Why Confidence Is Key in the Job Interview

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Why Confidence Is Key in the Job Interview

 

Confidence equals charisma and a charismatic interviewee is the one who steals the job offer

 

Don’t ever underestimation the power of a confident interviewee.   Confidence is the packing for your gift and your gift of course is your unique selling point. People admire confidence, are spellbound by charisma and are naturally persuaded  by those who ooze self esteem.

 

This article will teach you how to increase your job interview confidence, confidence that will win you the job offer.

 

 

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Job Interview Confidence #1

 

Confidence is  an emotional state. The naturally state for most in the job interview, is anxiety.

 

This technique is quick and powerful, and will spin your anxiety into the feeling of extreme confidence

 

First think about being in a job interview. As you imagine this situation, focus on the feeling of anxiety inside of you. Notice where this anxious feeling originates from in your body; your stomach, feet, chest, head

 

As you focus on this feeling of anxiety you will feel it move inside of you, you will feel it spinning. Imagine you can see this spinning feeling and give it a colour.

 

Imagine pushing the feeling externally. See it spinning in front of you.

 

Flip this spinning feeling back on itself so it spins in the opposite direction, spin it faster and faster, faster still until it changes colour.

 

Once it changes colour, push it back inside of you replacing the old feeling. Spin it faster and faster inside of you until you start to feel the feeling of confidence spreading throughout the whole of your body.

 

Do this before your job interview and you will double your job interview confidence

 

 

 

Job Interview Confidence #2

 

All job interview coaches will tell you to use examples and stories to sell your skills and unique selling points. This is a great strategy to adopt.

 

Using stories has a confident side effect, it makes you feel more confident. Anxious interviewees have an external perspective, they focus on the employers reaction. By using stories you will naturally go inside yourself, imagining the event from your own eyes as you dictate the story-line.

 

When you have this internal focus your fear evaporates and you focus on the emotions attached to the story – which will be positive as the story or example will be one of you being at your best

 

 

 

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Job Interview Confidence #3

Put yourself into awkward situations

 

Confidence comes from familiarity. This is why most people are anxious in job interviews, this random activity – the job interview,  is so uncommon that your frame of reference is one of fear. By making, being the focus of attention, a common experience, you eradicate the fear through exposure.

 

Attend public speaking groups, approach and talk to strangers, go to speed dating, as for directions…anything to get you speaking more. To key skills you will want to learn and develop is improv speaking and debating

 

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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 Prepare for a Social Worker Job Interview

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How To Prepare for a Social Worker Job Interview

 

There is a current demand for social workers. 

Employers are looking for a particular criteria when it comes to recruiting social workers. This article will teach you how to prepare and approach your next social worker job interview

 

 

 

 

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Social Worker Job Interview Assessments 

 

There is now a number of assessments, as well as the traditional interview question and answer sessions, for social worker recruitment.

 

Your first task, if it is not explained in interview offer email, is to find out what assessments you will be asked to complete. Often you will be given a number of cases that you have to prioritise before explaining your reasons behind your decision. Some social worker interviews will invite clients to be on the interview panel, this is to check your communication and interaction with the client group.

 

Social work is a stressful job due to the demands put on you. To check how you manage stress you maybe given a group exercise to solve a problem in a particular time frame. The idea behind this interview task is not to see if your solve the problem or not, rather they are looking at your approach to problem solving.

 

 

 

Key skills you need to discuss during the interview 

 

 

As a social worker you will have a wide variety of skills and experiences. It can be challenging deciding which skills and experiences to highlight as part of your interview answers.

 

We have met with a wide range of social worker recruitment managers and asked what they deem most important. They said the key social worker skills you must discuss are;

 

  • assessment skills
  • assessing risk
  • demonstrating your values and work ethic
  • giving real life examples
  • explaining the theory behind your answers
  • managing stress
  • prioritizing
  • your under standing of serious case studies
  •  explaining how what you do has a positive impact

 

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Common asked Interview questions for a social worker interview

 

  1. give me overview of your social work experience to date
  2. what social worker qualifications d o you have
  3. how do you prioritise your caseload
  4. discuss a real child protection case you were involved in and the outcome to the case
  5. how do you manage your time between recording cases on the database and working with your caseload
  6. what legislation are you familiar with and how does it effect your role
  7. how to you continue to develop your skills
  8. how would you handle a situation where a client you were working with told you that they fancied you
  9. what are the first things you check for when you start to work with a new family
  10. do you have any questions for me

 

 

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Sample Interview Questions and Answers

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Sample Interview Questions and Answers

 

 

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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3 Ways To Advance Your Job Interview Techniques

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3 Ways To Advance Your Job Interview Techniques 

 

 

The internet has changed the job interview.

 

For all job sector interviews you as the candidate can simple Google “sector job interview questions” and within seconds you can have a list of potential questions that you will soon be asked. Following on from this, you may Google to the company history or even as on a forum for potential answers.

 

So why with all this information at your finger tips why aren’t you successful in the job interview? This is because you are searching for basic interview tips to secure the job interview. This isn’t good enough, as everyone else is using these same strategies.

 

Instead ADVANCE your interview techniques

 

 

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Advance Your Job Interview Techniques #1

 

Focus on Delivery

 

A job interview is a communication sales pitch. Where job applicants go wrong in the job interview is they always concentrate on only their interview answer, the words they use, rather then the delivery style of interview answer.

 

Communication isn’t just words. Communication is created with tone, volume, gestures, body language and facial expressions (plus much more) What you say is important but as any orator will try to impress on you is the power of how you say it, the packaging to the delivery of your job interview answer.

 

Create a strong job interview answer, then focus on the delivery style; say it with confidence, say it with purpose, say it with emotion

 

 

Advance Your Job Interview Techniques #2

 

Create a dialogue

 

An interactive interview creates rapport, increases likability and becomes more memorable

 

Failed interviewees will reflect and realise that they couldn’t stop talking. Their waffled answer turn the interviewer off, creating disinterest. To have a real impact in the job interview, talk less, ask more questions and create beautiful dialogue.

 

When asked a question give a string answer (focusing on your delivery style) and follow up by asking the job interviewer a question, relating to the question they asked you. As an example if they asked you about your knowledge on a certain ICT system, ask them if they know about a new time saving ICT system.

 

This style of interviewing is advanced, and creates positive interaction. The interviewer, having a break from the normal interview style that they have heard for the past 2 days, creates a memorable job interview.

 

 

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Advance Your Job Interview Techniques #3

 

Key the glass half full…always

 

Time and time again when I deliver interview coaching sessions, clients tell me, how in the job interview they discuss sector problems, barriers and mistakes. I can never understand this perspective.

 

The job interview is the one place where you need the glass to be half full, no, over spilling with positiveness. Explain your successes, show enthusiasm for your sector, answer problem questions with the frame of enjoyment – you enjoy solving problems.

 

Whatever you do in the job interview, do it with a smile, with positiveness and enthusiasm.

 

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