There are generally accepted rules of applicant etiquette. Applying the following guidelines will help you abide by them, as well as help you achieve a successful interview.
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- Research the company on the internet, via the press, etc., to know as much about their business as possible - know the company's markets and competitors. Prepare, prepare, prepare ..... Match the competencies required for the position to your experience, and sell yourself!
- Excellent grooming is extremely important. Always try to portray a confident, professional image. Rather overdress than be too casual. Remember that first impressions should last!
- Plan to arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled interview time, and always carry an extra copy of your Curriculum Vitae with you.
- Ensure that you know the pronunciation of the interviewer's last name and his / her position before the interview.
- Be positive in attitude and avoid negative body language during any interview. (e.g. slouching, crossing your arms, etc.)
- Remember to ask questions relevant to the position. Emphasise what you can contribute to the company, and not purely why you need a job. Lack of questions are sometimes mistaken for lack of interest!
- Never run present or past employers down.
- Unless asked - do not discuss salary on a first interview.
- Always display enthusiasm and be professional. Avoid answering questions with a simple "yes" or "no". Explain your answers.
- Be prepared to answer questions such as "What are your strengths and what are your weaknesses?", "What aspects of our company are of interest to you?".
- Leave the interview with a thank you and ask when you can expect to hear from them.
- Remember to always report back to us after the interview.
- Be willing to help out on a temporary basis. There's always the possibility of a temp assignment turning into a permanent position.