Winning Interview Tips For 2018

Winning Interview Tips For 2018

Will 2018 be the year you step it up a gear and pursue that new job or career that you’ve been thinking about? If you are then you’re not alone, as news that workers who stay in their roles longer than two years are paid 50% less, job-hopping has become more acceptable than ever before.

If the lure of working for a better company beckons, then these winning interview tips for 2018 will help ensure you beat your competition and land your next job role. 

To successfully prepare for your next job interview your attention will need to be focused on these THREE key factors.

Interview Tip #1 Providing Evidence


Job Interview Evidence
Evidence that you meet the skills and experience criteria outlined in the job description itself.

You’ll have the opportunity to provide this evidence to the interviewer in the form of situational “stories” that briefly and concisely outline how you’ve performed these skills or tasks in your previous job role.

As simple as this may sound, without some the necessary preparation, this is an area that many candidates can fail to deliver on. 

You see, the interviewer is looking for a candidate who understands the tasks the job role requires and has successfully performed them before. Look for evidence from past performance reviews to help you build a strong case an interviewer can measure. 

As the saying goes “Past Performance Is A Predictor Of Future Success”. 

But what if your previous role is different from the one you’re applying for?

If you’re entering a new field, then it’s up to you to look at the skills you already possess and see where they can cross over to your new career.

How will these skills benefit the new company and add value to the role you’re applying for?

What results did you achieve by using these skills?

By having a grasp on the necessary skills to perform the job role you’ll be able you to build “stories” around that skill, proving to the interviewer you’re a great “fit” for the job.

The Star Technique will help you to structure these stories in a way that makes them highly relevant and appealing to the hiring manager.

Interview Tip #2 Personality


You’ve been offered an interview which means your C.V / resume contains all of the technical skills and experience the employer is looking for!

This may, of course, be tested during the interview stages but it’s your personality the interviewer wants to gauge now.

They want to know if you’ll fit in with the existing team and company itself.

What’s your preferred working style? Do you have a commanding presence? Are you likable and open? Would people listen to you? 

The only way to be is to be yourself!

Yes, smile and be confident.

Yes, keep eye contact.

Yes, be enthusiastic.

But more than anything else, be authentic.

The interview should be as much about if the company is right for you, as it is if you’re the right fit for the company.

Interview Tip #3 Show Your Sparkle


Sparkle In your Next Job Interview

Interviewing candidates for a role can be a boring exercise. Just imagine. They will often see dozens of candidates, all of whom have the right qualifications and even personalities or the job.

So being able to show some sparkle will make you stand out from the throng and get you remembered! 

What’s your sparkle?

Well, it’s that something that makes you unique. 

It might be just having the courage of your convictions and showing that you’re comfortable in your own skin. 

You can do this in a number of ways…

Here are a few examples to get you thinking.

1/ Offer a thoughtful observation or insight into something happening in your industry.

2/ Be brave to say your brilliant at what you do.

3/ To put forward a radical solution to a problem the company is facing.

4/ Have the humility to admit you’ve failed and have weaknesses.

5/ Show the confidence to interview the interviewers themselves.

There you have it, my top 3 winning interview tips for 2018 and beyond!  

To learn how to handle the different types of interviews you may be faced with, read all about them in this blog post.

By keeping these three key factors in mind as you prepare for your next interview you’ll have a huge head start on your competitors and help set yourself up to land your next job. 

If you’re looking to fully prepare for the entire job interview process, then why not check out my online interview course, The Interview Success Training Program.

Here’s to you smashing your next job interview!


As the founder of Arran Pullen Career coaching, Arran works with career professionals and job hunters. As an accredited coach and NLP practitioner, he provides a safe sounding board for his client’s ideas and provides resources, strategies, and techniques to help them to exceed their career goals. His articles have appeared in various e-zine sites including and LinkedIn, focusing on practical techniques to help professionals land their next job.



How Google Are Set To Revolutionise Your Future Job Search

How Google Are Set To Revolutionise Your Future Job Search

Some big news has come out in the last few weeks from the global search engine masters Google, as they prepare to revolutionise the job search market for millions of job seekers.

Aptly named Google For Jobs sees Google team up with the likes of Glassdoor, Monster, LinkedIn, WayUp, DirectEmployers, and Facebook to give us one universal job board platform.

Google announced a few months ago on the companies blog plans to further develop their machine learning AI engine to help enrich the user experience of job seekers and employers.

This revolutionary idea is now a reality as it’s now live across the US, with plans to broaden into other countries in the coming year.

What Does Google For Jobs Mean For Your Future Job Search?

Already people can see that Google for Jobs will have both a positive and a negative impact on a person’s job search success.

The Positives


  • No need to spend hours trawling through multiple websites
  • Very little duplicate job listings
  • The one-click “apply” button will work effectively


The Negatives


  • The ease of access to job listings will increase job competition and the number of people applying for each position.
  • For the hard-working job hunters, it will mean their research into great job hunting outlets will become almost irrelevant.


Even though these big negatives may feel a bit hard to swallow, those candidates with a great resume and the knowledge of how to apply for jobs effectively shouldn’t worry too much.

Let’s be honest, the time saved by having almost every job listing in one place will almost certainly come as a godsend!

Always ensure that your resume is meeting the necessary criteria and matches what your target job role and employers are looking CLICK HERE to learn more…

How Google For Jobs Works

1/ Start by typing ‘Jobs’ or ‘Internships’ into the Google search bar. –

To narrow the search by seeing just what’s in your area simply add ‘near me’.









2. If you are looking for something in a different location to where you are, just type it in.

3. After clicking on the ‘jobs’ box, a slightly different window will appear.

This will show a collaborated list of all the jobs in the area you specified from many different websites.

4. Here you can get more targeted results to your specifications. Just type it in.

5.  You can narrow your results down by title.

6. Likewise, by the date, the listing was posted.

7. Also by the industry.

8. Also by the type of work.

 Basically, all of these tabs are designed to let you narrow your search as much as you need.

9. If you want to, you can turn on job notifications, so that new additions to your search field will be sent directly to your email. Handy stuff…

10. Once you have come across a job that you want to apply for, you will have to click the link, which will take you to the place it was listed originally.

*(All pictures from Business Insider.)*

So there you have it, a simpler way in the future to hunt for a new career!  

In the meantime, don’t get caught out by not knowing the rules of building an interview-landing resume, download our FREE 7 step checklist below…

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Zak Pullen is the co-founder and content director of Arran Pullen Career Coaching. With a background in counseling Zak is acutely aware of the pressures that job hunting can bring and is constantly researching new tools and strategies to make the process easier. When Zak is not researching, producing course content and writing job hunting articles he is penning a new rock album in his home studio.

The 6 Types Of Job Interview (And How To Nail Them)

The 6 Types Of Job Interview (And How To Nail Them)

There’s little doubt that for many, interviews are a scary prospect, especially if you’re unsure of the type of job interview you’re heading into. But don’t sweat it!

The good news is, your resume has got you in the top 2% of applicants, so now all you need to do is wow the hiring manager with your authentic charm and personality!

With that point checked, let me walk you through a number of other important elements to help ensure that your next interview runs without a hitch! 

So to begin with, if you haven’t been told what type of interview you’re going to be walking into, contact immediately and ask!

Find out the interviewers name and position and do some research into their background via LInkedIn. Try to find any commonalities you have with them that could help you to build some quick rapport.

Now, let’s take a look at the 6 types of job interview that you’re likely to encounter and the essential tips for nailing each of them.

One-On-One Interviews

The one-on-one interview is the traditional, most common type of job interview. It usually takes place on-site where the successful candidate(s) will start their new employment. The interviewer will often be the manager of the department; In other words, your future boss.

Although a one-on-one interview may seem daunting, keep in mind it isn’t an interrogation, it’s your opportunity to win over the interviewer with your prepared answers and personality. Be prepared for open-ended questions and try to enforce the ‘80/20 rule’, in which you as the interviewee should be contributing 80% of the dialog.

Essential Tips For One-On-One Interviews

  • Remain focused on the interviewer.
  • Prepare questions to ask the interviewer.
  • Know the skills necessary for the role and prepare situational stories and examples around those skill sets.
  • Build rapport quickly.
  • Assume they haven’t read your resume


Phone Interviews

Telephone interviews are common for those who are at a considerable distance away from the company’s base of operations and are often used in the screening process.

Here candidates are whittled down beginning with a series of soft opening questions, then moving onto some qualifying or technical questions.

These interviews are usually one-on-one, but could also involve being on a loudspeaker to a small panel of interviewers.

The 6 types of job interviews and how to nail them.These types of job interviews usually last between 30-45 minutes and the questions will depend on the type of job you are applying for.

Essential Tips For A Phone Interview

Be prepared to answer soft opening questions, such as

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What don’t you like in a job role?
  • What attracted you to the vacant job role?
  • What are your 1/3/5 career goals?
  • At the end of the conversation, ask “What if anything, may stop me from proceeding to the next interview stage”?


Competency Interviews

The competency interview can be often referred as a situational/behavioral interview. This type of job interview usually lasts about 1 hour and aims at learning more about the candidate’s preferred working style, and measures the candidate’s behavior in certain situations. The skill set required to perform the job role with often be the basis of the type of questions being asked in this type of interview.

Approximately 33-50% of all employers use this method of interviewing and in most cases, a standard set of questions will be asked to each candidate, which helps ‘level the playing field’.

Essential Tips For The Competency Interview

  • It’s vital to make a great first impression by using good body language and by being authentic.
  • If you can’t answer a question say something like, “I’ve not been in that particular situation, however, I have an experience which is relevant and which I would take a similar approach to the situation you described”
  • Make a list of the skill set required for the job role and prepare “stories” and examples of when you’ve accomplished results. 


Group interviews

Group interviews are becoming more and more common as they are a way for the interviewer(s) to see several candidates at once. Not only does this way save time when they have a lot of applicants, but also, it gives the interviewers a chance to witness how a candidate interacts with others.

A group interview is usually broken up into three main parts:

1) Presentation.

2) A Group Q&A.

3) Short One-On-One Interview.

Essential Tips For A Group Interview

  • Show off your leadership skills, without bullying.
  • Don’t dominate conversations or ask too many questions.
  • But don’t be too quiet/reserved – And, listen to others.
  • Afterward – follow up. Ask when you are likely to hear back.
  • Speak with purpose.


Panel interviews

The panel type of job interview can sometimes feel the most daunting, as it involves sitting in front of usually three or more interviewers who all have input into deciding if they are the right candidate or not. The interviewers may consist of the department manager, HR, or other senior employees that may interact with the successful candidate on a day-to-day basis.

The 6 types of job interviews and how to nail them.This type of job interview often helps to shorten the interview process and will reduce the time it takes for the company to select the winning candidate. On the downside, there is often less personal interaction between the interviewee and interviewers, which can make it more difficult to build a rapport with the panel members. One of the members of the panel will likely be in control of the interview but don’t let that stop you from interacting with all of the panelists.

On the downside, there is often less personal interaction between the interviewee and interviewers, which can make it more difficult to build a rapport with the panel members. One of the members of the panel will likely be in control of the interview but don’t let that stop you from interacting with all of the panelists.

Essential Tips For A Panel Interview

  • Try not to figure out who is who on the panel, or who is the most important. –They should all be treated as equal.
  • When answering questions, your primary eye contact should be with the one asking the question, with secondary glances at the others.
  • Research the interviewers’ titles and roles prior to the interview.


Video Interviews

Video interviews are similar to phone interviews in the way that they are common when trying to overcome a large geographic distance. The main difference, obviously, is instead of using a phone; the device used would be a piece of video communication hardware. (E.g. A webcam through a PC or the camera on your mobile device.)

Most video calls are conducted via a service such as Skype, so a strong Internet signal will be required to avoid lag or your call cutting out mid-way.

Essential Tips For A Video Interview

  • Face into a light source.
  • Use a laptop/desktop computer.
  • Have a practice run.
  • Be aware of your background.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Look into the camera and not at the screen.
  • The camera should be from the chest upward.



These quick explanations on what to expect from the 6 different types of interview, should be enough to get your preparation started.

If you’d like to learn more about the Top 3 Winning Interview Tips For 2018, read this blog post.

And to successfully prepare for the whole interview process and deliver a killer interview, then check out our flagship course The Interview Success Training Program. 

Learn how to nail your next job interview

Either way, good luck with your next interview!

Zak Pullen is the co-founder and content director of Arran Pullen Career Coaching. With a background in counseling, Zak is acutely aware of the pressure that job hunting brings and is constantly researching new tools to make the journey easier. When Zak is not researching, producing course content and writing job hunting articles he is penning a new rock album in his home studio.




Speed Up Your Job Search Using These 2 Hacks

Speed Up Your Job Search Using These 2 Hacks

If you’re working full time and have decided on a job move, then you may have a shock coming to you. Job hunting can be a full-time job in itself unless you find some time-saving hacks that speed up your job search. You see, between writing endless resumes, cover letters, connecting with hiring managers, online applications and preparing for interviews, your midnight oil can soon get burnt out. 

So, to help you speed up your job search, I’ve put together 2 simple hacks, so you will still have time to enjoy some well earned R&R!

Speed Up Your Job Search With Google Alerts

While writing a targeted resume or preparing for an interview, company research is going to be your number one priority.

You’re going to want to keep your finger on the pulse of up and coming industry news, jobs, and skill requirements. To automate this research process whilst keeping your sanity intact, set up a Google Alert.

These alerts mean you’ll be notified of the latest news about the person or company you choose to follow, which will give you plenty of kudos during a chat with potential employers or in an interview.


How to speed up your job search


To get started with Google Alerts go here

How To Set Up Google Alerts

Once you’re logged into your Google account, the first thing to set up is your search term.

It’s important to pick a search phrase that is fairly specific so you don’t end up with too many results. Remember, Google will send you newly indexed posts and not every result there is on the web, so by keeping your search term specific to your goal, will cut down your time reading irrelevant out-dated articles.

Once you’ve done that, head over and set your advanced options. Here you can choose how often you want to receive alerts and how often you want to receive notifications. By default, the setting will give you no more than once a day but be careful not to get too many as you will end up just ignoring them.




If you pick an unusual search item to follow or are following a company very closely, select “As-it-happens“.

Next, select how you wish to receive your alerts as by default they will be sent to the email address you used when you set your Google account up. To avoid receiving duplicate content, it’s also a good idea to choose the option of “Best Quality” results.

To finish up the process select the “Create Alert” button and you’re done!

These alerts are not only a great way to speed up your job search, it means you won’t miss out on vital company, industry or event news ever again…


Follow Up With Boomerang 

During your job search journey (which can feel like a round-the-world trip), you’ll be contacting a whole host of people.

Whether it’s strengthening your contacts, reaching out to recruiters or following up on applications and interviews, your inbox is going to get even busier!

Statistics show that the average person receives 88 emails a day but only sends 34, meaning we are getting over 2.5X more emails than we’re sending.

With this amount of email overload, it’s easy to overlook following up on a meeting or a replying to a hiring manager, so that’s where Boomerang comes in.

Get your job hunt moving quicker by using these 2 job search hacks

This nifty Gmail add-on service, allows you to schedule your emails and reminds you to follow it up if you don’t get a reply.

I won’t go into how to set this up and use it because I’ve found a super easy video which explains it all!  


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Bonus Email Hack To Speed Up Your Job Search

However, what I will tell you is about another little hack that involves email, specifically how to know if an email you’ve sent to a recruiter or hiring manager has actually been opened.

How many times have you sent in an application or a thank you note after an interview and waited for a reply and wondered… Did they receive it? Is it lost in hyperspace somewhere? Days can feel like months, right?

Luckily with Sidekick, you can now track all of the emails you send, see who opened them, when, on what device.


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This neat little app happily syncs up with your Gmail or Outlook accounts and is an insanely helpful tool when you’re trying to get people to respond to a message.

Think about it like this. If someone keeps opening up your email but fails to respond, they’re probably just up to their necks in it and your email has taken its place in line. By using this app, you can decide whether to reach out to them again and push to the front! The timing of an email in a job hunt can be the difference between being offered an opportunity or just missing out.

 I urge you now to implement these job search automation hacks to speed up your job search and give yourself the edge over most of the other candidates. 


As the founder of Arran Pullen Career coaching, Arran works with career professionals and job hunters. As an accredited coach and NLP practitioner, he provides a safe sounding board for his client’s ideas and provides resources, strategies, and techniques to help them to exceed their career goals. His articles have appeared in various e-zine sites including and LinkedIn, focusing on practical techniques to help professionals land their next job. As a former trainer, Arran also creates online courses and job landing tools that further support job hunters to negotiate the job searching maze.



Where To Start Writing A Resume

Where To Start Writing A Resume

Let’s be honest, it can feel like an overwhelming task knowing where to start writing a resume! And for good reason. I mean, there’s no other document that can have such an impact on your career, earning potential and ultimately your job satisfaction.

With career sites like Monster, Indeed and Google For Jobs making applying for jobs so easy, it’s no wonder that there can often be up to 200 candidates, all applying for the same position.

Pretty daunting statistics, right?

What Does This Mean For You, As You Start Writing A Resume?

To put it simply, a generic, untargeted, poorly worded resume just won’t cut the mustard and won’t land you a job interview.

You see, your resume needs to clearly and concisely give the employer detailed proof that you’ve got the skills and experience to solve their problem and be an asset in the job role. 

“Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior”

Hiring managers are looking for you to tell them a clear and relevant story of successful past behaviors.

Plenty of research has shown, that if someone’s been successful in their last job role and done things a certain way, they are more likely to do the same thing in the future.

Before You Start Your Writing Your Resume

So, before you even begin writing your resume, you first need to decide on one of these two options.

A/ Go it alone.

B/ Hire a professional resume writer to do it for you.

Whichever path you choose, there’s still a number of points for you to consider.

Let’s now dive in and give you a general overview of the most important elements to get right when you set out to write an interview-landing resume.

Choosing The Right Format

Research has found that employers and recruiters will typically spend only 6 seconds scanning through a resume, meaning your resume needs to be compelling and eye-catching to the reader.

This is not as easy as it sounds, as even the decision on which format to choose can be as difficult as deciding which film to watch on Netflix!

So to simplify the process, consider choosing a format according to your work history and experience.  

The Chronological Resume Format – Choose this if you are: View Example

  • Applying for a job in the same industry
  • Have you been on a traditional career path
  • Have very few gaps in your work history 

The Functional Resume Format – Choose this if you are: View Example

  • A graduate, re-entering the workplace 
  • Or changing career paths

The Combination Resume Format – Choose this if you are: View Example

  • A veteran re-entering the workforce
  • A candidate with a few gaps in your work history
  • A candidate where your skills out-weigh your work experience 

Once you’ve decided upon a format, begin to collect the relevant information to form an outline which you can use as your draft. 

Your Resume Heading

Your resume header section contains your contact details where employers or recruiters can easily reach you.

When you’re writing your resume, this section should include your:

  • First Name Last Name
  • Street Address
  • City, State, Zip
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Personal Website (optional)
  • LinkedIn Profile URL (optional)

If you’re applying for a job outside the city you live in, be sure to come back and read this post as well!

Career Statements

Right below your contact details, you must write a summary or objective statement. Your career goal and previous experience will determine which one of these you choose. They are not interchangeable and are written in a completely different way from one another. This section of your resume is your Las Vegas Stripe! It’s your prime real estate, so don’t miss the opportunity to make it shine. Keep both statements, short, punchy and relevant to the job role you’re applying for. You should write a new targeted statement for every role you apply for. 

The Summary Statement: If you’ve had a traditional career path and are staying in the same industry, you’d be a great candidate to use a summary statement. Also, use one if you have no major gaps in employment (six months or more) and your work history shows growth or promotions. It should highlight your most relevant experience, skills, and traits which can be elaborated in the resume below it.


“Experienced sales manager in the retail industry with strengths in customer service, sales, and negotiations. Proven skills in marketing, advertising, product integration, and promotions. Successful in developing strategies that have resulted in an over 20% increase in new customers. Instrumental in developing an incentives rewards program with a repeat customer success rate of over 45%”.


The Objective Statement: If you lack work experience in this job field, in the middle of a career change or targeting a specific job role, then you’d be a good candidate for using an objective statement. A word of warning though, ensure you convey the deliver the value you can bring to the job posting. Avoid making this statement simply about what you are looking for in a job.


“To leverage my 5+ years of client-facing experience, public speaking skills, and expertise in the health care industry into a public relations role with Round Bow Media”


Professional Experience


In this section, include a list of the most recent companies you’ve worked for and the job titles, location and dates of employment.

Here’s a great place to bullet point your duties and accomplishments.

Try and make your accomplishments specific and include numbers and percentages where ever possible.

Here’s what a great accomplishment might look like for someone who negotiated a deal with their office stationary suppliers.



If you have little or no previous work experience, you can always include relevant summer jobs, internships or volunteer work as long as it supports your case and the job posting.

Education Details

The placement of this section will depend on where you are in your career journey. If you’re fresh out of college, a graduate or have less than five years work experience, put your education section at the beginning of your resume structure as it focuses the readers’ attention on this and not your lack experience. As a student or graduate you should include your GPA if it’s higher than a 3.0, otherwise, it might be worth leaving it out, depending on the difficulty of the course. Also, include any academic honors or certificates where they directly relate to the job you are applying for.


Use this section as a way to include all of the major keywords from the job posting.

Remember to only use hard skills rather than soft skills. Hard skills are learned skill sets such as your degree, certificates, typing speed or coding ability which are needed to do the job. While soft skills, i.e. people skills, teamwork, communication, and perseverance are personality traits. You can save showing them these skills for the interview!


There you have a general overview of how to start writing a compelling resume that lands you an interview.

To learn more, I’ve put together a free 7 step checklist to help you even further… click the image below and grab your free copy now…

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As the founder of Arran Pullen Career coaching, Arran has worked with career professionals and job hunters since 2007. As an accredited coach and NLP practitioner, he provides a safe sounding board for his client’s ideas and provides resources, strategies, and techniques to help them to exceed their career goals. His articles have appeared in various e-zine sites including and LinkedIn and focus on practical techniques to help professionals land their next job. As a former trainer, Arran also creates online courses and job landing tools that further support job hunters negotiate the job searching maze.




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