Most aspirants are completely unprepared for the job application and interviewing stages. They are either unskilled or don’t know how to show that they have what it takes. This book will help you find the right doors to push and show you how to avoid having them slammed in your face. It will support you in overcoming any hurdles on what could be the most important day in your career.
Having interviewed, led and developed thousands of support staff and hopefuls, Dr Steve Ingham has seen it all. In this essential guide, he shares, in his usual candid and humorous style, the key areas to help you look for jobs and stand out as you apply. Steve gives insight into what interviewers are thinking and how to answer the array of interview questions you might face in the best possible way. With specialist sections on how to present yourself, virtual interviews, presentations, group interviews and applying for senior positions, this book will prepare you to take hold of the role you have always dreamed of.
Runners and hurdlers: Introduction
One principle: You can’t be anybody else
Get out of your own head: What interviewers think about
Target practice: Finding the right job
Looking good on paper: CVs and cover letters
The warm-up: Interview preparation
First contact: The start of the interview
Xs and Ys: The question that differentiates
Clarity, clarity, clarity: Structuring your answers
Team: Can you work with other people?
Who are you?: The importance of self-awareness
Sprint finish: How to finish an interview
Eyeing the competition: Group interviews
Show me: Practical tests
Virtual reality: Video pitching and online interviews
Climbing the ladder: Interviews for managers and leaders
The feedback loop: Getting advice; win, lose or draw
A final word for interviewers and interviewees
Appendix 1: Unpaid internships
Appendix 2: An overview of career routes
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