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Telephone interviews In a telephone interview, the only thing your interviewer has to assess you on is what you say.

Research shows that 95% of 800 recruitment and HR professionals surveyed said candidates come across differently over the phone compared to face-to-face. Telephone interviews allow recruiters or employers to pre-screen a group of candidates with similar qualifications before bringing them in for a faceto-face meeting. Top Tip: Make it count. By not taking the interview seriously, you could cut yourself out of the running before you hang up the phone.

Telephone interviews Tips for success:  Prep with the same diligence as you would a face-to-face meeting  Make sure your environment is free of noise so you sound professional and calm  Use a landline instead of a cell phone if possible, to avoid reception problems  Give the potential employer your undivided attention  Make sure you’re listening just as much as you’re talking Top Tip: Be as polite and professional as you would be in real life; don’t use any slang and avoid using over-familiar terms.

Competency-based interviews If you’ve ever been asked a question that started with: “Tell me about a time when you…”, then chances are you’ve already experienced this type of interview.

Competency-based questions are asked on the basis that your performance in the job you’re going for can be predicted by your behaviour in past roles. It’s one of the most popular interview types and requires significant preparation. Top Tip: Research the company and analyse the employer’s needs when formulating your best possible answers.

Competency-based interviews Tips for success:  Re-read the job description – can you prove your experience with each responsibility and task listed?  Go over your CV once more and make sure you can recall real-life examples that will support the skills required for the role  With each response, explain: the details of the situation, the actions you took, and the impact you made on the business

Top Tip: Don’t belittle your past achievements: they might be just what the interviewer is looking for.

Competency-based interviews Tips for success:  Avoid using theoretical scenarios or using ‘we’, as this potential employer is interested in you, not your former team  If you find a question difficult, allow yourself the time to think about it before you respond  Have a list of things to ask prepared for the end of the interview; this will show your passion and excitement for the position

Top Tip: Remember to breathe and speak steadily. Try mentally counting 1…2… between sentences if you feel yourself rushing.

Preparing for panel interviews Above any other type, the key to a successful panel interview is preparation. There can be several people on the panel; either led by a chair who might ask all the questions, or multiple people asking questions around different subjects.

Top Tip: Engage the entire panel. Make eye contact with the questioner and then move across the panel.

Preparing for panel interviews Tips for success:  Research your interviewers to learn more about their background. This will help you develop a relationship with them and allow you to tailor your answers to them  Do you have any common connections on LinkedIn?  What’s their work history like?  Do you have any commonalities?  Don’t waffle; make sure you get to the point Top Tip: Remember that the point of an interview is to sell yourself, so keep this in mind when responding to any questions that they might throw at you.

Dreading those tough interview questions? In Part 3 of this series, we’ll identify the trickiest ones to answer and guide you through what you need to say so you can land your dream job.

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