Your CV is the first impression your potential employer has of you. Keep it simple, classy and ‘dressed to impress.’ Here are some guidelines and templates to ensure you give out a CV that meets the demands and expectations.
Do your Homework
You’ve landed an interview! Now it’s time to do some research on the organisation you’ll be interviewed at. Know what they’re about, their projects and their values. Gain some basic knowledge on the relevant industry too. Check out our research suggestions here.
Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude
The interview may seem intimidating once the date looms closer and the information from your research increases. Will you remember everything? Will you look okay? Will they like you? It’s important to remain positive and see this as a learning opportunity, regardless of the outcome. Read this article for some motivation.
Prepare in Advance
Do you have the correct attire? Do some shopping if necessary, make sure everything is neat and ironed, prepare your bag with a spare CV, cellphone, a pen, ID, etc. Here is a checklist to help keep you from getting frazzled and stressed on the day.
D-day! Time to impress
Keep a good upright posture
Make sure your hair is neat and out of your face, Don’t fiddle and play with hair.
Maintain eye contact throughout interview.
Smile when appropriate. You want to look friendly and attentive.
keep a good upright posture.
Don’t cross your arms – this portrays negatively. Rather fold your hands on top of your lap.
Keep hand gestures and fidgeting to a minimum. Sit on your hands if completely necessary.
Have a firm handshake when greeting.
Speak audibly and clearly. But not loud.
Send a follow-up email the day after your interview. Thank them for the opportunity and mention how excited you are to get involved with their company. This shows your dedication, reminds them of your interview and shows you off in a positive light.