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20 Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing

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Competition in the job market is fierce, with some roles attracting hundreds of hopeful applicants.

If you’ve carefully crafted a winning cover letter and résumé, you might find yourself the lucky one out of a handful of people selected to attend a face-to-face interview.

The interview is your chance to make a good and lasting first impression on your potential new employer. They might have been impressed with your skills and credentials on paper, but now is not the time to rest on your laurels; there’s still a lot of hard work to do if you want to land the job. It is your chance to highlight your skills and really show the interviewer why you’d be a great asset to their company. However, an interview situationis also a time when you’re most vulnerable, and if you’ve not prepared properly, you might find it’s a wasted opportunity.

Most of us are familiar with the saying, “failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” That’s even more true when it comes to interviews. You can’t expect to show up and wing it. You need to put in careful thought and planning beforehand. For example, arriving about 15 minutes early is good; arriving much earlier than that, or later than your appointed time, tells the interview that you have poor time-management skills and you didn’t plan your route in advance. These are usually undesirable skills for an employee.

Whether you have a lot of experience being interviewed, you’re a recent graduate entering the job market for the first time or you’ve been made redundant and found yourself back in the job pool after long service in a role, there’s always that little something extra you can do to prepare for an interview and make the right impression.

useful infographic below highlights some of the key things you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to job interviews.

20 Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing

Victor Fungai Muzvidzwa is the founder and senior editor of HypeAvenue.com magazine.

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Applications Open For The Coca Cola Marketing Learnership Program

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Applications Open For The Coca Cola Marketing Learnership Program. The Learnership runs over a period of 12 months. To successfully complete the program, the learner must obtain a minimum value of 120 credits. Through the completion of the Learnership, they will receive a National Certificate: Marketing (NQF 4).

The purpose of this program is to equip learners with the skills to understand and acquaint themselves with the underlying principles of how to grow volume, facilitate the order taking process & implement, execute & monitor merchandising standards for direct and indirect customers within a designated geographical area.

Education

  • Good analytical & numerical ability
  • Socially outgoing and confident
  • Able to build positive relationships
  • Team player who can also work independently
  • Assertive and persuasive- ability to influence and negotiate
  • Open to change and looking for opportunities for improvement
  • Good problem solving ability , solutions orientated and can be innovative
  • Responsible, conscientious and dependable
  • Self-discipline and well organized
  • Good planning ability
  • Good ability to work under pressure and handle a demanding work environment
  • High energy levels and drive

How to Apply

Apply Online for the Coca Cola Sales Learnership Program in Gauteng

Apply Online for the Coca Cola Sales Learnership Program in Eastern Cape / KZN

 

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Social Media Officer Wanted At University Of The Witwatersrand

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Social Media Officer Wanted At University Of The Witwatersrand. To manage the University’s official social media accounts and their respective audiences in order to enhance the Wits brand and reputation in the social media space, thus be the voice of the Wits brand.

Key Responsibilities Include:
Community Management
Content Creation
Marketing Campaign support
Social Strategy
Reporting
Crisis Management
Requirements
Degree in Marketing or journalism or equivalent experience in the digital marketing environment
A minimum of five to eight years’ experience in a similar position managing the social channels of the brand (as a minimum, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram – both paid & organic a plus)
Exceptional social savvy: an in-depth knowledge and interest in social media (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and more) with an up-to-the-minute knowledge of the latest social trends/platforms and industry best practice
Expert knowledge about content and social media communications (content generation, platform technical capabilities, social media analytics)
Experience in identifying social media tactics and adapting content for different social media platforms to engage, inform and build social media equity for the Wits brand
An understanding of and enthusiasm for the brand and tone of voice
Being an innovator: Staying constantly abreast of all technical and content developments and advances in the world of social media to bring fresh ideas and innovative developments to our social strategy; Working with the marketing team to look at ways social media can work within wider campaigns.
Motivated self-starter with a drive for results
Excellent creative editorial skills
Knowledge of and experience in manipulating images
Excellent command of the English language and attention to detail
Understanding of reputation management and ability to identify potential reputation damaging conversations and respond accordingly
Good numerical and analytical skills – adept at preparing management reports
Experience in and use of Google analytics and other open source analytical tools
Working knowledge of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques
Demonstrated ability to interact professionally with a diverse range of clients
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, determine own work priorities, work independently and as part of a team.
Demonstrated commitment to applying relevant and applicable policies, procedures and legislation in the day-to-day performance of the functions of this role

How To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and a detailed CV with the names, contact numbers and email addresses of three referees.

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Union Motors: Apprenticeship Programme 2018

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Applications Open For The Union Motors Apprenticeship Program. Union Motors in Nelspruit Is Inviting suitable applications for Motor and Diesel Mechanic Apprenticeships.

Minimum Requirements:
Grade 12. English, Science and Maths.
N2 Mechanical Engineering Certificate with Motor! Diesel Trade
Theory as one of the subjects OR N3 with Mechanotech as one of the subjects OR equivalent.
Code 8 driver’s license
A genuine interest and passion for the motor industry

How to Apply
Only applicants meeting the above requirements should forward their Curriculum Vitae with the heading:

Motor/ Diesel Apprenticeship to: Leon.meyer@nmidsm.co.za or fax CV to: 086-538-2546

Certified and reliable copies of all relevant documentation must accompany the CV.

Selection will be done In terms of the Company’s Employment Equity policy.

Applicants who have not been contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date should consider their applications as unsuccessful.

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