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  string(4136) "In Recruitment no two days are the same, and the same goes for all of the candidates I have met. When I first arrived in Australia, fresh off of the boat from Ireland, I had never temped before but I was lucky enough to stumble across Cox Purtell and become part of a team of talented recruiters.

This is my advice to myself 2 years ago. It's also the advice I'd give to all of you out there looking to jump head first into a role that you are passionate about:

My Do’s & Don’ts of Interviews; For Candidates - It’s all about the 5  P’s with this one!

Do's
  • Punctuality: Always be punctual. Showing up to an interview late implies that you do not value your interviewer's time and you are unreliable.
  • Presentation: It’s a sad reality; but your appearance sets your first impression. Presentation is a key factor in people’s perception of you. Making an effort shows that you care and should be everyone’s step one to a successful interview.
  • Posture: You can tell a lot about a person based on their posture, to me, good posture means that you are taking the conversation seriously, you are professional and you are very self-aware.
  • Politeness: In my eyes, people that are polite are also both genuine and sincere. You will always win you points with me if you are polite and appreciative that I have taken the time to meet you - As I am always appreciative when candidates take the time to meet with me.
  • Preparation: As the old saying goes “Fail to prepare; Prepare to Fail”. Always research the company and most importantly; research yourself. Understand your previous or current role, including responsibilities, skills and experiences (good and bad).
Don’ts
  • Punctuality: NEVER do as one of my candidates did; show up at reception 20 minutes late for an interview, shrug your shoulders at the receptionist and say “Well - better late than never!”. Late may be better than never - but understand recruiters are on a tight schedule, replace that sentence with a courtesy call before the interview, or better yet... arrive on time!
  • Presentation: Don't show up to an interview in a belly top, shorts and flip flops. Believe it or not, this actually happens. Look sharp and smart. Do your CV justice. Books are often judged by their covers.
  • Posture: Do not swivel in your chair, slouch, or fidget. Body language is a huge part of how someone perceives you. Show me you are engaged with the interview and you will be one step closer to getting that job you want.
  • Politeness: You would think that most people would have the wherewithal to know not to curse in an interview - think again! It happens more than you would think and it never fails to shock me.
  • Preparation: Don't be underprepared! I find it astounding the amount of candidates I interview that struggle to remember what they have done in previous roles. It can be hard to sum up your previous role in a few sentences, but that's why doing your homework is integral to getting the result you seek.
To finalise; if you follow the 5 P’s; Punctuality, Presentation, Posture, Politeness and Preparation you WILL succeed at interview and be one step closer to the job of your dreams. Good luck!   Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide" ["post_title"]=> string(36) "Succeed at Interview Using the 5 P's" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(120) "if you follow the 5 P’s; Punctuality, Presentation, Posture, Politeness and Preparation you WILL succeed at interview." ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(28) "succeed-interview-using-5-ps" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(114) "http://www.coxpurtell.com.au/blog/remember-good-manners/ http://www.coxpurtell.com.au/blog/lets-get-physiological/" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-07-24 15:59:07" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-07-24 05:59:07" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(36) "http://www.coxpurtell.com.au/?p=1967" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" }

In Recruitment no two days are the same, and the same goes for all of the candidates I have met. When I first arrived in Australia, fresh off of the boat from Ireland, I had never temped before but I was lucky enough to stumble across Cox Purtell and become part of a team of talented recruiters.

This is my advice to myself 2 years ago. It’s also the advice I’d give to all of you out there looking to jump head first into a role that you are passionate about:

My Do’s & Don’ts of Interviews; For Candidates – It’s all about the 5  P’s with this one!

Do’s

  • Punctuality: Always be punctual. Showing up to an interview late implies that you do not value your interviewer’s time and you are unreliable.
  • Presentation: It’s a sad reality; but your appearance sets your first impression. Presentation is a key factor in people’s perception of you. Making an effort shows that you care and should be everyone’s step one to a successful interview.
  • Posture: You can tell a lot about a person based on their posture, to me, good posture means that you are taking the conversation seriously, you are professional and you are very self-aware.
  • Politeness: In my eyes, people that are polite are also both genuine and sincere. You will always win you points with me if you are polite and appreciative that I have taken the time to meet you – As I am always appreciative when candidates take the time to meet with me.
  • Preparation: As the old saying goes “Fail to prepare; Prepare to Fail”. Always research the company and most importantly; research yourself. Understand your previous or current role, including responsibilities, skills and experiences (good and bad).

Don’ts

  • Punctuality: NEVER do as one of my candidates did; show up at reception 20 minutes late for an interview, shrug your shoulders at the receptionist and say “Well – better late than never!”. Late may be better than never – but understand recruiters are on a tight schedule, replace that sentence with a courtesy call before the interview, or better yet… arrive on time!
  • Presentation: Don’t show up to an interview in a belly top, shorts and flip flops. Believe it or not, this actually happens. Look sharp and smart. Do your CV justice. Books are often judged by their covers.
  • Posture: Do not swivel in your chair, slouch, or fidget. Body language is a huge part of how someone perceives you. Show me you are engaged with the interview and you will be one step closer to getting that job you want.
  • Politeness: You would think that most people would have the wherewithal to know not to curse in an interview – think again! It happens more than you would think and it never fails to shock me.
  • Preparation: Don’t be underprepared! I find it astounding the amount of candidates I interview that struggle to remember what they have done in previous roles. It can be hard to sum up your previous role in a few sentences, but that’s why doing your homework is integral to getting the result you seek.

To finalise; if you follow the 5 P’s; Punctuality, Presentation, Posture, Politeness and Preparation you WILL succeed at interview and be one step closer to the job of your dreams. Good luck!

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide

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