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Tips for completing job applications

  • Decide whether the job is for you before you apply
  • Set aside plenty of time
  • Make a copy of the application form to use as a draft
  • Read the instructions carefully before you start
  •  Use a black pen
  • Complete all sections neatly and accurately
  • Be positive
  • Proof read and check spellings
  • Get someone to read through your application
  • Keep a copy of the completed form – a reminder of the information you sent if you get an interview

Tips for job interviews

Before the interview

  • Find out how long it will last
  • Are there any practical exercises?
  • Do you need to bring anything?
  • Research about the company 
  • Re-check the job description – be clear about what the job/role involves
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Be careful what you eat e.g. avoid garlic

Where is the interview

  • Know how to get there, how long the journey will take – do a practice run
  • Leave adequate time for your journey
  • Aim to arrive ideally 10 minutes before the interview

What to take

  • The interview letter
  • Your CV and a copy of the application for the job you completed
  • A list of questions

Personal preparation

  • Have a good standard of hygiene – never underestimate the importance of your appearance
  • Don’t use overpowering deodorants, perfumes or after shaves etc
  • Avoid inappropriate jewellery
  • Shoes – clean, not too high
  • Appropriate dress – clean and tidy

During the interview

  • Talk about yourself positively
  • Sit reasonably upright – do not slouch
  • Don’t cross your arms
  • Maintain good eye contact
  • Don’t talk too fast – take a deep breath before answering
  • Try to not waffle – keep your answers concise
  • Ask them to repeat the question if you don’t understand
  • Give examples of previous experience
  • Switch off your mobile phone