7 Interviewing Tips for Jobseekers

Many South Africans are entering the job market for the first time. Others are motivated and keen to progress with their careers and have thus been looking out for something more exciting to do. In other words the big INTERVIEW is looming. Here are seven tips on how to go about preparing for it.

1. Think about why you are applying for this particular type of job. In other words if you are applying for a sales position, your reasons could be
a) you are comfortable with and really like communicating with people, people fascinate you and you enjoy meeting them personally. You like the exposure to different cultures and behaviours and in sales, not only is the exposure presented to you, it also tests your ability to adapt to adapt to the different cultures.
b) You operate well under pressure and in a competitive environment - sales provides this challenge.

2. Weigh up the reasons for working at a particular size company. For example
a) I am applying for a position at ABC headquarters because it is one of the biggest corporate companies in the country. I am keen to work for a corporate because of their investment into training and the fact that there are more promotional opportunities in a corporate than there are in small business.
b) I also like to sell a product that is known.

3. Investigate why you would work for a specific company. For example
a) I am applying for a job at this company because THIS company is very big on sport sponsorship and being a keen football player I believe that I would be encouraged by this kind of environment.

4. Research a particular industry. You could be thinking along the lines of:
a) I am a sport fanatic so working in a sport equipment manufacturing industry is really my ideal job. I believe that sport is the future and is a way to unite this country. It is also a way for us to involve the youth, get them off the street and get them to a point of keen participation in what can only be a life building experience.

5. Plan what you would like to do with your life for the next 2 years.
a) What would you like to achieve from a knowledge point of view?
b) What would you like to achieve as far as family are concerned? c) What would you like to acquire from a materialistic point of view? d) What would you like the job to offer you from a social point of view?

6. Consider what YOU can do for the company?
a) What knowledge do you bring?
b) Are you well connected, eg do you have any social ties to Bafana Bafana or the Springboks?
c) What energy do you bring, eg you are very kind and non- judgmental, so you tend to have a stabilising effect on those around you.
d) What are your strengths, eg you are very patient and find that people generally manage to give you a better picture of what they want because you listen so well.

7. Consider your weaknesses and the company risk if they employ you. Also find ways to address and control these.
a) For example you are a good mathematician with great attention to detail, but you really dislike having to waste time in redoing calculations - mistakes normally happen if you are given incorrect detail to begin with. You are trying to minimise the chances of this happening by asking more questions in advance to ensure that the figures are correct, plus you now use Emotional Freedom Technique to control your agitation.
b) You are impatient around arrogance and find it difficult to hide. Emotional Freedom Technique helps in this instance as well.

Preparing for an interview in this manner assists you in many ways. Firstly you are better able to answer the necessary questions. Secondly you are personally clearer as to what it is you are trying to achieve and will be more likely to recognise your opportunities when they comes your way!! The internet is a huge source of information, you will find most of the company details on the net, alternatively ask around. You will be surprised at how much you can find out if you put the effort in - and one thing life has taught me, the reward, after a bit of effort, is always a bit sweeter.

Good Luck!

Debbie Engelbrecht

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