- PUNCTUALITY Don’t be late, check location & the journey before hand
- BE SMART Suited and booted, if you look good you’ll feel good!
- PREPARATION Research the company, its products, the role and the market place
- YOUR CV Explain each position, give examples of achievement and reasons for leaving
- SELL YOURSELF You know you’re right for the job! Explain why your skills would benefit the role
- PROVE YOURSELF Match your benefits with the company's needs
- STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES Make a mental list that is relevant to the position, turn negatives into positives
- BE CONCISE Don’t waffle!
- ALWAYS LISTEN! Concentrate, don’t interrupt and listen to what the interviewer is saying
- ASK QUESTIONS Think of relevant questions before you go in
- BODY LANGUAGE Remember 80% of communication is non-verbal, a smile says a thousand words!
- CLOSE Ask for the job or the next stage in the process and overcome any concerns
Posted in Job Interview | Posted on 17-07-2011|
When you're applying for a job it's best to prepare. You can't plan out every last line of dialogue—nor should you—but you can figure out a few things you want to get across. As something work advice blog Passive Panda points out, one good way to do this is to create a list of sound bites
Sound bites are short phrases or sentences that you want to make sure you say throughout the interview. These are phrases that highlight everything that is great about you as a candidate. The exact way you tell a story might change, but you'll always want to include the sound bite. For example, "I once worked with a co-worker who constantly pushed her work off on me because Excel spreadsheets are a strong point for me and she knew this…" is a great sound bite to use at the start of a story about dealing with a difficult co-worker. It kicks things off and refers to one of your skills. You can tell the rest of the story naturally and still know that you included a solid sound bite. You should have a sound bite for each story you tell.
This may seem a little insincere, but even if you get along really well with the interviewer you're not having a casual conversation. A few good sound bites—especially ones that sound natural—will stick in the mind of the interviewer more easily. It's a good way to make sure you get your point across and do it succinctly. If you end every story you tell with one great sentence, you should have an easier time staying in the minds of those who have the power to hire you.
Posted in Job Interview | Posted on 03-07-2011|
A recent OfficeTeam survey noted that 36% of companies think that it’s at least somewhat likely resumes will eventually be replaced by profiles on social and business networking sites. More and more professionals are using creative ways to promote themselves online. I’ve seen rap videos, dedicated Facebook Pages, a blog saying “hire me” and SlideShare presentations. These promotional tactics can be effective and even land some media attention, which could turn into a few job offers. Since very few job seekers take the time to invest in these tactics, they stand out and are shared widely.
1. SlideShare.net. Develop your own PowerPoint presentation, upload it to SlideShare.net and promote it through your networks and on your website. Your slides can include information about your technical skills, projects you’ve completed, an endorsement from a manager and more. Here is an example.
3. Viral videos — Create a video about yourself, or multiple videos linked together, and use YouTube to promote it. You can also develop a video resume which will showcase your personality to employers, in addition to your skills. Here is an example.
4. Creative websites — Use your creativity and establish a creative website under your full name (yourfullname.com). Here is an example.