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Now you've been shortlisted

Your step-by-step guide to being successful at interviews and assessment centres

By Denise Taylor

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About the Author

Denise Taylor

Winner of two National Career Awards, 2009 for her Job Search Support Programme and in 2007 for The Gold Career Programme.

Denise Taylor is an award-winning chartered psychologist and registered guidance practitioner who has been helping people find out who they are, what they want to do and be successful in their job search for more than 20 years. She is the founder of Amazing People ... Read more on Denise Taylor

Contents Listing

About the Author
Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction

Preparation
1. The employer perspective
2. Preparing for success

Psychometric Testing
3. Introducing psychometric tests
4. Verbal reasoning and critical-thinking tests
5. Numerical tests
6. Abstract reasoning and other tests
7. Personality questionnaires

Assessment Centres
8. Assessment centres - an introduction
9. Group exercises
10. Written exercises
11. In-tray exercises
12. Presentations
13. Role-plays
14. Other exercises

Interviews
15. The interview - preparation
16. Getting ready to answer questions
17. Over to you - questions to ask at the end of the interview

On the Day and Following Up
18. Appearance and body language
19. On the day
20. Afterwards

Success
21. You've got the job!

A Final Word
Answers to Psychometric Tests
About the Author
Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction

Preparation
1. The employer perspective
2. Preparing for success

Psychometric Testing
3. Introducing psychometric tests
4. Verbal reasoning and critical-thinking tests
5. Numerical tests
6. Abstract reasoning and other tests
7. Personality questionnaires

Assessment Centres
8. Assessment centres - an introduction
9. Group exercises
10. Writt ...

Jacket Text

This book is for anyone that has received a 'you've been shortlisted' letter and wants to feel more confident and prepared for their forthcoming interview.

It covers the different types of psychometric testing companies use, the various forms of interviews they employ, from first interview to panel interview to competency-based interview, as well as all aspects of performing well at assessment centres.

The book finishes with advice on questions to ask at the end of the interview, different ways to follow up and what to expect at the start of your new job.

Professional Reviews

" 'Now You've Been Shortlisted' is an impressive resource that enables the reader to view recruitment and selection processes in a truly positive light. The author helps demystify the complexities associated with psychometric testing and assessment and offers excellent practical strategies for coping successfully with transitions into the workplace." - Dr Deirdre Hughes, President, Institute of Career Guidance

"Denise is a true expert in her field, dedicated to her profession. This extensive guide full of practical tips and advice has helped me to prepare for interviews for positions that I would have normally avoided because I was too fearful of the process. The wide variety of exercises and invaluable information has enabled me to feel confident and knowledgeable. I have aimed higher and broadened my horizons. Now educated and properly prepared on how to get through an interview professionally, it has now brought me more opportunity and I now realise that the only person stopping me from getting the job I really want is me! Thank you Denise for all the hard work you have put into this guide and most importantly for sharing it with others." - Sylvana Hamaida, Financial Services, London

"With extensive experience of helping people with their careers over many years, Denise gives valuable advice on how to perform well through the whole interview and assessment process. She includes advice on interview technique, assessment centres, personality and ability testing and many other key issues, right up to starting in the new role. The very detailed and comprehensive professional advice, contained all in this one book, will greatly enhance the individual's chances of success in competitive selection situations. An excellent book, both for job seekers, career changes, those seeking promotion and also for career practitioners advising people on their careers." - Tony Charles of corporate career management consultancy, Tony Charles Associates Limited

"There is one significant difference between those who get a job and those who don't after being shortlisted. Successful candidates invest in research and understand the nuts and bolts of the recruiting process. They are prepared for each step: they know what to expect from an assessment centre and how to stand out in the interview. They are not surprised by the format of the psychometric tests and by the test's questions. They researched potential employers and their targeted industries and impress interviewers through their use of a common language. If you try to be successful without help from an expert, you will probably make many mistakes and fail to achieve your goal.

This book is exactly what you need to acquire these critical skills and to avoid mistakes. You will be competing with candidates who put in the time and effort to be prepared. Job search is a unique type of competition: there are no second and third places, only one person will reach the finish line. The comprehensive advice in this book will help you understand the process and perform to your best whether you are due to attend an interview or a full scale assessment centre. You are then far more likely to be the one who wins the job." - Alon Karmiel, founder, ZoomInterview.com

"This is an essential practical guide for anyone who has received the 'you've been shortlisted' news and wants to get the 'you're hired' letter. Readers are taken on the journey from preparing for the interview through to the success of being hired.

Denise's wealth of knowledge and experience in the field makes the reader feel like they have insider information into the world of the recruiter. Seeing the view from the other side may give you the edge required to successfully sail through to the job offer stage."

"During these cut-throat times, when jobs are few and candidates are many, the importance of being fully prepared cannot be over emphasised. Critical interview techniques, including what questions you could ask at the end and the tricky salary question, are explained using examples, hints and tips. Psychometric testing and assessment centres are decoded through practical examples and exercises, giving you the confidence to walk through the recruitment process with confidence. 'Now you've been shortlisted' makes the process of getting hired, dare I say, fun." - Kerry Henning, client


Media Coverage

Arras People

Book Review - "Now You've Been Shortlisted"
Author: Denise Taylor
Publisher: Harriman House Publishing
Size: 255 pages

Reviewed by Lindsay Scott

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The Sunday Express Mahazine

1. Identify why you want to change. Is it to move away from something you hate or to head towards something you love? If you loathe your job you might feel that anything is better, but if you're ...

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Job Site

Looking for a job can be confusing. It?s all very well being told to go for your ideal job, that settling for anything less puts you in the same position as you were in before, i.e. bored and ...

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Esquire Magazine

How to write a winning CV

by Denise Taylor, career guidance practitioner

Make it clear how you can help the company. Your profile should focus on how you match the job.

Be clear on why you ...

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Job Site

Now you?ve been shortlisted?

You?ve seen a job you like being advertised, sent off your application and because you tailored your CV and covering letter to that specific role you?ve been ...

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Arraspeople.co.uk

"This book is great for anyone who will be facing specific tests as part of the recruitment process. It?s also useful for anyone who may not have been in the job market for a number of years and ...

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Amazingpeople.co.uk

Just the job...online- The Sun23rd December 2010

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Metro.co.uk

LinkedIn reveals most overused CV buzzwords - The Metro16th December 2010

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Express.co.uk

Six steps to change by career coach Denise Taylor of www.amazingpeople.co.uk- The Sunday Express Magazine21st November 2010

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Bit.ly

Live Guardian Q&A: Acing your interview, 2 November, 1pm-4pmWhether you?re struggling with nerves - or you?d like more advice about improving your chances of landing a job, join expert Denise Taylor ...

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Icg-uk.org

Helping clients nail that job! How to prepare clients for assessment
centres- Denise Taylor, Career Guidance Today25th October 2010

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Jobsite.co.uk

Can a career coach help you?- Denise Taylor on Jobsite16th October 2010

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Jobsite.co.uk

How to find a career coach to suit you- Denise Taylor on Jobsite23rd September 2010

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Radiocity.co.uk

Denise was a guest on Liverpool Radio City's Late Night with Pete Price show talking about working after retirement26th July 2010

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Careers.guardian.co.uk

Denise was on the panel of the Guardian's live Q&A on getting onto a graduate scheme13th July 2010

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Bbc.co.uk

Denise was a guest on BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Mark Cummings' show talking about graduate unemployment13th July 2010

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Bbc.co.uk

Denise was a guest on BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Mark Cummings' show8th July 2010

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Graduatecareer.com

Denise was featured as an expert in the graduate career section of the Times, reviewing a CV- Times26th May 2010

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Jobsite.co.uk

Does the dream job exist and should you settle for second best?- Denise Taylor on Jobsite19 May 2010

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Media Review

How to write a winning CV- Denise Taylor, Esquire magazineApril 2010

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Careers.guardian.co.uk

Denise was on the panel of the Guardian's live Q&A on How to succeed at interview4th March 2010

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Careers.guardian.co.uk

Denise was a guest on the Guardian's Careers Talk podcast4th March 2010

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Jobsite.co.uk

Now you've been shortlisted...- Denise Taylor on Jobsite26th February 2010

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Bbc.co.uk

Denise was a guest on BBC Radio Leeds' Shourjo Sarkar's show15th February 2010

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