Identifying your strengths is very important for interview preparation. Interviewers always ask about your strengths and how they can be applied to the job. Strengths demonstrate your accomplishments in life. Accomplishments are directly tied to areas that are your strong points. In addition, knowing your strengths help you to decide other industries you should work in and other qualifications that you should seek. Determine your strengths by following the steps below.
Identify all your academic qualifications: First, make a list of your academic qualifications. These would include all your associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. These qualifications showed that you have the skills and knowledge needed in a particular field. For e.g. a BSc in Computer Science indicate that you have knowledge in creating applications using various programming languages. This also shows that you have Problem-solving skills.
Identify all your professional qualifications: Second, make a list of your professional qualifications. These were most likely obtained after gaining some work experience. These demonstrate that you have strengths in a particular subject, product or service in a specific industry. The qualifications are awarded by professional bodies. For e.g. the Associate or Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA or FCCA) is conferred by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. This indicates knowledge in using Accounting software such as QuickBooks or Sage. You would also have Book-keeping / Budget skills.
Identify all your academic experience: Third, identify all the clubs and societies that you participated in while at college or university. For e.g. being a member of a Performing Arts Club would indicate that you have Organization, Project Management and People skills. In addition, you could have knowledge of the various works of Shakespeare.
Identify all your professional experience: Finally, list all the companies that you worked with, your job titles and specific projects that you worked on and what you achieved. This list would include summer jobs, part-time and full-time work, internships and volunteer work. Once again what you achieved during your work assignments would show your strengths. For e.g. in one project you created the Company and Product/Service brochures. Then you presented this information at seminars and conferences. This means that you have Writing and Reporting, and Communication skills. Besides that shows knowledge of a particular product or service specific to that industry such as the Food and Beverage Industry.
Now that you have completed this exercise you are more prepared to answer questions related to your strengths when interviewing for a new job, promotion or a raise. This shows that your skills and knowledge gave you great achievements in the past and are capable of doing greater in the future. Remember to give yourself a pat on the back for all your hard work and good luck in your career!
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Are you ready for that interview? This interview checklist will take you step by step you through everything you need to do to be a success!
What are you going to wear?
The first impression you make on a potential employer can make a big difference. So you need to dress appropriately for a job interview – check out what passes for appropriate business dress in the organization you wish to join. Ask around among your contacts; but note, a business suit is usually standard. Have your interview outfit ready to go, so you can be ready for an interview at very short notice. If you are being interviewed online with a camera switched on, think about how you will look and make sure the background is business like. Check how you will look before you go online
Review your response to the advert and job description
Take the time to remind yourself how you meet the requirement. Then make sure you have your list available for the interview of exactly how you meet the skills, knowledge and qualities required by the employer. Emphasize those most important for success in the job. Be ready to describe successes you have had that make you the perfect match for the job. The closer your qualifications and experience match the job requirements, the better chance you’ll have of getting a second round interview and a job offer.
Research the organization and those interviewing you
How much do you know about the organization itself? Before you go to the interview be sure you are well informed. Do an internet search and use LinkedIn.
Use your contacts
Do you know anyone who is working at the organization or who has worked there recently? Knowing someone can make a big difference – they might be able to put in a good word for you. Plus your contacts can help you with inside information about the organization, its people and, possibly, the recruitment process itself.
Prepare for Interview Questions
Take time to think through questions you are likely to be asked during the interview. This will help you to organize your answers and it will help to reduce stress. Ask a friend or family or family member to help you practice your answers – if they are prepared to give you a mock interview so much the better.
Prepare for a presentation
Check whether a presentation is required and then find out as much as possible about the subject. If they don’t suggest one, then concentrate on showing how you are fitted and how you would approach the job. Prepare your materials well in advance if you can and have spare copies. Have handouts ready and to a good quality – again take enough for the panel and some spares. Check out what technology and other material will be available for your use. If using your own equipment, make sure it is working properly on the day. Don’t assume you can use your own without making inquiries first and ask about plugs etc. Run through your presentation, preferably in front of as friend, beforehand.
Have Clear Travel Directions and Allow Plenty of time
It’s important to know where you need to go for your job interview. You don’t want to be late so start in good time. Use Google Maps to get directions if you’re not sure where you are going. Check on parking and/or public transport so you arrive with time to spare.
Now go in there and wow them. I wish you every success and if you would like some extra help, please get in touch.
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Job Search – The Interview – Competency Based Interview Questions and Answers
Here is a straight forward overview of the competency-based job interview process.
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Job Search – Mistakes to Avoid in Your Telephone Interview
Knowing what to expect and how to prepare for the telephone interview can give job seekers with an enormous advantage. But too many candidates make common mistakes that knock them out of consideration before getting a chance to really show their skills.
I would add to the information in the video below, on the technicalities, if the interview is by Skype check out before you start that you have a good connection. Practice telephone interviewing with a friend beforehand. And gen up on general interview preparation advice too - telephone interviews are similar to face to face in terms of the information you need.
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