Job interviews and assessments
Getting an interview or to the assessment stage is a success. However, it isn’t enough; you want to be offered the job. The selection process is full of pressure and discomfort, so how do you make it easier and have a better chance of ‘winning’?
It may feel like the employer is in total control of the process, and indeed the ultimate decision is theirs. However, there are ways for you to lead and guide the process to give yourself a greater likelihood of being chosen.
How can you prepare for the unknown? Who can predict the questions and scenarios with which you may be faced?
Job hunting is a professional endeavour in itself. Make the best use of your time and communications to show your professionalism and determination.
In the same way we would never admit we don’t like change, we rarely acknowledge we are not flexible. But how do you demonstrate it and how can you convince an interviewer?
You're been offered a job interview. Congratulations! To give you the best chance of a successful interview, let's get prepared, starting with this detailed checklist.
You can never be too prepared for an interview or assessment centre. If you have a good understanding about the organisation, its culture, the role and even the interviewers, you will be able to mould your answers and the points you want to make
Whether your interviewer prefers obscure, off-the-wall questions or focuses on more practical, competency-based questions, here are some practical, proven ways you can prepare well in advance.
When you are asked in an interview 'what are your main strengths', do you know what exactly they are looking for? How well do you know your own strengths? Here are explanations of the key strengths that employers look for, with tips for assessing yours.
Many interviewers think this question is a great way to start an interview, to help you settle in. But if you haven't prepared, it can feel very unsettling and jeopardise the whole interview. So what should you say? Here are a few tips and ideas to prepare a good response.
Job interviews are serious business, so the last people you'd look to for interview technique would be wacky characters from a kids' TV series. Right?
Understanding the value that you add at work can be key to self-belief, as well as helping you negotiate a decent salary in your current employment or a new job. Part 1 of 5.
It may seem clear to you, but it pays to clarify and gather supporting evidence for how well you perform in the fundamentals at work. Part 2 of 5.
What are the behaviours that make you a particularly valuable member of your boss's team? Consider how you are adding value above average. Part 3 of 5.
How is your performance against your targets contributing to the overall success of the organisation? Are you over-achieving in your current role? Part 4 of 5.
Not everyone is a manager, but anyone can choose to support, guide and inspire their colleagues. Let's consider how you are adding value by increasing the value of others. Part 5 of 5.
If you’re applying for a job which involves people management responsibility at any level, you can be expected to be asked about your leadership style. Here's how to start preparing.
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