your details speculatively
If you do not want to apply for a specific
position but would like to submit your details to McGraw-Hill for the future,
McGraw-Hill Careers allows you to create a Candidate Profile that details your
competencies, skills, abilities, and preferences. If you elect to receive alerts
on future opportunities that match your experiences and interests, McGraw-Hill
Careers will alert you when matching opportunities become available. Select the link above and click "Submit or Edit your candidate profile".
Education is one of the worlds largest publishers of high quality
professional and educational books, CDs and online products in all subject areas.
Our European office is located in Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK.
|10 Top Tips from Job Interview Success by Jenny Rogers
|1 Is this your job?
Be clear that this really is the job for you by interrogating yourself ruthlesssly about what you really want, and how good a fit this is with what is on offer. Why you want the job is one of the most important questions they will ask and you need to have a convincing answer
2 Do the research
Most candidates do far too little research. What problems would this job holder be expected to solve? Why is there a vacancy at all? What kind of a culture does this organization have? How financially stable is it? What would this boss be like to work with?
3 Learn how to stay calm
A little nervousness during job interviews is fine, but if it is overwhelming, it can get in the way. Some simple, disciplined breathing can help: breathe in slowly to a count of seven then breathe out at the same rate to a count of eleven. Imagine you’re gently blowing out a candle as you do the out-breath. This is instantly calming. Alternatively, visualise yourself in the interview room giving an excellent account of yourself: imagining success in this way pre programmes your brain to expect it and therefore has a positive effect on your behaviour
4 Match their style
Part of your research will be on how people dress in the organization. Your own outfit should be an exact match to whatever the interview panel will be wearing. Don’t assume that in an apparently informal organization it will be OK to wear casual dress: it may not be. Equally it may give the wrong impression if you wear a suit in an organization where people always dress down. Ask for advice on this from a friendly insider. Everything you wear should be in immaculate condition: no blobs, drooping hems or missing buttons. Anything less than immaculate will suggest that your work could be the same
5 It’s a social event
Essentially a job interview is a social event where they are the hosts and you are the guest. It’s a two way process – you are choosing them as much as they are choosing you. The hiring decision is made on emotional grounds, later justified with rationality. Selectors are asking, Do I like this person? Is her/she enthusiastic? A nice person? Will they fit in? Be authentic but smile and be enthusiastic
6 Anticipate the questions
There is no mystery about the questions. The actual words are unpredictable but the questions are not. Expect to be asked for evidence of your skills and achievements on every aspect of the person specification
7 Use storytelling to offer evidence
The majority of candidates answer questions with bald assertions about how good they are. It is much better to answer questions with skilful stories which show how you have already solved problems and demonstrated the skills which the new job will need. This keeps the panel awake and entertained. Assemble your anecdotes in advance so that you can tell them crisply and convincingly within a 2-minute limit
8 Do a practice
Ask a friend or family member to run a practice interview with you and listen carefully to their feedback: this hugely increases your chances of getting the job
9 Never negotiate during the interview
Save the negotiation for the actual job offer and expect to negotiate on at least three aspects of it. Beware of getting too hung up on salary – often the non-financial benefits can be more valuable
10 Plan your entry to the new job
Take your time to learn what the job is: observe, ask questions before plunging in to actually doing it.
Jenny Rogers is author of and founder member of Management Futures