3 Things You Must Do Prior To The Job Interview

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3 Things You Must Do Prior To The Job Interview

 

As an Online Interview Coach i’m always surprised by the lack of job interview preparation that most interviewees undertake.

 

If you only prepare for a job interview for 45 minutes or under then this is the reason why you fail job interview. Successful interviewees, from my research, on average spend around 4-5 hours on interview preparation.

 

But even the interviewees who spend a longer duration on job interview preparation often prepare badly. This article will give you a few tips to advance your job interview techniques

 

 

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Pre-Job Interview Preparation 1

 

 

Clarify your selling points.

 

The job interview is a 45 minute sales pitch. As with all sales techniques the key strategy to sell anything is to give a solution to a problem. What does the employer require from you? What is the essential criteria for this position? What unique value can you add to the team?

 

The first preparation task you should always undertake prior to the job interview is clarifying what your sales point is? This sales point has to be something the employer requires, needs or can’t do without.

 

In addition to having sales points, you need to create real examples of how you have used this skill, quality or experience.

 

 

Pre-Job Interview Preparation 2

 

Anticipate the Interviewers concerns

 

Even if you had a list of key selling points, you will only be employed if the employer 100% feels that you will fit in with the team, and if they believe you will make a real impact within the organisation.

 

If the employer has any doubts, you are likely to miss out on the exciting opportunity. Think about your application; your work history, qualifications and skills. Also review your prepared job interview answers. On reflection put yourself in the shoes of the interviewer – what concerns would they have about hiring you?

 

Maybe you have a gap in your CV, maybe you lack essential qualifications or experiences. You need to prepare answers to any potential question or doubt the employer may have. In the 73 rules for influencing the interview we use techniques such as re-framing the interviewers negative opinion. It doesn’t matter how you change the interviewers mind as long as you leave the interview with the interviewer being full of desire instead of doubt

 

 

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Pre-Job Interview Preparation 3

 

Create a powerful induction.

 

When you met anyone the human mind will within milliseconds create an impression about the stranger in front of them. In a job interview this impression can be the reason for the successful or unsuccessful interview outcome

 

You need to prepare for this first encounter.  Prepare your body language, posture, clothes, stance, smile, your opening induction including the words, tone and volume of your key communication. Even go one step further, plan your small talk and prepare everything to help increase likability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Use NLP Embedded Commands in a Job Interview

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How To Use NLP Embedded Commands in a Job Interview

 

NLP embedded commands are used by hypnotherapist to make a phobic no longer afraid of a spider. NLP embedded commands are used by master influencers to con unsuspecting public. NLP embedded commands are used by mentalist, such as Darren Brown to get you to do whatever they want.

 

As you can see the power behind NLP embedded commands is sot string that you can take command of any situation. These skills are highly transferable to the job interview. The goal of the interviewee is to create desire; you want the employer to want you.

 

This article will teach you what an NLP embedded command is, how to set up a embedded command and how to use NLP embedded commands in your job interview answer

 

 

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NLP Embedded Commands Broken Down

 

An embedded command is a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hypnosis technique for “planting” a thought (state, process, or experience) within the mind of another person without the person’s conscious awareness.

 

The embedded command is broken into three sections;

First you need to set up the embedded command (this set up hides the command in the structure of a sentence (or interview answer)

 

  • “When you..”
  • “You can…”
  • “The more you…”
  • “You want to..”
  • “If you were to…”

 

 

Second, you need to add the “Command” (this gets the interviewer to do X without them knowing why they are doing X) 

 

  • “Feel….”
  • “Think about…”
  • “Imagine…”
  • “Notice…”
  • “Remember..”

 

Thirdly finish the embedded command with a State, Process or Experience: 

 

  • “A change of mind”
  • “Excitement”
  • “That I am right”
  • “You agree”
  • “Joy”

 

 

Embedding the Embedded Command in a Job Interview Answer

 

When using the embedded command in a job interview you only need to focus on 2 key things. First think about the desired outcome – what process, state or experience do you want to employer/interviewer to feel?

 

Second when you state the “Command” and “SPE” rise your voice, or slightly change your tone, or leave a short pause before and after the command. This allows the subconscious to process the command without conscious awareness.

 

 

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Common asked Interview questions and example embedded command answers

 

Example common interview questions

 

  1. tell me about yourself
  2. what are your strengths 
  3. what are your weaknesses 

 

 

To answer these common asked job interview questions, start your answer before using the embedded command.

 

Tell me about yourself

I have over 20 years experience in this sector. My key strengths include X, Y and Z (add your own strengths here) as you will notice I am highly passionate about this role and it is this passion along with my experience that has made me highly successful. My key achievements include (add your key achievement) Overall I have a range of skills and experiences that will be highly useful to you and your organisation and when you need me to step up and take on any extra task, you will know I am reliable and flexible. 

 

What are your strengths?

 

My previous manager often said that I was highly motivated with everything I did. But for me that is just having a good work ethic. I consider a strength something that others don’t possess. If I had to pick one of my key strengths (this pre-supposes that you have more then one key strength) I would choose my ability to turn around projects on the blink of failing into a success. You will agree with me that this is no easy feat. The way I approach this task is by analyzing the project brief, the successes and what hasn’t worked.  This overview tells me what I first need to concentrate on. If you feel that I would fit in with your team, this is a skill we could collaborate on together, sharing the same successes I have had with previous organisations.

 

What are your weaknesses?

 

Everyone has weaknesses. If you offer me the job you will know that I am the type of person who will work hard to overcome any weaknesses that I reconise. In fact I often search for any areas of development as I see this as the perfect opportunity to develop my skills and knowledge. In my last company I had never used their database before, so I spent time  reading the manuals, being trained through other members of staff and practicing. In quick succession, due to having strong ICT skills, I become skilled in this and was asked to teach other new recruits.

 

 

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Why All Interviewees Should Train As Public Speakers

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Why All Interviewees Should Train As Public Speakers

 

In the job interview book “the 73 rules for influencing the interview” I talked and taught you how to increase your communication confidence and how to influence the interviewer using words. 

This mixture of persuading with confident communication is a desired skill which increases your chance of being offered a position. This skill can be developed through public speaking.

How many times have you been influenced or moved by a powerful orator? How has a charismatic speaker motivated you? How did a confident communicate get you to change your opinion.

Being able to persuade with words is the desired skill of any interviewee. These same techniques are being used right now by public speakers

 

 

 

 

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Talk With Purpose 

 

When learning to public speak one the first lessons you learn is to talk with purpose 

This is a lesson you need to take with you to the job interview. One of the biggest interview killers is the way an interviewee communicates. Often, due to nervousness, the interviewee talks without thought, they drone on and on about everything apart from the answer to the asked question.

When asked an interview question, first think to yourself “what skill, quality or experience do they want me to discuss with this interview question?” Remember to think back to the job spec

All job interview questions, even curved ball job interview questions, are asked to uncover a specific desired criteria. By focusing in on this criteria you can speak with purpose, keeping your interview answer on point.

 

 

Create a Strong Structure 

 

It is easy to get lost in your own interview answer.

 

Have you ever found yourself asking the interviewer if you have answered their question? This is because we answer interview questions with no structure.

 

In public speaking you are taught to 1; state what you are going to say 2; say what you are going to say 3; summaries what you said

 

This is a great structure for getting your point across and keeping your interview answer short and on point. In the job interview you can adopt this same (or a similar version) structure. Start by 1; saying you have desired criteria 2; give an example of desired criteria 3; summaries by stating that this criteria is your key strength

 

 

 

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 Use more then Just Words 

 

Great public speakers inspire, motivate and enthuse the audience not just with words, but also with their tone, body language, gestures, stage presence, stories, metaphors, rhetorical devices, facial expressions and the use of props (maybe a power point presentation)

 

Confident interviewees use these same well tuned skills (that you can easily learn from an interview coach or by attending a public speaking group) A remember-able interviewee, the one who is offered the job, creates an emotional connection with the interviewer by communicating with all their senses, creating intrigue and using public speaking persuasion techniques

 

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Sample Interview Questions and Answers

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The key preparation for a job interview is to create a list of sample interview questions. From this list, you can create strong job interview answers by tailoring your experience, skills and qualities to that of the job specification.

 

Your sample interview answers need to do three things; one – inform the interviewer that you have the required skills, two – show enthusiasm and passion, three – highlight a unique selling point.

 

This is even more important when you are asked curve ball interview questions, these are job interview questions that sound random, but in actual fact have a hidden meaning.

 

Below you find 10 sample curve ball job interview questions and answers

 

 

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Sample Job Interview Question 1 What is your experience in this role?

 

At the interview start all employers, even those who use tricky job interview questions, will at the interview start ask you an open question to get you talking in a relaxed state. A question relating to your experience allows you to cover your whole career – start with a short summary “I have worked in this sector for X years…” continue by explaining 3 key achievements and finish the interview answer by discussing the key reason why you want to be hired for this position.

 

Sample Job Interview Question 2  What did you dislike about your last position?

 

When asked a negative based question it is easy to feel uncomfortable. Instead reframe this question to highlight one of your key strengths. Start by stating the problem and end with your strength “having a delicate task that needs to be completed in less time then would be required. What I do in this situation is (add key selling point/strength) ..” and finally end by stating the idea scenario “..ideally I like to plan…”

 

Sample Job Interview Question 3 Give an example of a problem you have had in a workplace?

 

The problem you choose should have no direct association with yourself, rather it should be a company problem. State the problem, explain what you did to overcome the problem using the 3 step approach and end with explaining the positive outcome from your solution, ideally making this relevant to the organisation you are applying to.

 

 

 

Sample Job Interview Question 4 Explain what you will be doing in 5 years time? 

 

Job hopping is becoming highly popular. Employers are concerned that good staff will take a better paid job within a year or two. Make it clear to the employer that you are here to stay.  You can achieve this in two ways. First by explaining how this career is the career you have always wanted, and how the career meets all of your employment criteria, you love this job so much that if you were employed in another sector, you would most likely volunteer in a similar role (don’t get to carried away!!). Or two, you can discuss how you have always wanted to work for their company. The reputation of the business is so good, that you have even turned down a higher paid position to work here.

 

Sample Job Interview Question 5 Why should we higher you over the other candidates? 

 

This is your time to shine. At the interview stage of the application process, your competition will have similar experiences and qualifications. You need to state something that you have, that others don’t. Think about what makes you unique, your key strengths,  the thing that will add value to this new organisation. Don’t be shy here, really big yourself up, make sure you stand out from the recruitment crowd.

 

Sample Job Interview Question 6 Name your favorite color and explain why you like this colour? 

 

This question (and similar questions) is more common then people realise. Colours have unconscious meanings; red = danger and blue = calmness and yellow = warmness. In the workplace think about the emotional environment you will be working in and use a colour that best describes the ergonomics of the workforce. In the finance sector you may say “green as this is the colour of money and profit” in a customer service role, you may answer with “yellow as this is the colour of a warmth and friendliness”

 

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Sample Job Interview Question 7 Name 3 things you would take with you to a deserted island? 

 

Logical based interview questions are asked in many professional, high salary roles. The answer to the question often isn’t as important as your approach to answering the said question. Don’t just jump into an answer, instead state your reasoning “when in a survival situation it is easy to think about making a raft, a signal fire or shelter, but logically you will be in this situation for a number of days and weeks. A lack of water is the biggest killer without water you die within 3 days, without food you die in 2 weeks, which shows that water is more important then food…”

 

Sample Job Interview Question 8 How many grids are in London?

 

Many data, mathematical and engineering companies will add math based questions during the interview process. Again the answer isn’t as important as your approach. Explain how you would approach the problem you are face with, this shows your approach to stress and puzzles “let’s say in the average square mile of London there are  98 grids, we can times this number by the amount of square miles in London….”

 

 

Sample Job Interview Question 9 If you were an animal what animal would you be?

 

There are lots of variations of this and other creative job interview questions. Often interviewers not only require skills, they also want to hire someone with a suitable temperament, personality and motivational traits. An employees work ethic and values can be just as important as a candidates experiences and skill base. First think about the environment of the workplace; a team environment (pack animal) do you need to a good memory (elephant) is the employer looking for a fun employee (monkey) or someone who can blend in (chameleon) or someone loyal (tortoise – explain how you will stay with the company for many of year) Choose a relevant animal with a desired skill or personality trait.

 

Sample Job Interview Question 10 What questions do you have for me?

 

Always have at least 3 job interview questions to ask the employer. A focus on this stage should be on the environment of the organisation. Good interview questions to ask include questions on the company growth or expansion, questions on personal development and training and questions on company values, staff retention and company achievements.

 

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3 Job Interview Mistakes You Make Without Knowing You Are Making Them

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3 Job Interview Mistakes You Make Without Knowing You Are Making Them

 

As an interview coach in Manchester I have completed thousands of mock job interviews, analysed the common interview errors and helped failed applicants create job interview success.

 

This is because most interviewees make mistakes in the job interview without even realising  they are making these common interview errors. Have you ever walked out of a job interview feeling on top of the world, as the interview went better then you thought it would, only then to be sent a interview rejection email?

 

By being aware of these 3 common job interview errors you will then have the conscious choice to make a change in your next job interview.  Remember if you continue to interview in the same way, you will get the same result.

 

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Job Interview Mistake 1

 

Talking about the organisations achievements, not yours.

 

One of the biggest mistakes interviewees make is not making it clear what they did to achieve a successful outcome. A large amount of job interview questions will be “give me an example of….”

 

Often, the best way to answer this is question is with a story or example. The problem here is that many interviewee use generic stories  which are ambiguous in terms of who created the successful outcome.

 

When answering these type of interview questions you need to make it really clear that it was you who 1) had the idea 2) took action 3) made an impact in the positive outcome

 

 

Job Interview Mistake 2

 

Focus on the little things.

 

Many job applicants only spend around 45 minutes preparing for the job interview, compared to successful interviewees, who on average, spend around 4-5 hrs.

 

Due to this lack of preparation, many failed interviewees, only focus on the big task, IE Googling common asked interview questions, reviewing their CV, etc

 

With more interview preparation time you can take your job interview to the next level by focusing on the little things. It is these little tweaks that have a real impact in the job interview. The tweaks could include changing the words used in your answers for power words, adding gestures to your answers creating real impact and having a focus on how you use your body language to compliment the tone of your job interview answers.

 

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Job Interview Mistake 3

 

Add value

 

We know that most successful job applicants are successful because throughout the job interview they highlight passed experiences and successes. But what is missing, or what you can add (that has a massive influence in the job interview) that others don’t is how you can add value to their organisation

 

It is taken as red, that by stating you have done X, that you will do X in the new company. But to influence people, to make the interviewer have a real emotion attachment to you, you need to state that “if I worked for you I could implement the same process which will increase your profits while saving overhead cost”

 

By stating what you do is more powerful then stating what you have done.

 

 

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10 Job Interview Questions and Answers for PA (Personal Assistant)

10 Job Interview Questions and Answers for PA (Personal Assistant) 

 

Often out of 300 applicants only 6 candidates will be interviewed. In most interviews, but this varies depending on the job sector and employer, you will be asked around 10 interview questions during a 45 minute interview.

A personal assistant (PA), sometimes referred to as a executive secretary will  works closely with senior managerial team members providing administrative support. A PA will support the senior management with their time management, dairy management and internal and external communication.

 

 

A PA needs to be trust worthy, well organised, a strong administrator and be able to take on extra responsibility in the ab sense of the managerial team. It is these key skills and duties, as well as the PAs work ethic that needs to shine through during the job interview.

 

The key to passing job interviews in preparation and practice, this sounds obvious but is often overlooked, with the average interviewee spending around only 60 minutes preparing for their job interview.

 

This article will help you to prepare and to pass your next job interview in 3 separate ways. 1. You will learn over 10 common asked interview questions for a Personal Assistant position. 2. You will be given an explanation of the type of answer the interviewer is looking for ( a guide to what the employer wants you to discuss ) 3. You will be given an example job interview answer for each individual interview question, allowing you to tweak this answer, making it relevant to your own experiences.

 

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Job Interview Questions and Answers for a PA (Personal Assistant) 

 

Job Interview Question 1: 

 

“Tell me about yourself?”

 

One of the most common asked questions in interviews, normally asked at the beginning of an interview, this question gives you the opportunity to deliver a short statement about your experiences and skills relevant to the job position you are applying for.

  • Start with a “selling” line that will cover your duration as a PA as a whole 
  • Discuss 3 key points/experiences that will make you stand out 
  • Keep each point brief as you can explain each point again in more detail throughout the interview
  • You want to interest the interviewer and get them to want to know more about you
  • End this answer with a reason why you’re looking for a new job

Potential Interview Answer 

“I have over 15 years experience as a personal assistant. During this time I have learnt 3 key skills that I use in all PA roles, increasing efficiency. My key achievement during my 15 years experience is (add key achievement)  I feel I would be  an asset for your organisation because I can bring X (add unique selling point) to the organisation.  

 

 

Job Interview Question 2: 

 

“Why do you want this position?”

 

Your research will pay off with this question; explain you have always wanted to work for their company and the reason why. Discuss how your goal has always been to work in this organisation as you always wanted to (job criteria) and finally finish by explaining how your previous experience or qualifications will add value to the company.

Potential Interview Answer 

“I have worked as a PA for over 15 years in  a variety of sectors. For me, my goal has been to work with your organisation, as I believe my vision is in line with your company mission. I know I can excel in any office environment, and some sectors offer a higher salary. But my work goal is very important to me, which is why I am applying for a position with yourself. I know we will collaborate successfully together  and for me being able to work with your company where you (add a key company value/goal) will give me job satisfaction. 

   

Job Interview Question 3: 

“Do you work well within a team?”

 

Some people are thrown when they are asked this question when they are applying for a PA position to work alone/under management. Every company works as a team,. To excel in the job interview give an example of when you have worked well within a team with a successful outcome. Explain the current situation (or problem) how the team approached this and the positive outcome)

Potential Interview Answer 

“In my previous company I was involved in a new innovative project. The management team was concerned with a drop in profit over a 6 month period. A new innovative solution was required. At the ideas meeting everyone came up with different ideas but none was picked. This led to tempers being frayed. I then suggested that we wrote each idea of flip-chart and everyone had to record the pro’s and con’s of each suggestion. This led to clarity and an idea being taken on-board. My manager said to me, that if i hadnt made that suggestion they will still be there no arguing. 

Job Interview Question 4: 

“Did you get on well with your last manager?”

 

A personal assistant has to have the skills to build rapport and communicate strongly with the management team. If a PA and management team dont get along it will create stress in the overall team. This question is to check if you can fit in well with a team, with their team. 

Potential Interview Answer 

“Yes I always get on with everyone. I have found over my career that managers, as all people do, have different personalities, different motivational and stress indicators and work in different ways. My success comes from being able to work in style the manager preferences, rather then disrupting well placed systems with my own method.”

 

Job Interview Question 5: 

 

“What are your strengths?”

 

This is one of the most common questions you will be asked in a Personal Assistant job interview. Give an answer relevant to the skills and qualities relevant to the position you are applying to. The interviewer is trying to find if your strengths match the job. For example, if you are applying for a job where accuracy is an important issue, one of your strengths could be that you have an eye for detail. It may useful to find different words to describe similar attributes and qualities in order to avoid repetition.

Potential Interview Answer

“I have often been told that I have an eye for detail and that I am very accurate and precise. This was very important during my last role where I worked on large business accounts. An example of this was when (give example- state problem, your solution and outcome)” 

 

 

 

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Job Interview Question 6: 

 

“What are your weaknesses?”

 

Again, another commonly asked question. A frequent mistake to make when answering this question is to say something negative like “I can sometimes let things get on top of me”. Be positive and sell yourself with every interview question, turn a negative into a positive. For example,

Potential Interview Answer

“In the past I felt I needed to improve my typing skills, because I aspire to be the best I can, I have recently enrolled on a typing course”.

This will show that you can identify your weaknesses but at the same time, you are willing to improve. Most importantly: do not mention a weakness that is any way related to the job you are being interviewed for! This might sound obvious but it is a common mistake!

 

Job Interview Question 7:

 

“Do you know anything about this organisation?”

 

Often one of the first questions you will be asked during the interview, employers want employees who will stay with the company, this question and answer will show the employer that you know the company’s history and feel they will be a good employer to work for.

It also shows the employer that you think ahead and carry out research. Answer this question with:

  • The length the organisation has been operating for.
  • How the company started
  • What services/products the company offers
  • Where they are going (have they won any new contracts)
  • All this information is normally found on the internet; on the company home page or about us page.

Potential Interview Answer

“I know a great deal about your organisation, before I applied for the job position I researched the company. I really like how the company started as a partnership company is an environmental friendly company. I know the companies aspirations are (add aspirations often found in the company mission) and I feel with my experience we can collectively achieve these”

 

Job Interview Question 8:

 

 

“Do you think you have enough experience to work within a senior management team?”

 

If you’re asked this, then the interviewer does not believe you have enough experience. If you have you need to make this clear, explain about your previous experiences and give detail to the parts that are relevant to this new job role.

If you do not have the experience they need, you need to show the employer  that you have the skills, qualities and knowledge that will make you equal to people with experience but not necessary the skills. It is also good to add how quick you can pick up the routine of a new job role.

Potential Interview Answer

“All together I have 15 years experience in this industry with over 9 years working within senior management teams. My skills include exceptional written and oral communication skills, excellent word processing and IT skills, including knowledge of a range of software packages and the ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.  I have always had an eye for detail and an able to find errors easily, allowing me to be pro-active rather than re-active”

 

Job Interview Question 9:

 

What is your biggest achievement?

 

Pick one key achievement, something that you have undertaken that other PAs wouldn’t have. Keep this example work related and think about your unique selling point. This is the question that when answered correctly will allow you to standout from other job applicants. 

Potential Interview Answer

“I was once asked to give a presentation, at first I thought I wouldn’t be able to deliver it without embarrassing myself. I wrote the presentation and practiced it in front of small groups, until I had the confidence to deliver it to a large group. I was really pleased with the result on the day and I was good feedback from my line manager.”

 

 

Job Interview Question 10:

“Do you have any questions for me?”

 

Good interview questions to ask interviewers at the end of the job interview include questions on the company growth or expansion, questions on personal development and training and questions on company values, staff retention and company achievements.

 

Conclusion 

 

Many people are afraid of job interviews. The truth is if you prepare for your job interview, by predicting the job interview questions, you can easily prepare your job interview answers. If your job interview answers highlight your unique selling point, are stated in the positive and are said in a confident manner, then you can influence the job interview to increase job offer.

 

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How to Use the Psychology of Attraction in a Job Interview

How to Use the Psychology of Attraction in a Job Interview 

 

 

Attraction isn’t simple physical attraction as confidence, perceived power and how you communicate creates a primal animal magnetism.

 

An interviewer may find you attractive (which increases the chance of being hired) but attraction can come in the form of wanting to work with an individual, being attracted by the contacts someone will bring to the organisation or being attracted to someones work ethic and personality.

 

The truth is, if you are seen as attractive in any form, you create desire and desire leads to job offers. Here are 3 ways to use the psychology of attraction to land a job offer

 

 

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Find the Interviewer Attractive 

 

We are pre-programmed to find people who find us attractive, attractive

 

A little flirt or flattery in the job interview can go a long way. We all like to be seen as attractive and when a stranger shows interest in you it feels good. This positive feeling is then associated to you the interviewee.

 

Play this card cleverly as this technique can go horrible wrong when taken to the extreme.

 

 

Attractive Body Language 

 

Your posture, gesture and body language create rapport, likability and attractiveness in the job interview environment.

 

Open body language, as well as playing with hair, open palms and a tilt of the neck is seen as attractive and says “i’m interested”

 

Confidence and confident posture is one of the easiest ways to create attraction. We are all attracted to confidence, we respond automatically to authority and we seek confirmation from experts. Most people are sheep, when we find a Sheppard we will follow their orders, this power doubles the attraction.

 

Throughout the job interview create a persona of power, become a master, authority and expert.

 

 

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Emotionally Attractive

When watching films and theater productions  we get carried away with the performance because they stir emotions inside of us. BY creating an emotional response with the interviewer they will sense a feeling of attraction to you.

 

To create an emotional attraction use emotional powered words, make points using stories (as stories create emotional pictures in the minds eye)  and encourage the interviewer to speak about successes.

 

When someone speaks or hears emotional content, this creates a feeling, it is this same positive feeling the becomes associated to you, creating job interview attraction.

 

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3 Key Things You Must Remember About Job Interviews

3 Key Things You Must Remember About Job Interviews

 

 

I work with a lot of clients who fear the job interview

 

It is this anxiety that ruins their job interview performance, resulting in another, often less skilled, applicant receiving the job offer. Often it’s  not the best suited interviewee who is successful, rather its the person who impresses in the interview that receives the job offer.

 

In the job interview you need to be on your A-Game. There are 3 things that you must remember about the job interview, 3 things that will help you feel more at ease, increasing your interview confidence

 

 

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It is rare that the interviewer is trained to interview

 

The first thing to remember about the job interview is that the interviewer is just as nervous as you are.

 

We become anxious when we are in unfamiliar territory. In most cases the job interviewer hasn’t been trained to interview applicants. Because they don’t want to be seen as weak, they will try to mask their nervousness in the interview itself. But by knowing that they are just as anxious as you are will help you feel more confident.

 

Due to the lack of interview experience for most interviewers, you need to ensure that they hear and record all your key selling points. Use repetition for this. Throughout the interview give several examples of using your key skill/selling point to make the point clear – if you hire me I will do X for you

 

 

 

Likability Influences 

 

People who have a likable personality or more likely to be offered the job

 

During the job interview you need to build rapport, find common ground and use intrigue and stories to create a likable and remember-able job interview. It simple isn’t good enough to have 10 years experience, the employer is looking for someone with experience but also someone they believe will fit well within the team and someone with good work ethic

 

 

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If you have it, say it

When  explaining what you can offer in terms of skills, qualities and experiences you need to state everything in detail.

 

So many failed interviewees skip over key criteria because they see it as an everyday task. It is these everyday task that the new employer require you to complete. Remember they don’t know, they have never meet you and they have no idea of what your daily task are.

 

The employer wants to hire someone who can hit the ground running. Explain all the daily task, and then add on your unique selling point

 

Most interviewers use a point system. If you say X, Y and Z you get full points. If you miss one out your points are reduced. The more you say the more they will know what you can bring to the team.

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3 Psychological Tactics to Sell Yourself at a Job Interview

3 Psychological Tactics to Sell Yourself at a Job Interview 

 

Marketers, sales professionals and big brands use sales psychology to influence your spending habits.

 

These same psychological tactics can be employed in the job interview, giving you the upper hand. Here are 3 psychological tactics to sell yourself at a job interview.

 

 

 

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Psychological Sales Tactic #1

Emotional byin

 

Many studies have repeatedly highlighted that people by goods, ideas and recruit staff due to how the product will effect the person.

 

In the job interview you are more likely to be hired by using emotional stoires to highlight your skills and experience, rather then just listing your qualities, traits and successes

 

When answering “give me an example of….” questions, start by stating the pain of the current situation, explain what steps you took and then highlight the positive and emotional outcome

 

 

 

Psychological Sales Tactic #2

 

Offer out your weaknesses

 

The “what is your weakness?” interview question is asked less and less these days, due to applicants searching on youtube for the best answer. But when buying any product we are naturally suspicious, just as the interviewer is when you only state positives

 

By stating your own flaws (don’t go overboard) you create credibility. Credibility, espcailly when mixed with likability will lower the interviewers defensive. The employer at this stage is more likely to buy in to you, believing the following interview answers

 

 

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Psychological Sales Tactic #3

 

Create fear

 

At some stage during the interview if you are using all the rules from influencing the interview, you will know that the employer is impressed, they want you.

 

Scarcity is a powerful motivator. People on ebay, will purchase more for a product then they originally stated they would due to the thought of losing out. You can use the same psychology in the job interview, if the interveiwer, who by now wants to offer you the position, believes you may take an offered job from a competitive company they will compelled to desire you even more.

 

At some stage in the interview let in slip how you have been successful in other interviews

 

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Job Interview Questions for a Procurement Officer

Job Interview Questions for a Procurement Officer 

 

To prepare for a procurement job interview you first need to predict the job interview questions. To do this simply read the job spec and turn each duty or essential criteria into a job interview question. Below we have predicted 10 interview questions for you, for a procurement officer

 

 

 

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Job Interview Questions for a Procurement Officer 

 

Interview Question 1 tell me about your experience as a procurement officer and the required skills you need to be successful in this role.

 

Interview Question 2 how do you deal with a supplier who states that your order will be late?

 

Interview Question 3 What is your approaching when dealing with a disgruntled customer?

 

Interview Question 4 how do you review your performance?

 

Interview Question 5 how do you negotiate successfully with a supplier?

 

Interview Question 6 are you enthusiastic and a good team player?

 

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Interview Question 7 give an example of taking the initiative

 

Interview Question 8 what skills do you need to be a procurement officer?

 

Interview Question 9 how will you make a really impact if you were successful?

 

Interview Question 10 do you have any questions for me?

 

 

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