Interview techniques for applicants

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Interviews can be a very stressful experience, even for the most seasoned job-seekers. You must know your worth and be comfortable expressing it. Going into an interview with confidence not only instantly boosts one\’s drive and enables them to share their value with ease, but also shows the interviewer the qualities they expect their employees to have. A confident interviewee is one who is confident in their abilities and value to the company. Below are successful interview techniques and tips that will further improve your interview performance.

Once you land the interview, start planning for it immediately. This is one of the most important interview techniques. The sooner you begin planning, the less overwhelmed you will feel the day of the interview when you\’re already feeling anxious. Begin by conducting research on the company you\’ll be interviewing with. Knowing who they are and what they expect of you will equip you with the knowledge you need to cater your answers and questions to that specific company\’s needs.

Be aware of the questions you may be asked and decide how you are going to answer them most effectively. There is a series of basic questions almost every interviewer asks, most of them covering a more in-depth evaluation of your resume. Take time working on the tougher questions such as what you consider to be your greatest weaknesses, how you plan on overcoming them, how you have solved work-related issues in the past, and why you would be the best candidate for the position. Make sure every answer is brief, to the point, and factual. Once you have made your point, only continue talking if the interviewer asks you to elaborate. Also, try tailoring your answers so they relate to the company and the position for which you are being interviewed. Try applying these interview techniques and tips in a rehearsal with a friend or family member to get a feel of what you are doing right and what you may need to work on more. If you are applying for a job abroad and your interview isn\’t in your native tongue, you may feel more comfortable employing someone for their translation services to help you in case of any difficult questions. Even if you language skills are usually good, it may help with your confidence to have someone on hand in case you misunderstand a question or cannot get your answer across fully.

Finally, plan what you\’re going to wear and have the clothing items cleaned and ironed ahead of time to avoid a headache the morning of. Men are expected to dress in a tasteful business suit with a crisp white shirt, matching tie, polished shoes, and dress socks. Women are more likely to land the job when they wear a business suit to the interview with low heels, nude pantyhose, minimal to no jewellery, a briefcase, and a sophisticated hairstyle. Keeping makeup to a minimum is also important as you don\’t want to appear as if you are trying to impress the interviewer with your appearance rather than your qualifications.

Before you enter the interview room, keep in mind the most commonly made yet easily avoidable interview blunders that can wind up costing you the job. Prevent them by turning off your cell phone or setting it to silent, reminding yourself not to play with your hair or face while being interviewed, and preparing to shake hands firmly with the interviewer, maintain eye contact, and show your enthusiasm without going over the top.

It is also very important to know a few telephone interview techniques. You may receive a call when you least expect it and realize you\’re suddenly being interviewed. However, it is also important to use the same interview techniques you would in person over the phone. If you are unexpectedly contacted by a recruiter who requests a few moments of your time, accept the offer to speak with them. The few questions they ask over the phone could land you another interview or even the job itself. Do your best to move to a quiet area and stop what you are doing so you can give the interviewer your complete, undivided attention. Especially crucial for phone interviews is listening as carefully as possible to each question and answering clearly. Take this as an opportunity to be a bit more confident in yourself than you may be sitting across from this person in an office.

Follow up with the interviewer the next day by sending them a thank-you card for their time and consideration. This shows the interviewer that you are truly interested in the position and hope to hear back from them soon.

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Interviewing Techniques, Tips & Questions

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When preparing to interview a job candidate, the first step an employer must take is to review the candidate\’s resume and cover letter to minimize the amount of time spent having to go over the basics during the interview. This gives the interviewer a better sense of who they are about to meet and allows more time to ask questions of greater significance.

Going into the interview, the employer must also remember to keep an open mind, avoid subjectivity, and remain patient. They may not particularly like the person they are interviewing but giving the candidate a fair chance of explaining his or her value can lead to the hire of an excellent new employee.

While managers and recruiters must look for skilled, qualified employees to fill their open positions, they must also take into account the candidate\’s character and decide whether it is a fit for what the job entails. This requires the employer to come up with interviewing questions not only tailored to the position and company but also to the character traits the company is seeking in its employee.

A few key interviewing questions to ask include what the candidate normally does at work on his or her downtime, if they enjoy working independently, in a team setting, or in a leadership position, what aspects of work make them frustrated, and if they believe they can handle changing work conditions without becoming overwhelmed. Asking the candidate to explain how they have solved problems at work in the past also helps the interviewer determine the sort of worker the candidate is – whether he or she performs better in a team or independently and what this person\’s role will be within the company.

Following these interviewing techniques will ultimately lessen the difficulty in choosing the right candidate for the job and equip the company with an excellent new asset.

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What mistakes to avoid during a job interview

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Now that your resume is done and dusted, it\’s time for the interview. An interview is probably one of the most important part of applying for a job. This is when the employers will try to get to know you a little better and of course, try to challenge you with questions and pressure at the same time. So it\’s highly important to be prepared for an interview as you could miss the opportunity simply by making the mistake of not being prepared. There are also other mistakes to watch out for. The following articles can help you point out the mistakes you need to avoid for your interview.

4 Job Interview Mistakes That Everyone Makes and You Can Avoid

First, people don\’t take the time to prepare for the \”Tell us about yourself\” question. They may spend time preparing for the \”What\’s your greatest weakness?\” question but figure they can \”wing it\” with the \”Tell us about yourself\” response because their attitude is, \”Hey, who knows me better than me?\”

But once faced with that question in the interview, they freeze up. I\’ve seen it time and time again, both in mock interviews and in actual interviews. When I pose that question, I get the deer-caught-in-headlights look staring back at me. The candidate has no idea where to start or what to include in their answer.

Third, most candidates don\’t bring a professional portfolio with samples of their work to share. Or, if they do, they don\’t present them properly. Always have on hand a few tangible samples of past work. Pull it out and show it when you\’re telling your specific story of how you\’ve demonstrated that particular skill. Think of it like \”show-n-tell\” from your elementary school days! (read more at inc.com)

JOB INTERVIEW MISTAKES

In a job interview, there are plenty of ways to prove that you’re a great fit for the position, highlighting your career wins and achievements, sharing your insights about the industry, aligning yourself with the company’s values and so on. But what we tend to overlook are the deadly interview mistakes applicants often make, that can be avoided.

Appearing Disinterested – A positive attitude and bringing energy to the interview are essential. Don\’t let yourself zone out or look complacent during an interview. Make sure you are well-rested, alert and prepared. Getting distracted and missing a question looks bad on your part. If you zone out, your potential employer will wonder how you will be able to stay focused during a day on the job, if you can\’t even focus during one interview.

Dressing Inappropriately – When you interview for a job, it\’s imperative to look professional and polished. Although your attire may vary based on the position you\’re applying for-wear business casual clothing to a non-professional job or startup and casual garb to an interview at a company you know is very laid back. It\’s important to look well-dressed and put together, no matter what the company, but do your best to match their corporate culture so you look like you will fit in.

Appearing Arrogant – There is nothing much worse than interviewing someone who goes on and on and on about how good you are. Keep your answers succinct, professional, to-the-point and focused and by all means, don\’t ramble. (read more at kusi.com)

Top ten job interview mistakes

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How to create a successful resume

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When it comes to writing our resume, many of us tends to avoid it due to the pressure of writing the perfect resume. But little did you know that most recruiters define a successful resume that contains character, uniqueness and confidence. All in all, writing a successful resume is all about originality and writing your story and achievements that are unique to you. As much as being yourself in the resume is important, there are other factors that you might want to blend in to make your resume sounds more interesting and appealing to the employers.

To help you get started, I have collected the following articles with tips and tricks on how you can create your very own outstanding resume.

9 Must-Haves of a Successful Resume

This may seem obvious, but candidates sometimes forget to include basic information like their email address, or they bury it at the bottom. \”Include your name, phone number, email, and URL to your LinkedIn profile right at the top of the page,\” executive career coach and founder of Résumé Writers\’ Ink Tina Nicolai says. \”And you don\’t need to include your home address.\”

When someone reviews your résumé, there should be no question as to the type of role you\’re seeking, says Amanda Augustine, a career-advice expert for TopRésumé. \”Make sure your goals are crystal clear by including a professional title at the top of your résumé, such as \’Senior Accounting Professional\’ or \’Marketing & Sales Associate,\’ just below your contact information and above your career narrative (what I usually call the \’professional summary\’).\”

You\’ll want to include (without making it look like you did a lot of copying and pasting) some keywords and phrases from the job posting. This is especially important if the employer uses a résumé-scanning system.  (read more at inc.com)

25 Best Resume Secrets Employers Will Never Tell You

Crafting the perfect resume is perhaps the number one thing you need to do when looking for a new job. Most of the time, your resume is the way you’re introduced to the employer. You need it to stand out and make you look great. If your resume doesn’t present you as the impressive professional you really are, there is little chance you’ll get the job.

Resume writing is an art, but an art that can be learned. Good resumes all do the same thing, despite the fact that they may look very different from one another. Crafting a good resume is done by pulling together all the right elements into one cohesive and impressive document. Most employers are essentially looking for the same kinds of things on a resume. All you need to know is what they would like to see (and what they wish you’d avoid doing).

According to Monster, recruiters spend about six seconds scanning your resume before making a decision. This means if you don’t grab their attention within the first few seconds of them looking at your resume, it will likely end up in the trash. Focus on a few attention-grabbing facts or achievements that will catch their eye and make them want to read further.  (read more at cheatsheet.com)

How to write a winning resume

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