Friday 18 February 2011

How to succeed at interviews

Interview Guru

This resource which came to me as a tool for students preparing for university interviews. Then, when I looked carefully, it became clear that this is a really worthwhile training resource for jobs at entry level, and also for experienced professionals looking for a career move.

The materials have been prepared by  a very impressive team, including  Professor Cary Cooper CBE,
Organisational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University, and a group of industry experts such as CEO’s, Creative Directors, MD’s, a barrister and a leading chef.

You need to go to the web site and buy the product to get the full story, but here is a taster:

Interview Guru is an e-Learning resource created to boost your chances of success in today’s highly competitive job market.

Central to Interview Guru is a four-step e-Learning programme, detailing all the research and preparation that’s vital for interview success, and offering loads of useful tips on what to say, what not to say, what to wear and how to impress a panel of interviewers. Each step contains a video, a set of background notes and a multiple-choice quiz. This follows what’s considered best practice in providing the most effective learning.

Industry Leaders Answer Tough Questions

Backing up the central programme is a library of more detailed video conversations with industry leaders. What do they expect from the candidates they meet? What are the specific do’s and don’ts? We have many other video features including mock interviews, a feature on what to wear, and Chef Henry Harris takes us through preparing the ideal power breakfast!

Other Online Programme Features Include:

·         A library of interview questions complete with an approach on how to give the ideal answer
·         Interview scenarios and situations
·         Top tips for each day counting down to your interview
·         A library of articles and up-to-date information
·         A forum connects individuals, who can share their experiences, offer tips and advice of their own to other members of the Interview Guru community
·         Quiz History


Also available:

One-on-One Coaching

I really like the News feature, because it shows that the organisation is constantly updating its resources, and I must say that I am very impressed by the advice given in the promo video.
These are tough times: I just finished a phone conversation with a friend whose daughter is in final year and is desperate to find a job for next year.  
Among the really worthwhile comments, I like the idea that you should improve your interview performance by rehearsing with a sympathetic adult.

My favourite quote is from Henry Harris, Chef Patron of the Racine Restaurant:
To succeed in my kitchen... you need to work harder than anyone else, to a higher standard than anyone else and with greater enthusiasm than anyone else....

Thank you Interview Guru for reminding us that there are no easy answers, just really well-thought out preparation, hard work and determination...and some great advice like this  from Interview Guru.  

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