Dress to Impress
Dress appropriately for the job
There is no second chance at making a first impression. Take care with your grooming and clothing should be clean.
Investigate the Position
Know what tasks you may be asked to do
EG: Clerical Traineeship, Filing, Answering phones, Taking messages, Incoming mail, Photocopying, Mail outs, Faxing, Emailing, Data input, Letters, etc.
Take an up-to-date Resume
Have as much information as possible
EG: Level of schooling, subjects studied, work experience, part-time work, attributes
(eg: hard working, reliable), achievements (eg: sporting or academic), skills (eg: excellent computer skills, good customer service), referees (at least 3. 1 x school, 1 x personal and 1 x work related or work experience).
Investigate the Company
Know their name and what they do or make
Gain as much information about the company that you are being sent to for interview.
EG: Is it a large company, small family business? ‘Knowledge is power’.
Show up early for the Interview
If you are unsure of the location, check it out the day before (check public transport, etc). Smile. Be prepared to shake hands (firmly). More than one person may be interviewing you. Make eye contact.
Tell the truth. If they ask you if you have knowledge of a database or something else you have no knowledge of, tell them no. However, let them know you’re keen to learn new things and that you are a quick learner.
Be prepared for Questions
Think about your answers to questions you may be asked. They may ask questions like:
- Why do you want to do this type of work?
- What sort of experience do you have?
- Do you have a driver’s licence?
- How will you get to work?
- What are your plans after the apprenticeship/traineeship?
- Do you have any questions?
An interview is a chance for you to find out information too. Asking questions is a sign of interest and initiative. Some examples include:
- What sort of work would I be doing?
- What sort of training would I be getting?
- What would be my normal working hours?
Before you Leave the Interview
Prior to leaving, ask them when they may be making a decision. Thank them for their time. Let them know you are interested in the position.
Suggested Do’s and Don’ts
- Chew gum
- Wear a hat
- Dress untidily
- Turn up late
- Bad body language
- Whinge about previous bosses
- Use slang words
- Ask questions
- Dress up
- Take resume
- Be prepared
- Practice good body language
- Shake hands
APlus is an equal opportunity employer that values and supports the principle of access and equity in employment and training