What kind of questions may I ask in an interview? By Matthew Coppola


Generally speaking, at the end of most interviews conducted, the prospective employer may ask the candidate if they have any questions before they conclude the interview.

It’s always best to have at least one or two questions to ask the employer. Too many questions can be off-putting, not enough questions or any at all may show disinterest in the role, or it may be perceived by the potential employer that the candidate has not taken much thought about the role.

Good questions to ask include:

  • What is the workplace culture like?
  • What makes a successful person in performing this role?
  • What kind of challenges do you envision in this role?

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What is one approach that I can take in answering a behavioural based interview question? By Matthew Coppola


Most interviews these days will involve both standard and behavioural type interview questions being asked of the candidate. Standard type questions including that such as ‘Why should we hire you?’ and ‘What makes you the best person for this role?’ and so forth. Behavioural questions, on the other hand, are asked of the candidate to find out the approach that they took in a particular situation to accomplish a task or handle a matter.

Certainly, the example is important and would even be great if it was relevant to the role being interviewed for, but on many occasions, candidates simply cannot think of any relevant examples which makes it so important to both prepare for an interview and think about how your experience relates to each of the job duties and/or the key selection criteria.

Examples of behavioural questions include:

“Can you recall a time when you had a disagreement with a fellow colleague. What was the disagreement and how did you seek to resolve it?”

One approach to answering this behavioural question is to first start off by talking about the importance of resolving disagreements/conflicts with colleagues and how it can affect the workplace. Then proceed with an example using the STAR format.

S – Situation: What your role/company was and what the issue was.

T – Task: What was needed to be done?

A – Action: What approach did you take?

R – Result: What was the outcome?

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Importance of displaying positive body language in an interview setting, by Matthew Coppola


Sometimes it doesn’t matter what we say or how we say something. Because if our body language – that is our physical mannerism and stature – does not match up with what we are saying, then the message that we are trying to get across will be skewered and misinterpreted.

In fact, research suggests that our body language accounts for upwards of 90% of our communication and what we are really trying to say.

This really is why it is so important to be aware of our own body language, particularly in an interview setting where the interviewer may be reading into everything we say and do in front of them.

I will address a couple areas where we need to be mindful of our body language in an interview setting:

Face to face sitting in front of an interviewer – This can be very daunting. We might feel as though we are being interrogated and there is a bright light shining in our eyes! Okay, I am exaggerating here. But the fact of the matter is, it’s not easy being in front of another person knowing full well that they are trying to make a decision on whether to hire you or not, and it all rests upon what you say and do.

So try to have an open posture and keep your hands clasped together. Don’t fidget. And if naturally, you are someone that uses your hands when talking, try to keep this minimal and relevant to what you are saying. Try to avoid crossing your arms or resting your hands on your legs like you are ready to finish up with the interview.

Facial expressions – Don’t be afraid to smile or show facial expressions. Obviously, don’t overdo it. But show a nice smile and use your facial expressions intermittingly.

To sit back or not. To lean forward or not. What should I do?? Help! – There is nothing wrong with sitting back or leaning forward. Or doing both intermittingly in the course of the interview. Just avoid slouching and coming across disinterested. If you are trying to make a point or elaborate on something, feel free to lean forward but not too much.

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Ways you can sell yourself in the interview and on your resume


At the end of the day, no matter how good your resume is or how incredible your credentials and experience look on paper, what matters most is your ability to really sell yourself to the employer by demonstrating with solid evidence why you are a suitable candidate for the job. So I have put together a list of areas that you can focus on and highlight in your CV, covering letter and in the interview:

Your employment history

The employer wants to hear about how many years of experience you offer. What you did in those roles that are relevant to the job and being specific in explaining this.

Your education

Great, you have completed a course or tertiary qualification. Tell the employer about the units you studies, the results you achieved and what new skills you have gained from completing the course.

Improvements in percentages and numbers

Okay so you increased your performance targets. But what were those targets in numbers and what is the significance to the employer in reaching or exceeding those targets. What is the benchmark? Let’s get some figures mentioned.

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Interview Question: Why do you want to work for our company?


One of the common questions an interviewer may ask concerns why you want to work for their company. It could ask be asked in another way such as, why did you apply for this role, what do you know about the company and why should we hire you.

The meaning uncovered

This is a typical question where the employer is trying to discern just how interested and keen you really are in working for them. They are looking to see how enthusiastic you really are. The employer may be interviewing 5 other candidates just like you, so they want someone who genuinely wants the role and will demonstrate this.

Difference between “enthusiastic” and “desperate”

You can come across enthusiastic by showing interest in the position, the company and the interviewer. You will come across desperate by having a great need or desire for getting the job, to the point that it goes overboard and makes the interviewer feel uncomfortable.

How you can show enthusiasm

You can show enthusiasm by asking questions about the company, saying things like “I can definitely see myself performing well in this role” or “This position is exactly what I am looking for”. Your body language will also come across that you are enthusiastic about the role and you can do this by leaning forward, nodding, smiling and maintaining eye contact.

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Author: Matthew Coppola

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How to prepare questions to ask at your interview, by Matthew Coppola


SBeing asked questions at an interview can be like the media questioning a politiciano you have finally go the the interview stage and they tell you its next Monday at 4:00 pm. And you are excited as anything, probably throwing your fists  in the air, jumping up and down in hysterics! But then it dawns upon you that they are going to ask you serious questions and probe you to see how good you really are for the job. Remember that probably 5 other people also got the call and are being interviewed too. So you have some competition on your hands!

Next step is to start thinking and mentally preparing yourself for the questions that will come at you. Some may be directly related to your abilities and if you have what it takes. Some though will be indirect. You are there as a participant being interview, not an observer watching on the sidelines. The spotlight is on you! This is a meeting and like most meetings, every participant needs to prepare and especially if they are having a part in contributing to the discussion.

Get ahead of the competition (the other interviewees) by thinking about the kind of questions that would show you have a good understanding and knowledge of the employers’ business operations. Demonstrate that you have done your research and taken an active interest in them. After all, they are doing so for you!

You could say something along these lines (for a business real estate/operations management role:

From having a good look through your company website, I noticed that your management team are planning to acquire a new office block on county street in West Meadows. I am wondering will I be managing this acquisition or has this already been settled now?

This kind of questioning will demonstrate to the employer that you are already thinking about the job and what value you will add. It shows initiative and a desire to succeed. You are taking an interest in something that could affect your role!

So demonstrate and prove that you did your homework by asking specific and interesting questions about the role and the company.

 

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Author: Matthew Coppola, Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions

Careers Advisor, Employment Specialist & Resume Writing Expert.

With over 7 years’ experience in Recruitment, Employment Services and Corporate Training, Matthew has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience in resume writing, interview skills, job searching strategies, selection criteria writing and career planning. 

His approach to resume writing is to actually sell the individual, shine a light on their best qualities and powerfully market them to prospective employers. 

Matthew holds a Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics.