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Tips to a Good interview and Getting Your Dream Job

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The youth employment reminds one of the challenges South Africa faces with an increase from 54.30 percent to 55.90 percent in the second quarter of 2017.  This includes both qualified and unqualified youth.

The Lack of experience and poor interview skills are some of the reasons for the high youth unemployment rate. Many people fail to impress the interviewee during the interview, these include the dress code and answering the questions asked.

Here are some of the tips that you can use to preparing for an interview and getting your dream job:

1. Dress Code

It is important that you dress for the organisation/Company you have applied for, wear clothing that fits, is clean and pressed. Make sure you do not smoke or drink alcohol before the interview they will smell it and for the ladies too much make-up is a NO NO. Make sure your hair and nails are clean and cut.

2. Arrive on Time

At least arrive 30 minutes before the interview starts, it will give you time to relax and it will give you time to settle. A day before the interview make sure you ask for directions, you don’t want to get lost on the day of your interview and make sure you have packed all the required documents such as ID, Qualifications and CV.

3. Prepare for the interview, Do a research about the Company

It is very important to know about the organisation/company and the people who will be interviewing you, it will show your interest on the job/position, you can simply go on Google or call a few days before the interview to find out what the background of the company if the information is not provided online. Know the requirements of the job and have answers to how you are going to improve the company.

4. Make Good impression 

You want to make the interviewer remember you, so you must show respect and be polite, by greeting and waiting to be offered a sit. It is also important that you remain honest, always be authenticity, respond truthfully to interview questions. Often people think lying to impress the interviewer will get them a position/job, and yes it might, however, they will eventually find out and when they do, you might lose your job and your reputation.

Do not exaggerate, Talk about your experiences and skills without exaggerating. Always keep your answers short and straight to the point, and do not bad mouth your previous employers. DO not eat anything during the interview including chewing gum.

5.  Body Language also speaks  

Maintain an effective body language, includes smiling, eye contact, solid posture, active listening, and nodding. A poor Body language including looking around, playing with a pen, mumbling tossing and turning on the chair, it is distractive and can lead to a distraction of the interviewees and can be a reason not to hire you. Nonverbal actions have a huge impact on the interview.

6. Ask Questions relating to the job or Organisation

When is your turn to ask questions, make sure you ask with confidence and ask questions relating to the company, it will show that interviewer that you have interest and curiosity about the company.  Do not ask about the salary.

It is very important that you thank the interviewer for giving you the opportunity.


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