave your current company?
•What can you offer us that someone else can not?
•What is your dream job?
•Why should we hire you?
•Why are you looking for a new job?
•What are your salary requirements?
•What is the name of our CEO?
Interview yourself for the position. Before every interview, ask yourself: “Why am I a good fit for this job?”
Here are some examples of general questions and answers that you will get.
•"What are your strengths and weaknesses?". Never talk about your weakness unless it's something you've overcome. Like : I used to come at work little late but I really left this bad hobbit in the past“ or “I used to work to long without taking little rest and that used to cost me a lot in productivity”
•"Where do you want to be five-ten years from now?" What employers are really asking is:
Is this job aligns with your desirable career path?
Is you desirable career plans aligns with this role?
Are you going to quit after a year or two?
Is this is just stepping stone for you?
Are you just applying to this job because you need money?
How realistic are your expectations for your career?
Do you know what you want to achieve in long-term?
Show them that you have a general career plan. Let them know that you hope to develop professionally and take on additional responsibilities. Let them know that you plan to settle or have settle in this area. Show commitment to the job, the company, and the industry. Show commitment to move up in their company based on personal productivity.
•"Tell me about yourself." The best way to approach this is to only discuss what your interests are relating to the company and the job, Why are you a great candidate? Put your background in to it. They really don’t want to know your life story.
•“What are your salary requirements?” What employers are really asking is:
Are you going to want way more than we can give?
Do you have realistic expectations?
Are you flexible?
Avoid answering this question in the first interview because you may put yourself behind others by doing so. Before interview get strong idea of what the position should pay by researching market.
If they will ask tell that if you are seriously being considered, you could give them a salary range but if possible you would like to hear their offer first.
•"Why should I hire you?" You may not here this question but every question you answer in the interview should lead them to conclusion that you are the best person for the job.
By the end of interview should be clear how you are going to contribute to that department and that company, that you are ready to take on as much responsibility as possible and will add value at day one.
•"Why are you leaving your current job?" What employers are really asking is:
Are you looking for new career?
God answer would be that you are looking for a more challenging position that could lead to greater career. Show that the end of your current job is a positive thing and shift conversation to why you think this new position and company would be ideal for you and why you'll be a great fit for this job.
If you've already left your previous job (or you were fired), we suggest the following:
•If you got fired: Do not trash your last boss or company. Tell them that you were unfortunately let go, that you understand why it happened and you’ve learned and become better, and turn it around how this event will improve your career and your work in this company.
•If you got laid off: Again, do not trash your last boss or company and turnaround situation to benefit you and father employee
•If you quit: tell that you felt that the time had come to seek out new opportunities a higher career possibilities, to expand your skills and knowledge, and to find a company with which you could grow and climb up corporate letters based on results.
9. Take advantage of references
Make sure you make it known to that you know people; particularly those of whom you’re sure won’t drag your name through the mud.
With questions such as ‘when would I start’, ‘how many people will be on my team’, it makes it seem as if the job is already yours. Please do however stay away from questions regarding money, at least at the beginning anyway.