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Interview tips from The Telegraph 20 November 2014

5 Interview Questions to Assess Emotional Intelligence. Emotional intelligence is more than just a buzzword.

5 Interview Questions to Assess Emotional Intelligence

The ability to empathize with others, build lasting relationships, and manage emotions in a healthy way has been proven time and time again to be one of the biggest indicators of workplace and interpersonal success. In client-facing roles, emotional intelligence can be the difference between a lasting agency-client relationship and a severed contract. Agencies hiring new employees need to pay close attention to a candidate's level of emotional intelligence, since it will likely have a big impact on their early success (or failure) on the job. Emotionally intelligent individuals can more easily adapt to new environments and relate to new colleagues and clients -- crucial skills for anyone working at a marketing agency.

People with low levels of emotional intelligence might have difficulty managing relationships and dealing with stress, which could lead to burnout or bigger conflicts down the line. Looking for inspiration for your office? Find all your office supplies at Viking from ink cartridges and paper supplies to Office Furniture and Tech. Viking - all the inspiration your office needs! The world is getting smaller with each technological development.

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There's a number of devices and a wealth of software that enable us to conduct business, communicate, and engage with one another over vast distances at the touch of a button. A great example of this is Skype, the video chat and voice call service. Body Language in an interview. View the below video from Estelle James, Director at Robert Half, to get some top tips on how to effectively present yourself in an interview.

Body Language in an interview

The words coming out of your mouth are only half of the battle during a job interview, as your body language will also play a key role too, so it's vitally important that you get it right in order to boost your prospects. A lot of our movements are subconscious and can often come from nerves. To cut them at the source, you need to feel as prepared as possible before you even get to the interview. Nerves aren't the only things that can lead to less than positive body language, of course, so it's worth knowing what you should and shouldn't be doing when you find yourself in a job interview situation. Once you are called in, the first impression is important – if the interviewer offers their hand to you, ensure that your handshake isn't too tight or too weak, and try to make sure that you maintain eye contact whilst you greet them.

Expert reveals the best questions to ask during a job interview. Asking why the previous person who held the job left is among the best questions candidates can ask during an interview with potential employers, an expert has said.

Expert reveals the best questions to ask during a job interview

Bill Driscoll, from temp agency Accountemps, outlined a series of recommended queries after the firm carried out a survey looking into job interview culture. The research found the most common topics of enquiry were potential salary, the work environment, employee benefits and how much potential there is for growth within the company. As a result of the survey, which saw more than 400 employed workers over-18 in the US questioned, Mr Driscoll suggested five questions to ask a prospective employer. What’s a typical day like for someone in this position? This will let you know what it’s actually like to work for that company, and that the employer has a clear vision of what they expect from you.

Why did the person who previously held the job leave? Seven top tips for mastering the art of public speaking. Whatever you think of her politics, Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party, has been roundly praised for her public speaking style.

Seven top tips for mastering the art of public speaking

Authoritative, calm and with just a touch of human, she was the stood out at the public debates. But is she just a natural or can we all learn to present with as much panache? Here are our top tips for mastering the art of public speaking: Find your own unique voice. Speaking out in public can be a tougher call for women than men as female brains are wired slightly differently to male brains. Lynne Parker is the founder and chief executive of Funny Women. How can I relax in job interviews? – video. 10 Ways to Calm Your Interview Anxiety. Why do you want to work here? How to answer the million-dollar question. Looking for news articles about the industry and company you're applying to is a good way to make your answer stand out.

Why do you want to work here? How to answer the million-dollar question

Photograph: Stephen Hird/REUTERS. Tips and techniques for a great job interview. Many questions can be anticipated – try Googling “common interview questions”.

Tips and techniques for a great job interview

Practise your answers on sympathetic ears and ask for feedback Practise on sympathetic ears and ask for feedback, says Higgins; if you are brave enough, make a video and review it until you sound confident. Mock interviews help; practise your answers until you have them down to a tight, structured two or three minutes. On the day, it’s all about logistics, says Higgins. Get there early, review your prepared answers and CV, and ensure what you wear is appropriate and makes you feel good. “Interviewing is a two-way process,” he says. When nervous, he says, interviewees tend to speak too quickly and ramble; deep breaths will slow speech down. While employers can teach employees technical skills, they can’t teach the social skills involved in working in a team, says Bill Templeton, head of education programmes at Network Rail. The company has worked with Barclays on the LifeSkills programme. Tips from the experts.