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Sunday, 28 December 2008

Worst performance in a job interview

I read this in the Independent on Sunday and thought I would share it, as it is a fantastic example of a poor job interview technique.

"...the man who, receiving a mobile phone call, asked the interviewer to leave because it was a "private call"; the man who told the interviewer he had been sacked from his last post for beating up the boss; the candidate who sniffed his armpits as he walked into the interview room; and the person going for an accountancy job who told the interviewer: "I'm a people person, not a numbers person." But the winner is the American who, during a telephone job interview, flushed the toilet."

Try not to make these mistakes in the New Year...but if you do we'd be happy to hear about them.

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Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Job interview survey

According to research by people in the UK have not been selling themselves at interview over the past 12 months. They suggest from their survey that people in Briton have missed out on pay rises worth £2.3bn in the past year by failing interviews.

This figure is likely to be complete rubbish and better as a public relations exercise for the company. For example if people these people have lost £2.3bn from failing interviews then pay rises would have been gained by those who sold themselves better than the rest. Also those who failed at multiple interviews have not lost £2.3bn as they couldn't have taken all these jobs.

Nevertheless the report doesn highlight the importance of interview skills.

The study of 5,000 adults showed many did not know how to answer "penetrating" questions such as how to sell a bottle of water, what they wanted on their gravestone or how their friends see them.

One in three people looking for work had failed to receive a single job offer in the past year, mainly because of poor interview technique or nerves.

"Our candidates tell us that it's one thing to find a job that matches your skills and experience, but quite another to be able to sell yourself in an interview chair," said's Keith Potts.

So-called "killer" questions at interviews included: "I've interviewed 20 people for this job, why should I employ you?", and "Tell me a secret you've never told anyone."

Few of those surveyed said they practised possible questions before going for a job interview.

This research highlights the importance of planning for interviews, including understanding the sort of questions they're likely to face. That way you can overcome some of the nerves, really sell yourself and get the perfect job.

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