Successful Interview Skills: How to Prepare, Answer Tough Questions and Get Your Ideal Job

Successful Interview Skills: How to Prepare, Answer Tough Questions and Get Your Ideal Job

by Rebecca Corfield

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Everyone at some point in their life will have to attend an interview. Whether they are applying for a job, a promotion, a training program, or college admission, they’ll likely have an interview.  The need to create a good impression will be essential.

Now in its fifth edition, this useful guide shows readers how to portray professionalism and confidence and take control of the interview process. Breaking the process down into accessible steps, Rebecca Corfield identifies the way to prepare for an interview, providing example questions and advice on how to answer them. There are also tips on what employers are looking for, how to make a presentation during an interview, and how to create a good and lasting impression.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780749456528
Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd.
Publication date: 09/28/2009
Edition description: 5th ed.
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 709,854
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Corfield is a consultant and trainer on career development, management and presentation issues. A former President of the UK’s National Institute of Career Guidance, she advises individuals and companies on career issues and personal change.

Table of Contents

1 The interview

What is an interview?

Types of interview

Other assessment methods

Why do interviews take place?

What happens in an interview?

What are interviews about?

What leads to success in interviews?


2 What employers are looking for

Providing proof that you are the right candidate

The most common mistakes

De-mystifying the interview

Stressing your contribution


3 Planning and preparation

Importance of planning and preparation

Your view of yourself

How you see the employer


Analysing the job

How to find out more

Areas of likely questioning

Mind the gap! Covering up your weak spots

Maximising your strengths

Golden rules

Which questions to ask?


4 Creating the best impression

The importance of personal image

Creating a positive first impression




Positive mental attitude

The journey


Controlling nerves


5 Making a presentation

Giving a presentation

Types of presentation

Preparing a presentation

Rehearsing your presentation

Using visual aids


6 Answering interview questions

Examples of interview questions and answers

Dealing with tricky situations

Internal vacancies



7 Bringing it all together

Step-by-step checklist

Learning from experience

Other sources of help


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"[A] solid and highly useful guide to job seekers." — Midwest Book Review

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