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How to Excel at Interviews

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Whether you are going for your first interview or you want to refresh your interviewing skills, then this eBook is for you.
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Whether you are going for your first interview or you want to refresh your interviewing skills, then this eBook is for you. Discover common interview questions and tips for answering them. Learn how to manage your nerves and portray confidence. Put your mind at ease about body language. Learn all about competencies and how to structure your answers at a competency-based interview. Discover simple techniques for keeping your answers punchy and effective. This book contains the fundamentals of interview preparation, ensuring you walk into your interview as prepared and as polished as you can be.

The purpose of this book is to help you prepare thoroughly for an interview. If you have an important interview scheduled, or if recent interviews have not gone your way, or if you haven’t attended an interview in years, in the chapters that follow you will discover tips, questions and insights that will support and challenge you to walk into your interview as prepared as you can be.

So let’s get started.

  1. Getting Started
    1. Introduction
    2. What’s ahead?
    3. Getting the most from this book
    4. What is the purpose of an interview?
    5. The Interview Scales
  2. Knowing your strengths & shaping your answers
    1. Your strengths – what you want interviewers to know about you
    2. Questions interviewers ask to uncover your strengths
    3. Uncovering your strengths
    4. Packaging your strengths into an answer
    5. More tips for shaping your answers
  3. Competencies
    1. What are competencies and why are they important?
    2. How interviewers assess competencies
    3. Eight common competencies & examples of questions used to assess them
    4. The STAR Approach – How to structure your answers
    5. Ten additional tips for demonstrating competencies
  4. Questions you should be able to answer
    1. What are your weaknesses?
    2. Where do you see yourself in five years time?
    3. What motivates you?
    4. Why have you applied for this job?
    5. What do you know about this company?
    6. Do you have any other questions?
    7. The Curveball Question
  5. Congruent Communication & Your Personal Brand
    1. Verbal Communication – The Components
    2. The ways we can use our voice
    3. Beware of verbal fillers
    4. How to minimise verbal fillers
    5. A quick note on listening
    6. The do’s and don’ts of Body Language
    7. Some final body language tips
    8. Determining your Personal Brand
    9. Factors that influence your Personal Brand in an Interview
  6. Managing nerves & portraying confidence
    1. Why do we get nervous?
    2. Why confidence is important
    3. Strategies for managing nerves and boosting self-confidence
  7. Final Tips
  8. Appendix
  9. Author Profile – James Sweetman
Very useful. I love it.
Interesting and useful
Just want to say thank you for this book! I had an interview yesterday and it went thru most of the examples provided!! Dont know the result of the interview yet but I could practice a lot and prepare situations in advance. Thanks!
The interview questions were well chosen by the author. I can attest that they are being asked often with the number of interviews I have had. And great news, the tips are the ones that anyone who wants to get a job, NEED.
Excellent book with great career tips. Thanks.
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About the Author

James Sweetman

James Sweetman is a highly-rated and well-respected Executive and Personal Coach, Trainer, Motivational Speaker, Author and Columnist.

A leading authority on Staff Engagement, Motivation and Leadership he works with individuals and groups supporting and challenging them to realise their potential.

James has twenty five years experience in business and prior to establishing his own coaching and training practice in 2003, he held senior positions in a number of blue chip companies, working in the areas of change management, sales and business development, and customer relationship management.

James completed a MBA (Masters of Business Administration) in 1998 receiving a first class honours for his thesis on the topic of Motivation. He is also a certified NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner.

Author website: www.jamessweetman.com