|Mastering Body Language in an Interview
Date created: 22/06/2012
|What do first dates, puberty and interviews have in common? We all go through these milestones at some point with varying levels of trepidation and hormones. Scoring an interview’s easy, but what about clinching your dream job, internship, university or spouse? Here are 5 tips to save you the embarrassment of looking like SMRT (read: a train wreck) in front of prospective bosses!
1. Shake the Hand that Feeds You
Before the interview starts, you’ll most likely be extended a handshake from the interviewers. Don’t worry; no one’s inducting you into some creepy brotherhood or fraternity—unless Lady Gaga tracks start playing and you’re offered a cup of blood to drink from. A firm and confident handshake, complete with eye contact, reveals professionalism and the candidate’s ability to remain calm amid pressurising situations. Just make sure your palm isn’t sweat-stained. That’s not what people refer to when they boast of leaving their mark somewhere.
2. Love at First Sight
Though not offered as a Mathematics module, first impressions still count. Many HR managers and top executives attest that the decision to hire is made seconds after the applicant reveals himself to his / her interviewers. Place resumes, stationery, mobile phones and other random pieces of your life into a briefcase to avoid looking like you’ve walked into the wrong room and planet.
3. Less is More
Unlike the Ministry of Education’s mantra of “Teach Less, Tuition More”, the concept of minimalism works wonders in an interview. Cut down on flamboyant outfits, questionable hand gesticulations, Zoolander-style eye contact and exaggerated torso swivels—unless it’s an interview for visual prostitution along Knightsbridge.
4. Size Matters
Since the beginning of time, spherical objects such as lollipops and hope (bet you didn’t know it’s circular!) have hinted that one is as comfortable as the radii of his / her movements. Keeping arms and elbows close to your body indicates shyness and vulnerability, which will be taken to detrimental effect if you’re trying to snag a sales position, or a grave at law school.
5. Go the Extra Smile
While smiling throughout the interview comes across as a toothpaste ad gone wrong, the magic of showing teeth isn’t ruined if utilised with prudence. Punctuate long answers with occasional glimpses of canines and incisors. This establishes emotional proximity and invites the interviewers to spot their own reflections in your pearly-whites.
Of course, body language shouldn’t be the main focus of your preparations. How delicious you look cannot compensate for a lack of knowledge about the company you’re applying to. Only after doing your homework will you be able to arrange stuffed toys on a swanky new desk! .. read more
|How to write a CV?
Date created: 09/07/2011
Information you will need to include in the heading of your CV :
- Name & Surname
- Local address
- E-mail address
- Phone number
Your professional objective
This statement should be short and concise. It should refer to what you want to do with your career and where you are at the minute. This objective should change with regards to the positions you apply for and indeed as your skills base grows.
After successfully completing my diploma in Social Studies and working as a Youth Action Officer, I am seeking to further my career in youth work by becoming a Youth Project Manager.
Firstly, think about the order you are going to present your CV. Present the education section first if you have more qualifications than work experience and visa versa.
Your qualifications should include all those you have taken in both academic and non academic institutions and anything that would be relevant to the position you are applying for.
If applying for bar or café work and you have recently completed a food hygiene course include this. Similarly if you underwent any training while working - such as health and safety or sales skills training.
This section should highlight all areas of your work experience. There are areas you may not feel relevant, but consider the skills needed or developed during the time you had a certain position.
If you regularly volunteered or took a gap year to work abroad, these all show potential employers an eager spirit. Similarly if you had some part time baby sitting work - it shows that you can be trusted and that you have a caring willing side to your personality.
If you completed a PhD at university or have any publications this is the section where you will list the things you have had published.
The format for referencing will depend on whether you are from a scientific or literary background.
Skills, interests/ other information
Remember that the employer needs an idea of the type of person you are - show that there are more sides to you than work! Include activities you enjoy doing, travels you have been on, sports and other interests outside of work.
Also if you have any language skills, this is a good place to write them. If you are familiar with the European grade referencing - A1 (beginner) - C2 (fluent) then you can indicate your skill level in this way.
Otherwise indicate in words your level of fluency in the spoken written and understanding elements of the foreign language... read more
|What is a CV?
Date created: 09/07/2011
|A curriculum vitae (CV) provides an overview of a person's life and qualifications. The CV is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters regarding the job seeker and is typically used to screen applicants, often followed by an interview, when seeking employment.
Sell yourself! That is the purpose of your CV, you need to show the potential employer that you are experienced and have what he is looking for!.. read more
Date created: 03/07/2011
|These are our free Interview Tips, which you can use on your Career Move.
§ Check you have read the job advertisement and description if sent before your interview.
Ensure you meet the requirements and you have a positive answer for any areas you do not fully meet.
Research the company products, staff, culture, clients and competitors.
Ensure you know the correct name of your interviewer and job title.
Be sure you know the interview procedure; some companies have one-to-one interviews; panel interviews; assessment centres; psychometric testing.
View a map and plan your journey in advance, allowing for delayed trains and accidents.
Have your CV, references and any additional information requested, to hand.
Conservative dress is preferred but check with the culture of the office too - wear smart attire and ensure your shoes are shiny and well kept.
Layout your clothing the day before.
Read over your CV and make sure you know it back to front.
Focus on your achievements when asked interview questions and portray every response in a positive way.
Do not interrupt your interviewer and give a steady handshake when entering.
Prepare model answers for any tricky questions you believe they may ask you.
Prepare your own questions in advance, which might include - What is the department business plan for the next 1 or 5 years? What challenges do you foresee and how do you plan to overcome these? What challenges do you envisage in this role?
Unless prompted do not ask what the salary/benefits will be if this is the first interview.
You could ask if there are any areas they would like further clarification on at the end - just to be able to have a second opportunity if necessary.
Ask the follow up procedure; when you should expect to hear; 2nd or 3rd interviews etc if you are unclear and would like to know.
If you feel upon reflection you could have answered a question in a better way or failed to get an important achievement across, why not follow up with a letter thanking the interviewer for their time and reiterate your suitability for the post.
If you are unsuccessful in your interview, it is worth a call to request feedback - whilst they are very busy they might oblige and offer you some valuable tips as to where you could have improved.
Great you have secured a job offer, however, before rushing to resign it is worth requesting and receiving your offer officially by post.without giving rise to concerns... read more
Date created: 03/07/2011
|Farlin is a premium baby and mother care product in Cambodia... read more