Succeed in the workplace
Succeed in the workplace

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Succeed in the workplace

Week 7: Presenting your ‘best’ self at interview

Introduction

This week focuses on the role of the interview and how to manage this well. Even if you are not seeking a specific job, much of the guidance offered stands you in good stead whenever you meet someone to talk about what you can offer.

If you are asking to be considered for work, you are interviewed to find out if you are suited to the work and to the organisation, and you should ask questions to help you to work out if you think you would fit in well, too. After all, even if you are offered the job, you might decide not to accept it. Whatever you decide, making interviews productive is vital if you are to achieve your career aims.

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Wendy Woolery:
Welcome to Week 7. You’re nearing the end of the course now. Well done. We hope you’ve learned a lot and are feeling a bit more confident. Last week you looked at how to identify and evaluate work opportunities, apply for jobs and think about what to put in a CV or social media profile. This week we’ll be looking at interviews. Whatever your personal situation the reality of finding work is that you will need to attend a job interview, either formal or informal, to demonstrate that you match the needs of the job. Even if you are not currently looking for work, you will find that the information contained here will help you in your workplace reviews and appraisals too.
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By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • explore different types of interviews
  • consider how to prepare for interviews
  • explore question types and how to handle them
  • practise answering interview questions
  • enhance your confidence in performing well at an interview.
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