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Coasting : Issue 11 May 2010
10 central coast • new south wales COASTING CAREER Nikki Szabo, the owner of Feeniks - Career Guidance, Coaching and Training Services, explains some common mistakes made at job interviews. Let's face it; the job interview can often be a deal breaker or a deal maker. So you don't want to blow your chances of scoring that dream gig by dropping the ball with a fundamental error. Nikki Szabo, of Feeniks, the Gosford-based career guidance, coaching and training services provider, said lack of preparation was the most mistake made by applican job interview. "You never know when the call will come for an interview, so it is importan to start preparing as soon as your application has been sent," Nikki said. The key preparation areas are: Research the employer and the position "Researching the organisation's values, mission statement, products, services and history shows the employer that you have taken your application seriously and have made an effort to find out about your potential employer," Nikki said. "Many individuals just apply for jobs without really knowing anything about who they could potentially be working for. Smart play: Do your resea the employer even before you apply. Know yourself and be ready to talk about you Nikki says it is important to have a clear picture of who you are. Identify what values, skills, knowledge and attributes you could offer the employer, d ork out how to communicate them vely. many people are comfortable talking ut themselves and tend to panic hen they are asked the dreaded 'So, ell me about yourself' question," Nikki said. "This is a really important part of the interview; this is your opportunity to shine. By being prepared you are able to calmly and clearly demonstrate your ability to cope under pressure and communicate effectively." Nikki works with her clients to develop a profile that provides a napshot of themselves, including eir values, skills attributes, interests d goals. "This is an excellent tool d provides them with an easy versation starter without too much ort," Nikki said. mart play: Don't make the mistake being so calm and controlled that u appear to lack enthusiasm and em disinterested. pare and polish ther common mistake is how uals handle themselves," Nikki said. one should prepare and polish. Make ou make a great first impression. Use eye contact, and smile, shake hands and communicate clearly. Don't use slang or garbled words. Ask yourself would you truly employ you?" Smart play: Take a spare copy of your resume, ID and any certificates. This not only gives you something to hang onto but again shows that you have put thought into your preparation. Presentation This is where mistakes are often made. "Dress for success, pay attention to personal grooming, and make sure you're comfortable so that you don't fidget," Nikki said. "The first 30 seconds is crucial and the employer will be looking for some insight into your character based on this first 30-second interaction." Smart play: Dress one level above the required attire for the job. This is another good reason to research the role. Negative attitude This is another area where individuals fail to appreciate the full impact of their responses. "Being negative about your current or previous Free workshops The Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) is celebrating National Career Development Week from May 17 to 23. Feeniks - in partnership with ET Australia - will host a week of free workshops and information sessions on a range of topics including career development, employment and training for people of all ages. For more information, or to book a spot in a career development workshop with Nikki, phone 0415 188 266, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.feeniks.com.au. Get that employer or workplace is a definite no-no," Nikki said. "Focus on what you gained from your previous experiences." Smart play: Avoid discussing negative personal or professional issues you may have had in the past. FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Nikki Szabo said prospective employers look for an insight into an applicant's character within the first 30 seconds of interacting with them. So it pays to prepare. Picture by Aaron Brown. ®
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