Claire writes: ‘It must be the season for job applications because we have been doing plenty of interview coaching lately. You may have seen the article in last week’s Church Times about just one of the courses we ran this month.
By the time you get to interview, all the candidates will meet the person profile, more or less. The job of the application form/ CV is to give enough evidence of how you meet the job spec, why you want to work for them and why they want to appoint you – so that you get on the short list. I am looking over a form this morning which gives great data about ‘why I would like to do a job like that in any organisation’ but fails to address the question – why I want THIS job with YOU.
What the interviewers want to know on the day is whether their hunch that you fit the profile is correct and then what else you bring? What will you bring to the role that the other candidates don’t? You need to know your added value and to be able to clearly communicate it – even if – or especially when – you are an internal candidate. What’s your added value? Think about it…’
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Top Interview Tips
1 Give evidence
2 Give evidence
3 Give evidence
Eg This is how I do that. Here is an example and this was the outcome…
Evidence means there is no spin. And it can be easier to talk about something that has happened than simply to talk about yourself. Being interviewed well has no spin. But it means that the interviewers will know why you are the right person to appoint. Or why not!
You only get one chance at an interview. Talk to us about interview coaching if you would value some good preparation.