Presentation on theme: "Effective Job Interviews Talgat Salikhov. Objectives By the end of the session students should be able to understand: –the importance of interview preparation."— Presentation transcript:
Objectives By the end of the session students should be able to understand: –the importance of interview preparation –that there are different types of interviews –that interviewers have a checklist of requirements And gain a practical understanding of some interview type questions
Resume Double check your CV for the mistakes Tailor or target your CV if you are aiming for a particular job position
The position of ‘Logistics Project Manager’ The successful candidate should have: A degree in a relevant subject: engineering; project management. Extensive project management or project engineering experience. Big site experience within a project management or project engineering role. Experience of monitoring multiple cranes and hoists. Experience of working on high rise property projects (40 storey +). Good client and stakeholder relationship building skills The ability to communicate with contractors (management staff & operatives) effectively Excellent commercial knowledge Good knowledge of planning and other aspects of project controls Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills Fluent English language is essential, Russian or Turkish is desirable
Resume Double check your CV for the mistakes Tailor or target your CV if you are aiming for a particular job position Present your CV in a more advantageous way
Resume Opus International Consultants Summer Work Placement My role included: To assist in general day-to-day design office duties, including: assisting Engineers and Technicians in design work, calculations, report preparation, drawings, specification and schedules of works. Periodic visits to site works as when required Opus International Consultants Summer Work Placement Familiarised myself to the general day-to-day design office duties Sharpened and improved my design and calculation skills through assisting Engineers and Technicians in their work Prepared reports to senior colleagues on the work done Prepared CAD drawings, specifications and schedules of work Conducted accuracy checks on construction sites periodically Worked in a team of four to analyse collected data and develop solutions for different scenarios
Do Your Homework Undertaken some research: – about the company/organisation Have they been in the news recently? What about any recent developments? Who are their competitors Any new projects? Products or services? Etc. – about the industry or sector Read the articles written by people who are in the field Inform yourself about future trends – Consider the role you are applying for
Further preparation Consider questions you might be asked and practise your responses. – (Google search: ‘interview question’) Consider the questions YOU can ask Print off a spare copy of your CV/Application Form
First Impressions Count Dressing smartly shows that you are taking the interview seriously Greet the interviewer confidently and shake his/her hand, maintaining eye contact during the interview Be pleasant to all staff. If shown around the workplace, demonstrate your interest to the person showing you around. REMEMBER you are being assessed all the time.
Sell Yourself Don’t understate your abilities and strengths Don’t assume that your application has been read thoroughly Speak confidently and clearly about your experiences. DO highlight what you have stated in your application. Think like an employer – Remember, the best candidate is not always the smartest one; nor the most technically accomplished one. Sell yourself in a way that attracts the attention of the employer
Different Types of Interview Telephone interview One to one interview Group interview Panel/committee interview
Different Types of Interview Telephone Interviews These are often used as an initial screening method Ensure you have a quiet environment Have your details in front of you Remember to speak clearly and not too quickly Smile and sound positive.
Competency Based Structured to reflect the competencies sought by an employer for a particular role. Your competencies are assessed by the interviewer and checked against their selected criteria. You can prepare for these. At a panel interview, address the person asking the questions, but maintain eye contact with the whole panel.
STAR technique - to evidence skills Situation – Where were you? Set the scene TaskWhat did you set out to achieve? Your role? ActionWhat did you do? Any problems? ResultWhat happened? Be positive
Case Study Interviews Often a business problem to discuss and analyse You will be assessed on your analytical thinking skills and logical approach to problem solving You cannot prepare for this – there is not necessarily a right answer!
In summary Preparation is crucial – on the company, the job Practise your responses to answers including competency based questions. Use the STAR technique where appropriate. Look and sound enthusiastic. VIDEO