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1. Q: Tell me about yourself.

A: Keep to the point and don't include obvious details such as your name or age. Give a brief summary of your employment, your skills and why you want the job. Return to top 2. Q: Tell me about your work history. A: Again, be clear and precise. Summarise your jobs, starting with the first and ending with the most recent. Briefly explain what your job was, and your key responsibilities. Return to top 3. Q: What attracted you to this job? A: Be enthusiastic! Talk about what most appeals to you about the job or company. Refer to things you found during your research (by looking on the company's website for example) - this should really impress the interviewer. Return to top 4. Q: What do you know about our company? A: If you've done some research, you'll be able to answer this easily. Look on the company's website, if they have one. Phone their office to ask for a brochure, and read it in advance. Your consultant can also help with your research. Return to top 5. Q: What do you think this job involves? A: The interviewer wants to know how much thought and effort you've put into applying for the job. If you've seen a job description, relate to the interviewer what you understand about the job. If you haven't, you could say something like: "I haven't seen a job description yet, but the advert really appealed to me." Return to top 6. Q: You haven't got any direct experience for this position. How will you get up to speed? A: Your answer could be something like "I haven't done this exact job before, but I do have lots of relevant skills and experience. I am a quick learner and I ask lots of questions". This kind of answer shows that you are realistic and you know how to learn. Return to top 7. Q: Tell me about your last job - describe a typical day. A: Here the interviewer wants to know what you've done before, how you organise your time, and what decisions you've had to make on a day-to-day basis. Try to relate what you did in your last job. Return to top 8. Q: Why did you leave your last job?

Return to top 10. Q: What are your weaknesses? A: It's best to give an example of a weaker area that you've grown and learned from. Return to top 15.and really sell yourself. Be careful though this question can tell the interviewer a lot about you. It may be that your personal circumstances changed or you wanted more varied experience. and explain why you left jobs or why you've worked in lots of different companies. Such as: "I work very quickly and I'm thorough so I used to get quite impatient with colleagues if they couldn't keep up or they made mistakes. there's a good chance the interviewer will find out anyway. Return to top 12. Return to top 14. The key is to turn your unemployment into your selling point. Return to top 9. it's important to be prepared to answer this. Q: What is your biggest achievement? A: Try to say something which shows that you have initiative. Again most people will appreciate it if you're honest. If you can.give examples of how you've applied them in previous jobs and elsewhere in your life." Return to top 11. Q: Why have you had so many jobs? A: Again be upfront and honest. Return to top 13. Q: Do you enjoy teamwork? What do you think makes a good team? . explain how you've maintained or improved your skills while you've been out of work. Q: Why have you been out of work for so long? A: If you've been unemployed for a while. Q: What skills can you bring to this role? / What are your strengths? / Why should I offer you this job? A: This is your chance to shine . leadership skills.A: It's best to be honest here. If you were sacked. The best answer is to say you didn't like doing something which you won't need to do in your new job. I'm now much more patient and I realise that different people have different strengths and skills. You can't say 'nothing' as that's not believable but you don't want to be too negative either. Don't just list your skills or strengths . perseverance or creativity and try to give work-related examples. so tell the truth and explain why it happened and what you learned from it. Q: What didn't you like about your last job? A: This is a bit of a trick question. But they'll also want to know that you've been spending your time constructively.

" Walk-in Interviews Many companies place job advertisements at their stores and conduct regular walk-in interviews . I hope that. Q: What's important to you? What are your priorities in life? A: Try to answer this honestly. I want to keep learning new skills and by getting feedback I can hopefully develop faster. Or perhaps you want to make a difference in some way. I think a good team is one with a good variety of skills and personalities. Q: How do you feel when your work is criticised? A: You could say something like: "I understand the importance of constructive criticism. What Employers Tell Us They Value 1. Good old work ethics . How did you solve it? A: Talk about a problem you've faced in your life.A: It's not a good idea to say you don't like teamwork because you'll need to work as part of a team in most jobs. Q: Tell me about a problem you've faced. Return to top 17. So explain how you prioritise your work the interviewer wants to know you can plan. Return to top 20. You could say your family or succeeding in your career. over the next five years. Return to top 18. you will increase your chances of coming across a job vacancy. I'll able to make a valuable contribution at work. Q: What are your career plans for the next five years? A: It's best to say something like: "It's hard for me to say at this point. Q: How do you manage your time? A: Most jobs need you to manage your time in some way." Return to top 19. and that you can work out what order to do things in. either at work or elsewhere." Return to top 16. By spreading the word that you are looking for a job to those whom you know. The interviewer wants to get to know the 'real you'. I try not to take it personally. You could say something like: "Yes I enjoy working as part of a keep your eyes open! Networking Networking is a way of keeping in touch with people who are able to give you support and information. Here the interviewer wants to know if you're a good problem solver and that you can show initiative. I'm really keen to develop my career and learn new skills.

e. such as shift work. to potential employers. Initiative and Enterprise   Eager to learn new things. supervisors and external partners of the company. 2. work on weekends and overseas postings. and not wait to be told what to do every step of the way. 4. 5. Adaptability and Flexibility  Open to various requirements at work. High "EQ" i. The cover letter:       Introduces you Sells your strengths Displays your value Describes your background and level of expertise Supplies additional information where requested Asks for an interview . Staff who will constantly think of new ideas of how to do the work better.e. Resume Writing _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ What is a cover letter? A cover letter is submitted along with your resume. 3. High "AQ" i. Emotional Quotient  Having the ability to work well with peers. Adversity Quotient  Having the ability to persevere and overcome challenges at work.    Honesty and Integrity Punctuality Diligence Dedication and Commitment (not staff who job hop frequently).

brief and to the point Emphasises your skills and accomplishments Professionally presented: i. Use Times New Roman or Arial as standard typefaces and maintain the font size at 10 points. resume and a portfolio of certificates/testimonials.e. and should be typewritten in black ink on white paper. neatly formatted with standard margins. What is a Resume? A resume is the first step to a job. skills and experience for that specific position What is the next step after completing the resume?  Look for at least two other people to look over the final draft. Read it again the next day before sending it out with the cover letter Before The Interview  Prepare an extra copy of the cover letter. How much information is appropriate? As a rule of thumb. dramatic graphics or fancy coloured paper Accurately written with no spelling. Keep them where they can be retrieved easily . Resumes get you interviews. it should not exceed two pages of an A4-size paper Can the same resume be used to apply for all the jobs?  Tailor the resume to fit the job. Highlight the most relevant accomplishments. Employers are only interested in the information relevant to the position. A resume:   Is a personal advertisement of a candidate's best capabilities and experiences Captures an employer's attention and distinguishes a candidate from other jobseekers What makes a good resume?     Concise. cover letters should not exceed one page of an A4-size paper.How should the cover letter be presented? Cover letters are formal letters. grammatical. well typed out. Colourful and fancy typefaces are not appropriate and should not be used. punctuation or typographical errors How long should a resume be?  As a rule of thumb. which may in turn get you job offers. no usage of fancy fonts.

inform the company and try to arrange for another interview session Inform the company if you are going to be late for the interview . time. company and the contact person for the interview     Research the following: The company's business The job requirements and key responsibilities The route and time needed to travel to the company        Prepare a list of possible interview answers. Be sure to bring your Identity Card  Confirm the date. Some of the common questions employers may ask are: What do you know about our company? Why did you leave your last job? Why do you want to work in our company? Can you tell me more about yourself? Why do you think we should hire you? What are your strengths and weaknesses?    Some of the questions a jobseeker may ask are: What are the career advancement opportunities? What are the training opportunities? On The Day Of The Interview        Be tidy and dress neatly Bring all required documents Arrive at least 15 minutes before the interview and allow at least 2 hours for the whole interview process Fill in the application form accurately and neatly Switch mobile phone to silent mode or switch it off If you are unable to attend the interview due to unforeseen circumstances.

Treat every interview as a learning experience. location and supervisor to report to on the first day of work Turning Down A Job Offer  Reject the offer tactfully. Interviewers will need to interview more candidates before making a decision.g. shaking legs Listen attentively and show interest Speak clearly and use a friendly tone Clarify with interviewer if you are unsure of the questions asked Be open in sharing details and give some details with your answers    Do not interrupt the interviewer Do not ask about your salary and benefits Do not say anything negative about your former company/bosses/colleagues After The Interview     Find out from the interviewer when you will hear from them on the interview outcome Thank the interviewer Do not be discouraged if the employer does not make an on-the-spot offer. During The interview DO's DONT's         Give a firm handshake Smile confidently Maintain eye contact Sit up straight    Do not wear torn/soiled/wrinkled clothing Do not stare at the interviewer Do not display nervous/distracting mannerisms e. twisting hair. date.. Maintaining a good relationship is helpful for future networking purposes . biting nails. If You Receive A Job Offer       Understand job duties and responsibilities in greater detail Obtain an official job offer letter stating the terms and conditions of employment as well as details of: Salary Benefits (e.g. medical and leave entitlement) Work days per week and working hours The time.

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