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Interview / Job Search Tips

Always committed to help you to crack your job interviews, close your requirements. Here you will fine some basic job search tips which will you in your job search and to shape your career.

Job Search Tips

Our Recruitment Methodology

  • Position Brief
  • Database Search
  • Advertising
  • Initial Screening
  • Identification Verification
  • Assessments
  • Shortlisting
  • Behavioural Interviews
  • Reference and Background Checking
  • Candidate Report to Client
  • Client Interviews
  • Offer and Acceptance
  • After Placement Service, including placement guarantee.

Be Prepared

Have a professional voice mail recorded on your mobile and sign-up for a professional sounding email address. Consider getting a separate email account to use for your job search, so you can stay organised, and check it often.

Be More Than Prepared

Always have an up-to-date resume ready to send – even if you’re not currently looking for work. You never know when an opportunity that’s just too good to pass up might come along. If you're not on LinkedIn yet, create a LinkedIn Profile and start making connections with people who can help your job search. Take the time to implement some of these strategies that will help make your next job change a success.

Create Your Own Templates

Have copies of your resume and cover letter ready to edit. That way you can change the content to match the requirements of any job you want to apply for, but, the contact information and your opening and closing paragraphs won't need to be changed. Microsoft Word users can download free templates for resumes, cover letters and email messages which can be personalized for your own correspondence.

Have Your References Ready

Have a list of three references including name, job title, company, phone number, and email address ready to give to interviewers. Print a copy of your reference list and bring it with you to interviews.

Use Your Network

Be cognisant of the fact that many, if not most, job openings aren't advertised. Tell everyone you know that you are looking for work. Ask if they can help. Be appreciative of any help they give you, even if it doesn’t result in a job. You never know, they may find something for you later on.

Get Social

Utilising social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter can be a good way to get job listings before they are listed elsewhere. Plus, you can promote your candidacy using the social media tools that are readily available for free for job seekers. Companies are increasingly using social media for recruiting, so be ready.

Narrow down your search to the best options

Rather than apply to any and every opening you see, it's best to narrow down your search and only apply to the positions that sound most fitting to your skill sets and career goals. To go a step further in ensuring that a job is right for you, do a little bit of background research on the company to get a sense of its values and why employees do or don't like working there.

Save the best job listings for future reference

Even after you've submitted your application for a job, you should still copy and paste or print the job listing for future reference. With many employers removing a position once they've received enough applicants, saving a job description can help you prepare for an interview when you want to look back on the qualifications needed.

Don't restate your resume in your cover letter

Your cover letter should not read like an extra copy of your resume. Instead, it should provide hiring managers with more background information about who you are and why you are a right fit for the position and the company. It should also include a call to action like, "I look forward to connecting to discuss next steps," so the employer knows just how interested you are in moving forward with the position.

Prepare for your interview

Before going on an interview, do the following three things:

1. Research the company you are interviewing with and the work they do.

2. Practice answering tough and common interview questions beforehand.

3. Look up background information about the individual you are interviewing with.

The preparation you do for an interview can be the key to you landing a job.

Always ask questions

In addition to preparing yourself for how to properly answer an interview question, you should also prep yourself on what information you want to know from the interviewer. If you don't ask questions in an interview you can easily "run the risk of unintentionally appearing disengaged or uninterested." To show your interest, ask questions about the growth opportunities at the company or inquiring about the biggest challenges people face working there.

In addition to preparing yourself for how to properly answer an interview question, you should also prep yourself on what information you want to know from the interviewer. If you don't ask questions in an interview you can easily "run the risk of unintentionally appearing disengaged or uninterested." To show your interest, ask questions about the growth opportunities at the company or inquiring about the biggest challenges people face working there.

Send a thank you note

To really stand out and show your appreciation for the interview, you should always send a follow up note thanking the hiring managers for taking time out of their schedule to meet with you. This note can be sent via email or LinkedIn, but before sending you should triple check to make sure there are no grammatical errors and that all names are spelled correctly.

Don't accept the job on the spot

If offered the position, you should thank the employer for the opportunity and confirm when you will need to accept the job. Rather than giving an answer right away, you should use the time you have to carefully consider if the offer is right for you and to assess whether you need to negotiate your salary.

Interview Tips

To increase your chances of performing well at interview, Empower Workforce Solutions suggests that you prepare and increase your confidence and ability to sell yourself.

Presentation

Ensure that you present yourself in a tidy and professional manner. A good guide is to always dress as you would expect your manager to dress. If you are not sure, it is best to dress up, rather than dress down.

Body Language

Your body language also contributes towards that impression you give to the interviewer. Shake hands confidently and professionally at the start and at the finish of the interview. Maintain eye contact when communicating. Lastly - don't forget to smile!

Know your Interviewer

The interviewer already knows all about you from your resume and it is equally important for you to know all about your potential employer. Find out about their area of operations or business, what kind of section your will be working in and what will be expected of you as an employee of the organisation.

Preparing for Interview Questions

You should read over the job specifications and gain a full understanding of what kind of questions the interviewer may ask you regarding the role. Be prepared for the "Tell me something about yourself" question, with a short professional answer, briefly summarising your recent career experience. Behavioural based questions require you to provide specific examples of your working experiences, outlining your role and what you achieved. Have a few relevant examples up your sleeve in preparation for your interview.

Punctuality

Ensure that you know exactly where and when to be at the interview and who you will be interviewed by. You are forming a first and lasting impression on the interviewer, so it is important that you are not late (or flustered because you had trouble finding the location).