Written by Stephen Richards

* Preparing for Interview You have made a successful application and now you are rewarded by getting an interview. It would be a shame to blow it all by failing to takerepparttar same care and attention atrepparttar 145943 interview.

It's true to say thatrepparttar 145944 vast majority of interviewers are not trained and make many mistakes themselves, but that is not a reason to make them yourself.

Lets have a look at common mistakes so that you can avoid them.

- Arriving late. - Being dressed incorrectly. - Taking unnecessary hand luggage with you. - Poor greeting. - Poor body language/Nervous mannerisms

* Arriving Late You should aim to arrive 10 - 20 minutes early for your interview. Depending onrepparttar 145945 size ofrepparttar 145946 building you may find that locatingrepparttar 145947 interview are is not a simple task and you should ensure that you have enough time in hand to avoid a late arrival.

Ifrepparttar 145948 company is in a location that you are not familiar with you would take time to plan your route and allow for unexpected delays, so why should you act differently just becauserepparttar 145949 interview is somewhere you know?

Some ofrepparttar 145950 external events that may make you late are; late public transport, unable to locate parking space, no change for a pay and display car park, unable to locate building.

All of these are genuine reasons to be late, but atrepparttar 145951 end ofrepparttar 145952 day, they are all avoidable.

Take time to find out aboutrepparttar 145953 location ofrepparttar 145954 building and local parking, ifrepparttar 145955 company is a large phoning them will result in you gettingrepparttar 145956 switch board, these people knowrepparttar 145957 area, there is nothing wrong with asking them for advice about local parking.

Ifrepparttar 145958 company is a one man band then use your initiative, check maps, local tourist information offices etc.

* Looking Good Most people are unsure how to dress for an interview. Lets face it, if you are going for an interview to be a garage mechanic then a suit probably isn't suitable, but how do you know what to wear?

As a rule of thumb, think about what you would wear if you were working there already, no smarten up a bit.

If you would normally wear trousers/skirt and a shirt/blouse then by adding a jacket and tie you have smartened up.

If you would normally wear jeans and a T-shirt or polo shirt then you should wear trousers and a shirt and tie, no need for a jacket.

Dressing down atrepparttar 145959 interview is easier than going home to get changed. That is to say that if you get torepparttar 145960 interview and you are wearing a jacket but non ofrepparttar 145961 interviews is wearing one and you feel uncomfortable, then as you take a seat as if you can remove your jacket.

I'm sure you getrepparttar 145962 idea.

* Luggage Taking unnecessary hand luggage with you. Some people take a brief case to interview.


It may be an idea to take a copy of your resume with you along withrepparttar 145963 letter inviting you to interview.

If you applied by application form and you followed my guide to application forms then you might want to take your draft copy ofrepparttar 145964 form. Take these in an A4 envelope or in an A4 folder.

Application Forms - Selling Yourself

Written by Stephen Richards

* On Top Form Whereasrepparttar resume or curriculum vitae is quite rightly your own personal advertisement.

The application for tries to take away your ability to tellrepparttar 145942 employer what you would like them to know and replace it with what they want know about you.

To be fair,repparttar 145943 employer may just want to have a level playing field, unfortunately very few of them know much aboutrepparttar 145944 layout of Application Forms andrepparttar 145945 effect that a bad form can have onrepparttar 145946 applicant.

With that in mind many people will make mistakes on Application Forms or will not providerepparttar 145947 information that has been requested.

So, lets take this in a methodical way and reducerepparttar 145948 chances of making a mistake.

* Step by Step - Follow this easy guide.

1) If possible make 2 or 3 photocopies ofrepparttar 145949 Application Forms.

2) Readrepparttar 145950 questions onrepparttar 145951 Application Forms carefully, most ofrepparttar 145952 questions will be straight forward, but some of them may be badly worded.

3) Using a pencil and one ofrepparttar 145953 copies, completerepparttar 145954 standard bits ofrepparttar 145955 Application Forms, name, address, date of birth etc.

4) Whenever you are required to provide employers or previous details, dates of employment and job titles, use your resume as a guide so you don't forget anything.

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