Week 5

10 Steps to a Successful CV

  1. Keep it real! Usually a CV should be no more than two pages – and that's two pages of A4 paper! .
  2. Tailor it
  3. Include a personal statement
  4. Don’t leave gaps
  5. Keep it current
  6. Use a spellchecker and ask someone else to double-check what you’ve written.
  7. Tell the truth
  8. Back up your achievements with numbers it makes selling yourself much easier. 
  9. Make it look good
  10. Make it keyword friendly

Top tips for Completing an Application Form

  1. When completing your application form, there are a few key actions you need to take:
  2. Research the company and the job
  3. Make sure all your employment dates are correct
  4. Proofread thoroughly for spelling and grammar errors
  5. Re-read it to ensure you are clear at all times
  6. Always be truthful

Common Job Application Mistakes

  1. It can be easy to make mistakes, especially if you’re rushing through an application. Take your time and avoid making any of these blunders:
  2. Spelling and grammar errors
  3. Addressing the application to the wrong person
  4. Not following instructions on the form
  5. Not tailoring the application form to fit the job you are applying for
  6. Leaving gaps in your employment history
  7. Missing the deadline

Interview Techniques

Job interviews usually makes everyone feel quite stressed. We want to make a good impression to get the job and at the same time we have to avoid getting so anxious that we say or do the wrong thing. We have listed some points to help you prepare.

10 Interview Technique Tips

  1. Practice good nonverbal communication It's about demonstrating confidence: standing straight, making eye contact and connecting with a firm handshake. That first nonverbal impression can be a great beginning—or quick ending—to your interview.
  2. Dress for the job or company Today's casual dress codes do not give you permission to dress as "they" do when you interview. It is important to know what to wear to an interview and to be well-groomed. Whether you wear a suit or something less formal depends on the company culture and the position you are seeking. If possible, call to find out about the company dress code before the interview.Mobile Friendly. All sites you create with the Mobirise web builder are mobile-friendly natively.
  3. Listen  One of the most crucial interview tips: Listen. From the very beginning of the interview, your interviewer is giving you information, either directly or indirectly. If you are not hearing it, you are missing a major opportunity. Good communication skills include listening and letting the person know you heard what was said. Observe your interviewer, and match that style and pace.
  4. Don't talk too much Telling the interviewer more than he needs to know could be a fatal mistake. When you have not prepared ahead of time, you may ramble when answering interview questions, sometimes talking yourself right out of the job. Prepare for the interview by reading through the job posting, matching your skills with the position's requirements and relating only that information.
  5. Don't be too familiar  The interview is a professional meeting to talk business. This is not about making a new friend. Your level of familiarity should mimic the interviewer's demeanor. It is important to bring energy and enthusiasm to the interview and to ask questions, but do not overstep your place as a candidate looking for a job.
  6. Use appropriate language  It's a given that you should use professional language during the interview. Be aware of any inappropriate slang words or references to age, race, religion, politics, or sexual orientation—these topics could send you out the door very quickly.
  7. Don't be cocky  Attitude plays a key role in your interview success. There is a fine balance between confidence, professionalism, and modesty. Even if you're putting on a performance to demonstrate your ability, overconfidence is as bad, if not worse, as being too reserved. All the interview tips in the world won't save you if you come off as unpleasant to work with.
  8. Take care to answer the questions  When interviewers ask for an example of a time when you did something, they are asking behavioral interview questions, which are designed to elicit a sample of your past behavior. If you fail to relate a specific example, you not only don't answer the question, but you also miss an opportunity to prove your ability and talk about your skills.
  9. Ask questions  When asked if they have any questions, most candidates answer, "No." Wrong answer. Part of knowing how to interview is being ready to ask questions that demonstrate an interest in what goes on in the company. Asking questions also gives you the opportunity to find out if this is the right place for you. The best questions come from listening to what you're asked during the interview and asking for additional information.
  10. Don't appear desperate When you interview with the "please, please hire me" approach, you appear desperate and less confident. Reflect the three Cs during the interview: cool, calm, and confident.

10 Common Interview Questions

  1. Tell Me About Yourself  This is one of the first questions you are likely to be asked. Be prepared to talk about yourself, and why you're an ideal candidate for the position. The interviewer wants to know why you're an excellent fit for the job.
  2. Why Are You the Best Person for the Job?  Are you the best candidate for the job? The hiring manager wants to know whether you have all the required qualifications. Be prepared to explain why you're the applicant who should be hired. 
  3. Why Do You Want This Job?  Why are you a good fit for the position? What would you accomplish if you were hired? This interview question gives you an opportunity to show the interviewer what you know about the job and the company, so take time beforehand to thoroughly research the company, its products, services, culture, and mission.
  4. How Has Your Experience Prepared You for This Role?  Hiring managers use this question to learn how your previous work experience and educational background fit the job. To prepare to respond, make a list of the most relevant qualifications you have and match them to the requirements listed in the job description.
  5. Why Are You Leaving (or Have Left) Your Job?  Be prepared with a response to this question. You'll need to give an answer that’s honest and reflects your specific circumstances but keeps it positive. Even if you quit under challenging circumstances, now isn't the best time to share what could be construed as too much information with the interviewer.
  6. What Is Your Greatest Strength?  This is one of the questions that employers almost always ask to determine how well you are qualified for the position. When you are asked about your greatest strengths, it's important to discuss the attributes that qualify you for that specific job, and that will set you apart from other candidates.
  7. What Is Your Greatest Weakness?  Another typical question that interviewers will ask is about your weaknesses. Do your best to frame your answers around positive aspects of your skills and abilities as an employee, turning seeming “weaknesses” into strengths.
  8. How Do You Handle Stress and Pressure?  What do you do when things don’t go smoothly at work? How do you deal with difficult situations? The employer wants to know how you handle workplace stress.
  9. What Are Your Salary Expectations?  What are you looking for in terms of salary? Questions about money are always tricky to answer. You don't want to sell yourself short or price yourself out of a job offer. In some locations, employers are legally prohibited from asking you about salary history—but they can ask how much you expect to get paid.
  10. What Are Your Career Goals?  Are you a job hopper? Or do you plan on staying with the company, at least for a while? Where do you envision your career going? Do your plans for the future match the career path for someone typically hired for this position?

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