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Congratulations! You’ve secured your first interview! 


“You never have a second chance to create a first impression,” as the saying goes. What struck you the most the last time you met someone new? According to experts, 55% of initial impressions are formed by what we see (visual), 38% by how we hear their first words (vocal), and 7% by the actual words we speak (spoken). However, many first impressions are influenced by factors we have little control over, such as our natural fragrance, how ‘baby-like’ our features are, and if we require glasses or are bald. For example, men with feminine face traits, such as thinner brows and a pointier chin, are more trustworthy. Therefore, it’s good to set the first impression for your first interview in a different way.


Preparation and Research before your first interview 


  1. Investigate the organisation so that you can walk into your interview knowing exactly what the position entails and how your history qualifies you for it. Read company reviews to find out more about the workplace culture and what others think of this employer.
  2. Prepare your response to the usual question, “Tell me about yourself, and why are you interested in this position with our organisation.” The goal is to immediately express who you are and how you will provide value to the organisation and the job.
  3. Read the job description again. You should print it out and start emphasizing certain abilities that the business is seeking. Consider examples from your previous and present work that correspond to these specifications. Writing down a few examples before to the interview might help you react with high-quality responses.
  4. First Interviews are two-way affairs. Employers expect you to ask questions because they want to know that you’re genuinely considering working there.
  5. Set aside some time before your interview to gather the following materials:
➡️  Copies of your CV. While the recruiting manager has most certainly seen your CV, it is possible that they have not read every line. You might also be conversing with someone new.
➡️  You’ll need a pen and a small notepad. Take notes, but don’t use your smartphone or any other electronic device to do so. Make a note of the specifics so you may refer to them in subsequent thank you notes. Make as much eye contact as you can.
➡️  A written version of the questions you’ve prepared for your interviewers.


2. The interview starts as soon as you leave the house


This Mindset is so important!
The first interview begins before you shake hands. You never know who you’ll run into when you get off the bus or train or approach the company’s building – your interviewer may be in the same coffee-shop line as you. So, from the minute you go out, try to present a pleasant, confident, and professional demeanour. You’ve most likely planned to arrive early.
Allow yourself time for a comfort break and stay hydrated. Make eye contact with the receptionist, turn off your phone, and take in your surroundings – you could notice something that will make a good topic for a small chat later. Don’t attempt to pack in any last-minute data; you want to appear calm and organized, not panicked, and unprepared.


3. Imagine everyone you encounter as your interviewer 


Make an effort to be kind and nice to everyone you meet during the interview process. From greeting the receptionist to sharing a lift with strangers to passing through an open-plan workplace to reach your conference room.  These are all touch points with your prospective future employer, and colleagues frequently discuss their thoughts of visitors later, so you want everyone who encounters you to have a favourable image of you.


4. Create a strong first impression


➡️ First impressions are important, and nonverbal clues are even more important than spoken indications. So, in those initial five minutes, it’s important to smile boldly, shake hands firmly, establish eye contact, and overall seem happy to be there and interested in the job. Project an attitude of energy, passion, and interest in all you do.


➡️ Try to match your clothing style to that of the firm you’re meeting with. You should be able to get a decent understanding of the company’s regular dress code from its website and social media output, particularly any information regarding the company’s working culture, and your recruiter can also assist you. You want to portray some personality and charm, but you also want to come across as a good fit, so lean on the formal side if in doubt.


5. Be ready for small talk 


Making the correct (or wrong) small conversation can have serious effects. It’s a means for individuals to establish rapport and affinity, as well as begin to develop the elusive, intangible element of ‘chemistry’ that characterizes all successful commercial partnerships. For example, if you see a photo of the interviewer’s family, you may inquire about them – and be prepared to share a family tale of your own. Or, if you’re a sports enthusiast and see that your interviewer is, you may ask a relevant question to which you have an intriguing answer (‘Do you ever get to the games?’ ‘So, who’s going to win the Cup this year?’ and so on).
Consider current events as well. For example, has your future employer recently been in the news? Could you also inquire about the possible impact on the firm of a recent event, such as Brexit, decreasing stock prices, or a major cyber-attack? Make sure you have an intriguing concept of your own to share in each scenario.


6. Be on message from the outset


Politicians who have received media training are always taught to have a maximum of three essential ideas to convey, which they should stick to and repeat throughout every interview. Similarly, it’s a good idea to have two or three key points about what you have to offer and what you’re looking for – for example, ‘I’m ready for the challenge of team management,’ ‘I combine compliance experience with technical expertise,’ or ‘Throughout my career, I’ve developed an extensive digital transformation skillset.’
These are the three most important aspects about you that you want the interviewer to remember. So try to include them organically wherever possible, especially in the initial few minutes. It’s also crucial to be prepared to answer some of the most popular early-stage inquiries, such as ‘Tell me why you want this position’ and ‘What is your knowledge of what this work entails?’

Do you feel ready for your interview? 

Don’t forget to thank the employer/interviewer for their time at the end of the interview and let them know you look forward to hearing from them.


and finally, good luck with your interview! 

Source: Joshua Robert Recruitment – Blog

JOSHUA ROBERT – JobPloy Listing 

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Start with doing some RESEARCH. 

Look up for locations where your skills would be in the highest demand. It will give  you a direction on which decision makers to contact and job search platforms to use. 

Make a list of roles you can possibly apply for, don’t get stuck with one or two titles. 

Think of all PEOPLE who can be helpful, e.g. friends, relatives, neighbours, former co-workers/  clients, networking acquaintances, social media connections, to name a few. Explain your situation.  Give or send your best CV to them (a general version). That’s what they can do for you: 

Put forward your CV (reference list, candidate pool, company website, etc.). 

Introduce or recommend you to a recruiter/ HR/ colleague/ hiring manager. 

Spread a word of mouth that you’re a talent ready for hire. 

Actively use LINKEDIN – connect, message, engage in the feed. This will increase the visibility of  your profile, allowing more people to see what you have to offer.

Connect with key decision makers and HR managers of your target companies. 

Get in touch with recruiters, starting with those working in your target area and  industry. 

Use LinkedIn search engines to find the right job postings and apply (set up the JOBS  feature). 

Customize your CV before applying, making it more tailored to a specific role through  keywords. 

Engage regularly and meaningfully by liking/ commenting/ sharing people’s content. 

Position yourself as an expert in your niche by creating posts that showcase your  expertise. 

Get registered at other PLATFORMS (beside LinkedIn). Depending on your industry, occupation,  and location, you can Google “Best job search sites in UAE”, for example, or “Job Search sites for  IT”. 

Top global portals with the highest number of job openings are Monster, Glassdoor,  Indeed, Google Jobs, ZipRecruiter, Simply Hired, Career Builder, and

Large and medium companies post vacancies on their websites and allow uploading a  CV into their candidate databases. 

STEP 5. Apply online using your ATS-optimized CV  

Use the above and other relevant platforms to apply for specific jobs of your interest.  

Carefully read a job description and define keywords repeated the most Tailor your CV to match their requirements for skills and qualifications, add keywords Submit the updated CV and cover letter (if requested), follow up within a day or two.  


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Whilst you will want to sell yourself and impress future employers/recruiters, too much personal information may lead to identity theft, where fraudsters can obtain your details, steal your identity, and spend your money, take out loans or buy goods in your name.

Your CV should be a maximum of two pages and should include your name, contact number, email address employment/academic history; qualifications gained where applicable and key skills/personal interests. This may be tailored, dependent on the job role to change the emphasis of information included.

Remember, it is a summary – so NEVER include:  

  • Your Date of Birth
  • Your Full Address
  • Passport Number
  • Driving Licence Number
  • National Insurance Number
  • Marital status and number of children
  • Credit card or bank account numbers
  • Weight and height
  • Hair and eye colour

Employers may ask for other qualifications related to seeking employment, however, it is not normal for them to ask for information unrelated to seeking employment. To avoid identity theft, always verify the employer/recruiter that you are applying to, to ensure that they are who they claim to be.

A simple check using Companies House, the internet or directory enquiries will further verify that they are who they claim they are; however you should use your instincts – if it doesn’t feel right, or it is too good to be true, then consider reporting it to JobsAware.

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What information do I need to provide to a potential employer/agency?

As part of your application you will be asked to provide a number of details to potential employers, including agencies. In addition to the list below, you may also be asked to provide further details which may be more specific for the role and/or the company you will be working for – this includes being placed onto a temporary assignment.

You will be asked to provide:

  • Evidence of your Right to Work in the UK – this will also include evidence of name change and any study requirements related to your visa
  • Evidence of your identity – Your Proof of Right to Work document may be enough, however you may be asked to provide an additional document to confirm either your Proof of Name, Proof of Address and/or further Photographic ID (e.g. Driving Licence, Passport)
  • Tax Details and Proof of National Insurance – this is to ensure your employer can make the correct Tax and National Insurance deductions
  • Name, Address, Contact Details
  • Previous employment/academic/voluntary work history – this includes any referee details
  • Evidence of qualifications/certificates, where relevant to the role
  • Evidence of registration/membership to professional bodies, where relevant to the role 

You may also be asked to provide (at any stage in the process):

  • Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a Covering Letter detailing your suitability for the role
  • Any health conditions or disabilities relevant to your application or detail of any reasonable adjustments you would like to be considered in relation to your application
  • Emergency contact details
  • Bank Details – for payment to be made once commence permanent/temporary role

If at any stage during the process you are concerned about the information you are being asked to provide, ask why the information is required and make your own enquiries as to whether this is legitimate request.

As part of any recruitment process, you should not part with any money upfront that is requested for you to get the role that is on offer. However, in limited circumstances you may need to obtain certain certificates/qualifications e.g. a Criminal Record Disclosure Check (Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), a Disclosure Scotland (DS) or Access Northern Ireland (Access NI)), a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC), or a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), all of which may be at your own cost.

If you are requested to do so, please ensure you obtain these via a reputable organisation, and do not part with any money via a link you have been advised to use and appears to be suspicious. If you are still unsure of the authenticity of the request and/or the link you are advised to use, do not proceed as this may not be a legitimate request.

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