Posts Tagged: ‘interview advice’

Winning Ways To Face Any Interview

May 18, 2011 Posted by

Winning Ways To Face Any Interview

Interview is an inevitable process all of us have to face when we are searching for a job or switching it. Most of the recruiters consider it as a very important step to judge a candidate’s knowledge depth and character. And this is why almost all recruiters make it very stringent affair.

Facing interviews and convincing the recruiters about your talent, is by no means a tough job. However, this can be achieved by thorough preparation and paying attention to details. As a matter of fact, anyone giving you career advice would help you to prepare well for the interview as well. The first step to face an interview starts with an exhaustive preparation of your domain of expertise. You are sure to get interview questions on it and answering smartly with accuracy will keep you in the good books of interviewer. Revision of the subject is a must to achieve this.

The information in your curriculum vitae forms the basis for substantial number of questions, hence, it is suggested to fill the information in a well organized manner. Do not forget to mention any achievements or accolades in past, it might just comfort you as you can easily answerable questions on them. You must also provide correct information about hobby and just do not fill anything just for the sake of filling it because you can be taken off-guard in that case.

One of the most important interview advice is to project a confident persona and a go–getter attitude. Most of the interviewers are highly impressed with persons oozing out positive attitude. In case, you are switching job then you should also prepare well for the reason to switch. You should be able to satisfy interviewer(s) on this qusetion.

Last but not the least; it pays if you have a prior preparation about the firm in which you intend to join. It can be the firm’s area of business, its mode of operation and its history etc. Also, you must not fear any interview as most of the times the members interviewing you would first make you comfortable and then start with the process.

Michael Page brings job seekers and employers together in one platform. Search best jobs in Australia in various fields like Accounting Jobs , Banking Jobs, Legal, Mining, Sales etc.

Job Interview Advice- 2 Important Tips

May 14, 2011 Posted by

Job Interview Advice- 2 Important Tips

Hi guys,

My name is Ian and I’m the author of an innovative ebook called Impress your Interviewers. If you guys have been reading the news, it seems that the job market is only going to get worse. I’m here to try to help as many people as possible.

I’ve been trying to learn all the techniques for giving the best job interviews for the last 2 years. I’ve built relationships with HR managers and the professors at the Haas School of Business and I want to share 2 important techniques/tips that I have used to get more successful job interviews.

1. Connecting with people vs. Being serious and business-like (ie. Really really professional) at the job interview

Well guys, what’s the intuitive thing to do? That’s right, try to be serious and really professional and answer questions in a “business” manner. While it’s good to have a professional dress and a professional manner of speaking, it’s not always good to put on the business-like persona at a job interview.

Remember when your mom said “Be yourself?” Well she was right for the most part. I recently interviewed a high-level Marketing professor at the Haas School of Business who’s worked for big companies with Mattel and Clorox. She told me that what she looks for is “chemistry”, ie connection with the other person when she was conducting a job interview.

So, when you guys in a job interview, are you trying to be serious, or are you trying to make a real connection? Is there a smile on your face? Are you speaking enthusiastically about the position and about your past work experience? Are you using your hands to express yourself? Or… Are you being stiff and trying not to move and being real emotionless.

I’m currently in the job market myself and a goal I like to use nowadays is “how can I make this recruiter not only want to hire me, but like me enough want to be my friend?” I’m into building relationships for the long-term. I suggest you keep the same goal in mind.

2. Resume Line-by-line technique for job interviews

You’ve parked your car. You walk out of the car, fixing your attire in the little left hand mirror of the car. You make sure you have all your papers. Then you go into the building and up the escalator. You can feel the nervousness creep up on you, and you haven’t even reached the office yet.

Finally you’re there and now you’re waiting to go into the job interview room. What the one thought going through your head? Oh God, I hope I don’t answer any question wrong! You can see the result if you do answer any question though. You picture the job interviewer saying “hmm” in a confused “that has nothing to do with what I asked” manner and jotting down the “death” notes. You’re finished. “NEXT!”

How do you avoid this? Well, you can’t always know every question a job interviewer can ask no matter how many “common questions and answers” are listed online, but I’m confident that you can have most (if not all) the answers. There’s a good way to do this and it starts way before the wait to go into the interview room.

Here’s what you can do. The day before the job interview, pull up two screens on your computer: 1. The job description and 2. Your resume. Now read the job description twice and then go to your resume. Then line-by-line, go through your resume and relate it to the job description. Keep asking yourself, how does this relate to the job?

Take as long as it takes! Take notes if you have to. If you rack your brain long enough, you can always find a way to link the two. This is true even if you have switched careers. The knowledge you gained and the lessons you learned should still apply to the job interview.

I hope you’ve gotten a lot of value out of these ideas. I invite you to come take a look at my website at where I have even more great free tips. I also I have a job interview ebook that will teach you the techniques and the tasty stuff to maximize your successful job interviews that will give you the incredible advantages over the competition, which is great considering the job market we’re going into.

Thanks for reading guys,


Previous Student at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Spent 2 years building relationships with HR managers and Business School Professors to learn inside tips for hiring people.

Job Interview Advice: References ? Written vs. Verbal

May 13, 2011 Posted by

Job Interview Advice: References ? Written vs. Verbal

Have you ever wondered if it carries more weight to have a written reference letter, or if it makes a better impression to have your reference speak directly to the hiring manager on the phone?

The answer is:   both.

Written references and verbal references serve different purposes in your job search and your interview, and so you need both types.

The written reference letter is often used as a “hook” to get the attention of the hiring manager.  It’s good enough to get an interview, but often not quite enough to cement the offer.

The verbal reference, in the form of the phone call, is preferred post-interview.   Interviewers want to actually talk to the hiring manager and hear how fantastic you were and how they wish they could hire you again (or keep you).

If you’re on your game, you will incorporate both types as you need them in the interview process.  One candidate had his reference send a note to the hiring manager within 10 minutes of the interview end.  It said something along the lines of, “Hey, Joe is amazing.  Here’s what he did on my team…  You really ought to put him on your team.”  Needless to say, that was pretty impressive to the hiring manager, and Joe got the job.

Never underestimate how powerful references are as a part of your interview process.  If you’ve gotten as far as the interview, they’re very interested in you, and it could easily be the recommendation of someone else that pushes them over the edge to making you the offer.

Peggy McKee has over 15 years of experience in sales, sales management, sales recruiting, and career coaching.  Her website, Career Confidential ( is packed with job-landing tips and advice as well as the practical, powerful, innovative tools every job seeker needs to be successful.

Find out more about what interview coaching can do for you—job-search strategies, social media help, role-playing interview questions, resumes that get the interview, 30/60/90-day plans that get the job, and much more at  Learn to be the candidate that everyone wants to hire.

Interview advice for Food Manufacturing Jobs Interviews

May 12, 2011 Posted by

Interview advice for Food Manufacturing Jobs Interviews

Advice for answering well at Food Manufacturing Jobs interviews…

Be prepared 

Re-read your CV and the food manufacturing jobs advert just before the interview. Do your analysis thoroughly: Look at the corporation or obtain literature. You may be questioned about the salary you are after so make sure you research that as well.
First impressions count in food manufacturing recruitment

Greet your interviewer with a smile and firm handshake. Give eye contact. Try to make small talk for the duration of the walk from the reception area to the interview room.

You have to market yourself before you can sell anything else and the first 30 seconds are when the interviewer subconsciously makes decisions. Be in control of your food profession interview.
Don’t waffle

Answer questions properly – even if you need a few moments’ silence to gather your thoughts. It’s better to say you need a minute to think about your reply rather than speak immediately and regret it afterwards.

Why should they hire you?

Most food manufacturing jobs adverts will list characteristics they’re looking for – a team worker, a good communicator – so it’s up to you to think of examples of how you can demonstrate these capabilities.

Be ready to discuss about your knowledge, experience, capabilities and skills. Have at least three robust points about yourself that you can relate to the corporation and food manufacturing job on offer.

Be positive

Your interviewer will be thinking about what it would be like to work with you, so the last thing they’ll want to hear is you talking about your boss or current colleagues behind their back.

Interviewers like to see someone who enjoys a challenge and is passionate.

Remember your body language

It is not what you say, but how you say it. During the interview, do not fold your arms and lean back or look to the floor! Sit upright and try to keep good eye contact. Use your hands and lean forward when making a point. Many people today cannot think and handle their body language at the same time, which is why you need to prepare.

Expect the unexpected

Your interviewer may try to capture you off guard. A survey by The Recruiter has uncovered that 90 per cent of employers ask ‘killer’ questions in interviews.

It is Impossible to plan for every hard question, such as “How would your colleagues describe you?” but try to appear calm and in control. Ask the interviewer to repeat the question if required but do not evade it.

Develop rapport

Show vitality, a sense of humour and smile. Ask your interviewer questions about themselves and any difficulties the enterprise is dealing with.

Clarify anything you are unsure of

If you are not sure what are meant by a particular question, ask for clarification. At the end, ask the interviewer if there is anything else he or she needs to know about.

Do not be afraid to ask when you are likely to hear if you have been successful or not.

Remember your manners

It is better to choose than to be chosen. Tell the interviewer why you are interested in the firm and job possibility.

Ask them for a business card and follow it up by sending a “thank-you” e-mail or letter saying how much you enjoyed meeting them and how interested you are.

Take the opportunity to detail the key positive aspects you provide.

You can implement these tips to any of the following job functions from food production jobs, food engineering jobs, food hygiene jobs and in-fact any other food manufacturing jobs.

If you are looking for a personal approach to recruitment, one based on good communication and building relationships then please visit Food Manufacturing Jobs we have specialist consultants to talk you through the next step of your food career.

Job Interview Advice: The Very Best Way to Stand Out

May 12, 2011 Posted by

Job Interview Advice: The Very Best Way to Stand Out

Candidates always want to know the ONE thing they can do in the job interview that’s going to be the most impressive to the hiring manager.  And there really is one answer.

There are a lot of other pieces that go into a successful job interview, but the number one thing you can do in the interview to make a great impression is to ask questions.

When you ask questions, you demonstrate your knowledge of the job through those questions.

One of the most important questions to ask is at the very beginning of the interview:  “What exactly are you looking for?  If you saw the perfect candidate for this job, what would he/she look like?” Or, if it’s a team you’ll be a part of, ask, “Who’s the best person on the team?  What makes them the best person on the team?”

There are a couple things that happen when you ask these questions:

The manager’s impressed, because most people can’t “keep it together” enough during the interview to ask these kinds of pointed questions, so right off the bat you’re making yourself stand out.
If you ask it at the first of the interview, you get to sell to that point throughout the rest of the interview.  This isn’t just for sales jobs.  The interview itself is a sales process, no matter what industry or job you’re in.  The interview is about you “selling yourself” as the best candidate for the job:  you’re the product, the hiring manager is the buyer, and the cost of the product is your salary.  You’re selling, trying to get that manager to say “Yes, I want to buy” so that you get a great job.

So, the number one thing you can do is to ask those very pointed questions, find out

exactly what they’re looking for,
what their process is,
who is the best hire they’ve ever made,
What is the greatest challenge for this particular role, etc?

These kinds of questions demonstrate a lot to the hiring manager, and what you do with that information throughout the interview as you communicate who you are to the hiring manager, will really impress him and set you apart from other candidates.

Peggy McKee has over 15 years of experience in sales, sales management, sales recruiting, and career coaching.  Her website, Career Confidential ( is packed with job-landing tips and advice as well as the practical, powerful, innovative tools every job seeker needs to be successful.

The 30/60/90-Day Plan turns the interview from an interrogation to a conversation, and helps the hiring manager see you in the job. That’s what gets you the offer!  Go to =>

CareerOne Job Interview

May 6, 2011 Posted by

How to prepare for a job interview, and become a candidate that stands out for the position you’re applying for. Interview advice and tips from CareerOne editor Kate Southam and recruitment experts: Jo Jakobs: Randstad Nina Mapson Bone: Chandler MacLeod Carolyn Dickason: Hays Kevin Jarvis: Robert Half Recruitment Producer/video editor: Josephine Asher
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stroke, and then medical school interview advice part 1

April 15, 2011 Posted by

Dear All, I just finished my neurology rotation, and wanted to share with you some interview advice that I learned at a workshop by a Harvard Business School professor for medical students. This video is in two parts, I will post the second part in a few weeks. Thanks! Jeff
Video Rating: 4 / 5