of the most common mistakes job seekers make is failing to master
effective interviewing. Here are some interviewing guidelines to help
you wow employers, whether it being a telephonic or in-person interview.
tend to feel more relaxed and casual and the candidate can easily come
across as too casual with a wishy-washy tone that could translate to the
employer that they may have a slacker on board.
Try to stand and walk around during telephone interviews as to promote a proactive and confident tone of voice.
Answer ‘yes’ as honestly as possible rather than getting off the topic.
Avoid telling the employer more than they need to know as this may end up reflecting badly on you.
Avoid being overly casual and maintain eye contact upon greeting your interviewer.
try to make a good first impression by dressing in a formal manner. The
general rule of thumb is government employees and executive positions
are usually a formal dress code whereby many technology companies adopt a
more casual dress code.
Do your research and ask relevant questions.
Other Mistakes are:
Avoid asking the employer about salary and holiday / leave time.
body language is very important and can give tell tale signs to the
employer that you might find the interview boring, questions too
difficult or that you may not be a team player. Always adopt an open
outlook and meet your interviewer’s eyes when answering their
questions. Avoid looking at your watch, folding your arms, eye-rolling
Never answer your mobile phone or text during an interview, rather turn your mobile off completely during your interview.
Inflating Your CV
tempting as it may seem to ‘beef up’ your CV in today’s competitive
market, this will be a sure way to guarantee that it will be immediately
binned if the employer suspects that you have not been honest about
your skills and experiences. Always highlight relevant experiences but
remember it is not worth lying to land the position.
Errors on Cover Letters and CV No-No’s
always look for spelling and grammar errors on both the curriculum
vitae and accompanying cover letter. It is essential that you use
proper grammar, punctuation and your spelling is accurate. Run- on
sentences should be avoided as well as misplaced apostrophes and the
improper use of capitalization, which will make you appear to be
unqualified and uneducated.
What to Ask in an Interview
a job interview, it is extremely important for you to engage with your
interviewer – not just by providing answers to their questions, but by
asking the interviewer questions too. Why? Not only will the answers to
the questions provide you with peace of mind and additional knowledge
about your potential role, but you will also be showing your interest
and enthusiasm about the position advertised and the company in general.
You will be sure to put a massive smile on any bigwig’s face by asking
doing my research, I noticed that the company has recently partnered
with [establishment name]. How has the company transformed since then
and what does the future hold? There
is nothing more impressive than interviewing somebody who has done
their homework. It shows initiative and genuine interest in the company
itself – two huge advantages that could differentiate you and another
• How will my performance be measured? This
is important to be aware of so that you know how best to approach and
succeed in your role. However, it will also show the interviewer that
you are keen to do well and meet expectations.
• Aside from skills and qualifications, what sort of person do you think would best fit the role? What
many people often forget is the fact that a company hires someone based
on more than just their skills, qualifications and work experience.
Their personality and soft skills also play a massive part – and is
often the deciding factor when it comes to offering someone the job.
Because of this, knowing what kind of a person the interviewer thinks
will best suit the role on offer is an advantage – you can explain to
them why you think you will be a good fit in line with the personality
traits which they have described. If you do not feel that you possess
the traits mentioned, explain to them how you plan to work on developing
them or why you think your already-existing traits will add value to
the role and company.
• Is there anything that concerns you about my qualifications or my work experience? Many
people think that this question makes the interviewer uncomfortable or
puts him / her ‘on the spot’. It doesn’t. It will enhance open
communication and will give you a chance to explain why their concerns
(if any) may be misguided. It is important that you ask this question
using the right tone. You don’t want to come across as defensive.
Instead, you want to seem confident in your abilities while still being
open to constructive criticism and self-improvement. By
asking these questions, you will ensure that you get valuable
information about the company and the position you are applying for,
while impressing your interviewer at the same time. As long as you have
dressed the part and have remained polite, open and honest during the
interview, chances are good that you will land your dream job. So smile,
carry yourself with confidence and go for what you want!
How to Structure a Professional CV
of how impressive your skills, qualifications and level of work
experience may be, if your CV has not been properly laid out, you
may struggle to land an interview. Ultimately, the presentation of your
CV is just as important as its contents. Below, we define the points of a
professional CV, focusing on specific aspects that will help you to
stand out and make a lasting impression on your potential future
employer before even meeting him / her face to face.
Cover Letter Sending
out countless copies of your CV to a variety of different recruiters
will not do you any favours. The secret to landing an interview and,
ultimately, a job, is to ensure that you make the effort to personalise
your cover letter to suit the position being advertised, taking the time
to explain to the recruiter why you believe you would be the right fit.
A brief summary of your skills, experience and career goals – in
accordance with what the recruiter is looking for – will increase your
chances of getting noticed and being considered for the job.
Personal Details It
is essential that you include all of your personal details in your CV –
your full name, telephone number and email address. It might also be
wise to list your ID number, physical address and anything else that you
may deem appropriate.
Details about your Educational Background and Qualifications List
all of these details in reverse chronological order – starting with
your tertiary education and qualifications, followed by any smaller
courses completed and, finally, a few details regarding the high school
which you attended and any other relevant achievements.
Work Experience Once
again, state your work experience in reverse chronological order,
starting with the company at which you are currently working or, if you
are currently unemployed, the most recent company at which you were
employed. List the names of the companies, the date that you were hired
and that you left, as well as a brief summary of your responsibilities
and skills gained whilst working in each role.
Special Skills Any
special skills, such as experience with Microsoft Office, should be
listed here. However, be sure to only list skills that may be relevant
to the position for which you are applying.
would be wise to include a list of three different references,
including each person’s full name, his / her relationship to you, as
well as his / her phone number and / or email address.