Get that dream job

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders - — Ca­reers24

You’ve al­ready got the in­ter­view — well done! That means your cover let­ter and Cv stood out from other can­di­dates. Now it’s time to pre­pare for your in­ter­view. un­like any­thing else you’ve read on the in­ter­net, th­ese in­ter­view tips will set you apart and put you right where you need to be — on the path to se­cur­ing that job.

Land­ing an in­ter­view can feel like a mas­sive achieve­ment es­pe­cially in to­day’s job mar­ket. This means that the com­pany al­ready likes you enough to see you.

But did you know that suc­cess starts the night be­fore your in­ter­view al­ready? Be­ing aware helps a lot be­cause that’s how you’ll know and be able to con­trol how oth­ers per­ceive you.

In­ter­view ques­tions to pre­pare for We have a list of com­mon ques­tions in­ter­view­ers al­ways ask, as well as a few crazy in­ter­view ques­tions some­times used to throw you off bal­ance but that you now can ad­e­quately pre­pare for. You also need to know about the ques­tions hir­ing man­agers are not al­lowed to ask you.

We know ex­actly how you should an­swer “why did you leave your last job?” and how you can best ex­plain long-term un­em­ploy­ment. If you bad-mouth your pre­vi­ous em­ployer or job, your po­ten­tial em­ployer may think that you would do the same with their com­pany if things were to go south. That’s why you’ll have to show your po­ten­tial em­ployer that you have the abil­ity to tol­er­ate things with­out com­plain­ing – no one wants to work with some­one who is im­ma­ture and con­stantly com­plains.

How to look and act the part There are a num­ber of rea­sons why you’re get­ting the in­ter­view but fall­ing short of get­ting the job. Here is a list of things you should be do­ing dif­fer­ently. Keep in mind that you might not be the only per­son in­ter­view­ing for a spe­cific po­si­tion, which is why it’s cru­cial that you know which traits make you an incredible em­ployee.

Your body lan­guage has to be on point if you are to be con­sid­ered to fill the va­cancy. Start by mas­ter­ing the in­ter­view hand­shake. By be­com­ing con­scious of your body lan­guage you can con­trol the mes­sage you con­vey.

Fi­nally, make sure that you dress ap­pro­pri­ately to the in­ter­view. A suc­cess­ful in­ter­view is the re­sult of many key in­gre­di­ents, one be­ing your out­fit. What you wear is an im­por­tant rep­re­sen­ta­tion of who you are and the mes­sage you’d like to por­tray to the in­ter­viewer. Fol­low th­ese tips to in­crease your chances of get­ting hired.

For the ladies, keep it pro­fes­sional. If it’s suit­able for a club, don’t wear it to the in­ter­view. Make sure your pants or skirt is well­tai­lored to you, not too tight and not baggy. It doesn’t have to be the most ex­pen­sive of the lot, but the fit must be right.

Keep it con­ser­va­tive. Your skirt should cover your thighs when you sit and be knee­length when you stand. This will con­vey a pro­fes­sional at­ti­tude. Avoid high slits, but small cen­tre back slits are ap­pro­pri­ate. You want to stick to safe, clas­sic colours like navy, dark grey, brown and black. If you re­ally want to add more colour, do it with a neck­lace or ear­rings.

Keep hair and make-up sim­ple. In this case, less re­ally is more so keep make-up con­ser­va­tive and hair clean and neat. Avoid long nails that are coated in pol­ish.

For the men, suit up. A suit is still the best way to make a good im­pres­sion. If you don’t own one, dark blue jeans with a stylish shirt and blazer will do. Your suit or out­fit does not need to cost the same as the one the boss is wear­ing; as long as it’s good qual­ity.

Go for clas­sic tones. Again, clas­sic colours are best for an in­ter­view. Navy, dark grey or black are all great colours for an in­ter­view.

Shirts and belts. Your shirt should prefer­ably be long-sleeved white, thin stripes or blue. Avoid shirts that are colour­ful or very busy. The belt you wear should not be stud­ded — keep it plain and make sure it matches your shoes.

Leave the bling at home. Avoid ear­rings, rings or bold gold chains. A stylish, pro­fes­sional watch is al­lowed. Im­press dur­ing the in­ter­view In­ter­view­ers start judg­ing you from the mo­ment they lay their eyes on you. They study your ev­ery move and have a men­tal check­list that de­tails the top traits they love in can­di­dates. Be sure that you’re what re­cruiters are look­ing for by learn­ing to out­shine ev­ery other can­di­date.

MAKE sure that you’re what re­cruiters are look­ing for.

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