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Ace at Job Interviews - Top Strategies to Master the Skill and Impress Your Recruiters.

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12 Lessons (58m)
    • 1. 1 Introduction

    • 2. 2 Purpose and Objectives

    • 3. 3 Types of Interview

    • 4. 4 Preparation

    • 5. 5 The 5 Senses

    • 6. 6 On the Interview Day

    • 7. 7 Interview Questions

    • 8. 8 The STAR Technique

    • 9. 9 Mistakes to Avoid

    • 10. 10 The Closure

    • 11. 11 Salary Negotiations

    • 12. 12 After the Interview

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Job interviews are strange human interactions. We rarely do job interviews, but when we do, they are crucial to the progression of our careers and one  must prepare effectively to do well in these unique situations !!!

This fast paced course provides a comprehensive set of lessons that will help you succeed at job interviews, both face-to-face and on Skype.

In this Course I will teach You:

  • How to conduct yourself before, during and after an interview to make the best possible impression
  • Best preparation techniques for researching the role and finding out more about your interviewer.
  • The importance of researching the organization.
  • Reading and Understanding the JD well and being prepared.
  • Preparation tips on the day of the interview
  • Non-verbal and verbal communication principles
  • Engage your interviewers with meaningful eye contact, balanced interaction and body language
  • Gain Interview Confidence
  • Handle Challenging Questions
  • Negotiate Higher Salary
  • Following up after an interview; email unanswered questions, find out about next steps

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1. 1 Introduction: Job interviews or strange human interactions. We rarely do job interviews, but when we do, they are crucial to the progression of our careers and one must prepare effectively to do well in these unique situations. Simply put, it is when the employer meets with you to determine if you have the right qualifications to do the available job. It is also an opportunity for the employer to identify whether or not you fit the company culture. Are you a team player? And do you have the same values and work ethics as other employees? It is also a chance for you to show evidence that you have the right qualities needed. Taking the time to prepare for an interview and advance can help you ace the interview and secure a job offer. There are a number of steps you can take before and after the interview to ensure that you make a terrific impression on your potential employer and achieve your dream job. So welcome to the interview skills masterclass. Top strategies to waste the skill and impress your recruiters. This fast-paced course provides a comprehensive set of lessons that will help you succeed at job interviews, both face-to-face or over the internet? May it be a technical, behavioral, or communication bases interview? In this course, you will learn all the bits and pieces that you bring together to ace your interviews and impress your recruiters. Here you will learn how to conduct yourself before, during, and after an interview to make the best possible impression. Best preparation techniques for researching the role in finding out more about your interviewer. The importance of researching the organization, reading and understanding the JD well, and being prepared. Preparation tips on the day of the interview. Nonverbal and verbal communication principles. Engage your interviewers with meaningful like contact, balanced interaction, and body language. Again, Interview Confidence. How to handle challenging questions. The Art of Negotiating higher salary. Following up after an interview, email unanswered questions, find out about the next steps. With detailed information on how to manage behavioral interviews, strategic questions to ask your interviewer, and even a breakdown of how to answer the dreaded lead off question. Tell me about yourself. We're going to make sure there's not a single curve ball you're unprepared for. So what are you waiting for? I am super excited to see you inside the course. So let's get started. 2. 2 Purpose and Objectives: So why are interviews conducted in first place? What is the purpose behind it? When you split the word interview, you get two words, inter and view. This roughly translates to between view or seeing each other. This means that both the groups involved in an interview get to know about one another. The interview is a conversation in which you and an employer exchange information. Your objective is to get an offer of a job. And the employer's objective is to find out the following. What you have to offer, your skills, abilities, basic knowledge, who you are, your personality, character, interests, why you should be hired. You have what they are seeking. The interviewer will try to determine whether you will be an asset to the organization. Your goal is to present yourself as the best candidate for the position. And also to learn more about the position and the interviewers organization to determine whether both are well-suited for you and your career goals. So in other words, an interview is a conversation between two or more people, the interviewer and the interviewee, where questions are asked by the interviewer to obtain information from the interviewee. The objective of an interview is twofold. An employer needs to find out if you are the best candidate for the job. You need to find out if this is a good opportunity for you. The objective of conducting an interview are verify facts. It helps to verify the information provided by the candidate. It helps to ascertain the accuracy at the provided facts and information about the candidate. Additional skills and qualifications. What the candidate has written in the resume are the main points. What other additional skill set does he have? All these are known by conducting interviews. It not only gives the interviewer information about the candidates technical knowledge, but also gives an insight into his much needed creative and analytical skills. Helps in relationship building between the employee and the company. Clarity on job description. It is useful for the candidates so that he comes to know about his profession, the type of work that is expected from him, and he gets to know about the company. And interview is beneficial for the interviewer and the interviewee as individuals because both of them gain experience, both professionally and personally. Strengths and weaknesses. It helps the candidate assess his skills and nowhere he lacks in the places where he needs improvement. The interview also helps the company build its credentials and image among the employment seeking candidates. 3. 3 Types of Interview: Types of interview. Now let us take a closer look at the different types of interviews conducted in the corporate world these days. One on one interviews, often referred to as a personal interview. This is the most common type of interview and is usually held face to face at the company's offices. Find out the approximate length of the interview in order to prepare. They range from 30 to 90 minutes. Shorter interviews will mean delivering concise answers that are to the point. Longer interviews allow you more time to go into detail and support your answers with a lot of examples. Behavioral based interviews, known as critical behavioral interviewing, is based on the theory is that past performance in a similar situation is the best predictor of future performance. This method of interview probes much deeper than the usual interviewing techniques, has specific examples ready that highlight your attributes in core areas such as teamwork, problem-solving, communication, creativity, flexibility, and organizational skills. Always be structured in your answers and explain your examples in terms of the situation, the task, the action you took, and the outcome achieved. Sequential interviews. These are several interviews in turn with a different interviewer each time. Usually, each interviewer asks questions to test different sets of competencies. However, if you are asked the same questions, just make sure you answer each one is fully as the previous time. Second interviews. You've passed the first interview and you've had the call to arrange the second congratulations. But what else is there to prepare for? You did as much as you could for the first interview. Now is the time to look back and review. You may be asked the same questions you are asked before. So review them and brush up on your answers. Review your research about the company. Take a look at the About Us section on their website, get to know their client base, search the latest news on the company and find out what the company is talking about in the market. Group interviews. Several candidates are present at this type of interview. You will be asked to interact with each other by usually a group discussion. You might even be given a task to do as a team. So make sure you speak up and give your opinion. Telephonic interviews. Often companies request an initial telephone interview before inviting you in for a face-to-face meeting in order to get a better understanding of the type of candidate you are. The one benefit of this is that you can have your notes out in front of you. You should do just as much preparation as you would for a face-to-face interview. And remember that your first impression is vital. Some people are better at meeting in person than on the phone. So make sure that you speak confidently at a good pace and try to answer all the questions that are asked. Phone interviews are proving to be a more cost-effective way to screen candidates. Slots range from 10 to 30 minutes. Prepare for it as if it is an open book exam. Make sure you have your CV, the job description, list of references and prepared answers noted in front of you. A large part of communication is visual, and as they can't see your body language, it is critical to a positive and sharp answers delivered with enthusiasm. Don't forget to ask what the next step will be. Panel interviews. These interviews involve a number of people sitting on a panel with one is chairperson. This type of interview is popular within the public sector. This can be daunting and intimidating if you're not well prepared in advance. More than one interviewer means efficiency and an opportunity for different opinions of the same answer. Try to build a rapport with each member of the panel and be sure to make eye contact with everyone, not just the person asking the question. It is also worth trying to find out the names and roles of those on the panel. 4. 4 Preparation: Preparation. The interview is a vital step to obtaining a career position and often depends on your skills in marketing your potential. Do not miss out on a good position for which you are qualified due to a lack of preparation and practice, you need to be ready to answer questions about your career goals and background. You will also want to develop intelligent questions of your own to help you obtain the necessary information for making an informed decision. Furthermore, preparation helps build your self confidence in your interview skills and is the key to successful interviewing. The first few things that one needs to chalk down and make a note of when you get a call r, the time and date of the interview, the name of the person you are meeting with, the address of the place where the interview is taking place, the phone number of the office in case you need to call them. Once you have made a note of these important details, your next step is to get into a research mode. Find the location of the interview and plan your journey. If possible, try to visit the site beforehand. Understand the job description. During your prep work, you should use the employers posted job description as a guide. The job description is a list of the qualifications, qualities, and background the employer is looking for in an ideal candidate. The more you can align yourself with these details, the more the employer will be able to see that you're qualified. A detailed study of the job description may also give you ideas about questions the employer may ask throughout the interview. Research the job and company. Researching the company you're applying to is an important part of preparing for an interview. Not only will it help provide context for your interview conversations, but it will also help you in preparing thoughtful questions for your interviewers. Researching the company, enroll as much as possible will give you an edge over the competition. Not only that, but fully preparing for an interview will help you remain calm so that you can be at your best. Here are a few things you should know before you walk into your interview. Product and services of the organization. Role descriptions and skills needed, work culture and market reputation. What are the organization's philosophy and goals? One of the size and structure of the organization. What is the organization known for? What are the geographical locations of its plants, stores, or sales outlets? How well is the organization doing growth patterns for the organizations, clientele or customers and major competitors. What are the organizations entry level positions and career paths. What type of training does the organization offer its employees? Review your resume and modify if necessary to match JD. During your preparation, read over your resume and rehearse explanations for any gaps that may appear or other oddities. For example, you may have taken time off work to care for a child or family member, switched careers, or had other legitimate reasons for employment gaps, a concern for employers. So it's best to prepare your explanation to show them that you're not a risk. If needed, modify your interview to align with the JD, but do not manipulate or at false information. You may also encounter questions about your resume that are awkward. It's important to be honest but diplomatic and addressing them. For example, you may have left a job because of your supervisor or manager or policies that you didn't agree with, but you don't want to speak negatively about a former employer. Consider these possible questions and prepare your answers in advance. You don't accidentally say something you'll regret later. Start preparing Q&A unexpected questions based on JD. Many employers feel confident about candidates who ask thoughtful questions about the company and the position. You should take time before the interview to prepare several questions for your interviewers that show you've researched the company and are well-versed about the position. Practice your interview. Just like public speaking, practicing interviews is the best way to relieve anxiety and improve your confidence. The practice may be tedious, but repeatedly experiencing the interview process will make you more comfortable and help you give the right impression. Remember, may it be any interview research shows that the prime criteria for a selection are 45 percent on appearance and impression, 35 percent being reliable and punctual, 10 percent on your work experience. And finally, last but not least, 10 percent on your education and training. So always make your first impression count and lay a strong foundation at the beginning of the interview itself. 5. 5 The 5 Senses: The five senses of interview success. We are humans. As humans, we make sense of everything that happens to us through our five senses. Of course, we can get by without it. But for most job seekers and hiring managers, it is the first thing that matters and can be a make or break for you as an interview candidate. As humans, we also make mistakes. A lot of humans mistakenly think that if they have the skills, they will get the job. They look at the interview process as a very straightforward and causal relationship. Matching skills equals hired. Logical, right? Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth. While the following may seem like common sense, I cannot express how many times a very deserving candidate, Mrs. the golden opportunity, because he cannot make the first impression. Therefore, making that first impression, considering the five human senses is very crucial. The way you visually appear for an interview gives potential employers their first impression of how you present yourself professionally. Even if you look great on paper, if you don't dress appropriately for an interview, you give the impression that you lack respect for yourself and those you are meeting with. To make a good visual impression on your interviewer. Makes sure dress appropriately for your interview. Your clothes should be clean and ironed. Facial hair should be clean, shaven or trend. Make sure your hair is cut and style neatly. Try not to eat anything just before your interview that may stain your teeth and give a bad impression. As much as how you appear in the interview. Equally important is your tone, pitch, and confidence in your voice when you speak. This can again be a deciding factor in your selection process. To leave a good auditory impression on your interviewer, makes sure you speak with a professional tone. You do not want to be too loud or too quiet. Do not use slang when speaking with your interviewer, and definitely do not swear. Try not to use fillers during your interviews and phrases like you know or like. Avoid jargon and be specific and to the point with your answers. Bringing a strong odor into an interview can be very distracting. Don't wear any perfume or smoke a cigarette right before your interview. You never know what kind of allergies the interviewer may have. And this is not a great way to find out. Try not to smell like anything. So your interviewer can concentrate on you instead of the smell. Makes sure hygiene is of the utmost importance. Brush your teeth and do not smoke prior to your interview. Shower before your interview. Do not use perfume or cologne. Wear deodorant oriented per sprint. From a kinesthetic perspective, make sure you always greet your interviewer with a firm handshake. If you have sweaty hands, Be sure to discretely wipe them before shaking hands. It is not appropriate to touch or hug your interviewer. From a taste perspective, only hint I would give you is never leave a bad taste in your potential employers mouth. Make sure a night before the interview. Prepare your interview clothes. Organize what you need to carry. Practice your answers to frequently asked questions. Set an alarm and sleep early so you can have enough time at hand to make a last minute preparation and also be at the venue at least 10, 15 minutes before time. 6. 6 On the Interview Day: On the interview day, no matter how much time and effort you've invested in learning how to prepare for an interview. The pre-interview jitters can happen to the most qualified and prepared candidates. A little excitement can keep you present, paying attention and on your toes, but too much anxiety can throw off your performance. If you come across as stiff, awkward, and rushed, your technical qualifications won't save the day. There are a few simple job interview tips you can follow ahead of time that can set you up for a when. Get up on time. Set the alarm for a time that provides ample opportunity to get ready. Hurrying leads to stress and the stakes. If you haven't set aside an hour or so to review key facts like the company's mission and products. This will also allow you extra time for traffic, subway congestion, or other delays. Be well-hydrated. If your nerves get the better of you, food may be the last thing on your mind. No matter what, EDA light breakfast, you will need your blood sugar to be at its best during the interview. Just as an elite athlete pays attention to nutrition and hydration on competition day. So should you drink water and choose a balanced meal or snack? Carbs, fats, and protein combined create longer-lasting energy. Don't overdo it with caffeine. You want to appear relaxed and at ease, not jittery. Become exercise, meditate, listen to music, go for a walk. No matter how busy you are focusing on how to prepare for the interview. Find a few quiet minutes to center and ground yourself. Close your eyes. Focus on your breathing. Visualize walking into the interview confidently. If you are feeling the butterflies, make a conscious decision to interpret the physical sensation as excitement, not anxiety. My favorite trick is to focus on the sensation of my feet touching the ground. Have a travel plan and check your timing. This job interview tip is crucial. Check how long your commute to the interview location will take. Add a buffer for the unexpected and extra half hour can save the day if you take a wrong turn, get off at the wrong stop, or run into unexpected traffic. Checklist before leaving. Create a binder or a portfolio that will hold everything you might need during the interview. Include extra copies of your resume, a notepad, and a pen. You may also make a list of questions you want to ask during the interview and the names of the individuals you will be meeting with. I also find it helpful to have the office phone number with you just in case. Start early and reached venue a few minutes early. Keep buffer and start early to avoid any last-minute miss outs and delays. Employers will appreciate your punctuality. Just don't overdo it. Showing up ten minutes or so before your appointment is fine. Anything more can throw your interviewers off track or force and unprepared staff member to one comfortably babysit until everyone's ready. Hang out in your car or the neighboring coffee shop instead. Using the washroom is also a good idea. Once you proceed toward the interview room, remember to turn off your cell phones and make your entry. Your entrance is a key to making a positive impression. According to career and professional development experts recommend keeping your head up, acknowledging those in the room or reception area, smiling and saying hello. Touch, shake hands with a firm grip, a firm handshake, not too tight and not at all limp, demonstrates confidence. Eye contact. Maintain eye contact right from the start is that creates a mutual relationship and also demonstrates competence and your attitude. Name. Introduce yourself by your name and also make sure you get your interviewer's name right. Impress your interviewer by getting her name right the first time. This technique is especially helpful if you are meeting someone with an unusual name. Smile. Makes sure your smile is nice and pleasant. Behave like you're excited about the job, even if you are secretly wondering if the position is a good fit for your talents. Your body language in an interview is as important as the content of your answers. And it is here where the solar theory of non-verbal communication, developed by Gerard Egan comes in real handy. He believed non-verbal communication can greatly improve the effectiveness of communication between individuals. His theory shows how nonverbal communication can make an individual feel comfortable, secure, and understood. Egan's theory depicts the most effective body language to employ to make others feel cared for. It's an acronym that stands for S, stands for square, face squarely. By doing this, it shows you are involved. O stand for open. Keep an open posture. This means not crossing arms and legs. It makes people feel engaged and welcome. L stand for lean. By leaning forward when a person is talking to you, it shows you're involved in listening to what they have to say. E stands for eye contact. Use good eye contact. Your gaze shows that you're listening and not distracted. R. Stand for relax. It's important to stay calm and avoid fidgeting when a person is talking to show your focused. Keep in mind you've worked hard to earn your degree and the job interview is your place to shine. 7. 7 Interview Questions: Interview questions. Too many job seekers stumble through interviews as if the questions asked her coming out of left field. But many interview questions are to be expected. In this lecture, we shall have you covered the list of popular and frequently asked interview questions and the techniques one needs to keep in mind to tackle them with confidence. Let us look at some of the common questions that are asked in an interview. What are the interviewers intentions behind asking these questions and the techniques one can use while answering these questions. Tell me about yourself. The intention of the interviewer When asking this question is to confirm if are you suitable for the job? Do you possess the necessary skills and experience? The technique one can use while answering this question is you can talk about your current job responsibilities. Talk about your experience. Talk about your academics and skills. Talk about your achievements. What were your job responsibilities? The intention of the interviewer When asking this question is to confirm if your previous job responsibilities aligned with the current job role. Do you possess the necessary skills and experience to tackle the situations that may arise in your new job. The technique one can use while answering this question is you can talk only about facts and do not get into a storytelling mode. Align your previous job role with the current job description. Talk more about your primary and secondary responsibilities and any additional responsibilities you may have taken up during your previous job. What are your strengths? This is one of the questions that employers almost always asked to determine how well you are qualified for the position. While answering this question, it's important to discuss the attributes that qualify you for that specific job and that will set you apart from other candidates. Be relevant to the job and align your strengths to the need of the job. What are your weaknesses? This is a tricky one where employers almost always asked to determine how well you are qualified for the position. But at the same time they also want to observe your presence of mind. While answering this question, do your best to frame your answers around positive aspects of your skills and abilities as an employee, turning seeming weaknesses into strengths. Your weaknesses should be the employer strength. For example, you can say I am a multitasker and loved taking challenges. So at times I take up a lot of responsibilities on myself. But with experience, I have mastered the art of delegation and now I channelized my attention to the most critical task in the business while just overseeing the smaller ones delegated to my subordinates. In fact, this has raised the confidence level in my team and have also helped me create an environment of trust within my team members. What are your short and long-term goals? The intention of the interviewer here is to understand your vision and planning abilities. Your wishlist, and a game plan. Your ability to prioritize well between short-term and long-term goals. Are you willing to stick around for a long time? While answering this one? Keep your answer focused on the job and the company. Reiterate to the interviewer that the position aligns with your long-term goals. All in all, give them the confidence that you are here to stay and contribute to the progress of the organization. Why do you want to lead your previous company? The intention of the interviewer here is to gauge why do you want to join their company. Your attitude about your previous job. While answering this one, always stick to facts. Talk about willingness to accept challenges. Never criticize or talk negatively about your previous organization. For example, you may have left a job because of your supervisor or manager or policies that you didn't agree with, but you don't want to speak negatively about a former employer. Consider these possible questions and prepare your answers in advance so you don't accidentally say something, you'll regret. Why should we hire you? The intention of the interviewer here is to gauge if there is a match between your skill and job requirements. And also if you have understood the job description. One of the best ways to be prepared for this answer is to read and know the JD well. Be specific about what makes you a good fit for this role and mentioned aspects of the company and position that appeal to you most. Are you willing to travel slash relocate? The interviewer will ask you this question. If the company has a culture of shifting employees to different locations, there are resource requirements in various locations. The best technique here is to be honest. Say yes only if you're willing to travel else be honest and state the true reasons for which traveling or relocating will not be possible for you. What do you know about our company? The interviewer Hare wants to know if have you done your homework? Are you proactive? Be prepared for this one during your research phase and be ready with a constructive answer. The best techniques for this one is to research online. No division, main products, company operations. Know beforehand some important facts about the company published recently or some of the most significant ones. Who was your role model? The intention of the interviewer here is to know your values, to understand what motivates you and what pushes you to work. Be honest when you answer this one. If you have a role model research a bit more about him before going for the interview. Talk about personality traits that encourage you the most. Talk about at least two main attributes of the person that motivates you the most. Why do you want to join our company? The sole intention of the interviewer here is to understand, do you fit the company philosophy? To tackle this one with confidence? Do your research about the company before going for the interview. Make sure you align your skills with the company's vision and mission. Given example and elaborate more in terms of how you fit in that value system. Tricky questions. During a job interview, employers sometimes ask tricky questions to trip you up not out of malicious, but to get an accurate sense of your candidacy. Interviewers know that you've probably practiced all of the traditional questions. So they try to stump you with trickier ones to get a better idea of your background, your communication skills, and how you'll perform. Should they offer you the job? Do keep in mind that there may not be a right or wrong answer for some of these questions, the interviewer will be more interested in how you respond than what your answer is. Another reason employers ask difficult interview questions is to learn about your thought processes. Example, they might ask you an unexpected, an abstract question like, if you were a tree, what type of tree would you be? The employer is not looking for a specific answer here, but rather asking to see if you can think quickly and support your answer with some logic or explanation. Some of the most commonly asked tricky questions are, what do you bring to the table? How soon can you start contributing to the organization? How do you handle conflict? How many hours are you willing to contribute? The interview asks for confidential information about the previous organization. Are you good at multitasking? How good are you at handling pressure? How do you handle a conflict with your boss? Competency-based questions. Competency-based interviews, also known as structured, behavioral or situational interviews, are designed to test one or more skills or competencies. The interviewer has a list of set questions, each focusing on a specific skill and your answers will be compared against predetermined criteria and marked accordingly. They differ from normal or unstructured interviews, which tend to be more informal and unstructured interviews, recruiters often ask a set of random, open-ended questions relevant to the job, such as, what can you do for the company? And why did you apply for the job to get an overall impression of who you are? A competency-based interview is more systematic and each question targets a skill needed for the job. Here are some classic examples of competency-based questions. Teamwork, tell me about a time you lead or worked in a team. Problem-solving. Describe a situation where you solved a problem. Decision-making. Give an example of a time where you made a difficult decision. Leadership. Describe a situation where you showed leadership ability. Tell me about a time you took responsibility for a project. During competency-based questions, the interviewer is sole intention is to gauge if you already possess the following skills needed for the job role. Adaptability, commercial awareness, communication, conflict resolution, decisiveness, independence, flexibility, leadership, problem-solving, organizational skills, resilience, teamwork, communication based questions. Excellent communication skills are essential for workplace success. If you've landed an interview, expect to be asked to interview questions about how you communicate and to have your ability to communicate in the workplace tested and evaluated. Regardless of the role, employers seek employees who can get along with others and who can communicate well, both verbally and non-verbally. Some examples of communication based questions are, how do you spend your day at work? How do you approach a new task? How good are you in terms of delegating a task? How will you share a piece of bad news with your subordinates? Here are some of the top communication skills the hiring manager will be evaluating, listening, confidence, empathy, friendliness, or you easy to talk to. Non-verbal communication. Do you appear to be stressed or uncomfortable? Respect how clear and concise your responses are. 8. 8 The STAR Technique: The star technique. Do you struggle to give concise answers to interview questions? Are you unsure how to share your accomplishments during an interview without sounding boastful? The star interview response method can help. Using this method of answering interview questions allows you to provide concrete examples or proof that you possess the experience and skills for the job at hand. Star stands for situation, task, action, result. Using this strategy is particularly helpful in response to competency focused questions. Star is an acronym for four key concepts. Each concept is a step the job candidate can utilize to answer a behavioural interview question. By employing all four steps, the job candidate thereby provides a comprehensive answer. The concepts in the acronym comprise the following. Use the star technique to form your answer. For stock-based questions, you split your answer into four sections. Star stands for situation, described the background or context. Describe the context within which you perform the job or faced a challenge at work. For example, perhaps you were working on a group project or you had a conflict with a coworker. This situation can be drawn from a work experience, a volunteer position, or any other relevant event. Specific as possible. Task. Describe the task or challenge you were faced with. Next, describe your responsibility in that situation. Perhaps you had to help your group complete a project within a tight deadline, resolve a conflict with a coworker or hit a sales target. Action. Explained the action you took and how and why you did it. You then describe how you completed the task or endeavored to meet the challenge. Focus on what you did rather than what your team boss or coworker did. Tip, instead of saying, we did x, y, x, say I did XYZ. Result, describe how it ended, what you accomplished and what you learned from the situation. Relate the skill or ability you're illustrating back to the vacancy you're applying for an explain why it's useful. In other words, explain the outcomes or results generated by the action taken. It may be helpful to emphasize what you accomplished or what you learned. Now let's look at two classic examples of using the star technique and an interview. Example. One, tell me about a time you had to complete a task within a tight deadline. Describe the situation and explain how you handled it. I like planning my work well in advance and then accomplishing all tasks piece by piece while keeping tight schedules in mind, I have never compromised on the quality of work. Once in my last organization, an employee left days before the imminent deadline of one of his projects. I was asked to assume responsibility for it with only a few days to learn about and complete the project. I created a task force, reworked the entire plan to fast paced the process and delegated work, and we all completed the assignment with a day to spare. In fact, I believe that the best in me always comes out in the toughest situation. Example question 2. What do you do when a team member does not adhere to deadlines? When there are team conflicts or issues. I always try my best to step up as team leader if needed, but I'm always ready to support my teammates in every possible way. My leadership skills and strong communication skills always helped me in getting buy-in from my subordinates. For example, one time when I was working on a team project, two of the team members got embroiled in an argument, both refusing to complete their assignments. They were both dissatisfied with their workloads. So I arranged a team meeting where we had a mutual discussion and rearrange the delegated work and a win-win manner. This made everyone happier and more productive. And our project was not only completed within time, but our team also won an award for the same. Asking questions to an employer. No questions equals no interest. Number one above indicates how deadly that is to your success with the opportunity. As bad as having no questions is asking the wrong questions. During the first interview, asking questions only about raises, promotions, vacation, and benefits are not usually well-received. Those questions apparently indicate that you are just interested in specific personal benefits rather than the job. Ask the questions that occur to you as you are doing your pre-interview research, as you talked with the people during the interview, or as you observe people in the location. Ask for details about the job, what an average day is like if the job is new or being filled because the previous employee was promoted, et cetera. Some of the questions to ask that you can have on your sleeves are what can you tell me about this job that isn't in the description? What training will I receive? What challenges will I face in my first three months and the role? When will I here if I had been successful, what do you expect the person in this job to accomplish in the first 30, 60, or 90 days. 9. 9 Mistakes to Avoid: Mistakes to avoid. Many people prepare for interviews by researching the company they're interviewing with an updating their resume and list of references. However, there is some interview faux pas that is all too common when preparing for your next interview. Avoid making these prevailing errors. Instead, consider ways to make an excellent first impression and leave the interview with satisfaction in your performance. Arrive late. Everyone knows that first impressions are very important in landing a job. But did you know that you can make a bad first impression before you even arrive at your interview. Running late not only suggests poor time management skills, but shows a lack of respect for the company, the position, and even your interviewer go the extra length to make sure that you aren't late and arrive on time or even early. Budget your time so that you make it to the interview five to ten minutes early. That way, if something unforeseen comes up on your way over to your interview, you'll have some cushion time. No research or preparation. Approach a job interview the way you would a test. It's important to study detailed information about the company where you're applying. So you're ready to talk about how your skills are a good fit for its business. To stand out from the pack, do enough research to be able to discuss the company's recent merger or new business model. It really shows your passion for the specific role in the company. And that's something that sets you apart. Inappropriate attire, looking, put together signals that you care about the interview and want to put your best foot forward. However, all too often people show up to interviews appearing rumbled, wrinkled, stained, and wearing clothes that don't quite fit. It's not a fashion show, but it is important to carefully select your outfit, brush your hair, and take a look in the mirror before you arrive. Fuzzy resume facts. Even if you have submitted a resume when you apply for the job, you may also be asked to fill out a job application. Make sure you know the information you will need to complete an application including dates of prior employment, graduation dates, and employer contact information. It's understandable that some of your older experiences may be hard to recall. Review the facts before your interview. If you need to take the time to recreate your employment history so your resume is accurate using his cell phone during the interview. Even if you're simply checking the time, stealing glances at your cell phone may come across as rude or suggests you're easily distracted. Before you go into the interview room, turn off your devices and store them out of sight. You may be accustomed to taking notes on your phone. But in a job interview, use a pen and a paper notebook instead. Not paying attention, we're talking too much. 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. If you feel your attention slipping away, make an effort to stay engaged. Maintain eye contact. Lean forward slightly when talking to your interviewer and make an active effort to listen effectively. Being negative about previous company or bosses. Nothing reveals a bad attitude like excessively criticizing your current or previous employers. Your interviewer will instantly wonder whether you talk about her and her company that way if she hired you, don't make the mistake of badmouthing your boss or co-workers. It's sometimes a smaller world than you think and you don't know who your interviewer might know, including that boss who you think is an idiot. Lack of confidence. There is a saying that you can never not communicate. If you are nervous or lack confidence, it will show up in your body language. Communication goes beyond words. It's important to make eye contact while listening and speaking. Offer a firm handshake and sit with good posture. Try not to channel your nervous energy into fidgeting. Neglecting to ask questions. Almost every interview will conclude with the interviewer asking, do you have any questions for me? Declining to take advantage of this opportunity is a fatal mistake. It sends the message that you are not especially interested or that you arrogantly think, you know everything there is to know about the company. 10. 10 The Closure: Closure. So you've made it to the very end of the interview. Congrats, You're almost there. Now it's time to get really serious. You need to end on a high note and leave a great lasting impression on your interviewer. You want them to go home with no doubts whatsoever that you're the best person for the job in terms of skills, personality, and passion. So let us quickly understand how should one close the interview and leave a lasting impression before leaving the room? Remember the thing technique for closing your interview on a high note. T. Thank the interviewer. H. Give a firm handshake. Reinstate your interest in the job. Keep in mind that the closing of an interview is a great opportunity to express your enthusiasm for the job. One way to do this is to explain how the interview has confirmed your interest in the position. For example, you might say in closing, I've really appreciated the opportunity to learn more about this job. Hearing about the cutting edge technology that your firm employs and the new products in the pipeline has definitely enhanced my desire to take a leadership role with your project team and use the name of the interviewer. See it and confirm the contact information of the interviewer. We'll demonstrate your willingness to get the job and also create your own social circle for your future and career. Remember how you close an interview is important because it is an opportunity for you to express more interest in the position. Assess how well you did in the interview and invite future contact from the interviewer or hiring manager. Knowing the steps to take to close an interview can help you determine whether there is any additional information you need to provide to show you are the best candidate for the position and establish expectations for the follow-up. 11. 11 Salary Negotiations: Tips for salary negotiation. Salary negotiations involve discussing a job offer with a potential employer to settle on a salary and benefits package that's in line with the market and hopefully that meets or exceeds your needs. The most productive salary negotiations occur between people who realize that they have a common goal to get the employee paid appropriately for their skills and experience. When negotiating salary. Be sure of your performance merits. Know your worth. Research market standards. Especially if you're negotiating with a prospective employer, you need to find out how much your skills and experience are worth in today's job market. Take the time to research salaries long before you even begin discussing pay. That way you will be prepared to make your case and land a job offer that's realistic and reasonable. Collaborate, not fight. Once you know what you should be earning, how do you go about getting it? Start by being patient with interviewing for a new position, do your best not to bring up compensation until the employer makes you an offer to get the salary you want. You have to convince the company that you're worth it. When making your counter-offer list your accomplishments and experience as part of a compelling case that shows your worth more than the offer on the table. Don't be arrogant. Just clearly demonstrate how you would contribute value to the organization. Weight patients is the key. Don't sound desperate. Getting an offer can be exciting, particularly if you've been job hunting for awhile. But that doesn't mean you have to act right away. No matter how generous the author seems, ask for time to review it carefully. Then consider whether a counteroffer as appropriate. Once you've received the offer, you don't need to accept or reject it right away. Simple, I need to think it over can get you an increase in the original offer. Think beyond the paycheck. Consider whether there are employee benefits and perks that might be negotiable even if the salary isn't. For example, the employer might be willing to offer you telecommuting privileges once a week or an alternate schedule. Be sure to address other components of the compensation package. Paid vacation, telework options, flexible hours, bonuses, pension contributions, etc. More importantly, you need to know if it's important to you in advance, introducing a new demand at the last minute could give the organization reason to withdraw the offer entirely. Do not discuss personal circumstances for negotiation as this may take the conversation on a completely different tangent and may also sound unprofessional on your part. Never apologize. Negotiation may be scary, but you should always keep the conversation on a positive note. When considering your numbers, you should also come up with a walk-away point of final offer that's so low that you have to turn it down. This could be based on financial need, market value, or simply what you need to feel good about the salary you're bringing home. If the deal does not work out, Respect the interviewer's time and thanks for the opportunity, but don't sound apologetic for not taking the offer. Demonstrate your openness to negotiation. Create a win-win. Despite your best efforts, there may simply not be enough money in the budget to increase your salary or compensation package offer. The company may also not want to create inequities by paying one person more than others in a similar position. In that case, you can at least know you tried. You can buy some time to think over, but always leave a hint that you are open for negotiation to create a win-win both for you and the employer. 12. 12 After the Interview: After the interview, we already know that the 15 minutes before a job interview can be crucial. And there's a lot we should and shouldn't do during the interview to make the best impression. But what exactly should you be doing during those moments after a job interview, after you've breached your sigh of relief. How you handle the post interview process is just as important as how you performed during the actual interview. Here are some of the best practices that one should follow to close the deal on a positive note and increase your chances of getting selected. Ask the interviewer When they think a decision will be made. Assess your interview performance. To assess your own performance, right? The questions you recall answering and how you answered them. Importantly, also include the things you didn't say that you wish you had. You may work some things into follow-up. The goal is to identify issues and why they occurred. It can help you in future interviews. Don't replay the interview over and over again. It's easy to focus on what you didn't do well in an interview and rehash those scenarios over and over in your head. This is actually a terrible thing to do. Not only does it puts you in a negative frame of mind, it's also a completely inaccurate view of how the interview went. Your interview could have gone spectacularly overall, but focusing on one or two things you could have done better will cause you to feel like the whole thing was a failure. Contact your references. If you submitted references to your potential employer after your first interview, you should let them know someone might contact them. Customary to only submit references if the person knows you are using them as a reference. However, at this point, if you think they will be called, you should notify references so they know to expect it. Follow up with a phone call after the date that was given. If you have not heard, send a thank you card or letter to the employer within 24 hours of the interview. A thank you note within 24 hours of the interview is an important task to complete in the post interview window. In some industries, a more formal note like a handwritten thank you card might be in-order. Look to your cohorts to determine the best way to say thank you. Issue a note of gratitude to the employer who took the time to interview. You. Get comfortable with waiting, fill the post interview waiting time, reviewing your interview assessment, picking up new skills, and immediately preparing for your next interviews. If you have people with connections to the company and your existing network, you can connect with them to see if they can offer more insight or speak to the hiring manager on your behalf, remain calm and only call or email the hiring managers preferences. For example, if the specified email follows up within a week, then email them rather than call and only do it when they asked you to. Getting your dream job is always worth the wait. That brings us to the end of the course. The job interview is probably the most important step you will take in your job search journey. It's your best chance to show the hiring manager or recruitment company that you're the best person for their job. If you follow the strategies, you'll be as prepared as any candidate and interviewer has ever seen. I wish you all the very best for your future. Take very good care of yourself and God bless you.