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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?

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

    • 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 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

  • 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?

  • 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 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 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?

  • 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

  • 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


  • 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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