How to prepare for an interview
Top tips for overcoming interview nerves and performing to your best
Going for a job interview can be a nerve-wracking experience for even the most confident individual. Interviews can vary vastly in format, from one-on-ones to panel interviews, a casual chat over coffee to gruelling technical questioning.
The following advice is applicable to the vast majority of scenarios, and originates from feedback from both hiring managers and interviewees themselves. It is designed to help you get the most from your interview experience, and maximise your chances of securing your ideal job. So, here are five key things to remember when you are working out how to prepare for an interview...
How to Prepare for an Interview:
'Fail to prepare; prepare to fail'
As clichéd as this saying may seem, it could not be more true in the context of interview preparation. Research the company thoroughly: visit the website, familiarise yourself with the team structure, and search for any news articles. Understanding the company's history, present situation and values will allow you to adjust your answers to fit with this picture.
For example, if you know the organisation is currently undergoing a restructure, you could talk about your experience of managing change in a previous role. You may also ask whether your job role will change as time goes by. Making an effort to explore the company demonstrates to the interviewer that you are genuinely interested in the organisation, and have thought about what it will be like to work for them, both now and in the future.
A good recruitment consultant should provide a wealth of knowledge about the employer.
Read the job description
You will find the job description on the advert you applied to, or, if not, your recruitment consultant should be able to provide one for you. Identify the tasks you have had experience in and be ready to talk about them in as much detail as possible. Be honest about the areas you have not come across and display your willingness to learn, perhaps by referring to a new skill you had to pick up in a previous role.
Also be aware of other desirable traits that the manager may be looking for, such as similar industry experience, systems knowledge or personal characteristics, and ensure you can both demonstrate these and explain how these will benefit the company.
Answer the question you're asked
It is sometimes difficult to stay on track when answering questions in an interview. Many people have a tendency to 'ramble' when nervous or end up speaking about something else entirely if they have not understood the original question.
When asked a question, take a deep breath and give yourself a few seconds to frame an answer in your mind. Don't be afraid to do this. It is far better to take a short pause to collect your thoughts than launch into an ill-prepared answer. If you are unsure what the question is, ask the interviewer to clarify or rephrase. This does not make you look silly, but prevents you from bluffing through the answer and leaving the interviewer as confused as you.
Accentuate the positives
It is really important to leave the interviewer with a positive impression of yourself and your work history. This can be difficult when discussing your reasons for leaving previous jobs or explaining employment gaps in your CV. Make an effort to be diplomatic yet honest. It is not appropriate to speak about past managers in a negative tone, so try to put a positive spin on your reasons for moving on. For example, rather than saying your old boss was difficult to deal with and set in his ways, perhaps discuss how you wanted a role where you could suggest improvements and take on more wide-reaching responsibility. Rather than saying you were overworked and underpaid, say you were keen to pursue a career which offered a better work/life balance.
Increasingly people who have worked consistently for years are faced with redundancies or periods of unemployment. Again, try to focus on what you gained from your time away from the workplace, such as the opportunity to attain a professional qualification, the experience of visiting other countries and cultures, or simply the chance to consider what you really wanted from your next career move.
Finally, be creative
As the job market has toughened in recent years, employers have increased the stringency of their recruitment processes. New questioning techniques have been designed to test and separate suitable candidates from remarkable ones. Questions such as 'What would you do if you won the lottery?' or 'If you were stranded on a desert island, what one item could you not live without?' are designed to give you the opportunity to be creative and stand out from the crowd. Be innovative with your answers, and - to really get the most from this kind of opportunity - try to demonstrate in your response the kind of qualities employers are looking for. 'Quit my job' might be the first thing on your mind if you won the lottery, but it's probably not what employers are looking to hear! Get your creative juices flowing, and give the interviewer something to remember you by - just make sure it's positive!
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12 jobs in Turkey
Sales Engineer will be responsible with active field sales and business development activities of Textile chemicals.
Developing relationships with existing and potential customers,
Conducting market research and identifying potential opportunites,
Responding to customer queries and complaints and ensuring that corrective action is taken.
Providing assistance to the sales team when necessary,
The role consists of management Key Accounts and Suppliers.
Management of all market business strategy, pricing and market positioning.
Monitoring all the supply process from sourcer to client,
Effective management of regional clients,
Providing technical solutions to client requirements,
Effective team & budget management,
• Executes, plans, and implements plant specific human resources programs in line with Corporate HR policies and practices.
• Administers corporate policies relating to compensation, benefits, employee relations, training.
• Prepares regular reports, analyzes them and follow up the actions accordingly
• Leads the industrial relations in plants
• Ensures that all HR practices in the plants fully comply with all applicable local, national legislations.
• Proactively leads the recruitment process in the plants
• Manage the administrative works (fleet, meal, canteen, maintenance of the facilities, cleaning etc)
-Dealer experienced in channel development
-Implementation of competitor analyses and implementation of relevant sales / marketing strategies
-To make daily appointment planning on the goals of the weekly plan framework in order to acquire new customers,
-To find the necessary sales and sales development activities to meet daily / weekly / monthly sales targets
-To inform management about sales activities reporting.
• Manage the monthly accounting close process to ensure all transactions are completed timely and accurately.
• Prepare accounting entries and balance sheet reconciliations
• Ensure all balance sheet accounts are reconciled and all journal entries are completed in a timely manner.
• Establish and monitor proper accounting methods and policies.
• Improve accounting systems and procedures and initiate corrective actions where needed.
• Manage all accounting processes and the team
• Support management in completing special projects and other tasks as assigned.
• Manage and monitor the close process ensuring quality financial statements and reports are delivered on time and in full.
• Supervise accountants who perform accounting functions, including preparation of schedules for the month end / quarter end reporting package, and provide them with appropriate level of review, feedback and support.
• Support Annual and Quarterly audit processes.
-Determining the appropriate shopping mall / street locations and alternatives by analyzing the region and customer profile according to the company's leasing criteria,
-Preparation of feasibility reports together with investment costs and turnover targets of the selected alternatives,
-Follow-up of rental offers and contracts with property owners, real estate agents and shopping malls,
-Reviewing and evaluating lease contracts and making revisions,
-Following all opening processes at branch openings,
-Follow-up of renewal and extension of existing lease contracts,
-Analyzing the performance of existing stores, monitoring rent discounts,
-Creation of rent payment statements.
-Preparing and presenting the Weekly, Monthly and Annual Cash flow statements,
-Actively executing and reporting cash flow and bank transactions,
-Making supplier payments within the framework of determined principles,
-Following up the collections from the valley,
-Voluntary tax, SGK, check debit etc.
-Making payments on time,
-Contributing to the development of financial processes
-Prepare management financing reports in daily, weekly, monthly and yearly format
-Follow-up of M & A and investment transactions.
-Preparation of investment proposals and feasibilities.
-Experienced to follow discount cash flow processes.
-To control the return of investment processes.
Reed Turkey is looking for an "Training and Development Expert" for it's multinational client.
-Analysing developmental needs based on performance& feedback tools,
-Designing, planning, implementing development activities for both soft skill and technical trainings,
-Developing new consepts by conducting market research and following trends in training and development area,
-Communicating with vendors,
-Prepare training reports regularly.
-Take full responsibility for his/her own UHNW/HNW client portfolio and also generate new UHNW/HNW client portfolio
-Build relationships and liaise with customers
-Adopt extensive know-how in asset management product portfolio
-Track local and international regulations of the market
-Provide support to top management
-Self-motivated, result oriented individual with ‘hands on’ mentality
-Display very good communication & presentation skills
-Eager to meet aggressive targets
Reed Turkey is looking for a "HR Business Partner/ HR Assistant Manager" for its multinational client.
-Acting as a single point of contact on core human resources processes,
-Implementing HR tools, systems and processes,
-Having the responsibility of the HR Processes; salary review, yearly bonus systems, etc.
• Check accuracy, integrity, completeness, consistency of financial reporting
• Checking and supporting cost accounting process at month ends, cost of goods sold controlling
• Budget and forecast planning in close operation with all other departments
• Perform detailed budget variance analysis vs plan / forecast / prior year.
• Prepare monthly management reports
• Pricing – supporting sales community for cost calculations
• Monitor and analyze monthly operating results against budget and forecasts
• Prepare financial analysis for contract negotiations
• Ensure compliance with statutory and Group requirements
• Accompany statutory and Group audits
• Independent management of finance related projects
• Reporting to Finance Manager / Financial Controller