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Interview Skills Workshop. University of Limerick 19 th November 2007. Outline. Skills and Competencies The Interview Exercise - competency based interview questions That Question – T.M.A.Y. Exercise – answering That Question. Skills – they just can’t get enough. Examining the Skills.

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interview skills workshop

Interview Skills Workshop

University of Limerick

19th November 2007

  • Skills and Competencies
  • The Interview
  • Exercise - competency based interview questions
  • That Question – T.M.A.Y.
  • Exercise – answering That Question

skills they just can t get enough
Skills – they just can’t get enough

examining the skills
Examining the Skills

Intelligence/Technical Skills

People Skills





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Examining the Skills

Intelligence/ Technical Skills

People Skills





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Examining the Skills

Intelligence/ Technical Skills

People Skills





examining the skills7
Examining the Skills

Intelligence/ Technical Skills

People Skills





what do employers want
What do Employers want?

Taken from recruiting literature of 41 Employers who attended the UL Careers Fair on 18.10.2007

most wanted list
Most Wanted List…

Oral Communication

Team Working

Time Management


Decision Making

IT Skills


Problem Solving

Managing own learning

Presentation Skills

Written Communication


the interview it s showtime
The Interview – it’s showtime

wishful thinking
Wishful thinking…..

Just three little words……….

employer s concerns
Employer’s Concerns

CAN you do this job?

Do you want this job? (WILL?)

Why are you the best person for the job and our company? (FIT)





interview basics
Interview Basics


Where, Who, How?

Know the company - RESEARCH

Trends affecting the industry

Use Informational Interviews

Know what company wants

Practise your competency stories


First Impressions


Listen, then answer

Think positively


Are we having fun yet?

Nervous is normal

Always ask a (contextual) question

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Interview Basics


Put yourself in the Interviewer’s place

Know your CV and how to use competency stories

Make it enjoyable for them

Know why you want to work THERE

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Interview Basics

ALWAYS (cntd)

Have an answer to the “tell me about yourself” question

Practise the Strengths and Weaknesses question

Enquire about next steps

Say Thanks !

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Interview Basics


Sell yourself short - “I’ve only….”

Make excuses


Reveal confidential information

Run down their competitors

Confuse arrogance with confidence

Look disinterested

competency based interview
Competency Based Interview
  • Usually one-on-one
  • Formal and appears stilted at times
  • Asked your describe your behaviour according to:
  • The Situation in which it occurred
  • The Action you took
  • The Result





interviewing competency questions worksheet 1
Interviewing:Competency Questions Worksheet 1

competency questions exercise worksheet 1
Competency QuestionsExercise-Worksheet 1
  • Motivation
  • Managing Priorities
  • Initiative
  • Teamwork
  • Influence/Communication

Refer to handout. Choose one question to answer. Then interview partner. Don’t choose same competency as partner.

scorecard for competencies
Scorecard for Competencies

telephone interviews
Telephone Interviews

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Telephone Interviews
  • Increasingly used as first selection method
  • Companies with ongoing recruitment needs
  • In response to adverts or job site postings
  • Be prepared for call – avoid clueless response

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Telephone Interviews
  • Zero distractions
  • Simulate a business environment
  • Desk - CV or application form
  • Agree on a time that suits you
  • Check your voicemail message..and your web profile
  • Practise answers out loud

so tell me about yourself
So, tell me about yourself….

tell me about yourself
Tell me about yourself…
  • Your personal statement summarising:
  • Education
  • Skills
  • Experience
  • Career Objective

Theme: what I can do for YOURcompany

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Tell me about yourself…
  • 90 seconds maximum, then STOP
  • No jokes
  • No “as you can see from my CV..”
  • Practise out loud and often
  • Give the people what they want
  • Tailor it a little for each employer

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I am a Final Year student in the University of Limerick studying for a BA in Accounting and Finance. I have specialised in International Financial Markets and am completing my dissertation on the systematic effect of the weak dollar on international currency markets. I have achieved 2.1’s throughout my time at UL and am confident of achieving a 2.1 or perhaps a 1st this year


I am motivated and driven and have shown this by combining working and studying over the last three years. I’m a confident communicator and have led and facilitated many debating and sports society activities in university. I enjoy interacting with people and have been heavily involved with customer facing activities for many years. I like setting challenges for myself and last year completed the Dublin City Marathon aswell as reaching the national final of the advanced Suduko Championships.

Tell me about yourself…

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Tell me about yourself…


I have spent two summers working in the funds accounting industry and have become proficient on the industry specific IT systems as well as having a strong working knowledge of all the key terms in the industry. I have maintained a good network of friends and ex colleagues in the industry and they keep me up to date on the latest developments in the industry. In my part time job I am responsible for generating direct marketing revenues from 45 clients so I know what is involved in maintaining client relationships.

Career Objective

I want to build on my knowledge of the funds industry and become a Fund Accountant with my own portfolio of clients. I want to do this with one of the largest global players where my skills and enthusiasm will be recognised and rewarded, and where I can make a real difference to the company’s profitability and success

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So, tell me about yourself….

Exercise 2Devise a response to the tell me about yourself question, refer to worksheet for suggested structure

and finally
And Finally
  • Know your skills/competencies
  • Know your skills stories
  • Know what the employer wants
  • Give the people what they want