Starting Work - Making A Good Impression

IT’S absolutely normal to be feeling both excited and nervous before attending your first job interview.

It may seem easier said than done, but it’s important that you don’t let those feelings disrupt your chance to shine. Your mind is probably working over time dreaming up all kinds of best and worst case scenarios of how it might go. To help, it’s worth remembering that a little preparation can go along way and will help you feel more at ease when the big day finally arrives. 

You’ve probably heard your parents talk about the importance of making a good first impression, and one of the best ways to help yourself feel more confident and in control is to be prepared. Research everything you can about the company and what the role you have applied for entails. This may be something you’ve done already before submitting your application, but it’s worth spending more time on this as you will be able to show at the interview that you fully understand what will be expected of you 

Your arrival is your first chance to demonstrate your confidence and professionalism so make sure you allow plenty of time to get to the venue. If you are unsure how long it will take you to get there, then do a trial run. Allow extra time in case of any traffic hold-ups or cancelled trains on the day. 

Always dress smartly – remember you will be seen before you are heard so make sure the way you are dressed is businesslike even if the employee dress code is casual 

Take a moment to relax before entering the premises or interview room. Even if your stomach is full of butterflies, make sure you greet the interviewer confidently with a broad smile, strong handshake and an upright posture. When answering questions, be confident in your skills and abilities when you are talking and make eye contact. If you do find yourself getting flustered, take a moment to gather your thoughts before continuing, they will expect you to be nervous. But whatever you do don’t answer any question with “I don’t know”, instead ask the interviewer to repeat the question or phrase it differently if you didn’t understand. 

Remember it is in both of your interests that you answer honestly and don’t exaggerate your skills and experience as this could come back to haunt you later. 

Beforehand, prepare a few questions that you can ask about the role and the firm you are hoping to work for as this demonstrates your interest in the position. Finally, try to end the interview on a positive note – this could be quickly summing up why you would be a valuable addition to the team. 

Tips To Create A CV That Will Help You Stand out

A CV is not just a record of your education and work experience, but also the first chance to makeagood impression on a potential employer.

Here are some helpful hints of what businesses and organisations are looking for in a CV. 

Firstly, make sure to include your contact details at the top but do not include your age or a photograph unless specifically asked to do so. 

You want the layout to be clear and concise because too much information can be hard to take in so try to keep to no more than two pages. If you are still unsure then it can help to find a CV template online to use as a basis. 

It needs to include your education and achievements and employment history, such as any part-time jobs, as well as any work or volunteer experience, making sure to include details of your roles and responsibilities. Mention any personal, technical or specialist skills you have. 

Also, you can add a few lines about hobbies or personal projects that may be relevant to the job you are applying for and include details of two referees. These could be tutors or someone who managed you at your part-time job or during work experience. 

When you are finished, make sure to check spelling and grammar and that you have no dates which conflict with one another. Also, make sure the email address and phone number is correct. 

Always including a cover letter. This should highlight the most important things you wantaprospective employer to know about you. Keep everything relevant to the position and put the most emphasis on your skills and experience in this area. 

Most of all it’s important to be positive about your knowledge and training, and what you could bring to the company. This is your opportunity to sell yourself.