Building Rapport at a Job Interview with the Interviewer

On first consideration, it might seem that job appointments are logical and analytical, being a matter of matching a vacancy’s criteria with the experience and skills offered by the candidates.

As all the applications are screened, the interviewer ticks boxes for all the criteria that the applicant matches. The job is eventually awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest number of ticks.

Unsurprisingly, filling a vacancy is not so simple. While criteria clearly need to be matched – this is why you have to spend time researching and preparing your application – there is a less obvious dimension to making appointments.

Ultimately, while these criteria drive the short-listing and interview process, jobs are awarded to the person that the interviewer likes most at the interview stage, whether or not they are the most qualified.

For this reason, it is important that you understand the reasons and needs for establishing a rapport with the interviewer, as it will bear a major influence on your chances.

The Employer’s Concerns

Think about the five concerns that direct the employer during the recruitment process:

(1) Can the candidate do the job?

(2) Is the candidate willing to do the job?

(3) Will the candidate fit into the organisation?

(4) Will we be able to manage this candidate?

(5) Can we afford to pay this candidate?

Of these, your CV, cover letter and interview performance can directly address and provide evidence for the first and third points.

Answers to the all important second and fourth points, however, while influenced by your application, come largely down to the interview itself and the employer’s opinion of your character.

By establishing a rapport or positive bond with the interviewer, you are directly affecting their answer to points (2) and (4).

If the interviewer likes you, it is very hard for a candidate with better qualifications, who they do not like, to be offered the position ahead of you.

Demonstrate your Personal Integrity

One of the first reasons for starting to like someone is that you can trust them.

If the interviewer decides early in the interview that you are trustworthy, many of their anxieties about taking a risk will be calmed and you will be on the way to establishing rapport.

Establishing a rapport does not mean trying to be the interviewer’s best friend. This is a formal situation, so attempting personal niceties (such as commenting on a photograph or souvenir in the office) is best avoided.

It may well make the interviewer cringe and think that you do not respect them. Likewise, do not start by referring to the big football game last night, or similar. Your thoughts may be seen as irrelevant.

Keep your early comments relevant to the organisation, whether comment or question. You might refer, for instance, to a recent industry event.

Whatever it is, the subject needs to be conducive to your being selected. Not only will you sound informed, but the interviewer will hopefully perceive you as friendly and approachable.

Think of the interviewer as a person, rather than a challenge or adversary. You can be conversational, although this situation is, of course, different to a normal conversation.

If there is more than one interviewer, you can be friendly but courteous with whomever you are talking to at that moment. The more interested you are in them, the more likely it is that the rapport will grow naturally.

Positive Body Language

How you present yourself is just as important as what you say. Your aim is for the interviewer to see you as confident, attentive, honest, open and willing.

Your handshake, says much about you. Try to keep your hand flat and straight as you offer it, with the clasp itself firm but not overly so.

If you are prone to sweaty hands when under stress, try to wash them with cool water before entering the interview.

The way you sit conveys a great deal. Do not lean back, as you may appear bored or even insolent. Sit up straight or lean forward slightly, showing interest.

Never cross your arms, as this looks defensive or mistrusting. If you’re not sure what to do with your hands, practice holding them in your lap.

Maintaining good eye contact is another way of establishing trust. Do not look at the floor or the walls when answering questions, although it is alright to glance away and then come back.

Mirror the interviewer’s expressions (to a point!). Respond to a smile with a smile, or a concerned look with the same. Do not over do it though.

Be a Good Listener

There are ways to show that you are listening and being attentive. Nodding is an obvious one. This is known as ‘active listening’.

Without doing it to excess, you can also make ‘listening noises’: “hmm”, “yes”, “I see”. Never interrupt when you do this, though.

Everyone uses these tactics in normal conversation without realising it.

What you are doing is accentuating them to ensure that the interviewer knows that you are a good listener – this will assist with their concern, “Will we be able to manage this candidate?”

Another sign of active listening is to repeat a phrase from the interviewer’s previous sentence. This shows that you have heard and understood them. Do this carefully though, as you do not want to slow down the pace of the interview.

Providing Reassurance

Ultimately, what you are doing is providing the interviewer with reassurance. There is a huge risk in making an appointment.

By showing yourself to be trustworthy, likeable, willing and good at communicating, you dramatically reduce the employer’s risk and considerably improve your chances of being offered the job.

Kindest regards,

Paul Bradley.

Managing Director.
Bradley CVs Ltd.

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Getting the ‘Tone’ Right in your CV

If you are inexperienced at writing your CV, then you have probably given little attention to the tone of your writing.

This refers to the kind of ‘voice’ that the reader will hear in their head as they read your document. The kind of tone you use will be determined by why you are writing a CV and who will be reading it.

The tone itself comes down to the words and phrases you use, as well as how you structure your sentences. You need to use a tone that makes the reader feel like meeting you, rather than putting them off.

Here, we look at the factors that contribute to achieving the correct tone for CV writing.

What is a Positive Tone?

First and foremost, everything about your CV should be positive.

This is no place for negatives, so do not criticise former employers or draw attention to areas that you are not experienced in.

Generally speaking, you always need to sound professional and confident. This means being emphatic, showing commitment and an interest in furthering the employer’s goals.

This should always be backed up with solid achievements from your past experience.

If you can find this optimum balance, based in the language and phrasing you use to convey genuine potential, then the employer will be encouraged to read on and shortlist your application.

Use of Pronouns

When considering the language that you use, the most important thing is to get the pronouns right.

Writing in the ‘first person’ means always starting sentences with the word ‘I’. Do not do this in your CV, as it does not look professional.

Writing in the ‘third person’ means saying ‘he’ or ‘she’ when talking about yourself. That is not right, either, as it sounds pretentious.

The best approach is to simply state the facts that you wish to communicate, without using a pronoun at all. Start the sentence with a verb instead.

For example, “Developed and executed an action plan” rather than “I developed and executed an action plan”.

Show Commitment

It’s likely that the person reading your CV is committed to their work and they will want to see the same motivation in you.

This means showing that you have passion and drive, without sounding as if you will be hard to manage.

Communicating passion for your work needs to be done carefully, or you will risk sounding enthusiastic but naive. That would not sound professional.

Do not use words such as ‘love’ or ‘excited’, as they sound immature in this context. This is emotion of the wrong kind and will serve to repel the employer.

Instead, use words such as focus and dedication, while backing all statements up with achievements from your solid experience.

Don’t be Self-Important

You need to use professional language to convey the fact that you are used to and can handle responsibility.

However, you have to be careful not to sound pompous or self-important. Look at sample CVs to see which terms are used to describe personal attributes or achievements.

Get this wrong and you risk sounding arrogant or self-aggrandising.

This is particularly important when describing your leadership skills, as it’s very easy to claim a bit too much when trying to sell oneself via a CV.

Avoid superlatives such as ‘best’, ‘greatest’ and ‘leading’, unless they are a direct quote from someone else’s praise about you.

Rather, make simple statements and back them up with achievements that say even more.

Exhibit Quiet Confidence

Under-confidence is as off-putting to an employer as over-confidence. It will make them think that your experience is weak.

However, if you sound too confident when describing your career background and capabilities, you risk sounding boastful or even arrogant.

They are less likely to believe everything you write and will question it more, because they will suspect you are exaggerating. Few people admire over-confidence.

The trick is to write with a sense of authority, making it clear through the use of correct language that you know your area.

Do not over-hype your achievements, because if they are solid the employer will see that for themselves. On the other hand, do not undersell yourself either.

Highlight all your strengths without going over the top.

Using Positive Language

Your language should be 100% positive, in line with the positive content of your CV.

State what you accomplished in clear, matter of fact language, allowing your confidence to show through the use of positive action verbs and, to a certain extent, adjectives.

If you are unsure about the effect your language creates, ask a friend or, better still, somebody who knows the area of work you are seeking work in, to review it.

It is always far easier for someone else to spot where a word creates a misleading impression.

Example CVs

If you feel daunted at the prospect of finding the right tone, take a look at examples CVs on our CV service website to see how we write a CV.

If you’d like assistance with your CV, please take a look at our professional CV service.

Kindest regards,

Paul Bradley.

Managing Director.

Bradley CVs Ltd.

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7 Fatal CV Writing Mistakes

Few people are highly experienced in CV writing and most people will make mistakes at some point. Fatal errors can demolish what seems to be the most perfect match, between you and a job that you are applying for.

This next statement may surprise you a bit, but …

“Employers are really looking for ways to eliminate job applicants”

They don’t have the time or the inclination to interview everyone that applies – so they are looking for reasons to eliminate as many CVs as they can, as quickly as possible.

The more mistakes / errors you make on your CV the more likely you are to eliminated during the first CV sift.

In this article, we look at some of the most dangerous fatal mistakes / errors and show you how to avoid them.

1. Lack of Focus

Your CV usually has to impress an employer within 30 seconds of being picked up. If you are unable to demonstrate a clarity of intent and purpose within that time, it’s unlikely that an employer will bother trying to figure out your CV for themselves.

Every word must work to highlight your suitability for the role in question, from your career goals to your relevant experience. Your CV must stand out from all the other CVs by defining you as a highly suitable candidate.

Make sure your CV contains a ‘hit list’ of your most relevant experience areas, skills and attributes, plus the results you have achieved in each job role.

2. Gaps in Your Career History

Never leave unexplained gaps in your Career History. Many people take time out for a variety of reasons, including travel, education, family matters, unemployment or illness.

If there is a gap in your Career History, an employer is likely to wonder if you are trying to hide something. This may make them question your suitability or they may even just reject your CV outright.

You must therefore clearly account for any gaps in your career history.

3. Tasks Instead of Experience

If you include details of every task you’ve ever performed, or that’s listed on your job description, your CV’s Career History section will be very long and very dull indeed.

It’s also likely that any important information will be lost in the mass of irrelevant detail.

Instead, include just your most relevant experience, demonstrating the skills and talents relating to the jobs you want to apply for. An employer can then clearly see how you can benefit their organisation.

4. Writing a Life Story

Your CV is a marketing document, not a personal history. Nobody has time to read a 10-page CV, which lists everything you’ve ever done in your life.

Keep your CV short and sweet, preferably just a few pages. You must focus on relevant work experience – don’t include a lot of personal information; it’s rarely relevant and can often work against you.

5. Outdated Information

Your CV should only include the most relevant information that relates to the jobs you are applying for. Including outdated information that isn’t relevant will only make it harder for an employer.

So, being captain of the school football team would be relevant when you’d just left school. But, would be completely irrelevant 20 years later, when you are now managing a department.

Make sure you examine everything on your CV and delete anything that is no longer relevant.

6. Exaggerating or Boasting

It’s understandable that you want to sound confident and accomplished. However, there is a fine line between exaggerating and lying, so it’s important not to overstate your qualifications or experience.

Avoid increasing the figures or expanding your responsibilities as it could work against you. Even a slight transgression can destroy your credibility if noticed.

Always avoid confusing a confident tone with bragging. While you need to blow your own trumpet, you must aim to sound professional and emphatic rather than boastful. There is nothing more likely to make a prospective employer switch off – nobody likes arrogance.

7. Spelling and Grammar

It can’t be repeated often enough: make sure your CV doesn’t contain any spelling and grammar errors.

Leaving errors in your CV will make an employer think you are unprofessional and slipshod in your approach.

If you have any comments or questions about this article, or you’d like to share your views with other readers, please leave a comment below.

Kindest regards,

Paul Bradley.

Bradley CVs Ltd.

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Preparing for an Interview

Practically everyone hates interviews, but there’s no getting away from them. For almost every step in our careers, we need to go through the gruelling process of the job interview. Yet, there are ways you can make the process slightly less difficult.

By being adequately prepared, you can improve your confidence and performance, improve your chances of getting the job, and even have a reasonably pleasant time during the interview itself.

Preparation is everything. Just as you wouldn’t expect to do well in a race unless you’d put in some work beforehand, you can’t expect to be a clear winner in the contest for a job without preparation.

No matter how skilled or experienced you are, if you are up against someone with equal qualifications, the person who has put in the groundwork before the interview is more likely to gain the position.

So, what is meant by preparation?

It doesn’t mean becoming anxious by focusing on possible pitfalls that lie ahead. Instead, it means going through very specific steps to improve your chances. You can even go so far as to create a strategy to help you prepare.

Your strategy can include self-evaluation, improving your CV / resume before making an application, researching the employer, considering possible questions and working on your self-presentation once you have the interview secured.

Here, we are going to look at the steps you can take to prepare for the interview itself.

1. Research the Employer

You should spend as much time as you can spare doing some research, both into the organization that’s going to be interviewing you, and the vacancy itself. These days, the first place to look is usually the Internet.

You can view the organization’s own website. Take in as much background and structural information as you can. Look beyond the organization’s own site, to see what turns up about it on other sites. You might find valuable details in newspaper and magazine archives – and not always what the organization might wish you to read.

Also visit competitor sites and gain a feel for the sector the organization operates within. See what the differences are between the recruiting organization and its competitors.

Go to the library. The bigger the library, the better. The librarian can probably help you to access online publications which aren’t available to the general public, but to which the library subscribes. Academic libraries are particularly good for such subscriptions and back issues of specialist journals.

2. Research the Questions

Answering job interview questions properly takes skill and practice. Make sure you thoroughly prepare and rehearse your answers to the questions that you are likely to be asked.

Don’t think that you can just make up an answer on the spot – very few people can do this convincingly. If you don’t prepare thoroughly beforehand, you won’t deliver a good performance, which means that an employer is unlikely to offer you the job.

Look at the job advert (always keep a copy of each job advert) and think about the likely questions that the employer will ask you. No two jobs are ever exactly the same, so even if you’ve already been to an interview for a similar job, don’t become complacent – still research the employer and the job thoroughly.

Sometimes the interviews that you think will be easy, turn out to be really hard. Proper preparation beforehand will get you through an interview whether it’s a really hard interview or an easy interview which you breeze through and get a job offer straight away.

3. Prepare for a Different Kind of Interview

There are a variety of different selection processes, which each have to be handled in a slightly different way. For example a face-to-face panel interview is quite different from a telephone interview.

This topic was covered in detail in our article Different Types of Interview, please take a look if you haven’t already – you will learn about what to expect, making you less likely to be caught out.

4. Self Presentation

The clothing you wear to an interview is very important. Generally speaking, you should always dress smartly, in a way that’s appropriate to the job sector that you’re applying to.

You also need to take care of every aspect of your personal care and cleanliness, so that you look tidy and well turned-out.

5. Review your Application

Read through your own CV/resume and application letter or form again. Make sure you know every point and that you can back everything up with examples if necessary.

All too often, we never look at our CV / resume once it’s been written. Being caught out by a simple question relating to something you’ve written on your CV could cost you dearly.

6. Check the Location

It sounds obvious, but if you’re not sure where you’re going, you should research and plan the route beforehand. Always allow extra travelling time in case of unavoidable delays.

Make sure you have the interviewer’s telephone number with you, in case there’s a major hold-up. Plan to arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes before your interview time.

7. Prepare a Little More

You can’t really over-prepare for an interview. There’s always a bit more research you could do on the employer or you can always spent more time on preparing your answers to the likely interview questions.

If you have any comments or questions about this article, or you’d like to share your views with other readers, please leave a comment below.

Kindest regards,

Paul Bradley.

Bradley CVs Ltd.

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Using Industry Keywords / Buzzwords in Your CV

Job seeking has changed over recent years, with the advent and rapid growth of digital communications. This means that when you prepare your CV, you are no longer writing it for one scenario, in which an employer receives a paper copy in an envelope via the regular post.

You now have to prepare your CV for digital consumption, with an employer or recruiter either receiving it via email or accessing it in a database – either their own or on a job board – through use of an electronic scanner. These readers are most likely to be large companies or recruitment agencies who know exactly what they want and use scanning software to ensure they get the best match possible.

As your CV is a marketing document, you therefore need to write for its different audiences. In most instances when the reader uses scanning software, they will be searching for keywords and ‘industry buzzwords’.

We can categorise keywords as any words that help a document to come up in search engine results. Industry buzzwords are also keywords, but they relate more closely to the terminology of specific industries or work sectors.

While keywords can be fairly general, buzzwords tend to relate more closely to the industry. It is therefore essential that you are thoroughly familiar with what employers might be searching for so that you can ‘optimise’ your CV.

How Searches Are Conducted

Sophisticated software that undertakes CV scanning, coding and retrieval is used to conduct searches of CVs loaded onto databases for industry buzzwords. This software either belongs to the Human Resources department of a major company, to a large recruitment agency searching on behalf of an industry client, or is built in to a careers website, where job seekers have uploaded their CVs.

This software enables the search of many 1000’s of CVs, narrowing the field down so that a human recruiter can then read them individually.

Different Kinds of Buzzwords

Let’s say that keywords are a general category, including general skills areas, proficiencies, activities and business processes. Industry buzzwords can be grouped into the following categories.

  • The most frequently appearing verbs and nouns used in the adverts for positions within this sector or industry.
  • Specific job titles and departments found in that industry or profession.
  • Specific hardware or software programs used in that industry or profession.
  • Vocational degrees or certifications.
  • Companies active within that industry or profession.
  • Jargon specific to that industry or profession.
  • Acronyms used commonly in that industry or profession.

The more closely an industry buzzword is linked in with the vacancy or the work sector, the more weight it will carry in the search criteria.

Making Lists of Buzzwords

Even if you are the most qualified person for a vacancy, you are unlikely to be short listed if there are few buzzwords in your CV for the scanning software to pick up. It is, of course, impossible for you to know the exact string of words and phrases that the employer will enter when they use the scanning software. However, you can make an educated guess at anticipating many of them.

Different employers and recruiters will come up with different lists of buzzwords that they consider important. You will find the most important in their job advertisements, with the others close behind in the job descriptions.

You can visit any careers websites, search for similar jobs and check out the job descriptions and person specifications that can be accessed online. It is then an easy step to make lists of these and prioritise according to how often and, as importantly, how high up they appear in the adverts and supporting documents.

If you are tailoring your CV to a specific vacancy, then visit the corporate website and take note of the language used there. If press releases are viewable on the site, read these too, as they will reflect the current jargon.

You should also look in current industry magazines and articles to gain a sense of the words and terminology that are being used in this industry sector. This will help you to decide which buzzwords are likely to be most heavily weighted.

Including Buzzwords in Your CV

The higher up your CV you include buzzwords, the more likely it is to rank highly in the lists produced by scanner software. Some people believe in adding a paragraph composed entirely of keywords and buzzwords at the top of their CV, reducing it to a small font size so that it is there for the scanners, without intruding too much when a recruiter or employer comes to read it in person. While this may satisfy search criteria, it will not necessarily the human who gives it an initial read.

The best recommendation is to include the buzzwords in the text of your CV. Once you have drafted your CV, you can go through and insert buzzwords in such a way that it still reads fluently. This may mean removing some of the original text.

The Profile at the top of your CV can include your three strongest and most relevant skills and experience areas, expressed in buzzwords. You can continue with an Achievements section, which can also be heavy with buzzwords. These sections should take up the first 1/2 to 2/3 of the first page, meaning that they will also be included in the vital first 30 seconds that a human recruiter spends scanning your CV.

Continue to use the buzzwords you’ve identified throughout your CV, in the Career History, Training, Education and Other Skills sections.

Keep it Genuine

Your CV should never look like groups of buzzwords ordered into unconvincing bullet points. If you do not have experience in an area that appears critical, then do not claim to possess it. Your CV should read smoothly, giving a sense of you, the candidate, rather than reading like cut-and-paste text from job descriptions. Ideally, the end result should describe a candidate who is wholly familiar with the work area and conversant with all the requirements of the vacancy being advertised.

Quick Exercise to Improve Your CV

It’s really easy for you to quickly improve your own CV by adding keywords / buzzwords – so, do the quick exercise below now, don’t put it off and spend at least 10 to 20 minutes on it (you can spend longer if you want).

  • Jot down a list of keywords / buzzwords that come straight into your head, when you think about your profession / industry sector.
  • Now go and visit your favourite job site and perform a search on the sort of jobs that you want to apply for – make a note of the specific keywords / buzzwords in the job adverts.
  • Prioritise your list and then update your CV, ensuring that you’ve included the most important keywords / buzzwords at least once.
  • Remember, the more time you spend on your CV, the better your chances of getting interviews – so, when you next look at a job advert, industry / professional publication, etc, note down any keywords / buzzwords that aren’t on your list and consider adding them to your CV.

If you have any comments or questions about this article, or you’d like to share your keywords / buzzwords with other readers, please leave a comment below.

Kindest regards,

Paul Bradley.

Bradley CVs Ltd.

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Different Types of Interviews

In the course of applying for jobs, you may have experienced or heard about a number of different types of interview. These involve any combination of different elements, comprising the number of interviewers, types of questions and approaches to questioning, through to different formats for the selection process itself.

While you can get an initial idea of how the selection process for a job will work – will there be one interview or two, will it be a panel of interviewers or just one person – it is harder to anticipate different styles for the interview itself.

By understanding how the different styles of interview work, you stand a lower chance of being surprised and left feeling uncomfortable during the interview itself. Being prepared can only enhance your performance.

One-to-One Interviews

Most people are familiar with one-to-one interviews, as these are the most traditional type of interview format. The interviewer in this case is usually the manager or supervisor for the job to be filled.

With a loose structure, these interviews are fairly flexible. Your goal is to bond with that interviewer, not only impressing them with your skills and experience, but encouraging them to like you.

Panel Interviews

This type of interview typically involves between two and five interviewers. Panel interviews are normally more formal and structured, with each person having their own designated questions to ask.

While the panel interview may seem daunting, it is actually fairer, for there is less room for personal dislikes to impede your candidacy.

There are usually one or two key people, while the others are representing different areas of the organisation. Your goal is to identify the two key people and to persuade them ahead of the others.

Serial Interviews

This is a variation on the above formats, requiring the candidate to sit a number of one-to-one interviews on the same day. These serial interviews all take place with all candidates before a decision is made.

Your goal is to remain fresh and to adapt to each individual interviewer, establishing bonds with them all.

Behavioural (or Situational) Interviews

These interviews aim to glean indications about your future performance by exploring your previous behaviour.

The behavioural interview question invites you to draw on an example from your past experience. The example you’re asked to give might relate to a work situation, a project, or a situation involving a ‘people problem’ from outside the workplace. The aim is to gauge your chances of future success by hearing what you’ve accomplished before.

These questions usually start in one of the following ways: “Give an example of…”, “Tell me about…”, “Describe…”, “Think about…”, etc.

Your goal is to include as many positive examples of your previous work in answers to the questions as possible. This means that you need to identify plenty of past achievements in advance and remember enough details about them to answer an initial and a follow-up question.

In practice, many interviewers include a few behavioural questions in a one-to-one or panel interview, so preparing your answers will rarely be wasted. You need to tailor your answers to the specific vacancy you are applying for.

Group Interviews

As the name suggests, in a group interview, a number of candidates are interviewed at the same time. This kind of interview enables the employer to gauge which candidates stand out as leaders, with the ability to persuade others around them. This is particularly useful for certain executive positions.

In practice, the interviewer may ask the group to solve a problem together, or ask an individual candidate to present or discuss a certain issue with the others. There is clearly a high degree of pressure involved with group interviews, with many personalities involved as well as the inevitable stress of the event.

Your goal is to work well with the others, persuading them and ensuring that your communication skills stand out. At the same time, you need to be reading the interviewer’s responses to the same degree as in any other type of interview.

Performance Interviews

If you detest role play situations, then you will not welcome a performance interview, for that is exactly what this involves.

The interviewer gives the candidate a work situation, likely to arise with this vacancy, that the candidate must then respond to, describing their ideas and actions, and role-playing how they would interact with other people involved. This kind of interview might be used for customer-facing roles.

Your goal is to think clearly on your feet, retaining your communication skills despite the pressure of being in an interview.

Screening Interviews

A screening interview is typically a short, preliminary interview that is set up to narrow down a shortlist of candidates. Those who get through will go forward to a full interview.

These interviews may include psychometric tests to quickly weed out unsuitable candidates. The Human Resources department often undertake this role, either in person, via the telephone or computer. These interviews are inflexible and run according to preset criteria. Your goal is simply to represent yourself the best you can.

Telephone Interviews

As mentioned above, the telephone interview is often part of a screening procedure. It may also be conducted by one of the face-to-face interviewers, aiming to get a preliminary sense of what your personality is like, before they meet you. In such a case, you may not be told that this is an interview – even if it seems as if the employer is ringing simply to discuss your application, you must always treat such conversations as interviews.

Your goal is to communicate effectively, even when you are unable to read the interviewer’s visual cues and are unable to project your own body language. Pauses will sound like long silences on the phone, so you will need to keep your wits about you.

Pressure Interviews

This is when the interviewer(s) are deliberately hostile or challenging to the candidate. Negative signals are given via speech and body language that are intended to test the candidates mettle.

Your goal is to remain calm and unperturbed, thinking clearly under immense pressure.

Video Conferencing

This involves video and audio link-ups between remote sites. It is cost effective for international organisations that are located in dispersed sites. Your goal is to respond naturally in a rather artificial interview scenario.

Lunchtime Interviews

More a possibility for higher executive positions or head hunted candidates, this involves a discussion held over lunch with either a head-hunter or a direct superior (to the vacancy). Your goal is to present yourself well in a seemingly social situation, managing your table manners as well as your thoughts and answers.

Although, this is usually positioned as a ‘chat’, you should treat it the same as any other interview, and fully prepare beforehand.

Second Interviews

These are conducted after a number of candidates have been eliminated after the first round of interviews. Second interviews may be longer and more probing.

An employer may be trying to decide between two candidates, or wanting to feel more confident in their decision. A higher level manager may be involved in the second interview.

Your goal is to further establish a bond with the interviewer, digging deeper into your resources to provide compelling answers and examples of your achievements.

Final Thoughts

You should now have an understanding of the different types of interview that you may face, which will help you help in your interview preparation.

If you have any comments or questions about this article, or you’d like to share your views with other readers, please leave a comment below.

Kindest regards,

Paul Bradley.

Bradley CVs Ltd.

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