Get that job
Here at Ongo Recruitment, we love helping people land that perfect job. So we have put some thought into creating some Top 10 tips for you to read below...
- Get your CV in order
This is probably a no-brainer, but make sure your CV is up to date with your qualifications, work experience and any additional training you may have done. If you can, adapt your CV for the job you’re applying to and list the skills you have that match the job description. Usually, a CV won't be more than two pages long. Before you send your CV, have someone else read through it to make sure there's no spelling mistakes. If you'd like help with your CV, do feel free to contact us as that's what we're here for!
- Sell yourself
As you’ll be competing with a lot of other applicants, try to present yourself in the best light possible. A covering letter gives you the ability to explain anything you've mentioned in your CV in more detail, so pick key points from the job description that match your strengths and write your letter based on those points. If you can, try to find out who your letter will be going to (usually a HR person, or the department manager), and address the letter to that person. Again, make sure to do a spell-check!
- Check your online presence
Most employers will research the applicants before they invite them for an interview, so put your name in Google and see if anything pops up that you might not want them to see. In general, it’s a good idea to set the privacy settings and restrict access to your social media profiles, so you can keep your private life, private.
- Prep, prep, prep
Once you get the interview, we'll give you as much information as we can about the company – and if there's anything specific you want to know, we'll find out for you prior to your interview. A big part of the research will have to be done by you though, so make sure you have looked at the company’s website and their social media accounts to see what they're up to, and try to find out as much as possible about the company. Make sure you look at the job description again and try to think of things you've done in the past that show you have the skills the company is after. Research the people that will be interviewing you (LinkedIn.com can be quite good for this), so you understand what their role in the company is.
- Dress to impress
Apparently, it takes just 7 seconds for someone to have a first impression about you, so it’s really important to make a positive first impression. Always wear formal clothing to the interview – unless you've been instructed otherwise. For men, this means smart trousers with smart shoes (no trainers!) and at least a button-up shirt – most men will also wear a tie and a dinner jacket.
- Bring your documents
Some companies may ask you to bring proof of your qualifications, ID or something else, so bring everything you've been asked to the interview. For some jobs, like designers or journalists, it’s common to bring a portfolio to show off previous work – this is not a requirement, but if you do have anything like this, it can help you stand out from the other applicants and showcases your skills.
- Get there early
Set three alarms, get your friend to call you – do whatever it takes, but make sure you arrive at your interview early. Make sure you add extra time for possible traffic delays, or not being able to find the building straight away, just in case.
- Ask questions
Interviewers like to see you've prepared well for the meeting, and any business-related questions show you've taken an interest in the company. Also, do ask questions relevant to the job, such as working hours or who you’d be reporting to, but leave questions about the salary until later. One of the best questions to finish with is to ask what will happen next and when they are letting applicants know about the outcome.
Not many interviewees do this, but it’s definitely something that will set you apart! If, after your interview, you feel you’d be a brilliant addition to the company, then write a quick letter to those that interviewed you to let them know. This just puts your name in the mind of the decision makers and could really help you on your way to get that job offer!
You might feel like they are interrogating you, but don’t forget that interviews are about you finding out whether it’s a company you want to work for too!
If you need any help with getting and preparing for your interview, have a look at the employment support we offer.