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The ‘X Factor’ finally revealed….preparation

Monday, November 11th, 2013

You can’t escape reading the paper or surfing the internet on a Monday morning without a weekend’s round up of the X Factor. When the programme buy cialis 5mg started nine years ago, there was clearly a market for it, but since then,many now argue that every year is just the same as the last. One recent online article which backed up this theory examined the vast number of times particular songs have been performed on the live shows. The winner? ‘Feeling Good’ by Nina Simone, followed closely by ‘One’ by U2 and ‘Don’t want to miss a thing’ by Aerosmith.

You could argue a job interview is somewhat akin to the X Factor- clearly practise makes perfect and evidently there are always typical songs performed/ typical job questions asked.

The following questions are invariably posed which are also not easy to answer if you haven’t thought about them beforehand.

  • “Tell me about yourself.” Most interviewers want to know if you are able to give a brief, sequential summary of your life and career that relates to the job for which you’re interviewing.  They want to get a feel for your conversational style, your confidence level, your ability to organise and present information.
  • What do you know about our organisation? While your answer should show that you have taken the time to do some research, you don’t want to overwhelm the interviewer with your encyclopaedic knowledge of the organisation. Make it clear that while you have done your homework, you want to learn more from those who know most about it.
  • “Why do you want to work for us?” Here the interviewer is probing for your motivation for joining the company. Are you just seeking a bigger salary and more benefits? Your answer should therefore reflect your desire to contribute to the company and grow as a professional.
  • “Why are you leaving your present position?” Interviewers will certainly want to determine your motivation, but they are also often looking at the way the applicant describes it. It’s best to be brief and to the point. The more you talk about your motivation, the more that is assumed that you are possibly fixated on it.

No two interviews are the same, but every employer wants to know more about you and how you will fit into the organisation. Prepare answers around the above four themes and you will clearly demonstrate you have the X Factor.

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