Expert Tips

Deciding what job you want ?

It is important to make the correct choice for your career

Assessing your skills

Something that you are good at doing, it could come naturally to you or be something you have learnt through experience or training

  • What are my strengths?
  • What are my weaknesses?
  • How can I improve on my weaknesses?
  • What do I want to do?

Always consider if there is A SPECIFIC Company | Product | Market | Location where you wish to work? | Planning & Preparation

Remember 2 P = 2 P {Poor Planning equals to Poor Performance}
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Values that employers seek

  • Honesty | Integrity | Morality | Loyalty | Work ethic
  • Dedication | Dependability | Positive attitude | Professionalism
  • Self confidence | Self-motivation | Adaptability

Where to find your Job?

There are numerous avenues for you to follow in your job search , in this section we will go through not only the most obvious also some of the more overlooked routes which have an unusually high rate of return in a successful job search.

  • Appointment Pages & Job Boards
  • Direct Application
  • Recruitment Agencies
  • Personal Reference

Pre-Interview preparation

"If you fail to plan , you plan to fail"! So you have an interview for a job, if you just turn up and hope the interviewer will be dazzled by your obvious suitability you probably won't get the job! It's all about Preparation and Effort

CV presentation & layout

  • Do not use underlined headings, clip art, cartoons or other illustrations
  • Use only high quality white paper
  • Do not fold your CV | use an A4 envelope

Golden Rules for CV preparation

  • First and most important step in your job search Size matters!
    It should not be more than 2 pages
  • Most recent employment or experience first!
  • Accomplishments or achievements should be highlighted
  • Highest qualification only
  • Remember to do a spell check before it is SENT

    • First Impression

      You only get one chance to create a first impression, make sure it's a good one! People have an inclination to make Instant judgments once they make that judgment It’s very hard to change their PERCEPTION OF YOU

Ten most popular interview questions

  • Tell me about yourself?
  • Why do you want to leave your current job?
  • What do you enjoy most about your current job?
  • What was your current or last boss like?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • What are your greatest strengths?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years' time?
  • What salary are you expecting to be paid for this job?

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Social Media

LinkedIn + Facebook = potentially far more revealing insight of the candidate
REMEMBER - We must ensure that our profile on a social media projects the highest professional image.

Job offers & salary negotiation

  • Questions about your present salary or salary expectations
  • What is your current salary?
  • What would be your salary expectation for this position?

Difficult questions

Interviewers do not ask difficult interview questions for the sake of being difficult, there are a number of reasons ...

The main ones being!

  • To see how you react to pressure.
  • To confirm you are telling the truth (Especially if they have any doubts)

Unexpected questions

  • Sell me this pen?
  • Tell me a story?
  • Who would you invite to dinner if you could have Famous person attend?
  • What are your views on the current situation of global warming / the price of housing in Dubai?

Ground rules for answering tough questions!

  • Stay calm
  • don't get defensive or adversarial
  • Speak clearly
  • Pause before you answer
  • Don't admit to any significant weaknesses
  • Don't be drawn into criticizing anyone
  • Clarify if you don't understand i.e. Answer the question with a question

Psychometric Tests

The majority of tools are used to measure the following 4 broad categories

  • which tests your general ability at broad skills such as numeracy, IQ tests also fall in this category

  • which relate to job specific skills such as selling or managing

  • which assess your personality type

  • which assesses what drives you and what your relevant attitudes are

Top 10 tips to remember when taking a psychometric test

  • Keep calm and read the instructions carefully.
  • Don't skim read the instructions, it's important you understand how to answer the questions.
  • Always complete the practice questions before you start the test, if there is anything you don't understand or find confusing ask the instructor before you start the test.
  • Plan your time in answering the questions, you should try to answer as many as possible.
  • Don't spend too much time on one question , you can always return to it once you have finished the others.
  • Check the question and answer numbers match.
  • When assessing difficult multiple choice questions start by ruling out those that are most likely to be incorrect!
  • If you change an answer make sure the change is clear.
  • If in doubt give your best estimate.
  • If you finish the test early go back and review your answers