Archives for January 2008

Website maintenance

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I must apologise for the state of this website and the lack of posts lately. I have recently upgraded my hosting and transferring everything over turned out to be a lot harder than I thought. The links at the top of this page aren’t working and all of my images have "disappeared"! I will get onto fixing all that as soon as I can!

Now, back to my job interview! I was called back for a second interview, which was on Wednesday. That also went very well, and my references are still being checked (one was away so they’re calling them next week). Monday is a public holiday, and the recruiter I am dealing with has Tuesday off, so it’ll be at least Wednesday before I’ll hear anything!

This is teaching me all about patience…..!

My job interview experience

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I had a job interview yesterday, and I must say it was the most enjoyable job interview I’ve ever had – EVER!

The lady conducting the interview was LOVELY and we got on really really well. We got on so well in fact, that I’ve been called back for a second interview. Yippee!

Tomorrow’s interview is going to be one of those much more formal type interviews. You know the type when they ask you questions like, "Tell me about a time when you…."? Yuk! I’m not great at this type of interview, but I’m pretty confident all the same. I will just be myself and carefully think of my answers before I say anything.

I’ll post an update afterwards!

Until then, have a great day!

Michelle Green

www.selfconfidence101.com

Job interview tips – Final word

Phew! This is the last of my interview tips posts, and I hope I have helped someone out there to get that job they were hoping for.

My last tip is this:

Have fun and learn from your experience!

While the job hunting process is harrowing at times, you can learn a lot, not only about the job interview process, but about yourself too. Some interviewers offer post interview feedback. If it’s offered, take it – whether you got the job or not! The information you will gain from this feedback will be extremely valuable! Don’t argue any of the points they bring up and just accept the feedback for what it is. It was based on their impression of you, so will help you to see how you come across to others. Thank them for taking the time to give you feedback too.

Have a great day!

Michelle Green

www.selfconfidence101.com

Interview tips – The actual interview

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Here are some points to remember:

1. Don’t speak negatively about a past employer

2. Ensure you don’t interrupt during the course of the interview

3. Keep your answers short and to the point. Don’t ramble on, but don’t use one word answers either.

4. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer/s (avoid staring) and ensure you talk to both or all of them

5. Ask questions – prior to going to your interview, prepare some well-thought questions about the company or the position. You could ask who you would be reporting to, questions about the team you are joining or opportunities for advancement. Obviously you do not ask a question that was already answered by the interviewers (eg. Many will talk about the position prior to the start of the formal interview and may have already told you about who you would report to or about the team etc). Leave salary and benefits questions until after you have been offered the position.

6. Think carefully before accepting a drink. If you’re anything like me, your nerves may cause you to choke on it, or worse, spill it!

7. SMILE when appropriate, throughout the interview. :)

Job interview tips – Feel good!

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On the morning of the interview, do some light exercise, such as going for a walk or doing some stretches.

Breathing deeply, will help you relax. On the way to the interview, walk tall and smile. By the time you get to the interview, you will feel good.

Being nervous is ok and is completely normal, so don’t feel bad if you start to feel butterflies.

Have a great day!

Michelle Green

www.selfconfidence101.com

Interview tips – your appearance

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Your appearance is probably one of the most important aspects when first impressions are concerned. Ever heard the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words”? The same can be said for your appearance at a job interview. Turn up dressed in dirty, unironed clothing to an interview for an executive position, then no matter how well you perform during that interview, your appearance may be the reason they turn you down.

Also, ensure your appearance isn’t too distracting. For example, if you wear nail polish, ensure it’s not chipped. Don’t wear loud ties, or excessive amounts of jewelry. Ensure your makeup isn’t too heavy and make sure your hair is washed and not flopping into your eyes so you have to keep pushing it back.

 

Have a great day!

Michelle Green

www.selfconfidence101.com

Interview tips – before the interview

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Prior to your interview, find out the name and title of each person you will be meeting with. If you are going through a recruitment firm, they should be able to provide you with this information. Memorise their names so you can use them when appropriate during your interview.

Have a great day!

Michelle Green

www.selfconfidence101.com

Interview tips – the “STAR” technique

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The STAR technique is used where the question requires the interviewee to provide an actual example from their work or life experience. The questions will start with words such as, “Tell me about a time when…” or “Give me an example of when…”.

I have found from personal experience that a great way to answer is by using the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) technique as follows:

Situation – Talk about a particular situation that relates to the question.

Task – What was your role in relation to this situation?

Action – What action did you take (be specific but don’t drag it on).

Result – What was the result of the action you took?

 

Have a great day!

Michelle Green

www.selfconfidence101.com

Job interview tips – Rehearse

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You have researched the company you want to work for, now it’s time to rehearse your interview “performance”.

Get a friend or family member to help you and get them to let you know how your answers sound to them. So are you talking at the correct speed, are your answers clear and concise? Rehearse again and again until you feel your answers are flowing.

Until next time, have a great day!

Michelle Green

www.selfconfidence101.com

Job interview tips

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You have sent in your resume and of course it was exceptional, so now you have a job interview!

Job interviews can be scary, but if you prepare well enough beforehand, you might actually get to enjoy the experience!

Going into an interview adequately prepared will give you an amazing amount of confidence, so let’s get started!

Tip number 1 – Research

Visit the prospective employer’s website and browse through the About Us, Employment, Careers, Our People and the News & Media parts of the site. If they have an annual report, this is a great way to research your employer-to-be. If the company is a publicly listed company, then it should be quite easy to do your research especially online. If you are going through a recruitment firm, then it is very likely they will be very happy to help you with your research too.

Until next time, have a great day!

Michelle Green

www.selfconfidence101.com