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Interview Essentials – No B.S. Guide to Winning Interviews

The fast, simple & easy essentials to impress the interviewer, land your dream role & get the right salary!
Instructor:
Shadé Zahrai
9,610 students enrolled
English [Auto]
How to best prepare for interviews for greater confidence and to minimize nerves.
Questions to ask at the end of an interview so you’re prepared and demonstrate your enthusiasm and genuine interest to help you stand out.
How to create targeted, compelling answers to any interview question to make a stronger impression.
Dos and Don’ts to answering to the most common interview questions (e.g. ‘Strengths / Weaknesses’), along with sample responses - including if you’re a new grad.
How to respond if you don’t have all the job requirements or have gaps in your employment timeline.
The essentials to negotiating a starting salary to maximize your chances of success.

Interviews can be nerve-wracking – we get it!

Maybe it’s your first job out of college.

Maybe you haven’t been to an interview for a while.

Maybe you’ve been getting knocked back in recent interviews.

Wherever you are in your job seeking stage, this ‘no B.S.’ course is short & sharp, free of fluff and to the point – designed to give you the essential tools and strategies that you need to be confidently prepared for your next interview FAST. We’ll help you put your best foot forward so you can WOW the interviewer to get the job you want!

To keep things as simple as possible, we’ve taken the guesswork out by including the absolute essentials, such as how to respond to the most common interview questions, the secret to answer any interview question (using our ‘box of chocolates’ method), how to address gaps in your employment timeline and scripts on how to negotiate so you get the salary you deserve.

Here’s what you’ll learn

In this course we’ll share with you easy-to-follow step-by-step frameworks to help you successfully showcasing your true potential in the interview!

You’ll learn:

  • How to best prepare for an interview and have you feeling confidence by overcoming your nerves,

  • The Mindset Shift you need to help you perform and how to adopt the ‘Expert Approach’ for greater confidence and capability,

  • Questions to ask at the end of an interview so you’re prepared and demonstrate your enthusiasm and genuine interest to help you stand out,

  • The secret to answering any interview question using a simple four step formula plus my added bonus step,

  • What to say if you don’t have all the job requirements and still demonstrate that you’re a suitable candidate,

  • The framework for telling stories during interviews

  • Frameworks and examples for how to answer the most common interview questions, along with dos and don’ts, &

  • The essentials for when it comes to negating a salary so you maximize your chances of getting something you’re really happy with.

Bonus: To help with your journey, we’re specifically designed handouts to supplement your learning and for you to keep your own notes. We’ve included exercises to help you become really clear on your own answers to the most common interview questions and set you up for interview success!

Why choose this course?

This is a no B.S., no fluff interview course prepared by a couple with a combined 25 years of experience, and PARTNERS of global employment website, MONSTER .com.

No fluff means that we deliberately kept the course short and to the point so that you don’t have to sift through endless lectures.

Shadé has a highly accomplished professional career and has mentored hundreds of professionals to successfully level up their careers, negotiate significant salary jumps and boost their fulfillment. With over 1 MILLION combined followers across social media Shadé is recognized as a top influencer in helping professionals advance in their careers, featured in The New York Times, Yahoo Finance, Money Magazine & many other major publications.

Faysal is a former executive MBA lecturer that has also worked with numerous Fortune500s with recruitment, graduate training, collaborated with universities to help prepare graduates and post graduates for the job market and even partnered with Monster . com to deliver intensive interview preparation camps.

Shadé and Faysal now run Influenceo Global Inc. a leadership and performance training, speaking and research consultancy that works with Fortune500s around the globe.

Here’s what others have said about our Interview Support:

“This helped me so much! I watched your videos and I landed a new job!! thank you so much for your advice!” – @hardstylebenny

“Just went through it and it absolutely worked. Hiring director went back to senior leadership and even go the 2K more than what I asked for!” – @vegasreemie

“Used ur tips and got a job at a tech company with 0 experience! Changing careers- thank you so much for your tips.” – @nutmeg625

“I wanted to say THANK YOU, your vid was like fate 4 me today. I was offered a role using your advice. I got the salary I wanted!”  @tequilashila

“Thanks2 your negotiation tips I got 15k more than orig offer! Never had the confidence 2 go after it, but w ur tips & a little research I went for it.” – @lotusorchid504

“Yes! Starting offer was $52,000, signed for $64,000. This works y’all!” – @kennedyyeitmann

“I just wanted to say thank you for these videos… watching your videos helped me so much in asking my boss. I negotiated a 23% raise! I’m so proud of myself and I seriously couldn’t have done it without watching these videos.” – Sasha

Who this course is NOT for:

This course is NOT for highly-experience interviewees in mid to upper management or leadership roles that want more sophisticated interview tips and strategies.

This course is NOT for those who want long lectures and a lot information (our aim is to help busy professionals to get the essentials as fast as possible).

Introduction & Objectives

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Introduction & Objectives
  1. Introduction & Objectives

Welcome to Interview Essentials! You’ll meet your two expert instructors Shadé Zahrai and Faysal Sekkouah, and you’ll learn what to expect through this course.

Preparation for an Interview

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Preparation for an Interview

Preparation is essential! We’ll take you through all the things you want to keep front of mind to make sure you’re across the practicalities of the interview and don’t leave anything to last minute.

P.S. - Don't forget to download the Interview Preparation Checklist (attached here)!

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2.1 Researching for an Interview

To give yourself the best possible chance, you want to have done your research about the organization. We’ll take you through some of the things you want to research about the organization so you’re as prepared as possible.

PS - Don't forget to download the Interview Research Worksheet (in lecture 2).

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2.2 Bonus: Mastering Virtual Interviews

Your interview might take place over a virtual platform, or it might even be a video interview where you record your responses into the company’s interview platform. Whatever the format, it’s really important that you’re as prepared as possible to present yourself in the best possible way.

Download this BONUS checklist as a guide so that you don't miss any important details when going virtual!

Interview Confidence

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3. Calming Nerves on the Day

It doesn’t matter how amazing your experience and skills are… it’s your ability to perform well in an interview that will determine whether you’re offered the job or not (of course, it needs to be backed by a proven track record). We’ll share some essential confidence hacks to help you out.

Mindset Shift: Don’t ‘Show Off’, Demonstrate your Value

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4. Mindset Shift: Don’t ‘Show Off’, Demonstrate your Value

Your talents, skills and experience mean nothing if you can’t communicate them effectively to others. So, we’ll take you through the mindset shift you need to have to give you the most confidence when it comes to speaking about the value you offer.

5. The Expert Approach

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5. The Expert Approach

Your organization has a problem… that’s why they’re interviewing you. You want to position yourself as someone who has the skills and know-how to solve this problem. We’ll share with you what that means.

6. Types of Interview Questions

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6. Types of Interview Questions

7. The Secret to Answering Any Interview Question

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7. The Secret to Answering Any Interview Question

We’ll share a brilliant expert strategy to help you prepare so you can effectively answer any question that comes your way.

8. The STAR Interview Response Technique

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8. The STAR Interview Response Technique

This is the framework you always want to use when answering certain types of interview questions - and we add our BONUS extra step to make sure you really stand out from other candidates!

PS - Don't forget to download the STAR Response Technique Handout for easy reference, and to review the examples (attached here). You’ll also find a template you can use to develop your own responses.

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8.1 STAR Framework Example 1

An example response the question, “Tell me about how you worked effectively under pressure,” using the STAR (+ Bonus) framework.

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8.2 STAR Framework Example 2

An example response the question, “Tell me about a time you showed initiative on the job,” using the STAR (+ Bonus) framework.

9. When you Don’t Have All the Job Requirements

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9. When you don’t have all the job requirements

PS - Don't forget to download the Handout for an easy and simple template you can use to develop your own responses.

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9.1 How Shadé personally addressed this in an interview.

Shadé shares a personal example during her time in corporate where she addressed this in an interview and impressed a hiring manager with zero prior experience in the role.

10. Most Common Interview Questions

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10. Most Common Interview Questions

This section will take you through the most common interview questions, what interviewers want to uncover by asking these questions, what to avoid and a simple framework to help you prepare winning structured answers for each of them.

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10.1 Tell me about yourself – Dos and Don’ts

You’ll learn what the interviewer wants to determine by asking this question, how to structure a great response, and things to avoid.

PS - Don't forget to download the Handout for easy reference, and a simple template you can use to develop your own responses.

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10.2 Tell me about yourself. Example 1

An example of how to answer the, “Tell me about yourself” question.

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10.3 Tell me about yourself. Example 2

A second example of how to answer the, “Tell me about yourself” question.

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10.4 Tell me about yourself. Example 3

A third example of how to answer the, “Tell me about yourself” question.

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10.5 Tell me about yourself. Example for a fresh graduate.

You’ll learn how to structure a great response if you’re a fresh graduate along with an example of how to answer the question.

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10.6 What is your greatest weakness? Dos and Don’ts

You’ll learn what the interviewer wants to determine by asking this question, how to structure a great response, and things to avoid.

PS - Don't forget to download the Handout for easy reference, written examples, and a simple template you can use to develop your own responses.

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10.7 What is your greatest weakness? Example 1

An example of how to answer the, “What is your greatest Weakness” question.

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10.8 What is your greatest weakness? Example 2

A second example of how to answer the, “What is your greatest Weakness” question.

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10.9 What is your greatest weakness? Example 3

A third example of how to answer the, “What is your greatest Weakness” question.

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10.10 What is your greatest strength? Dos and Don’ts.

You’ll learn what the interviewer wants to determine by asking this question, how to structure a great response, and things to avoid.

PS - Don't forget to download the Handout for easy reference, a written example, and a simple template you can use to develop & practice your own responses.

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10.11 What is your greatest strength? Example 1

An example of how to answer the, “What is your greatest Strength” question.

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10.12 Why should we hire you?

You’ll learn what the interviewer wants to determine by asking this question, how to structure a great response, and things to avoid.

PS - Don't forget to download the Handout for easy reference, written examples, and a simple template you can use to develop & practice your own responses.

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10.13 Why should we hire you? Example 1

An example of how to answer the, “Why should we hire you” question.

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10.14 Why should we hire you? Example 2

A second example of how to answer the, “Why should we hire you” question.

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10.15 Why should we hire you? Example for a fresh graduate

An example of how to answer the, “Why should we hire you” question if you’re a fresh graduate.

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10.16 BONUS: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? (Download Only)

Make sure you download the worksheet (attached here) to learn what the interviewer wants to determine by asking this question, how to structure a great response, and things to avoid. We’ve also included two examples and a template for you to develop your own response to this question.

11. How to address gaps in your employment timeline?

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11. How to address gaps in your employment timeline?

It’s easy to feel anxious if you have gaps in your employment timeline due to illness, being furloughed, starting a family or something else. We’ll take your through three steps to addressing gaps and positioning them in a positive light.

PS - Don't forget to download the Handout for easy reference, with written examples, and a simple template you can use to develop your own responses.

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11.1 How to Address Gaps in your Employment Timeline. Examples.

Examples of how to address a range of common gaps, including raising a family, caring for family members or being furloughed.

12. Questions to Ask at The End of an Interview

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12. Questions to Ask at The End of an Interview

At the end of an interview it’s important to have questions prepared as it demonstrates that you're engaged in the process and that you care about the position. We share a range of examples.


PS - Don't forget to download the Handout so you can write down some of your own questions to ask (based on your research).

13. Negotiating a Starting Salary

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13. Negotiating a Starting Salary

Salary negotiation can be the most nerve-wracking part of the interview process. It’s important to be confident and prepared to ensure you have the best possible change of securing a salary you deserve.

PS - Don't forget to download the Handout for written examples and to develop & practice your own response.

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13.1 How to dodge the “What’s your current salary?” Question.

Although this question is now becoming illegal across various states in the US, it’s still commonly asked. We share what the interviewer wants to find out and examples of how to dodge it.

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13.2 Making the First Offer

People who make a high first offer often get better results.

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13.3 What to do if they come in with the first offer and low-ball

How to respond if you’re given a low-ball offer, well below what you deserve.

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13.4 Give a salary range, but never a number

How to give a range (and anchor higher) to maximize your chances of getting what you deserve.

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13.5 Go in with leverage

One of the most common mistake is that people don't do their basic homework.

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13.6 Don’t accept right away - the 24 hour rule

Don’t make the mistake of accepting immediately!

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13.7 Make silence your best friend

The power of ‘silence’ and how to use it to your advantage.

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13.8 What to do if the final offer is too low

How you can respond if the final offer is simply too low.

14. Following Up After an Interview

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14. Following Up After an Interview

Following up is essential - especially if you haven’t heard from a hiring manager within 24 hours. We share a structure to use in your follow-up to increase the chances of a response.

PS - Make sure you download your Follow-Up Email Templates (attached here).

15. Closing & Good Luck

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15. Closing & Good Luck

We wish you all the very best on the interview journey!

BONUS Helpful Videos

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Interview Confidence | 3 Steps to Feel Confident & Impress the Hiring Manager
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How to Fast-Track your Career with Career Multipliers

In this video we’re going to share with you how this little known strategy of tapping into ‘career multipliers’ could significantly accelerate your career advancement, improve your employability and increase your earning capacity.

We take you through the 5 most effective questions to help you determine your own career multipliers and to get you thinking about how to create your unique career combination lock to differentiate and elevate your value proposition.

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Short negotiation tip for getting past 'Take it or Leave it!' salary offers.

Leveling up your ability negotiate past a "take it or leave it" situation could go very far.

If you're facing someone who just doesn't want to budge (e.g. on offering a salary at market rates) then this research-backed technique can help get you to a better outcome.

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Personal Branding - 3 Must Know tips for Professionals

What is your personal brand at work? And how do you make sure that brand is authentic to who you are?

Personal branding is a way of establishing and consistently reinforcing who you are and what you stand for in your career and life.

It helps you differentiate yourself from others, and present a version of yourself which is aligned with your values and what you stand for - and it’s crucial for career advancement.

In this video I share 3 MUST-KNOW tips to create your authentic brand and personal reputation as a valuable contributor to your team and your company.

And best part is, you won’t feel like a fake at all because they’re all about being true to who you are and maximizing your exposure and visibility!

  1. Say yes to relevant opportunities.

  2. Network Internally Beyond Your Immediate Team.

  3. Be really clear on what your values are and what drives you.

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5 Ways to Make Networking Easier - Even if you Hate It!

Networking is one of those skills that can give you almost an 'unfair' advantage to job offers.

And it can often help you skip to the front of the candidate queue. But it still requires you to network.

So if you found yourself struggling with networking or feeling uncomfortable when you can’t think of what to say to keep the conversation flowing (you're not alone!) then learn these 5 strategies to help you become a networking pro.

The quicker you become comfortable with networking, the faster you’ll be able to establish your personal brand and connect with the right people to really advance yourself whether it’s a new role or a new business opportunity.

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To Communicate with Confidence, DO THESE 5 THINGS!
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3 Must-Know Tips to Connect with Anyone - Even on Zoom!

How good are you when it comes to connecting with others?

The ability to connect with others, whether team members, hiring managers, managers, stakeholders or clients is incredible important for building trust, loyalty, advocacy and engagement, and is essential for business.

In this video, I share three tips to help you level-up your ability to connect with anyone, whether in-person, or via Zoom/video conference.

1: Prime for a Positive Response

2: Have the Courage to Open Up

3: Be Genuinely Curious & Listen more than you Speak

BONUS TIP: Use Eye-contact to Build Trust (look at the camera when speaking)

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3 Neuroscience-Backed Tips to Help You Deal with Uncertainty

Learning how to better navigate your state during times of uncertainty, to reduce overwhelm, stress and anxiety, and actually perform, is really important for your well-being and advancement. 

Let’s face it – the workplace is full of change - from restructures, to new policies, transformation programs, new management and new priorities. It can become exhausting really quickly and could lead to burnout.

In this video we’ll be sharing 3 insights from recent neuroscience research to help you perform during uncertainty.

1️⃣ Break free from stress-induced ‘tunnel-vision’

2️⃣ repurpose the ‘struggle’, and

3️⃣ See Uncertainty as a learning opportunity



REFERENCES:

Experiment re Electric Shocks:

de Berker, A.O., Rutledge, R.B., Mathys, C., Marshall, L., Cross, G.F., Dolan, R.J., Bestmann, S. (2016). Computations of uncertainty mediate acute stress responses in humans. Nature communications, 7, 10996.


Lateralised Eye-Movement and aMygdala Deactivation:

de Voogd, L. D., Kanen, J. W., Neville, D. A., Roelofs, K., Fernández, G., & Hermans, E. J. (2018). Eye-Movement Intervention Enhances Extinction via Amygdala Deactivation. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 38(40), 8694–8706.


Brain Circuits

Salay, L.D., Ishiko, N. & Huberman, A.D. A midline thalamic circuit determines reactions to visual threat. Nature 557, 183–189 (2018).

Massi, B., Donahue, C. H., Lee, D. (2018). Volatility Facilitates Value Updating in the Prefrontal Cortex. Neuron, 99(3): 598-608.

Neuroscientist Andrew Huberman Video Interview (with Tom Bilyeu)

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