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Job Search and Interview Tips

Job search

When looking for a job, the first thing you need to ask yourself is this: ‘do I really want this job?’

Hopefully, the answer is ‘yes’, and that’s why you’re here! But, if the answer’s ‘no’, it’ll save you a lot of time by, instead, looking for something you really do want to do.

We know it’s a competitive market out there. Probably more so than ever before. But there are jobs out there. You just have to make sure your application is better than every other job seeker’s. And, crucially, you need to make sure that the job you apply for is the one you really want.

Start by making your application stand out and don’t make the common mistakes that catch many job seekers out.

Let’s look at some simple, but often overlooked, points that will get you on the right path and ahead of your competitors:

  • Research every company you apply to. You need to be able to talk about them with some confidence in your interview.
  • Practice talking through your CV with someone who can give you genuine critique and advice – you don’t want to be told it’s perfect if it isn’t.
  • Once you know your CV inside out, you’ll be confident talking about your experiences in interviews.
  • Think about your image – shoes, clothes, hair, nails, and so on for interview, but also your voicemail, email address and online profiles. Do they all say ‘I am a professional job seeker’, or will they let you down?

The interview

If you’ve found the job you’re looking for, have applied, sent us your CV and been offered an interview – great! It means we like what we’ve seen so far. And this is your big chance to show us what you’re all about.

So, here are a few hints and tips for the all-important interview.

  • Make sure you’ve done your research. Look online. Read the website. And, as an extra tip, look out for any recent news stories so you’re up to date.
  • If you’ve been sent any information prior to the interview, make sure you read it.
  • Ensure you have all of your right to work documents in order and up to date and ready to take with you. 
  • Read and re-read your CV so you know every line that’s on it. You wrote it so don’t get caught out when questioned. Take copies of your CV with you and any certificates you have.

And remember: first impressions count. So make sure you arrive between 10 and 15 minutes before the interview start time. Then, greet the interviewer by their title and surname (‘Mr. Taylor’, for example), along with a smile and a firm handshake, and wait to be seated.

Once your in the interview, try not to answer questions with a simple “yes” or “no”. Always use examples of previous successes to sell yourself. But be succicnt and be sure not to waffle on.

And, as a final tip, always talk about your previous employers and colleagues in a positive light.