Ultimate Interview: 100s of Great Interview Answers

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In preparing for an interview, it's useful to understand what organizations are looking for in a candidate. Ultimate Interview offers insight into how employers decide what they are looking for in a job candidate, how they use this to draw up the questions, how selection procedures work, why employers conduct interviews and what's likely to happen at the average interview. 

Williams gives all of the background information that candidates need as well as essential practice. ...

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Overview

In preparing for an interview, it's useful to understand what organizations are looking for in a candidate. Ultimate Interview offers insight into how employers decide what they are looking for in a job candidate, how they use this to draw up the questions, how selection procedures work, why employers conduct interviews and what's likely to happen at the average interview. 

Williams gives all of the background information that candidates need as well as essential practice. Uniquely among interview guidebooks, this book organizes common interview questions according to specific job types, such as management, sales and marketing, administrative, clerical. This helps focus on the questions that are most relevant to a specific situation. Each section looks at the thinking behind the questions, and suggests an effective method of answering.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749464066
  • Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2012
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,403,570
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Williams is a career counselor and trainer who runs workshops on resume writing and interview techniques. She writes regularly for a wide range of publications on job search and career issues and is also the author of Ultimate Job Search and Readymade Job Search Letters (all published by Kogan Page).

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1.  
Know your enemy
Understanding interviewers
What do they want?
What sort of things are they looking for?
What will happen at the interview?
What sort of questions will they ask?
How do they know what they’re looking for?

2.
Prepare yourself
What you need to know before the interview
What should you prepare?
Exhibit 1: Evidence that you meet their needs
Exhibit 2: Reassuring answers and explanations
Exhibit 3: Industry knowledge
Exhibit 4: The reasons you want this job

3.  
Answering questions
What the interviewer will ask and what you need to tell them
Make a good impression
Three cardinal rules

4.  
Starting the interview
What to expect from the interview and how to begin confidently

5.  
Questions they ask everybody
Standard questions you should prepare for

6.  
Questions for practical jobs
Core question, “Are you reliable?”
Professional knowledge

7.  
Questions for creative jobs
Core question, “Will you deliver?”
Professional knowledge

8.  
Questions for clerical and administrative jobs
Core question, “Are you efficient?”
Professional knowledge

9.  
Questions for sales and marketing jobs
Core question, “Can you sell?”
Professional knowledge

10.
Questions for technical jobs
Core question, “Can you do the job?”
Professional knowledge

11. Questions for management jobs
Core question, “Will you get results?”
Professional knowledge

12.  
Questions for customer relations jobs
Core question, “Are you customer focused?”
Professional knowledge

13.  
Questions for school and college leavers
What to do if you don’t have experience
Professional knowledge

14.  
Tackling the difficult questions
Handling questions about perceived areas of weakness
Inappropriate and illegal questions

15.  
Dealing with tricky questions
What to say when there’s no clear answer
Dealing with critical or negative questions
Questions about salary
Answering closed questions

16.  
Answering off-the-wall questions
What is the interviewer really asking?
Questions asking you to work something out 
“Psychological” Questions

17.  
Your questions for the interviewer
What to ask at the end of the interview

18. Variations on the theme
Different types of interview and how to deal with them confidently
Screening interviews
Telephone interviews
Video interviews
Panel interviews
Serial interviews
Assessment centers
Informal interviews
Second interviews

19.  
Interview extras
Tasks and tests they might include and how to approach them
Making a presentation 
Showing your portfolio
Technical and attainment tests
Physical tests
Job-replica exercises
Group exercises
Psychometric tests
Future trends

20.  
Looking the part
Making a good impression from the start 
Appearance
Behavior 
Overcoming nerves 

21. What happens next?
What to do after the interview
While you're waiting for their decision
If they don't make you an offer
If they do make you an offer

Index to the questions
Index 

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