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Top 10 Interview Tips

After carefully following our ‘10 Tips For Creating a Great C.V. ’ the next step is to get prepared for interviews. In our line of work, we interview a wide range of candidates for a variety of roles within a vast number of organisations. Therefore, we see a lot of good and bad examples of interviews. The interview stage is the employer’s way of getting to know more about you so it is vital you prepare. However, interviews also give the applicant the opportunity to impress and to find out more about the job role and the organisation you would be working for. We understand that interviews can often be daunting experiences so follow our top 10 tips to ease your fears and show why you are the perfect candidate.

Do your research

It is always encouraging to speak with proactive candidates who have taken the time to research the job role and have a rough idea what will be expected of them. Most businesses have an online presence, so have a look at their website, social media, and even any online news articles to see what you can find out about the company, what they do, and their company ethos. Also be sure to have a copy of the job advert and try to match your skills and strengths with the job duties they are looking for.

Practice your responses

In an interview, you will be asked a series of questions in regards to your C.V. Interviewers are always interested to see what you can bring to the role, your skills, and your aspirations. These questions can seem scary, however by practicing your responses before attending the interview, you should be able to highlight your skills and provide evidence of how you might have previously used these skills to get tasks completed. Taking the time to practice really does pay off.

Dress for the job you want

First impressions are important and interviewers always like to see candidates making an effort rather than turning up in their jeans and trainers. Now, we understand that not everybody owns a business suit. However, a smart outfit and good personal hygiene are essential to show the interviewer you are professional, ready to work and be conscious of the employer’s environment and expectations of their workforce.

Don’t just talk the talk

We love receiving C.V’s highlighting a variety of skills and achievements. But reading about them is not enough for us to put you forward to an employer. We’re not expecting candidates to carry out a series of tasks like The Apprentice, but we need want to know why these skills would be beneficial to the position you are applying for and how you implemented such skills in previous roles. Don’t just say you are good at something, justify it.

Interview the Interviewer

Often, job adverts don’t mention the salary or the company we are recruiting for. We always try to fill the candidate in on these factors during the interview, but it’s good to see a candidate being proactive and preparing questions for the interviewer. This demonstrates your interest and level of research on the role.

Be early

But not too early. We don’t want you lingering around aimlessly waiting to be seen. Arriving five or ten minutes before your scheduled time is perfect. As a recruiter, there is nothing more annoying than a good candidate who turns up late for their interview slot. Or doesn’t turn up at all. Being early shows the employer that you are serious about the position and sets a good example. Be sure to factor in travel time and if you are running late, contact the employer to inform them. Use Google maps to plan your journey, know the building you are going to and allow extra time.

Employers love passion

There is nothing better than speaking to somebody who is genuinely passionate about the position they are applying for. Show why you are passionate and don’t forget that body language and tone are great indicators. Be as honest, open and positive with your interviewer as possible.

Use Professional Language

In Scotland, many people tend to use slang in normal conversation- “aye, naw, ken, yous” etc. However, no boss wants to hear this when they’ve just met you and if you are applying for a job that involves answering phones, dealing with the public or other businesses. Practice your interview voice and correct terminology. Remember that your interviewer is a professional and not one of your mates or family.

Breathe

Interviews can be a stressful experience, but try to relax and remain as calm as possible. Bring a bottle of water into the interview and take time to regroup if you are nervous. Try to use your body language to exude confidence by maintaining eye contact and shaking the interviewer’s hand at the beginning and the end of the interview. If you prepare correctly then you should be confident of your chances.

Follow Up

Although you don’t want to pester the interviewer for days after your interview and bombard them with phone calls when they are still trying to make their final decision. Instead, send them a short email within 24 hours thanking them for seeing you, reiterating your interest in the job and highlighting any additional details that may have been overlooked in the interview. It’ll keep you at the forefront of the interviewer’s mind and let them know you are serious about getting hired.

Good luck and remember that everything takes practice. If you aren’t successful at your interview, don’t get disheartened. You will get better with practice and eventually the right opportunity will come along!

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Top 10 Tips for Creating a Great C.V.

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Creating A Great C.V

One of the most important aspects when looking for a Modern Apprenticeship is creating a great C.V . If you take the time to get it right you will secure interviews in no time, if not you may be overlooked time and time again by employers. Your Curriculum Vitae is a place to include all your work experience, education, personal achievements and a great way to sell yourself to prospective employers. Here we give you our top 10 tips on creating the perfect C.V to land your perfect job.


1.Take your time

One of the most common things we see at Sixth Sense HQ from young job hunters is a rushed CV. Missing information, spelling mistakes and grammatical errors are the main culprits and spending a little bit of time making sure your CV is detailed and free from mistakes can make a huge difference to your chance of success.

2. Express your Individuality

Many potential apprentices have similar employment backgrounds and educational histories so it is important to distinguish yourself and put your personality into your C.V. Experiment with the layout, add an “about me” section, list your interests and hobbies, some candidates even create video C.Vs and go digital. Just make sure that your creativity doesn’t distract from the message by being difficult to read!

3. Keep It Brief

 A good C.V should be no longer than two A4 pages. This should be plenty of space to include all relevant information and not lose the employer’s interest.

4. Make sure your C.V is up-to-date 

Many candidates forget to update their C.V regularly, and potentially crucial information is left off. Recent work placements and new qualifications are often forgotten about. However, they could be the difference between getting an interview or your application being passed over.

5. Tailor Your Application

Another common issue with job seekers is that their application isn’t tailored to the specific role they are applying for. Therefore, employers can tell you haven’t spent much time on your application. If you are looking for a Digital Marketing role, your application should reflect this and not focus on your interest in health & beauty for example.       Business Man Thumbs Up

6. Include a reference

Whether it is a previous employer, a teacher or lecturer or even a coach or youth worker, having a reference to vouch for you can be a great way of validating your application.

7. Ensure the CV is in date order

 Your most recent employment and your highest level of qualification should always come first in their relevant sections. This allows an employer to easily identify your career path so far and your level of academic achievement. Make sure start and end dates are accurate.

8. Use a professional e-mail address

Although [email protected] or [email protected] might go down well with your friends, they do not give off a great first impression to potential employers. A simple firstname.lastname email address is ideal for job-seeking and allows you to keep all correspondence separate from your Topshop offers and chain-mails from Gran so that that job offer doesn’t get lost in the shuffle!

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9. Always watch your font

 It might look cute but Comic Sans is never O.K for a C.V. A simple font like Times New Roman, looks professional, is easy to read and won’t make recruiters roll their eyes.

10. Use professional language

In Scotland especially we have a tendency to speak in slang, text speak and made up words. Avoid phrases like “I would love to work for yous” and “A am” instead of “I am”. A C.V is a professional document and it is important you maintain a professional tone.

If you would like more information on creating the perfect CV and our apprenticeships, leave your details and we will get in touch.



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