Wednesday, November 23, 2016

5 Job interview Tips

5 Great Job interview Tips 

* Today's article was written by Irene H. who invites our readers to check out "to help get the job you want, do work you love and feel totally fulfilled".

It's not surprising so many job candidates fail, and that's because they just don't know the top five strategies to succeed at job interviews.

Nowadays, the competition is TOUGH for good jobs, so the better prepared you are the more success you're going to have.

Take a good look at these 5 top strategies for job interview success and make sure you implement each one of them:

1. Research the company in-depth
2. Know your CV or Resume inside out
3. Analyze the job description and the skills required
4. Have lots of examples of when you used your skills & experience
5. Be yourself - let your personality shine through

1. Research the company in-depth
One of the best ways to impress the hiring managers and job interviewers is to show a genuine interest and knowledge about their company. It's not enough to just scan a few websites, you really need to dig deep and look for interesting facts and commercial statistics that make that organization so special.
For example, do they have an Eco-friendly policy, are they introducing new products soon? The more you know the better.

2. Know your CV or Resume inside out
Often when you go into the job interview you'll find the hiring manager has a copy of your CV or Resume in front of them. They'll ask you questions based on the information you provided on that form, so you had better know it 'off by heart'.

This is especially important if you are creating a different document for different job roles or companies (which you should ALWAYS do). It's easy to get one mixed up with the other, if you're not paying attention.

3. Analyze the job description and the skills required
This strategy is SO important, as not only will you need to actually have the skills the employer wants and needs in their company, but you'll be expected to demonstrate your knowledge during the job interview and show how you handled various situations.

For example, if you know they are looking for a 'good communicator' and someone who has worked in a customer service environment, then you need to be prepared to give some examples of your past work history.

So, if you've worked in a health club reception and were constantly communicating with clients from all walks of life on a daily basis, then you should be ready to demonstrate how you went the 'extra mile' to provide good customer service by providing an example of this.

4. Have lots of examples of when you used your skills & experience
Job interviewers are looking to see if the candidate can actually deliver on the skills they need for that particular job role. One of the best ways for them to judge this is to ask you to give an example of when you put this particular skill in action and what was the consequence and the result.

The best way you can do this is to 'paint a picture' for the interviewers using the STAR format, this is:

S = Situation - Where are you performing this task?
T = Task - What are you doing?
A = Action - What action are you taking?
R = Result - What was the result of you using your skills?
The more information you can provide on how you used your skills and experience to solve a problem or get results then more impressed the interviewers will be.

5. Be yourself - let your personality sign through
Although you may be feeling nervous on the big day of your job interview, which is only natural, there is a tendency for many job seekers to become stiff and robotic in their performance.

The hiring managers are looking for someone who can fit in with the employees and teams who already work there, so you need to show them you are a 'real human being' who can fit in easily with your coworkers.

This doesn't mean being overly confident or pushy, but it means injecting your own personality into your performance by smiling and being upbeat. Most job interviewers are not trying to trick you into saying something you didn't mean, they just want to see what makes you tick and how you operate.

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