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During your interview, you might face a question like this, “What’s your idea of the ideal work environment? Please be as specific as you can”.
I would love to hire this candidate because, this candidate has done the homework. She did the pre-interview research. She understood that ours is a marketing company dealing with clients spread across a large area. She understood that as a company we operate with a small but efficient team.
In most interviews, this is one of the first questions you face even though this question is only about 20% of the hiring decision. However, a convincing answer here opens the door for the rest of the interview process.
In most interviews, the majority of questions asked are to determine whether you can actually do the job for which you are interviewing. If your answers do not clearly demonstrate that you can do the required tasks, you will likely not be considered a serious candidate for the job.
Remember, just four or five facts, and it either supports or detracts from what you say you can do.
Let me tell you in the most simplistic terms. Why should a company hire you? They want to achieve something. That something can be anything derived out of their strategic objectives and strategic plans.
The prospective employer will be very interested in learning about your achievements or accomplishments. Your accomplishments give him insight into what you are capable of doing for him and his company. An accomplishment can be defined as something that was successfully completed as a direct result of your efforts.
If you are asked repeated difficult or inappropriate interview questions by multiple interviewers at once or sequential interviews, or you are kept waiting, treated rudely, or otherwise put in an intimidating position, you are in fact undergoing some form of ‘Stress Interview’.
However, keep this in mind. You are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you. You must ask this question to yourself whether you would want to work for a company that treated job applicants this way?
Before going for a job interview, many people wonder: What do I have to offer an employer? Why should that employer choose me over someone else? What will make interviewers remember me after they're done with their first round of meeting potential candidates?
It's about matching their problems and needs with your qualifications, skills and traits. Your mission is to convince interviewers that you are the solution they've been seeking.
Sun Tzu said in the famous book “The Art of War”, “If you know yourself, but not the enemy - for every victory gained you will suffer one defeat!”. Considering the present competition for good employment, we can consider it as a war. And, if you don’t know your enemies, you don’t win even a single war.
In ordinary Interview programs, there is no way to reveal the candidate what is his/her current skill level to attempt an interview. Therefore, it is never done. Result? Participants think big about themselves, and don’t take training seriously.
From the beginning to the end, job interviews are an examination of the candidates’ communication skills. However, participants only learn isolated interview questions & answers, due to trainer related limitations. They don’t acquire the skills to answer logical and twisted questions.
There is no interview practice sessions. Most candidates fail to respond even to those questions for which they know the answer.
Candidates don’t present their own chosen field with confidence and pride, and fumble while answering blended questions.
Candidates don’t acquire the spontaneity, Quickness, Smart ness or the ability to think on their feet so that they can handle a professional interview.
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Do you have sufficient education, training, aptitude, experience and interest to be productive? Can you deliver what the organization needs from this position? How has your background prepared you for this job? What have you achieved up to now? What do you know about this job and company?
“Can You Do the Job” type questions are going to be very factual. The interviewer is trying to discover your skill level or potential. There are going to be only four or five factual aspects of your education and work history that will either get you to the next interviewing stage or eliminate you.
Some factual accomplishments might be:
Graduated at the top of my class.
Got the best project award.
Internship at a prestigious company.
Got promoted three times in three years.
Was 160% of sales quota three years in a raw.
Was recognized as the best employee by my current employer.
Even when company laid off more than 1000 employees, they decided to keep me.
You must provide facts like this that can be benefits to the employer. This list is to customized for you and for the company. For more details visit an InterviewMax centre and experts will help you to customize your answers so that you will be able to prove you can do the job.
In short, a stress interview takes place when a job applicant is placed in a stressful situation to see how they react.
Why Stress Interview? As we know, formal qualifications are important, but in some jobs the emotional demands, sudden emergencies, and breakneck pace of work can be downright intimidating-not just once in a while, but every day. Even a candidate who knows all the technical moves may wilt under the glare of an etiquette-challenged boss or crumble when inheriting a surrealistically compressed deadline.
When you're interviewing for such a position, whether you're seeking a job as a customer care executive, stockbroker, an air traffic controller, or a prison guard, an interviewer may feel it's almost meaningless to determine if you are capable of performing the job under the best conditions. He may well try to assess how you will do under the very worst conditions. And that's where the stress interview comes in.
I know few executives who have been through one of these stress interviews. And they never forget their experience. A common enough question in this setting could sound gruff or rude, which is exactly how it's supposed to sound. Rather than a pleasant, "So, tell me about yourself," a stress interviewer may snarl (literally), .. So, tell me three reasons. Why the hell should I hire you?"
With InterviewMax programs, you will be able to experience stress interviews realistically. In each interview simulation, there are questions that is developed in Stress Interview style. Practice and succeed!
Some valuable lessons for success in stress interviews:
Never Let Them See You Sweat. No matter how stressful the situation, stay calm.
Recognize the Situation for What It Is. It is nothing more than an artificial scenario designed to see how you react under pressure.
Don’t Lose Hope: The stress interview is designed to see if you will become depressed, hostile, or flustered when the going gets tough.
Watch Your Tone of Voice. It's easy to become sarcastic during a stress interview, especially if you don't realize what the interviewer is up to.
Most important point is to make your case. Prepare it well and be ready to present it articulately. The first step would be to identify your five best strengths.
Concentrating on your five best strengths will help you focus during the interview and will make it easier for them to remember you. You can begin before the interview by identifying your five key strengths and matching them up with the job requirements. Once you've done that, determine ways to bring up these matches during the interview.
The point is whether the interviewer ask you about your strengths and weaknesses, you must communicate your strengths and weaknesses in infinite number of ways.
When you can recognize your personal assets, which set you aside from all the rest, you automatically place yourself at an advantage in the job selection process. Background Experience, Personal Attributes, and Marketable Skills. Before your next interview sit down and identify which ones you have, and determine which make you the best candidate for the position.
Background Experience: Includes education, training, and previous work experiences. You must know how to customize your education, training and work experience to suit the current employer and the position.
Personal Attributes: Determine what makes a person easy to get along with. How you behave in different situations is determined by your personality, since often your attitude about life is reflected in your work. Therefore, employers are interested in items such as your sense of humor, charisma, passion, patience, and creativity.
Marketable Skills: Includes team work/interpersonal skills, communication skills, work ethics (motivation, ambition, effort, stamina, enthusiasm, etc.), problem solving, logic, and organizational/planning skills.
"Good strengths are honesty, integrity, loyalty, self-motivation, and strong organizational skills. However, a candidate should not state organizational skills as a strength, if it is not. It will soon be discovered if you truly do not possess that skill, so the best advice is to be honest about what your strengths are, so you can be placed into a position that allows you to use your real strengths."
I repeat, you must identify at least five key strengths of yours and should know how to convince others about your strengths in infinite number of ways. InterviewMax programs and products help you to be successful in this.
Some say this is a question to trap you. Others say, this question is an indirect way to find out how long you would continue with the organization. As an interviewer, I agree with both of these groups. Many people lose great career opportunities by responding to this question in a politically incorrect way.
Your response to this question will provide the interviewer with an impression of how you would fit in as an employee of the company. Your response should demonstrate that your expectations are compatible with the culture of the organization.
“The ideal work environment is a place where every person knows precisely what is expected of them, how their performance will be evaluated, and what the goals are of each individual and of the team.”
“It’s a place with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. There’s a free exchange of ideas and a continuous effort to find a better way of doing things. There are no cliques and there’s no politics. Everyone is coming to work to work and to make the workplace a better place to be.”
Look at some of the answers:
“I want to work in an environment where I can use my presentation skills to help the company add new clients and increase its market share. I would like to deal with customers spread across a large area as I like to travel. It is important that I work in a fast-paced environment because I like being busy. I want to work somewhere where employees are recognized for their contributions.“
Look at another answer:
Visit an InterviewMax centre near you. You will experience many realistic interview questions and support staff will help you fine tune your response so that you will win the next interview.
Most candidates I have worked with over the years knew nothing about the organization they were interviewing with!
Or, what is worse, they gathered data about the wrong organization and showed up being totally uninformed or
misinformed. The more you know about the organization, the better you'll perform in the interview.
Research is an important part of the interview preparation process whether you are new to the job market or a seasoned professional the interviewer will expect you to be knowledgeable about the company.
You may be asked to demonstrate that knowledge in a number of areas, including the company's products, customers, advertising, market share and competition. Fortunately all of this information and much more are readily available on the Internet. Search for reviews, press releases, and trade articles about the company and its products. If the company is
publicly held, you can use websites hosted by government agencies or stock exchanges to find out even more.
What do I know about the company I'm speaking with?
Have I done my research on the company?
Do I know anyone in the company?
Did I get a copy of the job description before the interview?
What makes this company good – or not so good?
Does this company have any glaring problems that I should know about?
Can I articulate my unique features, advantages, and benefits for this position or the company based on what I know about it?
Do I have a list of good questions to ask to the interviewer based on the research I have done?
You must develop this skill. It is a make or break skill. My colleagues at InterviewMax will be happy to help you out. We have proprietary charts and methodologies to make you more efficient. It is your life. Make it successful.
Therefore, interviewers are instructed to find the right candidate to help the company achieve its strategic plans. Interviewers look for candidates who can achieve.
You can make the interviewers work easy by:
By demonstrating your achievements in a convincing manner.
By assuring your interviewer that you have the knowledge, determination and drive to repeat similar achievements in the future. Also, convincing him that you are a constant learner and have the ability to continuously improve to suit the organization’s innovation needs.
Prepare a list of your accomplishments prior to your job interview. The accomplishments you choose to highlight should demonstrate your skills and abilities. Remember to use examples of things that came about as a direct result of your efforts.
The accomplishments you include on your list should be realistic and verifiable. That's not to say you should be modest on a job interview; go ahead and brag about yourself. However, don't consider stretching the truth-not even just a little. The interviewer may be suspicious of something that sounds too good to be true, and if she tries to verify something you told her and cannot, it will certainly reflect poorly on you.
Try to quantify your accomplishments when possible. Use actual numbers or percentages when you are discussing anything that can be expressed in quantifiable terms, such as increases in profits or decreases in costs.
Being able to say that you increased sales by 20 percent or cut your department's costs by 35 percent is much better than saying "I increased sales a lot" or "I cut costs greatly." When deciding which achievements to discuss on an interview, always remember to choose the ones that best demonstrate your ability to do the job you are interviewing for.
Highlight skills that you think the prospective employer is looking for in a new employee. The best thing about accomplishments is that they can be examples from your professional career, academic years, or personal experiences. Use the following examples to highlight your achievements.
Learn to look at your interviewer as a prospective customer.
By responding positively and confidently you can bag the job.
If it is passion and deep interest in the job, you get the job.
It is all about products, marketing, sales & conditions.
They want to assess how creatively you approach a problem.
Who wants to hire an un-ambitious rot-learner, interested only in salary?
How do you create plans and execute those plans reveals your personality.
A right response at this stage can only open the next door.
Be careful, interviewers are trying to measure you.
Interviewers want to estimate how long you would stay in the company.
Still people use them. Who is gaining? At whose cost?
You must shade your answer to match the company’s / position’s requirements.
Like a story, an excellent way to keep your interviewers interested in you.
How to convince them that your goals & interests are same as theirs.
Merit is taken for granted. Likeability is the major factor in today’s recruitment.
There are few interview techniques, which are classic & can be applied anywhere!.
Not that difficult. Do the necessary research & follow these easy steps!
If you realize the competition, you learn to value each and every interview call.
And how such programs mislead and ruin career prospects of million.
You are hired for your strengths. Then, what else should one focus?
A systematic approach to interviews enhances the probability of bagging that job.
Because competitive environments demand un-learners & re-learners.
It is easy to win over a cross-functional team. All you need is practice.
You being the seller, onus is on you to convince the buyer about your value.
You must know how to blow your own trumpet – diplomatically.
Who wants to hear those needless repetition of ideas in different words?
Time management means productivity for the employer.
Companies look for calculated risk takers who knows how to handle failure well!
Which company can afford to carry along a misfit in the team?
Everybody will say ‘Yes”. But How you say that ‘yes’ makes all the difference.
Why is it advantages to delay discussion of salary as long as possible?
Companies realise that the reason for most terminations is poor fit.
If you understand what motivates and drives them, your success is easy.
Demonstrate positivity. They know what you know. Therefore, be honest.
Are your long term goals aligned with your company’s strategic objectives?
Yes. Everyone live by selling something. Goods or ideas!
Will you be part of a problem or part of a solution?
How would you react in conflict or problematic situations?
Why don’t you learn how to make your interviewers at ease and comfortable?
They want to know that change is the only thing that is permanent.
Crash courses make few trainers richer, not candidates any abler!
Your answer can trigger many powerful questions.
Does past performance predict future success? Many think Yes’.
Delegating saves time, & ensures a new generation is trained on the job.
Strategies to improve your value and become the most eligible candidate.
There are no correct answers, only correct approaches.
Think of ways to present your key qualities throughout the interview!
Make sure it includes specific details and makes sense.
Do Research. Because most other candidates are uninformed or misinformed.
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Communicate Your Ideas.
Inspire Action! Build A Career!