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Behavioural based interviewing is interviewing based on discovering how the interviewee acted in specific employment-related situations. Instead of asking how you would behave, they will ask how you did behave. The interviewer feels that what you have done before in the past is a reflection of what you will do in the future. Some examples […]

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An impressive and confident response shows that the candidate has prepared for the question, has done serious self-reflection, and can admit responsibility and accept constructive criticism. Sincerely give an honest answer (but not a long one), be confident in the fact that this weakness does not make you any less of a great candidate, and […]

Do not dwell on your personal history–that is not why you are there. Start with your most recent employment and explain why you are well qualified for the position. The key to all successful interviewing is to match your qualifications to what the interviewer is looking for. You want to be selling what the buyer […]

Think S.T.A.R – Situation or Task, Action & Result There are several variations of this acronym in the recruiting industry, but all of them are intended to provide structure and focus to your answers. When asked about a type of situation, the interviewer is looking at how you responded to it by via a specific […]

Stay Calm. During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm possible. Take a moment to regroup. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention – you will be embarrassed if you forget the question!

Practice makes perfect. This maxim could not be more true with job interviews. Make sure your answers are clear and succinct. You should practice answering with a friend or with your family members. When practicing avoid terms such as “like” and “you know” and don’t sound too rehearsed, as though you have memorised each answer.

Address the job criteria. Nervous energy is good but not if you come to the job interview unprepared. It’s to your advantage to carefully research the job and the company. This can be done in many ways. You can request information personally, or go to the company’s website for material about job descriptions and company […]

Punctuality – Yes this may sound simple and common sense, but more than 63% of interviewees are late for their meeting. There maybe some unforeseen reason as to why someone is late, but make sure you plan to get there early and have the contact number of the business to call with plenty of notice […]

K.I.S.S applys to your resume as well (keep it simple stupid). Your resume is not a book. List the major factors only – the business, your role, length of time there, brief history stating your responsibilities and why you left. Thats it.


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