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HOW TO BE INTERVIEWED?. Some general comments and advice from George Erdos. PRIOR TO THE INTERVIEW. The job advert Not all job adverts are accurate: sometimes they hide key information Companies are often quite poor at formulating adequate and proper job descriptions

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How to be interviewed

HOW TO BE INTERVIEWED?

Some general comments and advice from George Erdos


Prior to the interview

PRIOR TO THE INTERVIEW

  • The job advert

    • Not all job adverts are accurate: sometimes they hide key information

    • Companies are often quite poor at formulating adequate and proper job descriptions

    • Some jobs are not advertised at all and you need to apply speculatively

  • The CV (Curriculum Vitae)

    • Be familiar with your own CV

    • Beware of social networking sites

    • Don’t over-sell your cv .. if it looks too professional, it may put people off


Prior to the interview1

PRIOR TO THE INTERVIEW

  • It is important to keep in mind that while the shortlisting is competency-based and not really competitive, the interview is competitive.

  • For example, a company shortlisting 5 applicants for the position of finance director will be convinced that all 5 would be able to do the job well.

  • However, on the day of the interview, the company will hire the candidate who gave the best impression.


How to increase your competitive edge

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR COMPETITIVE EDGE

  • Prior to applying for the job: do your homework and find out all you can about

    • the company in general

    • specifically the job you are applying for

  • After the shortlist:

    • Do your homework and find out as much as you can about the company’s market niche, its competitors, its people, etc.


What to do on the day of the interview

WHAT TO DO ON THE DAY OF THE INTERVIEW?

  • Prior to the actual interview:

    • How do you dress for the interview?

    • When do you arrive?

    • What do you do next?

    • If they offer you a cup of coffee, would you accept it?

    • What do you do next and why? (g.t.t.t., p.g. & w.h.)

    • What do you do next and why? (t.t.t.s., f.o.w.i.i.)


What to do on the day of the interview1

WHAT TO DO ON THE DAY OF THE INTERVIEW?

  • During the actual interview

    • When you enter the interview room, what do you do? (s. h., m. e. c., s.)

    • Why do you have to watch your body language?

    • If there is a panel, whom do you speak to when asked a question?

    • What to do if you were asked to make a presentation?

    • How to spot and answer difficult questions


What to do on the day of the interview2

WHAT TO DO ON THE DAY OF THE INTERVIEW?

  • At the end of the actual interview:

    • “Do you have any questions for us?”

    • You should always have some questions prepared, but not requesting information already provided:

      • Starting date

      • Reporting duties

      • How much travel is involved

      • Salary

      • Benefit package

      • Holiday allowance, etc.


What to do after the interview

WHAT TO DO AFTER THE INTERVIEW?

  • If you got the job: Congratulations!

  • If you did not get the job: Ring up and ask for feedback.

    • Most professional companies, if asked nicely, would provide some sort of feedback. Sometimes this feedback is just a polite brush-off, but sometimes it is very useful for the future. For example, having been told that the successful candidate had 5 more years of relevant experience than you.


Books to read

BOOKS TO READ

  • There are lots of so called self-help books on the market, especially in English, on how to carry out a job search, how to write a ‘punchy’ CV and how to succeed at (difficult) interviews.

  • One of the better ones is:

    What colour is your parachute?

    • which is updated every year


How to be interviewed

  • What Color is Your Parachute? 2010: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard Nelson Bolles (Paperback - Aug 2009)

  • Buy new: £16.99 £8.46

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    Get it by Thursday, April 15 if you order in the next 9 hours and choose express delivery.

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  • What Color is Your Parachute?: Workbook: A Practical Guide for Job-Hunters and Career Changers by Richard N. Bolles (Paperback - Oct 2005)

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  • 7 used from £5.06


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