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One of the biggest mistakes that I’ve seen in interviews is when candidates use “we” instead of “I” too often.

For example, “We did this,” rather than, “This was my contribution to the team’s results.”

It can be a challenge sometimes, but whilst it’s nice to spread the credit, you are being assessed on your abilities, not the abilities of the team or organisation that you’ve worked with in the past.

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These days it’s not uncommon for large organisations to utilise group assessments during their recruitment process.

This is especially the case when they’re recruiting large numbers of people at a time.

As they aren’t as common as the standard style of interview and there are a few things that you can do that will help you to get through to the next stage of the recruitment process.

So what are my tips for effective group interviews:

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If you play golf, it’s always a good idea to get to the course nice and early and hit a bucket of balls to get the cobwebs out.

Professional golfers do it, and if it’s good enough for them, then it’s good enough for me.

The reason we do this is to get the body into rhythm for the round ahead and to see if you need to make any adjustments to your swing or grip before you tee off on the first hole.

If you don’t do it, you risk embarrassing yourself in front of the clubhouse with your first drive, setting yourself up for a disastrous day.

This principle is important in other areas of life as well.

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One of the underestimated elements of job-hunting is making a follow-up call in the days after an interview.

Whether or not you get the job is irrelevant, there is significant value either way. 

Making that call can be scary, but hopefully you will see such value in doing so that you begin to make this a part of your normal routine after an interview.

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According to a recent survey conducted by Galaxy Research, over one-third of Australian job seekers admit to significant lies at some stage of their job application process.

From exaggerating previous work experience, making up references and false qualifications the lies come thick and fast, making it difficult for recruiters to make the right decision when choosing the best candidate.

Whilst it may seem logical to do this, especially if it seems as though so many others are, is it really in you best interests to be dishonest in either your resume, job application letter or interview?

Here are a few reasons why it may not be such a great idea.

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Interviews are a necessary evil.  Very few people enjoy the experience and I am yet to read a Facebook profile where someone mentions job interviews as an interest or hobby.

However, a successful career often requires the ability to navigate through interviews with aplomb.  So what are some simple principles to keep in mind to make the process a bit easier?

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