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Babbity Thu 09-Jul-09 22:06:04

I've been shortlisted three times but not got the job, so I know my CV's ok - I wonder whether my interview technique is letting my down. Can anyone recommend a book on interview technique for interview number 4?

Thanks so much.

bigstripeytiger Thu 09-Jul-09 22:11:07

Have you tried having practice interviews with people? I found that the most helpful thing.

Babbity Thu 09-Jul-09 22:17:05

I don't really have anyone to do that with - but I do lots of practice in the mirror.grin The next interview is a group interview to whittle down the shortlist, horror of horrors, god only knows what we'll be doing.

Thank you.

Blackduck Thu 09-Jul-09 22:17:15

get feed back - this may tell you where you are missing out..

Babbity Thu 09-Jul-09 22:28:53

Yes, I've got feedback Blackduck, they all say the same "very difficult decision.. everyone very good... could have appointed any one of you....." and nothing really concrete to work on. What I really want to know is: is there something I'm doing or not doing that means the other candidates are getting the job? Or is it genuinely bad luck, or I'm not good enough.

Blackduck Thu 09-Jul-09 22:35:50

Sometimes it is bad luck, sometimes it is just a gut feeling one one rather than the other (been on both sides of the fence), I know it is cr*p not to get it but sometimes it is indefinable. No comfort I know, but if their feedback is so vague I guess it is the indefinable - other person fits more than you do..
Or challenge them and say what one thing could I have done/said that would have swung the balance in my favour.

bigstripeytiger Thu 09-Jul-09 22:36:23

You need to practice with someone who will give you honest feedback. Is there no-one who could help you? Any friends who interview people for jobs (or know anyone who does)?

Babbity Thu 09-Jul-09 22:41:18

I'll have to have a think about that bigstripeytiger. My friends are either SAHMs or in jobs that don't interview (creative types), but there may be someone I haven't thought of. Thanks.

Blackduck - that's a good idea. I'll try that if there's a next time. Thanks. I'm beginning to get a bit paranoid that I'm sending out the wrong vibes, or I'm the wrong sex...hmm

spiralqueen Thu 09-Jul-09 23:02:40

Try "Great Answers to Tough Interview Questions" I think from memory the author's surname is Yates.

For corporate interviews it's really good and you should be able to borrow a copy from your local library if you don't want to buy it.

If you are after a civil service job they have to do behavioural interviewing so it would be worth researching that a bit to see what kind of answers they are looking for.

HTH and good luck!

Babbity Thu 09-Jul-09 23:13:32

Thank you spiralqueen - looks just the ticket.

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