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How To Pass Any Interview – Top 10 Tips For Success

In this post, I am going to teach you how to pass any interview whatsoever. It does not matter what interview you have got coming up. I promise you, if you read this post from beginning to end, you will be fully prepared and you will be far more likely to succeed.

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Before I get into the top 10 tips, I welcome everyone to this tutorial. My name is Justin Blake and as I say in this video, I’m going to teach you how to pass any interview and in particular, I’m going to give you my top 10 tips for success. I have been interviewing people like you for many, many years, and I know what it takes to part interview so like I say, read it from beginning to end and you are going to love all of these tips.

Let’s get straight into it.

Prepare for interview

Tip number one, prepare for your interview training tutorial. Now there are three types of interview question that you need to prepare for. Now I am going to give you a list of 10 interview questions that you should prepare for, but we need to break them down into three different types now.

Motivational type interview questions

  • First of all, there are motivational type interview questions, and these assess the reasons why you want that particular job and what you can bring to the role so we are going to prepare for some motivational interview questions.
  • We will also prepare for the second type of interview question, which is situational or behavioral type interview questions. These are more complex to answer, but they basically assess your previous experience.
  • A value undertook similar tasks which are relevant to the role. For example, if you are applying for a job where there is a requirement to deliver excellent customer service, one of the situational questions could be, Can you describe a situation when you provided outstanding customer service? There is a way to respond to those questions, which I will disclose during one of these tips.
  • There are also knowledge based interview questions. Now these assess what you know about the job you are applying for and also the company you are being interviewed for.
  • They might say to you, What do you know about our company? Can you tell us what you know about the job description? We need to make sure you are prepared for the three different types of interview questions motivational, behavioral and knowledge based.

Tell me about yourself

  • Tip number two, answering the tell me about yourself interview question. Now this is most probably going to be the first interview question that you get asked at your interview. Therefore, you need to get off on the right foot.
  • If you know that this is going to be the first question, surely it makes sense to prepare fully for it because that then gets you off on the right foot and it will increase your confidence for the rest of the interview.
  • Now, a really important tip when answering the tell me about yourself question. Make your answer work specific so talk about what you’re like at work. Don’t talk about what you like at home because they are not interested. Most people will talk about what they do at home, but the interview panel are not interested.
  • Here’s a simple answer to the tell me about yourself interview question.

I am a hardworking, enthusiastic and confident person who continually looks to improve professionally and personally. Having studied the job description in detail, I believe I have the skills, the qualities and the attributes to become an exceptional employee for your company. I enjoy working as part of a team, and I have plenty of experience in collaborating with other employees to successfully complete difficult and time sensitive tasks. I understand you are probably interviewing lots of people for this job today. However, I feel that if I am given the opportunity to show you what I can do within this role, you will not be disappointed.

That is a great answer. It gets you off on the right foot and you can use that for any interview where they ask you the question.

Power words

  • Tip number three, when you are responding to the interview, questions use power words. Now, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to be positive during your interview, so power words will respond positively with the interview panel and they will leave a lasting impression once you walk out of the interview room.
  • Examples of power words include I’m an enthusiastic person, I am motivated, I am loyal and I am trustworthy. I am professional and conscientious. I am self-motivated. I have respect for confidentiality. I am a team worker. I am flexible. I continually look to develop. I am open to change and I am organizationally aware.
  • Employers are open to change, means that you are open to anything changing in the organization and a lot of employees and a lot of employers want that now for their employees to be open to change and I’m talking there about being organizationally aware.
  • What I mean by that is, you are well aware that that company needs to improve, be innovative and develop if it is to succeed. I’m going to use being organizationally aware in a sample response, which is coming very soon so tip number three, use power words in your responses to the interview questions.

Reasons for leaving

  • Tip number four, the reasons for leaving your previous job. Now you are likely to get asked the question, which goes along the lines of why are you leaving your current or previous employer now?
  • A word of warning do not under any circumstances be disrespectful of your previous employer, and there is a reason for that.
  • Now, a lot of people leave their jobs because they are even not happy. They might not get them with their boss or, you know, for some other negative reason but don’t mention it please, because it comes across negative if you are an interviewer and you are less likely to take them on, but instead, say this to the reasons for leaving your job interview question.
  • I’ve really enjoyed my time with my employer, but I’m now ready for a new and fresh challenge where my skills and attributes are put to their full use. I feel I have so much to offer, and I’m looking forward to working with a new and innovative company and also becoming an integral member of an exciting and motivated team.
  • Now that is a great response and it is also safe, but you will see there that I’ve used power words. I’ve spoken about new innovative. Being an integral member of the team, you’re excited and you’re motivated and that comes a lot comes across really good and this is important.
  • Try reading out that statement whilst you are smiling and it will come across really positive.

Prepare questions

Tip number five, prepare for the following interview questions for any interview. These should be the bedrock of your preparation.

  • Tell me about yourself. I’ve already given you a sample response.
  • What can you tell us about our company?
  • What skills do you have that are a match for the job description?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years time?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Describe a time when you worked as part of a team to complete a difficult task.
  • Why should we hire you over the other applicants?
  • Describe at time when you delivered excellent customer service?
  • Describe a time when you changed how you did something following feedback from someone else?

STAR technique

  • Tip number six. Now, when you respond to those questions, use the star technique.
  • The star technique should be used when answering situational or behavioral type interview questions.
  • These questions are describe a time when you worked hard whilst under pressure. Describe a time when you had to change direction during the middle of an important team task or project.
  • Now the star technique stands for situation, task action and result.
  • You start off with your answer to the interview question explaining what the situation was that you were in. Then you tell the interview panel the task that had to be done, then you tell the interview panel what action you took and what action other people took. And then you tell them the result of your actions.
  • Now, if you follow situation task action result, that means that you are providing evidence of where you meet the assessable competencies and that’s the way to pass the interview.
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Now here’s a sample response where I utilize the star technique just to show you exactly what I mean. The question is describe a time when you adapted to change within an organization situation.

  • In my previous job, we had been conducting our business a certain way for many, many years. A new young manager came into the team and decided to change everything.
  • Many people found the change difficult to accept, but I decided to embrace it fully and support my manager in the process. I felt it was my job and the job of the other employees to embrace the change and make it work for the sake of the business.
  • While some people may not like change, I actually think it’s a good thing. I started off by listening to my manager during the initial team meeting and asked her some questions about the new methods of working.
  • I contributed to the meeting by pointing out a few potential problems that might occur with the new way of working.
  • My manager took on board some of the suggestions I made and tweaked her plan slightly to suit all of the team started to work towards a new way of thinking.
  • Some people voiced their dissatisfaction about the new way of working. I took this as an opportunity to explain to them the potential benefits of working this way and encourage them to embrace it. The result after four weeks of working.
  • World, a new planet, we all started to see some positive changes within the organization.
  • People even started commenting on how they liked the change that our manager had made.
  • Overall, the change was a success and whilst initially uncomfortable for some, the organization has improved significantly as a result, that is a great, comprehensive response using situation task action result.

Do not put yourself down

  • Tip number seven, do not put yourself down during the interview. When I’ve interviewed people before, this happens a lot. They make excuses. Don’t do it. There’s no need to.
  • Now, of course, you will be nervous during the interview, and that’s OK.
  • That is absolutely fine but do not say anything negative in your interview or anything that puts you down, because remember the interview panel don’t know you so, yes, try and be as confident as you can.
  • Smile and have the confidence in your abilities because confidence is attractive. Have the confidence in your abilities and don’t say things like I’m actually really nervous because if you think about how that comes across, you start in the interview and you are nervous, you are getting off on the wrong foot.
  • They understand you will be nervous. It’s good to have some nerves. Don’t say also, I hear people say this. I don’t have much experience, but you know, don’t say it.
  • Do not say that under any circumstances, be confident and don’t forget to use those power words in your responses.

Ask questions

Tip eight, at the end of the interview, ask these two questions. Question number one so they will say to you at the end of the interview Do you have any questions for us? Make sure you ask two questions, and these are really good ones.

  • Who’s your biggest competitor and how could I help you to better them in this role? You are asking an intelligent question. You are already thinking about helping them?
  • Question number two, I notice on your website you have recently launched a new product. Has it been successful?
  • Go on the website of the company you are being interviewed for and have a look at their latest product or service and ask them a question about it, because that shows you’ve done your research and also you care about their company.
  • They are two brilliant questions. Do not under any circumstances ask questions such as, How much leave do I get? You know, what’s the salary like? You know, they will discuss these things later on with you. so just ask positive questions.

Thank you

  • Tip number nine, say this at the end of the interview, so you finish off. You’ve asked the questions. Say this it’s a final closing statement, and the aim of this is to leave a positive impression in the minds of the interview panel.
  • Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be interviewed today for this role. I have enjoyed the process in getting to know more about your business and your ambitions. If I am successful, I promise you I won’t let you down and I will do all I can to help you move your business forward. Thank you very much.
  • Now that is a positive statement, and you then walk out the interview room and they will remember you for that final statement.


Tip 10. Now, what I recommend you do is get access to my website and that will take you through my blog. It’s a brilliant online blog which I cover every single conceivable interview question you could get asked so get our access to that by clicking it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed that. I love teaching you how to pass any interviews. I look forward to hearing your success stories. I wish you all the very best for passing your interview. Thank you for reading.

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