Ultimate Interview: 100s of Great Interview Answers

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2012-04-15
  • Publisher: Kogan Page Ltd
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In preparing for an interview, it's useful to understand what organizations are looking for in a candidate. Ultimate Interviewoffers insight into how employers decide what they are looking for in a job candidate, how they use this to draw up the questions, how selection procedures work, why employers conduct interviews and what's likely to happen at the average interview. This book gives all of the background information that candidates need as well as essential practice. Uniquely among interview guidebooks, it organizes common interview questions according to specific job types, such as management, sales and marketing, administrative, clerical. This helps focus on the questions that are most relevant to a specific situation. Each section looks at the thinking behind the questions, and suggests an effective method of answering. With additional advice on researching the background to a vacancy, and how skills and characteristics can be assessed and developed, Ultimate Interviewis a valuable resource for job hunters.

Author Biography

Lynn Williams is a career counselor and trainer who runs workshops on CV writing and interview techniques. She writes regularly for a wide range of publicaions on job search and career issues and is also author of Ultimate job Search. Readymade CVs and Readymade Job Search Letters (all published by Kogan page).

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Know your enemyp. 3
Understanding interviewers
What do they want?p. 3
What sort of things are they looking for?p. 4
What will happen at the interview?p. 4
What sort of questions will they ask?p. 5
How do they know what they're looking for?p. 6
Prepare yourselfp. 10
What you need to know before the interview
What should you prepare?p. 11
Evidence that you meet their needsp. 11
Reassuring answers and explanationsp. 14
Industry knowledgep. 16
The reasons you want this jobp. 20
Answering questionsp. 21
What the interviewer will ask and what you need to tell them
Make a good impressionp. 21
Three cardinal rulesp. 24
Starting the interviewp. 26
What to expect from the interview and how to begin confidently
Questions they ask everybodyp. 32
Standard questions you should prepare for
Questions for practical jobsp. 41
Core question, 'Are you reliable?'
Professional knowledgep. 50
Questions for creative jobsp. 52
Core question, 'Will you deliver?'
Professional knowledgep. 63
Questions for clerical and administrative jobsp. 65
Core question, 'Are you efficient?
Professional knowledgep. 75
Questions for sales and marketing jobsp. 77
Core question, 'Can you sell?'
Professional knowledgep. 89
Questions for technical jobsp. 91
Core question, 'Can you do the job?'
Professional knowledgep. 104
Questions for management jobsp. 106
Core question, 'Will you get results?'
Professional knowledgep. 125
Questions for customer relations jobsp. 128
Core question, 'Are you customer focused?'
Professional knowledgep. 136
Questions for school and college leaversp. 138
What to do if you don't have experience
Professional knowledgep. 146
Tackling the difficult questionsp. 148
Handling questions about perceived areas of weakness
Inappropriate and illegal questionsp. 155
Dealing with tricky questionsp. 158
What to say when there's no clear answer
Dealing with critical or negative questionsp. 158
Questions about salaryp. 162
Answering closed questionsp. 164
Answering off-the-wall questionsp. 167
What is the interviewer really asking?
Questions asking you to work something outp. 168
'Psychological' questionsp. 169
Your questions for the interviewerp. 172
What to ask at the end of the interview
Variations on the themep. 175
Different types of interview and how to deal with them confidently
Screening interviewsp. 175
Telephone interviewsp. 176
Video interviewsp. 177
Panel interviewsp. 178
Serial interviewsp. 179
Assessment centresp. 180
Informal interviewsp. 181
Second interviewsp. 181
Interview extrasp. 183
Tasks and tests they might include and how to approach them
Making a presentationp. 184
Showing your portfoliop. 185
Technical and attainment testsp. 185
Physical testsp. 185
Job-replica exercisesp. 185
Group exercisesp. 187
Psychometric testsp. 188
Future trendsp. 194
Looking the partp. 196
Making a good impression from the start
Appearancep. 196
Behaviourp. 198
Overcoming nervesp. 201
What happens next?p. 203
What to do after the interview
While you' re waiting for their decisionp. 203
If they don't make you an offerp. 204
If they do make you an offerp. 209
Index to the questionsp. 212
Indexp. 219
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