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Interviews & Negotiations

Standing Out from the Crowd

Category: Interviews & Negotiations
To get ahead in the job market it is important to be remembered for all the right reasons and to be confident in the positive impression you leave on those you encounter. When it comes to dazzling recruiters it is essential to not only look the part, but also be their ideal candidate. Candidates who shine are those who have taken the time to prepare. This is true throughout the recruitment process; from the initial application, through the interview/assessment process, during the acceptance...
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Telephone Interviews

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The use of telephone or Skype interviews is of increasing popularity to employers, as it is an inexpensive medium for measuring a potential employee’s cultural or behavioural fit with an organisation. Read on for some top tips to ensure you create the best impression possible.* 1) Get the Environment right. Try to avoid conducting the interview in a busy, noisy environment or indeed in your car. A private office where you will not be disturbed is perfect. Too many telephone interviews are...
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Targeting Your CV

Category: Interviews & Negotiations
In today’s employment market, employers are receiving hundreds of CVs for just one job vacancy. How can you make your CV stand out? A key thing to remember is there is no such thing as one CV that fits all job applications. You should have a good basic CV which you then rearrange or rewrite to target the specification of each job. Work through the job description and highlight the skills and experience you can demonstrate that you have in your CV and supporting application form or letter...
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Competency Application Forms

Category: Interviews & Negotiations
Job hunters are often asked to complete a competency application form when applying for a job. If you are already in the throes of applying for jobs, you are likely to have already seen one of these and may agree they can be quite lengthy and daunting to fill out! However they are your opportunity to demonstrate to prospective employers the skills and experience you have for the job in question. Here is some advice to help you to complete them and make an impact. Do… Carefully...
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Impressing at Interview

Category: Interviews & Negotiations
FIRST AND LAST IMPRESSIONS You only get one chance to make a first impression, and in today’s world of work there are a number of key factors which help to build this impression at interview. These are: Appearance – your attire and presentation Eye Contact – including your smile rate Body Language – your posture and hand gestures Preparation – your responses to questions and the questions you ask your interviewer These points are fairly obvious but it is valuable to understand...
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Competency Based Interviews

Category: Interviews & Negotiations
Increasing numbers of employers use Competency Based interviews which are appropriate to the job you are applying for. Below is a simple approach you may choose to adopt: THE ‘STAR’ APPROACH The acronym STAR stands for: Situation Task Action Result This is a universally recognised communication technique designed to enable you to provide a meaningful and complete answer to questions asking for examples to support your answers. At the same time, it has the...
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Body Language at Interviews

Category: Interviews & Negotiations
By the time you get to the interview you should have already done your homework on the company, read up on any recent company news, practiced how to answer the more commonly asked questions and figured out what to wear, but did you realise that some employers learn more about you through your body language than by anything you actually say. Even if you are having a telephone interview, the impression you give the interviewer can be improved by simple things like standing up. Standing...
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The Hidden Interview

Category: Interviews & Negotiations
How many times have you walked in to a hotel or restaurant and made a judgment about the place from the way you were dealt with by the reception staff? Well, with an interview the same is exactly true. We all make judgments about whether somewhere is right for us from the moment we arrive and an employer will be judging you from the moment you walk into their offices. The Hidden Interview can be the downfall of many applicants. This is where a member of staff, who is apparently unrelated to...
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Psychometric Testing

Category: Interviews & Negotiations
The current economic climate has created an “employers market”, meaning that those with jobs on offer have the pick of experienced, talented and effective applicants all fighting to get their attention. In turn, this means that employers have to use more thorough measures and assessments to identify the best candidates for their jobs. Psychometrics have been used in recruitment for many years and over 70% of larger companies are currently using this form of testing to gather vital...
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Negotiating the Non Negotiable

Category: Interviews & Negotiations
Think you can’t have it all? Think again. It’s not just about the money. In the current economic climate it might feel churlish, nay rude, to start negotiating. But, whilst you spend at least 30% of your time at work, starting a new job has the potential to negatively affect 100% of your life. You deserve more. What is negotiation? It’s finding a way to do the work that you want to do, for terms that you find acceptable. Negotiation is the route to find agreement on those terms. So...
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