Jobseeker Tips

Beating Interview Nerves

Being nervous at a job interview is very common. There is nothing to stop you from telling the interviewer how you feel at the start of any interview, as it can often break the ice. An honest start to any interview will no go astray.

Nervousness is a clear sign that you want to do your best and good preparation will help you considerably.

Find out all you can about the business and the job you are seeking beforehand.

Practise your interview the night before by making up your own list of possible questions and considering the answers. You will find your questions and those you confront the next day will usually be very similar.

When you are in the interview, take your time in answering questions. Give yourself at least four to five seconds between the question finishing and when you start answering. This gives you time to consider the question and collect your thoughts. It does work.

Be yourself and, importantly, trust yourself.

Most times the right person will win the job, and hopefully it's you at your next interview.


Cover Letter - the Key to Selling Yourself!

A cover letter is the first thing a potential employer will read, and like all things, first impressions do count.

Imagine it as the handshake when you first walk into a job interview. It is the first point of contact with the employer.  Therefore it is vital it introduces you in the best possible way.

The cover letter outlines exactly why you are the right person for the job.

Cover letters serve a number of purposes. It is the letter of introduction.  It is a selling mechanism to spark interest.  And it is to demonstrate your writing skills to your potential employer.

It is important before writing the letter to use initiative and research.  Understand the company and the job requirements.  It is important that you address these requirements, which are often stated in the job advertisement.

You should also gain an understanding of the company's products, services and culture before you start writing.  You can then taylor your letter to incorporate an understanding of these facts.

Although it may take time to construct such a letter, ensure it is proof read.

Never send a generic letter with an application.  Employers can tell and it shows a disinterest in the position.  You need to be specific.

Think of a cover letter as a sales pitch. How would you sell yourself?

It is also important to highlight your strengths and not to mention your weaknesses.


For further information or assistance with your interview techniques please contact the CDC.