Handling Tough Job Interviews: Be Prepared, Perform Well, by Julie-Ann Amos

By Julie-Ann Amos

Revised variation of this instruction manual, written through an writer within the box of recruitment, education and administration.

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When they tell you, you can say something like ‘that’s interesting. I don’t think my CV shows just how much of my time at JB Jones was spent on that type of work. ’ What would be the best and worst points of this position? This is a good question from two points of view. First, it’s good to ask if you have any doubts whatsoever over whether or not you are interested. It’s also another opportunity to shine. If they tell you the worst points of the job, and you 58 / H A N D L I N G T O U G H J O B I N T E R V I E W S can say ‘Is that all?

If you’re asked in detail about experience you don’t have much of, say so now. Being honest Give an accurate account of your abilities and the experience you have. Be honest about any gaps you have – if you have no experience in a particular area, say so when asked. Far better to eliminate yourself from their search at this stage than progress things further and ending up embarrassing them – they won’t represent you again if you do that. You may not be put forward for this job, but at least the headhunter knows he or she can trust you, and they may find you suitable for something else at a later date.

The only correct answer is ‘yes; from what I’ve heard so far I’m very interested’ or words to that effect. ‘I’d have to think it through’ on the other hand, although a perfectly valid answer, may well blow your chances of being offered the job or taken through to the next stage of the recruitment process. E M P L O Y E R I N T E R V I E W S / 57 Now that this question isn’t used as often by interviewers, don’t think that the concern isn’t there. Try to impress upon the interviewer that you would accept the job if offered it.

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