Some tips of how to perform well in an interview:
Some tips are obvious. In most cases please use common sense and your best judgment. The following are some of the things you should do before and during and interview and some you most definitely shouldn’t.
- Find out as much as you can about the job and the company. The more prepared you are, the more confident you will feel. Have a look at their website or network with a friend who has information regarding this company.
- Arrive a few minutes before your scheduled time. With the traffic in most big cities getting worse by the day, allow yourself extra time for traffic and transport problems.
- Dress smartly. First impressions are very important. Little things like dirty nails or shoes, bad makeup or too much perfume can be very negative sign to an interviewer.
- Take 2 copies of your resume with you even if you have already provided one. It’s always useful to have one to refer to during the interview.
- Be prepared to explain why you left your previous jobs and why you are looking for a new one now.
- Try to keep your answers to the point. Be aware of the interviewer’s body language and try to pick up any signals that you are losing his or her interest.
- Prepare some questions to ask at the end.
- On your way out make sure to thank the interviewer for seeing you. Confirm that you are interested in the job (if you are) and ask when you can expect to hear from them.
- Don’t criticize former/present employers or colleagues or blame them for any problems you might have experienced.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if you are unclear what the interviewer is asking.
- Lastly, do not answer your cell phone. Please turn it off or put it on silent mode before entering the room.
Some tips of how to properly format your resume:
A: Most employers will spend an average of 60 seconds deciding whether your resume fits well with their requirements. So it is very important to follow the below:
Your resume should be typed in a business-like font such as Times New Roman or Arial. Avoid fancy fonts, bright colours and formatting such as coloured backgrounds and decorative borders. Try to keep to no more than 2 A4 pages.
Personal Profile/Objective Statement
Start with a profile of who you are, your key achievements and your plans for your career.
Name, home address, cell phone number and email address.
List your most recent jobs first. Include the name of your employer, your job title and the dates you started and left. Use bullet points to list your duties. You will probably be asked to explain the reasons for any gaps in your employment so you should be prepared for this.
Include the name of your school, college or university and the dates you attended. If you are just beginning your career you should mention qualifications gained at school and university including grades. Any professional qualifications should be included.