A successful application begins with an exciting CV and ends with an engaging interview. Here we provide some quick tips for job applicants to help you make the most of your strengths and ensure you stand out from the competition.
The CV is your first opportunity to make an impression on a potential employer. So it is important that it provides the best possible showcase for your achievements.
CV Writing Tips
Your CV should be easy to read: use clear fonts, bullet points and concise language.
- Start your employment history with the most recent position you have held.
- Highlight your individual achievements - not just those where you have excelled as part of a team.
- Provide details of your education and any relevant qualifications or training.
- Explain any career gaps.
- Always provide contact details.
- Spell-check your CV and ask someone to proof read it for you.
Preparation is the key to any successful interview. Interviews can be a stressful occasion but try not to let your nerves get the better of you. Remember: we want to meet you, find out more about you and give you the chance to tell us why you are the right person for the job.
Preparing for Interview
- Check when and where your interview is. Make sure you know how to get there and allow for delays.
- Take some time to research our business and the industry.
- Review your CV before your interview. Your interviewer will have it with them and will ask you questions about your experience and education.
- Think about your strengths and weaknesses, achievements and aspirations - and be ready to discuss them.
- Be prepared to explain why you are interested in the role and why you believe you are suited to it.
- Take time to think about the questions you would like to ask. Write them down and don't be afraid to bring them up with your interviewer.
On the Day
- Dress appropriately for the environment.
- Maintain eye contact, confidence and energy levels throughout.
- Engage with the interviewer and respond positively to their questions.
- If you can reflect on your development so far, talk about what you have learnt and explain if there is anything you would have done differently, this will be viewed in a positive light.
- Listen carefully to questions and think about your answers. If you don’t understand a question, ask your interviewer to explain it.
- Keep your answers concise and relevant.
- Refer to specific examples where you can demonstrate your knowledge and experience.