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How to ACE the interview and land your DREAM JOB! | 7 Tips to help you ACE that interview

How to ACE the interview and land your DREAM JOB! | 7 Tips to help you ACE that interview

The word interview can be enough to send chills through your whole body. With the right preparation you can master your next interview. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your next deal breaker!

1. Research the company and industry.

The recruiter or employer will test your abilities by asking you how much you know about their company and by giving a vague answer is not going to cut it. Put in effort and do the necessary research by visiting the company’s website, social media platforms and other business pages linked to the company. Rather know too much than too little and study their “about” section and rephrase it into your own words. Know ‘’who’’ will be interviewing you, small details such as the name, position held at the company and a photo of the person, will put you at ease already.

2. Examine the job description and specifications.

Make sure you understand what the position entails and what will be expected from you should you be a successful candidate. If there is something you cannot do and they ask you about it don’t lie, rather prepare and give a suitable answer such as: “Unfortunately this is not something I am familiar with but I am willing to learn.”

Examining the job description is also the perfect time to prepare for those awkward common questions that gets asked. Practice easy, yet informative answers which you are comfortable with.

3. Don’t wait till the last minute.

Stress levels can rise when you wait until the last minute. Prepare a copy of your CV, portfolio and certificates well in advance.

4. Don’t choose your outfit at the last minute; get it ready the night before. Dress to impress the right audience. Wear clothing that suits the company look and feel and be comfortable in it. There is nothing more uncomfortable than someone fidgeting while being interviewed.

5. Arrive early.

Arrive early, but don’t go inside until 10 minutes before the interview starts. By entering the interview too early can cause unnecessary pressure on the recruiter or employer and start the interview off on the wrong foot.

6. Ask and answer questions clearly

When the recruiter or employer asks you a question, answer clearly and don’t mutter. Speak with confidence and keep eye contact with the person performing the interview. Failing in doing so can put the recruiter or employer off as they may worry that you will not be able to communicate with other employees or clients.

There is nothing wrong with asking questions, this can indeed be you future so ask things you would like to know about the company. This is not just for your information but it will show your interest in the company.

7. Follow up on your interview

Send a follow up e-mail and thank the recruiter or employer for their time, you can also add notes to the e-mail which was discussed to add that personal touch. Use a good closing line such as, “Looking forward to your feedback”.

Preparation and confidence is the key to a successful interview. Know your audience, be yourself and ace that interview!

Looking for your dream job? Visit our vacancies page or e-mail us at info@summitconsulting.co.za for any enquiries.

tips to create the perfect cv

By info@summitafricarecruitment.co.za

5 tips on how to create the perfect CV, what does a perfect CV look like?

5 tips on how to create the perfect CV , what does a perfect CV look like?

Trying to land your dream job is not as difficult as you think. You have the qualification, you have the experience to take your next step, so what is missing? The perfect CV…
Yes, we have 5 AWESOME tips to help you perfect the CV and MORE… We might just have your dream job waiting around the corner too!

Recruiters spend less than 6 seconds to review a CV before they make a decision to read further or not. The most valuable advice we at Summit Consulting can give you, to create a CV that stands out from the rest, is not to be the “average Joe” who gives general and vague details. Focus on the position you are applying for and tailor your CV accordingly by focusing on the relevant details for that field.

Your 5-step checklist:

1.The Cover Letter

Create a short and sweet cover letter. This bids as an introduction to what type of candidate you are and the position you are applying for. Write a short yet relevant cover letter stating the position you are applying for and what makes you a successful candidate for this position.

2. The Perfect Layout

The information you add onto your CV and where you place it can play a big part in landing “the” dream job.

  • Your contact information should always be on the top of the first page on your CV.
  • Always start with your most recent experience first. A recruiter or employer will most likely only look at you recent experience.
  • Add the company details of your previous employer accompanied by the sector you have worked in. It is also nice to see a company website link if possible. Don’t feel obligated to add a reference, the recruiter or employer will request it if need be.
  • Add your skill set in bullet points so that it is easy to read and stands out.
    Achievements is important but you need to give facts such as the:
    – role(s) you were in,
    – what strategies did you implement,
    – what was achieved and
    – give examples of your work.

3. De-clutter

List your tertiary education and qualifications only. Don’t list your tertiary education and qualifications with the dates and duties. This is way too much detail for recruiters to read and they may lose interest quickly.

4. Be Creative, but remain professional

Being creative is great but know when enough is indeed enough.

  • Keep your CV professional, clean and readable.
  • Stick to two colours, your text colour which is preferably black and one creative colour for your icons and skill set bars.
  • Use a readable font and a good font size.
  • If you wish to add a photo of yourself choose the photo wisely! DON’T use selfies or a couch potato look alike.
  • Take a professional shoulder length photo against a clear background.

5. Hold back on those documents!

When applying for a position spare the recruiter or employer the frustration to search for your CV between all the documents you attached. Send your cover letter accompanied by your CV only unless specified otherwise in the job specification. Things such as your ID document and driver’s license can be sent on request.

Job hunting can be exhausting so do it right from the start and you will possibly get invited to an interview the first time around. It does not only take determination and education but it a well written 2 page CV, as the good old Robert Browning quote goes “Less is More”.

An extra golden nugget, just because we know you have what it takes!

Don’t over think it. Life is too short too short to not do the things you love! Look through our vacancies now, find your dream position and let us help you get your foot in the door!

Visit our vacancies page or e-mail us at info@summitconsulting.co.za for any enquiries.

how to land your dream job
How to ACE the interview and land your DREAM JOB! | 7 Tips to help you ACE that interview
tips to create the perfect cv
5 tips on how to create the perfect CV, what does a perfect CV look like?