Although having the perfect resume is necessary for job-seekers to get a foot in the door, the most important step in securing a new job is successfully navigating the job interview. As the first, and most important, impression, interviews require candidates to stand out from the hundreds of other applications vying for the position. And while having the relevant skills and experience is fundamental, knowing what to say and what phrases employers want to hear is key. To find out what job-seekers should always say during an interview, we spoke to career experts - who shared their tips and advice for coming across as the perfect candidate. The most common interview question is the one that trips people up the most, according Carolyn Betts Fleming, the CEO and founder of Betts Recruiting, who told The Independent: “It’s very important to have a clear pitch when the person asks you to tell them more about yourself. “It’s usually the first question asked in an … [Read more...] about The four phrases you should always say during a job interview, according to career experts
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Once upon a time, if you went for a job interview, you had a fairly clear idea about the questions you’d be asked – your education, previous experience, reasons for wanting that particular role. Not so now. The “unstructured” job interview is becoming increasingly popular. In this format, there are no standardised, predetermined questions. , it’s more like an open-ended, free-flowing conversation led by the interviewer, who decides what to ask as the interview progresses. Employers say they prefer this approach to the structured interview because they believe they get to know candidates better. Although that may be true, there’s no evidence that unstructured interviews predict job potential. Jason Dana and colleagues at Yale reviewed the relevant literature and conclude that unstructured interviews have little predictive validity. Why, then, they wondered, do employers continue to use them? Even more distressing for job candidates is a newer … [Read more...] about What’s the point of brainteaser job interviews?
Dressing for an interview can be a daunting process. You can do all the preparation in the world, but first impressions can mean everything, and nailing that perfect outfit while also giving an insight into your personality is key. Of course dressing for success is crucial, but for different industries, different outfits may be more appropriate. For example, if you are looking for a job in finance, a traditional trouser suit is the preferred choice. However, you can still inject a bit of your own personality through good styling and above all else sincere confidence. According to the Association for Psychological Science first impressions are formed within seven to 17 seconds of first meeting someone, so bearing that in mind here is our top five tips for women preparing for a job interview. Wear something comfortable An interview can range from just a few minutes to a full hour and it is imperative you aren't distracted by ill fitted clothing or shoes you … [Read more...] about Best job interview outfits for women
SPENT the past few months thinking about quitting your job and now finally feel ready? Turns out it’s quite common to jack work in as the mercury rises. According to recent statistics, 56% of us are unhappy at work, while another study reveals that over a third of unhappy employees will quit their position at the start of summer, due to resentment that grows in the first half of the year. “Some spend a lot of time building up to actually making the decision to quit,” says Emma Donaldson-Feilder, principal coach at Careerpyschologists.co.uk. “Most of the people I see for career coaching are considering not just quitting their job, but also making a whole change in their career.” With that in mind, how do you prepare for the next job and make sure you nail the all-important interview? We have all the answers… Emmerdale's Priya gets a sexy makeover for her job interview Opening statements This is the part of the interview when you have the opportunity … [Read more...] about How to ace any job interview with our tips from opening statements to awkward questions
The Echo has joined forces with Marks & Spencer to encourage other Merseyside employers to give young people the chance of work – particularly those who have struggled to get in to the job market. Marks & Spencer runs its own Marks & Start programme, in conjunction with The Prince’s Trust , and its month-long Make Your Mark work experience initiative has helped hundreds of young people to get a foot on the career ladder. One way to impress a potential employer is with a well-written CV . But what happens if you are then invited to come for interview? The employer can never know how much help you have had with your CV - and the interview is a chance for them to meet the real you. Interviews also help companies confirm your skills match up with what you’ve written in your CV and application form, check your confidence levels and interpersonal skills, find out how interested in the role you are and how much effort you have put into researching the job. Here … [Read more...] about 11 top tips on how to smash a job interview from M&S and the Prince’s Trust