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Job Interview Tips – Making Best Use of Your Employment History

Looking for some job interview tips? Here’s some ideas on how to best use your employment history to win your interviewers over.

Your employment history may consist of anything from a Saturday job at school to twenty or more years’ experience in practical, professional, technical or managerial work in your chosen field. Wherever you are upon this spectrum, your employment history is of great interest to your prospective employer.

They will want to know how it fits in with your overall career and ambitions, what you have done that may be of direct relevance to the post you are now seeking and what you have learned about your work styles through your previous jobs. They will be looking for evidence of a continual path of development, even though this may include some changes of direction and some sideways rather than upwards moves.

Employers will want to know what difference you can make if they offer you a job so you must convince them of:

* How well you will! get on with your colleagues.
* Your ability to see tough assignments and projects through.
* What range of ideas you can contribute,
* How well you motivate others and what kind of team member you are

Which qualities and characteristics they are most interested in will vary according to the type of work you are seeking. The level of expectations they will have is to some extent dictated by how much experience you have had.

Whatever the situation, they will expect you to be able to give clear and cogent answers about all aspects of your work experience.

Here’s one of many sample job interview questions and answer draws on examples of candidates who have had very little work experience and those who already have a substantial career behind them.

This question is followed by a model answer and a quick analysis of what makes that answer a success.

Question:

How do you measure your success at work?

Answer:

My main measure of success is feedback from clients. If they place more orders with us or refer us on to other potential customers, then I feel this is a really useful measure. Keeping clients happy and returning often with more business is probably even more important than getting new clients, at least as a measure of performance. I also use attendance records of staff in my department as a measure of my management success.

I would be very worried if my department started to develop high absentee or sickness problems. Having a happy and motivated team instinctively feels like an important indicator for me.

Why this answer works:

* It shows you have good business sense.
* It shows you don’t just rely on one measure while ignoring other possible signs.
* You use the opportunity to flag up a couple of good points about yourself-you take your management role and your work with clients
* It acknowledges that you need to monitor success for yourself regardless of what other appraisal and monitoring systems are in place
* It concludes on a nice optimistic note.

Arm yourself with the best job interview tips to maximize your chances of winning over your interview panel and landing that dream job. From simple tips on how to write a resume to how to make sure you make the very best first impression.

Bill