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Interview questions that will make you stand out from the crowd

Five questions that will impress an interviewer

We live in an increasingly competitive job market. Regardless of the industry you are in, or the job title you are seeking, it is incredibly likely that there will be a number of other people with their eyes on the same prize…

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PASSION GETS YOU THE JOB

Passion gets you the job

Passion for the business is one of the things that employers look for when making the decision to offer a role to one individual above another, when everything else is pretty even in an interview. Getting to know about business is crucial in being able to talk about it in an enthusiastic and passionate way. It takes more than a quick internet search to get the nitty-gritty about a business. 

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STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

Strengths and weaknesses

What are your strengths? Quickly followed by, and what would you say your greatest weakness is?

How I used to dread being asked those two questions at the interview! For starters, I was usually full of self-doubt and convinced I had no strengths and thousands of weaknesses!

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The top 4 things a student or graduate should never say in an interview

The top 4 things a student or graduate should never say in an interview

When entering the world of work for the first time, many students and graduates find themselves filling out countless job applications, continuously updating their CV and seeking hours of career advice before entering their first interview.

Interview advice​ is priceless, but so many advice givers get it so wrong…

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EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

The difference between showing emotion and being emotional - EI - The Interview

Emotional Intelligence has a dictionary definition and is described as :

‘noun: emotional intelligence’

‘the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.’

"Emotional intelligence is the key to both personal and professional success”.

Daniel Goleman, an American psychologist who helped to popularise emotional intelligence describes five key elements to E.I.

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CONFIDENCE AT INTERVIEW

Confidence at Interview - eye contact

Confidence is a funny thing, not funny  ha ha, funny unusual.  The difficulty we have is how other people interpret confidence. Different people identify with different levels of confidence and relate to people demonstrating confidence differently depending on their own level of confidence. 

Some people think a super confident person is actually an arrogant person. Others think someone who is quietly confident and self assured is actually timid or passive. 
You can see how working on building your confidence can be a challenge in getting the level just right!

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BODY LANGUAGE IN THE INTERVIEW

Personal space

Body language is more important than you might think. Most of the communication people believe is based on body language rather than the actual words said, so it's vital you know how your body language can influence the interviewer when you attend an interview. Keeping the right distance between you and the interviewer makes the difference between feeling comfortable and feeling uncomfortable for both of you. 

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WHAT TO SAY IN AN INTERVIEW

What to say to be seen as professional in an interview

Interviewers want to see people who are interesting, articulate and right for the job. Making sure you are that person takes effort and a fair amount of practice. Practice is not only about how to answer questions but how to ensure you answer in a way that shows off your very best self. Lots of people develop little language habits that are not helpful when we are being interviewed. The problem with a habit is we usually don’t even know we have developed it as it becomes second nature and not something we think about.

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CONNECT WITH THE INTERVIEWER

Connect with the interviewer

We have all experienced meeting someone and just clicking with them immediately. You know when you instantly like the person, you seem to have the same perspective and you get a warm trusting feeling; you just know you will get on with them. Unfortunately, we may have experienced the exact opposite - meeting someone and getting that feeling of dread, feeling something is just not right about them but not knowing quite what.

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PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW

Know your stuff

To do well at anything it’s important to prepare. That might sound obvious but I know lots of people who think they can just tip up to  an interview and ‘be themselves’!  At its best this is naive at its worst it is down right arrogant. Preparation is everything when it comes to performing in front of an audience even if it is an audience of one - ie the interviewer.

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WHAT TO WEAR AT INTERVIEW

What to wear at interview

You might not think dressing the right way for your interview will be the make or break in getting you the job, but you may be surprised! Whether we like it or not, many of us make judgements based on what we see all the time. People who are different from what you expect can often be victims of discrimination in an almost casual way. What I mean by this is, many of us decide on a ‘right’ look and a ‘wrong’ look. Some of our decisions might be learnt from our parents and some might be the product of people we come into contact with, and we could like or dislike them for any number of reasons.

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HOW TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

How to ask the right questions

One of the greatest pleasures interviewers describe, is meeting a candidate who surprises and delights them; they often say it happens all too infrequently but when it does happen, it makes their day.

Use CareerBite.com to help you be that person who surprises them, by preparing to show any interviewer the very best version of you. Find out what questions are likely to impress and excite an interviewer, so that you make a great impression and they remember you over others.

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COMPETENCY INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Competency Interview Questions

The formula for competency interview questions = job offer

The responses you give to interview questions are sometimes measured against a rating scale to provide the interviewer with specific data on how each candidate performed in the interview.

Competency interview questions 

These are competency interview questions, and most interviewers will tell you they are going to ask competency interview questions, so you know they are looking for something specific when you respond.

Many companies have developed their own ‘success factors’. They create competency interview questions to see how closely candidate answers match the level that they are recruiting.

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BOOSTING YOUR ATTRACTIVENESS TO EMPLOYERS

Be the one they want

Getting to know exactly what employers are looking for can seem a bit like finding the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, we think it is there, but it is frustratingly out of reach!

Some of that is because employers don’t always know what they are looking for until they find it, which doesn’t make it any easier for us as students when we are preparing to wow them!

One thing is for sure; we can make the very best effort to knock their socks off and make such a fantastic impression that they will remember us and want to offer us a job.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT

10 seconds to make a great first impression

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and you have just 10 seconds. Part of preparing for an interview is deciding how you will make the best possible first impression. Deciding what to wear, how you to say hello, how to greet the first person you see are all part of getting ready to shine.

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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Practice makes perfect

Something worthwhile to consider when you attend an interview is how to get your point across in the best possible way. A good interview should feel like a conversation with a purpose. Poor interviews feel like an exchange of information without rapport or emotion, a bit like a transaction rather than an experience. Flowing, two-way dialogue makes the interview a pleasure for everyone. The more people enjoy the experience, the more likely it is they will want to repeat it by making a job offer.

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BE POSITIVE - BUILD CONFIDENCE

Perfectly positive

A big part of doing well in the interview is how you sell yourself to the prospective employer; to appear confident and self assured you need to feel relaxed and happy about your ability and the value you can add to the job. Preparing mentally for the interview is as important as every other bit of preparation you might do. 

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WHO IS THE BEST CANDIDATE?

How do you decide who is the best candidate for the job?

Attitude is the answer.

I asked this question to a number of recruiting managers ranging from family businesses, through small to medium-size concerns, and larger companies. The answer was not as obvious as I had thought. It was reassuringly consistent. 
However, here is the best learning from their experience………

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