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Ultimate Interview, 4th Edition
by Lynn Williams
Publisher: Kogan Page
Release Date: July 2015
Personal & Professional Development
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Ultimate Interview offers advice on what interviewers are looking for, how to prepare yourself, researching the background to a vacancy and giving the right answers to the hardest questions.
Table of Contents
1  Know your enemy
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  Standing out
How to be an outstanding candidate
Why are these qualities so important?
4  Answering questions
What the interviewer will ask and what you need to tell them
Make a good impression
Three cardinal rules
5  Starting the interview
What to expect from the interview and how to begin confidently
6  Questions they ask everybody
Standard questions you should prepare for
7  Questions for practical jobs
Core question, ‘Are you reliable’?
8  Questions for creative jobs
Core question, ‘Will you deliver?’
9  Questions for clerical and administrative jobs
Core question, ‘Are you efficient?’
10  Questions for sales and marketing jobs
Core question, ‘Can you sell?’
11  Questions for technical jobs
Core question, ‘Can you do the job?’
12  Questions for management jobs
Core question, ‘Will you get results?’
13  Questions for customer relations jobs
Core question, ‘Are you customer focused?’
14  Questions for school and college leavers
What to do if you don’t have experience
15  Tackling the difficult questions
Handling questions about perceived areas of weakness
Inappropriate and illegal questions
16  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
17  Answering off-the-wall questions
What is the interviewer really asking?
Questions asking you to work something out
18  Your questions for the interviewer
What to ask at the end of the interview
19  Variations on the theme
Different types of interview and how to deal with them confidently
20  Interview extras
Tasks and tests they might include and how to approach them
Making a presentation
Showing your portfolio
Technical and attainment tests
21  Looking the part
Making a good impression from the start
22  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