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					INTERVIEW PREPARATION
Although you cannot predict exactly what is going to happen at an interview, there is a lot you can do to make the most of your chances. Preparation is the key. What makes some interviews difficult? Most people have struggled at an interview at some time or other. You might want to take a few minutes to reflect on some of the difficult interviews you have attended. What made them less of a success? Common difficulties Here are the kinds of comments people often make when they come out of an interview... “My mind just went a blank at one point - I just did not know what to say. That made me more nervous.” “The interviewers came as a bit of a surprise. The last time I was interviewed - which was a good few years ago now - it was only one person, but this time I was interviewed by a panel of 3, it was not what I was expecting and it threw me a bit.” “The interviewers seemed to want me to talk quite a lot about myself- I am not used to doing that and I felt rather uncomfortable about it.” “I was disappointed by the interviewers. I’d thought a lot about what was needed to do the job and had even thought of the kinds of questions I might get asked. It was clear that I had done more preparation than the interviewers. The interview did not have any structure at all with the interviewers just seeming to make it up as they went along. When I came out of the interview I felt that they had not found out very much about me and my ability to do the job. There was a lot I wanted to tell them but they never asked me.”

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“The interviewers were much more specific than I expected. It was not enough for me talk about my skills, experience and attitudes - they wanted examples of how I had used them in specific situations. I found it difficult to think of situations off the top of my head but of course as soon as I left the interview room I could think of lots of ones.” “I found it a little off-putting have the interviewers take a lot of notes during the interview.” “I think that I got the emphasis wrong during the interview - I spoke more about how the Job would be good for me, rather than how I would be good for the job.” Perhaps some of the situations you have experienced were similar to some of those listed above. Thorough preparation is the key to helping you manage the interview process. Group Interviews Many interviews nowadays are conducted by groups of between two and four people. This is far better than being interviewed by one person, as a panel interview is more likely to adopt a fair and structured approach with a few heads usually being better than one. The panel will almost certainly include the personnel manager, the line manager and perhaps a more senior manager. Understanding the interviewers’ Agenda An important part of preparation is to put yourself in the shoes of the recruiter. Skilled interviewers will use questions as a way of finding out the extent to which you fulfill the essential and desirable needs expressed in the person specification. What questions would you ask if you were the interviewer? When designing questions many interviewers will want to elicit examples from you of how you’ve performed in the past.

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It is often said that one of the best guides to future performance is how you have performed in the past. If for example you are applying for a job that requires you to manage staff, the interviewer will want to find out how effectively you have done so in your career to date. So what kind of questions might you be asked? An inexperienced interviewer might ask a very general question like: “What are you like managing staff” However many interviewers might feel that such a question is not going to give them much information. Many people will give a similar answer along the lines of: “Well it is something I enjoy - I like the responsibility and I feel quite competent about managing my team.” Interviewers wanting to get a fuller picture of skills in managing staff will ask questions along the lines of: “Tell me about a time when you really need to use your skills in managing people...” “What specifically have you done to motivate your team...?” “Describe a situation where you found it difficult to manage a member of staff. How did you cope?” How would you answer these questions? Anticipating questions about your experience and behaviour Some organisations will send you a copy of the person specification as well as the job description. This is a valuable source of information as you can imagine that you are the interviewer - and think about what questions you would ask to assess candidates against the criteria.

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Some examples...  Tell me about a change you have introduced to improve service delivery.  Describe what actions you have taken to maintain or develop good practice.  Give me an example of how you have monitored the use of resources in your work.  Tell me what you do to support your peers, subordinates and superiors in providing a quality service.  Tell me about a piece of work that you delegated. How did you go about doing it? What did you do to manage it?  What is the hardest situation you have had to deal with as a manager? How did you cope? What was the result? Guessing the person specification Even if the application pack does not include a person specification you can still make an educated guess as to what the essential and desirable criteria for the job are by using the job description and the job advert. Common questions As well as questions about your experience, common questioning areas at interview include investigation of your work attitudes and approach, your achievements and your working relationships with staff. Write down some notes about how you would answer the questions on the following two pages.

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Question Why do you want this job?

Answer

What are your career objectives?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What do you like about your present job? What do you like least?

What are your strengths?

What are your limitations?

Tell me about something at work that you are really proud of… Tell me about a mistake you made at work. What did you learn from it? What kind of people do you find most difficult to work with?

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Question What kind of management style do you have? What qualities do you like your managers to have? Give me an example of a difficult situation you have handled at work. What have been the three greatest accomplishments in your job? How do you cope with pressure in your job? If you get this job, what would expect to achieve in your first year? What are the main differences between your job and the job you are applying for? What training do you think you would need to do this job effectively? How do your values influence the way you do your job? What can you bring to this job?

Answer

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Tips... If the interviewer does not ask you for many examples in some of your response - this makes them more concrete. For instance if you were asked: “How would you go about making a difficult decision?”  your answer could include an example of a difficult decision you had made successfully.  think about aspects of your experience that would be of most interest to particular employers. Be positive and enthusiastic! Remember to keep calm Keep cool even if the interviewer is riling you a little bit. Some interviewers might be trying to establish how you cope with pressure. Ask for clarification If you are not sure if you fully understand a question check your understanding with the interviewer. Do not ramble Some interviewers are not too good at using follow-up questions or giving you cues that you have answered the question — this is when the danger of rambling sets in. Keep your answer concise - pause - and let the interviewer take the initiative. Do not write yourself off There might be a point in the interview where you think you have answered a question poorly and think that your chances have gone. This might be far from the truth. Your poor answer might not have been picked up by the interviewers or might seem a lot worse to you that it does to them. What you need to do is to concentrate on the rest of the interview and what you can do to demonstrate to the pane that you meet their needs.

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