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Once you have replied to one of the jobs you have seen online, your next job is to get through the sifting exercise that all good recruiting agencies use. Their service includes the use of specialised teams to ensure that all the candidates passed to their business clients are of the highest quality and the most suited to the position being advertised.
This means that you must ensure that your CV is of the highest quality and supplies all the information about your education and employment history in the right way. There are lots of companies that will assist in improving your CV, but it is also important to make sure that the CV is totally accurate and truthful, otherwise you risk wasting not only your own time and money but that of your prospective employer (not to mention the recruitment agencies staff).
Of course, you will only have applied for a vacancy that is in a suitable location, offers you an acceptable employment package / salary and one for which your previous career makes suitable for. If you follow all of the above, you will have the very best chance of being matched for the job you want by the recruitment agency.
The next stage is the interview.
You could find that the interview stage is quite extensive, the employer offering the job wanting to ensure the candidates found in the search process are indeed the best match for their position. They will want to get the most experienced staff, but they will also have other criteria and conditions that they will want to be met. This can take some time as they will want to be confident that they have selected the best professional / qualified staff they possibly can.
So whether you are applying for a technical post, a training post or an executive position be prepared to have to demonstrate your suitability at the interview, this being the most important part of the vetting process for the job you want. You will have to demonstrate your strengths and may have to provide examples of your previous work.
However, there are a number of ways you can improve your chances at the interview stage, and here are the top 10 tips you should bear in mind.
1. Before attending the interview do some research. It is imperative that you read the job description carefully to see what skills and strengths they are looking for. Besides this have a look at the company’s website and find out what it does and what it is best at. Then you can use this information to explain how your personal abilities, qualifications and previous experience make you the best candidate.
2. Make sure you know your CV. Interviews put you under pressure, so make sure you know your CV inside out and can handle any questions if it becomes the focus of lots of questions..
3. Do arrive on time. It is totally true that first impressions count a lot, so the last thing you want to do is to arrive flustered and late. So make sure you know where the interview is going to take place, how youï¿½re going to get there and, if at all possible, do a dummy run. Plus do aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before the interview is scheduled to start.
4. Dress appropriately. As above, first impressions count, so dress according to the type of job your are going for and make sure that they clean and smart.
5. Be positive – It is important that you are positive about yourself, the position youï¿½re looking to fill and your previous experience. However, don’t be pushy (unless it is a part of the job) as this can be misinterpreted.
6. Provide some examples of your achievements. Try to come up with some examples of times when you have accomplished something special or important. You will have to be specific about the whole thing, what the task was and the processes you followed. Donï¿½t be afraid to go into the problems you faced and do elaborate on the skills or strengths you had to use in order to succeed.
7. Highlight your strengths. There will no doubt me many others after the job you want, all having similar work experiences and qualifications. This means you have to make yourself stand out from the rest. One of the best ways of doing this is to emphasise what you are good at. Are you a natural communicator?, or is it your persistence and your ability to work hard under pressure that makes you the best choice? Make sure you let your interviewer know, it could make all the difference.
8. Honesty is vital. It is most important that you never lie in a job interview. Today, with all the technologies available to employers, it is very easy for them to catch you out.
9. Listen donï¿½t just talk. Listening is a most important skill in life and it is just as important at any interview you are likely to attend. Listen carefully to what they say and wait until they have finished, and donï¿½t whatever you do be thinking about what you are going to say next. Listen and digest and then you will be able to give the best possible answer.
10. Remember to ask questions. There are two reasons for this. The first is that questions give you an opportunity to clarify anything you are not sure about, but perhaps the most important thing is that, by asking the some interesting questions, you can show that you have an enquiring mind and are really interested in the job and just not going through the motions.