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How not to stuff up your job interview

Nigel Morris-Cotterill

On 8th November, 2018, I had the opportunity to present to students at Tunku Abdul Rahman University College my guide to success in job interviews. Here it is.

Marketing people say that you have a maximum of two seconds to engage your target. Actually, they don't have that quite right because that implies that the choices are binary - engaged or not engaged. Not engaged is not the same as resistant. So the choices are

- engaged i.e. the panel welcomes you,

- not engaged i.e. the panel is ambivalent but are open to being engaged, and

- resistant i.e. the panel would prefer it if you leave immediately but they have to be polite and go through a perfunctory process knowing from the outset that they will not offer you a job or invite you back for the next round.

What this means is that if you have not set the groundwork before you walk through that door, you are likely to be met with resistance, even if you have managed to get that far.

Against that background, what questions should you ask at the time the interview is arranged, i.e. before you attend for interview?

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