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How To Get Employed (Final Part)

How To Get Employed (Final Part)

Getting invited for an interview is almost as good as crossing the finish line – or is it?

If the employment gods smile upon you, you might be selected for an interview. Good times, right? But what do you do? What do you wear? Where do you go?

Most of the interviews will have certain rules. The most obvious one is the dress code. If the employer does not specifically ask you to wear a certain type of clothing I find it easier to just ask them. Remember: Asking is free! Apart from the dress code you obviously should be well groomed, look presentable and be professional at all times while there.

The employer will let you know when and where the interview is taking place. The general golden rule (for life, not only for getting employed) is to be 5-10 minutes early. Showing up early means you are eager, know how to manage time and are punctual.

You will also be asked to bring some documents with you. Most of the interviewers will ask you to bring your NIN letter, passport (visa) and banking details.

I would highly recommend you read up on the company before the interview takes place. A quick read through their webpage, company history and the brief for the job you have applied for will be more than enough. Again, this shows you are eager to be a part of the team and that you are more than capable of doing your homework.

Most interviewers ask you if you have any questions for them. It is okay to ask general questions about the position (hours, expectations, something you need to have clarified), however, NEVER ASK HOW YOU DID IN THE INTERVIEW. There have been studies on top of other studies about the unfortunate domino-effect this question creates. The interviewer feels put on the spot – they subconsciously remember you as ‘that guy/gal’ and you don’t get the job.

When they call back (if they even do) you either get the job or you don’t. If you do, congratulations! If you do not, back to step one and get your grind on.

Thank you for sticking with me these past few weeks and good luck!

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