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Try And Try Again

Everyone who finds themselves going through the recruitment process should know their weaknesses and which areas of expertise they have gaps in before they start job hunting. You should be spending most of your time applying for jobs where you are convinced you could secure an interview and you KNOW you could do the job, rather than being in a rush to email your CV to every job going. Once you know what you are good at and not so good at, you can try to improve your skills in the areas you are weakest at, which in turn will help your motivation and long term career prospects

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Try And Try Again

Dress To Impress For An Interview

It’s true what they say ‘first impressions count’. When it comes to a job interview, being well presented and dressed appropriately is critical. The way you dress and style yourself can make a huge difference to the overall interview, no matter what job or role you are being recruited for. Whether you are meeting a recruitment consultant about a position, or have an interview with an employer directly, you will get to meet the receptionist, perhaps a secretary or other colleagues walking around before the interviewer, and all of them will have an impression of you from what you wear. When you get to meet the interviewer themselves, that very first impression is again going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing, even before you have shaken hands and said hello.

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Dress To Impress For An Interview

How To Succeed At Telephone Interviews

Recruiters and employers use telephone interviews as a way of screening the best candidates for a job, and it can help them to decide who to put through to the next stage of the recruitment process. Telephone interviews are useful to employers in a number of ways, including when the position and candidates are long distances apart; and where large elements of the role require telephone interaction with customers or staff (eg customer services, telesales). There are three key stages to think about when you know you have been selected for a telephone interview, and the format is similar to face-to-face interviews. Here are a number of tips which I recommend to people myself, and they could help you too.

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How To Succeed At Telephone Interviews

Let Me Interview You

Interviews are a test. They make many of us uncomfortable as we don’t like tests.

I can’t say I loved exams when I was at school and escaping them was a real motivator in completing my studies back then.

One thing I do remember clearly though was almost every teacher, tutor or lecturer gave the same piece of advice:

“Make sure you read the question through carefully and understand what it’s asking of you before you proceed.”

That same rule can be applied to the interview. Listen. Let them finish the question. Really understand what they are requesting of you instead of your assumption of what it is they want to know.

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Let Me Interview You

Attitude: The Approach To Increase Job Search Success

Many have said it before but that doesn’t make it any less true, looking for a job can be a full time job in itself. Although it can be difficult and frustrating it is imperative to stay as motivated as you can, determined and driven. No matter if it’s your first application or your fiftieth, you need to approach it with same amount of enthusiasm. That’s not easy. Take breaks where you can, use your support network and where possible try and identify a search coach, someone who can help keep up your morale. Approaching your application with a bad attitude, low energy or sense of failure before you start is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Vent your frustrations carefully.

Complaining to the recruiter rarely ends in a good result so vent your frustrations to a third party. Focus on what you are hoping to achieve, jobs are rarely given out of pity and it would not be the best start within a new environment if they were. Focussing upon past rejections could plant a seed of doubt in their assessment of you.

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Attitude: The Approach To Increase Job Search Success

Late For An Interview ? 9 Tips To Prevent A Disaster

Why is it when something goes wrong, it can go badly wrong ? Like a chain reaction, one thing leads to another which in turn leads to something more serious. Recently, someone I know had an interview for a role which was all set to start at 6:00pm. To get there on time, they needed to leave the office no later than 5:00pm, but they didn’t get away from their desk until 5:20pm. It didnt happen in the end, so if you are late for an interview, these 9 Tips may help you prevent a disaster

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Late For An Interview ?  9 Tips To Prevent A Disaster

Attitude: The Reactions That Lose You The Job

Some form of selection must take place. You will be judged in some way. Only one person will get the job and so winners and losers are created. It’s also subjective. Disagreement over the best candidate will occur and mistakes will be made. How you cope with rejection will influence your attitude.

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Attitude: The Reactions That Lose You The Job