How will you impress an employer at interview?
In the last post we looked at some of the things you need to think about before you go for that all-important interview which will lead to your offer of a job. an interview.
It is the time of year when many are entering the bewildering world of work for the first time. You may be looking ahead to when you leave school/college next year or even want to improve and progress from your current employment.
Continuing the theme of employability skills with excerpts from Skills for Employability Part One: Pre-Employment, this post will look at what happens:Get up bright and early. Allow yourself plenty of time. Hopefully you will have been able to book a day’s holiday from work or changed your shift. Do not just phone in sick. This is a common ruse and employers can usually see that you are not being honest. You do want a reference don’t you?
On the day of the interview.
If the interview is in your own organisation, you will need to speak to your line manager to arrange some time off in the day.
A good breakfast will set you up for the day. A shower and clean hair is essential. Don’t forget deodorant and clean teeth! You did get an early night didn't you? Or did you go out and come home the worse for wear? If so—bad move!
Dress carefully allowing yourself plenty of time to catch your bus or train or to get through traffic. You have planned your route haven’t you? You need to arrive in plenty of time to get through any security or checking-in procedures.
Many organisations have a security gate. If so, the security guard usually has a list of people expected. They will tell you where to go. You will probably be directed to the reception area. Here the receptionist will take your name, and usually ask you to take a seat while someone comes to escort you to the interview room. This will be part of their security procedures.
While you are waiting, go over your notes about the job—how will your qualities help the organisation to prosper. Take deep breaths. Remember the three C’s—cool calm and collected. If there are other interviewees in the room, do not give anything away. Stay in your own space. A smile of greeting is enough.
When your turn comes:
Head up, shoulders back and smile, smile, smile! If your head is up your rib cage lifts. You can breathe better and as your chin will be up, you will communicate better and more clearly. A smile on your face comes through in your voice.
Answer the questions clearly and calmly. Perhaps bring out a piece of information on what you have done e.g. certificates, to clarify and expand on a point. Did you prepare some notes to help you refresh your memory beforehand? Be positive. If asked about your last job, focus on the things you did well.
You will probably be asked if you have any questions. Did you remember to prepare some?
How much will you be paid—the advert may have given a salary range.
Holidays? Sick Pay? On-the job training? What opportunities are there to advance in the organisation?
These are just a few points. Skills for Employability Part One: Pre-Employment has a lot of useful links where you can find more information. Links are live in the eBooks.
Chapter Two. Job Applications. Check your knowledge.
Write your answers down without looking back on the chapter.
- In which order should your jobs/qualifications be listed on your CV?
a)Current or latest first and work backwards to school? Y/N
b)Leaving school to the present day? Y/N
- What is an employer looking for in an interview?
- You should find out about the organisation that is advertising. Why?
Now you can go back and check your knowledge!
In this chapter, we looked at identifying what employers are looking for, looking at job vacancies, identifying personal skills and qualities, a self-assessment checklist, what do I need to do better/learn?
You will hopefully be more confident in applying for a job and attending an interview.
**Now might be a good time to think about how you use social media, i.e. your Facebook Page and Twitter. It is easy for an employer to find you. Do you give a good impression of yourself in the way in which you communicate with others? I came across an e-book (29 pages), which brings home how a bad social media page can cost you a job. The link to this Kindle book is at the end of this book under ‘Links’. If you do not have a Kindle e-reader, download the free Amazon Kindle app. to your computer.
a user-friendly workbook where you can work at your own pace, and explore the links for more information at a time to suit yourself.
I kicked off this theme on employability skills with an excerpt from Chapter Three - Working Effectively in the Workplace.July 24th 2014
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