Category: Interview Process

Q in the Interview: How Did You Hear About Us

Clichés exist. Clichés exist in stories, on the telly, in daily communication – even in the corner of Aunt Millie’s cupboard, (behind that moldy thing she insists is an antique). So, what are the clichés in an interview setting? There’s a bunch! But one particular phrase that is used a considerably amount of times is: ‘How did you hear about us?’ This can be answered in an array of ways – so long as you leave the ray gun at home.

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Competencies: What exactly are compe … whatchacallit again?

Core competencies are skills, attributes and knowledge … essentially it’s a way of combining activities, resources and operations to help distinguish one company from the next. Yes, it is agreed, this is irrelevant to you – or it will be until the light bulb turns on over your head and you realise that you can bend this information to its knees and place it on a CV and cover letter. Now you may be thinking, ‘Great! But what exactly are they?’

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Understanding Communication Skills

Communication has been around since the very beginning of time. Back in the old days, cavemen would lumber around possibly ‘oooing’ at one another and would become entranced by little things, such as fire or rain. You may be asking yourself, what is a proper way of communicating – that is, without the need of tea, crumpets and the Queen?

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What is Your Proudest Achievement?

Congratulations you have just hit dirt! You are currently being asked to BRAG about your accomplishments! This is the time. This is the place. This is the hour to begin to relay EVERY detail of your LIFE to the interviewer. … WRONG! Your interviewer does not care about you. Your interviewer is much more interested in that aspect of your life you consider professional. But, with this in mind, where does one start?

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Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?

Here it comes…the dreaded question, the one that will have you feeling trapped in the interviewer’s claws with no way to escape when they ask – ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years?’ No interviewer expects you to know exactly what will happen to you in the future. So then, why bother asking such a ridiculous question?

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How to Answer – What Are Your Greatest Strengths?

Most interviewers will, at one point or another, pose the commonly-asked question ‘what are your greatest strengths?’ If you’re someone who knows all of your best qualities and has no problem sharing this knowledge with the world; then this may seem to be a piece of cake. However, this question, like many others, has more to it than meets the eye.

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