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PACKING A BRIEF CASE

 

You do not have to have a formal brief case. However, it would help if you have a smart bag or case of some sort to carry with you:

 

v    Several copies of your CV or application form. Occasionally, an interviewer may have been drafted in at the last minutes and may not have your CV at hand.

v    A notepad and pen. You may want to take notes – perhaps the most important facts about the company. Or when doing case study interviews. It may help you with calculations if you write down a few of the key points.

v    Samples of relevant works, For example, if you are on an architect or designer, you may want to bring along plans or diagrams to show the interviewer. 

 

WHAT KIND OF SALARY ARE YOU AFTER?

Avoid talking about this in a first interview, as you don’t want to price yourself out of the market. Nor do you want to mention a salary that is far lower than what they are willing to pay.

 

A good answer might be; “I am looking for a challenging role that will give me the opportunity to work on a new projects, so the salary is only part of what I’m looking for.” If you were feeling brave you have might throw the question back at the interviewer: “What kind of salary range would you be looking to give someone for this role?”

 

However, if the interviewer persist and asks you a second time, you may need to give them a rough idea – but again without pricing yourself out of the market try something along the time lines of. “I’d be looking for in the region of N$28.000 to N$ 35.000 but, as I said, the exact package is less important to me than finding a challenging job role. So I’d rather hold off on giving you on exact figure until I find out more about the role.”

MAKING THE RIGHT IMPRESSION

Many interviewers make up their minds about candidates in just the first few minutes of meeting them. How you look and behave in those minutes could make an instant difference between success and failure.

 

Put yourself into the interviewer’s shoes for a moment. If you saw a scruffy-looking candidate in reception waiting to meet you, wouldn’t you think that they were probably a bit disorganized in their work too? Or if a candidate were a bit nervous or stilted in introducing herself. Wouldn’t you suspect that she might be lacking in social skills with her colleagues as well?

 

 DON’T LET YOU’RE CLOTHES LET YOU DOWN

 

A written article can not exactly tell what to wear for every single interview. However, your friends might be able to give you some valuable advice on what to wear. So go ask your friends, colleagues and partner for their honest opinion. But if you ask them for advice, then be gracious enough to thank them for their advice and above all listen to their advice and incorporate some changes into your wardrobe. Much more shining clothes with vivid coloures are not quite neccessary good for the interview.

 

The rules for men are simple:

 

v    Wear a dark suit. Navy blue and gray are the most acceptable colures.

v    Wear long-sleeved shirt, either in white or a pale colour such as light blue.

v    Choose an uncomplicated 100% silk suite no one wear polyester anymore!

v    Wear black shoes. Italians can get away with brown – but it just does not seem to work for the British.

v    Allow yourself only three items of jewellery – a watch, a wedding ring and perhaps cuff links with a double – cuff shirt nothing more.  

 

For women the principles are not dissimilar:

 

v    Also aim to wear a suit as opposed to separates.

v    Wear a jacket and skirt as opposed to jacket and trousers. Unfortunately, some male interviewers can still be a bit sexist about skirts versus trousers.

v    Choose a plain blouse. Don’t try to look sexy – as your definition of sexy may be an interviewer’s definition of tarty.

v    Wear shoes that your grandmother would be happy with high heels might be the height of fashion- but again some (typically older, male) interviewers may have negative views about them.

v    Avoid unusual jewellery such as more than one earring per ear or thumb rings. Again you may get a negative reaction from older, male interviewers.

You may want to disagree with the rules. But there really is no point, as I didn’t invent them – I’m just reporting them. So don’t shoot the messenger! At the end of the day, you can wear what you like, but just be aware that there are some interviewers with quite traditional ideas about what is

appropriate or not.  

 

RESEARCH THE COMPANY

 

Being invited to an interview is a significant step. Many companies see hundreds of CVs or application forms and only short listed candidates to go for the interview. You should pat yourself on the back for getting this far. So don’t mess it up now.

 

Research and preparation are 50% of the hard work to getting the job. Many interviewers often say that candidates let themselves down almost immediately by knowing enough about the company.

 

More about Assessment

                                                                                                         

Assessment is term used to cover any form of measurement, by the education to the examiners. It is defined as a data gathering strategies, analyses reporting processes that provide information that can be used to determine whether or not the intended outcomes are being achieved

This measurement could serve to support you for you to find how far are you with the interview process or outcome? It is therefore required for you to assess yourself on how prepared are you for the interview.    

 


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