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How to prepare for an interview
Now, all you have to do is prepare for the actual interview! Here are 5 things we recommend you do while preparing for your interview:
Interview plan
3/17/2020 11:00 AMInterviewsBridget Maoko3/17/2020 11:00 AM
Interview, preparation, job searching

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OK, so you have applied for a role and have managed to secure an interview with the decision-makers. You received details from the person setting up the interview in terms of panel members, exact address, parking details and what to bring on the day.

Now, all you have to do is prepare for the actual interview! Here are 5 things we recommend you do while preparing for your interview:

Research the people and company you will be meeting with

  • This may be cliché, but trust us on this one and do your research. And try to look beyond the 'what the company does' staff[TK2]  and focus more on relating their values to yourself. Look up some of their employees on LinkedIn to get an idea of the people they hire. Go to their social media profiles and get a sense of their culture.

Do a mock interview

  • An average person does not attend enough interviews to know what to do when they have one. Hence practicing for one is highly recommended. So do mock interviews, they help you learn how to answer difficult questions and improve your confidence and communication skills. So grab a friend or family member and practice with them.

Interview appearance matters, dress the part!

  • Visual stimuli prompts immediate judgments ergo the importance of dressing well for an interview cannot be overstated. Dress well and dress in line with your industry. A finance candidate will unlikely dress the same way as an IT candidate. Know yourself.

Do not talk your way out of a job

  • The longer you speak without interruption, the less attention the listener is giving you. So speak 50% of the time and do not bore them with too many details or repeat yourself unless they ask you to.

Everything else matters

  • Preparing for an interview is just as important as doing the actual interview. Be optimistic and never badmouth your previous employer; never lie about your work experience or qualifications and most importantly, remember to manage your expectations! Companies have different hiring processes, for some, it might take two weeks and for others, it might take three months and this will affect how soon you are likely to hear from them.

Looking for an IT, Finance, Engineering or Supply Chain jobContact Network Recruitment, Market Leaders in Specialist Recruitment!

VLOG: Interview tips
One of our Executive Consultants, Sunette Roccon, shares tips on how to ace your job interview.
interview tips vlog
Interview tips
9/17/2019 2:15 PMInterviews, Job SearchLerato Mashego9/17/2019 2:15 PM
Network Recruitment, job interview

​Predicting the outcome of a job interview is difficult; however, one of our Executive Consultants, Sunette Roccon, has noticed some common trends among candidates who were successful in their interviews. Watch today! 


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Exit interviews
Provide as much information as possible to assist the organisation to prevent similar challenges or obstacles from recurring in future.
Exit interviews
Exit interviews
7/6/2017 8:41 AMInterviewsLerato Mashego7/6/2017 9:00 AM
exit interview, interviews, Network Recruitment, job

exit interviews.jpgAs you reach the end of your notice period and start getting ready to bid your colleague's goodbye, management may contact you to inquire about a time for your exit interview. There is no need to be concerned about this interview.  Instead, view it as an opportunity to provide constructive feedback from which the organisation may benefit.

The purpose of an exit interview is for your soon-to-be former employer to find out about your working experience during the period for which you were employed. It may be conducted by an individual in the company, a third-party provider or through an online survey to ensure confidentiality.

If you have recently resigned and have been asked whether you want to partake in an exit interview you should consider doing it to assist your employer in understanding how you experienced the organisation in relation to duties, resources, working conditions, company culture and your relationship with your co-workers and manager.

The information provided by departing employees is invaluable as it provides the employer with the unique opportunity to improve, change or maintain current working conditions in the organisation.

Below is a list of exit interview questions that you can expect your employer to ask.

1. What is your primary reason for leaving?

2. Did this company help you to fulfil your career goals?

3. Do you have any tips to help us find your replacement?

4. What workplace improvements would you suggest?

5. What was the quality of the supervision you received?

6. What could your immediate supervisor do to improve his or her management style?

7. Would you consider working for this company again in the future?

8. Would you recommend working for this company to your family and friends?

9. Did you receive enough training to do your job effectively?

10. Did you receive adequate support to do your job?

The information obtained from your exit interview will be processed by someone who has the authority to implement decisions related to benefits, remuneration and working conditions.  Furthermore, such information is often analysed and used to develop solutions for recurring issues.  Employees should engage in the exit interview process with candour and should aim to assist the organisation to prevent similar challenges or obstacles from recurring in future.

Are you looking for an IT jobFinance jobEngineering job, or a Contracting assignment? Contact Network Recruitment, the centre of recruitment excellence.

Lies commonly told during job interviews
Common lies that candidates tell that prove you should never lie during a job interview!
Lies commonly told during job interviews
5/30/2017 9:10 AMInterviewsLerato Mashego5/30/2017 11:26 AM
specialist recruitment agency, Network Recruitment, job interview, job seekers, Recruitment Company, specialist recruiters,

job interviewAs a specialist recruitment agency, our clients seek candidates with specialist skills who are going to add value to their organisation. Finding the right candidate is crucial during the recruitment process and this is where Network Recruitment plays an important role.

When the pressure is on and you're in the hot seat, exaggerating or stretching the truth during a job interview is not the best strategy. Whilst there may be professionals who landed a great job because they did not approach their interview with integrity, we strongly recommend against this type of behaviour as the truth always has a way of coming out.

According to Steven D. Levitt, the co-author of Freakonomics, 50% of candidates may be lying on their résumés.

What job seekers don't realise is, is that not only does your fabrication put you at risk and affect the organisation's productivity, it is indeed a crime.  Furthermore, you run the risk of being red-flagged (blacklisted) by a recruitment company, and this could affect your career negatively in the long-term.

Here are some of the lies commonly told during job interviews:

  • Reason for leaving

This is the most common lie that job seekers tell, as they believe that being fired makes you a bad candidate. There are many successful CFOs and CEOs who have been fired once or twice in their lives. You should always be truthful about your reasons for leaving an organisation. Specialist recruiters can communicate reasons for leaving your previous employment in a manner, which will reflect positively when they present candidates to prospective new employers.

  • Salary expectation (CTC)

There is a common misconception that your current salary will affect your future earning potential. If you think you are being underpaid, your recruiter will be aware of this, as they know what the job market is currently offering. Be honest and allow them the opportunity to assist you to get the salary you want.

  • Criminal record

Mentioning your conviction may seem counterproductive, but it allows you to take control and explain the predicament on your terms. If you have a criminal record, disclose it from the outset as that builds trust between you and your interviewer. During the job interview, mention your criminal history and give a brief explanation of the circumstances. 

  • Position and duties

It might be tempting to exaggerate your previous roles and duties in an interview. Specialist recruiters are trained to conduct thorough reference checks to ensure that your duties correlate with what you have said, and they will find out if you have been untruthful.

  • Qualification(s)

Job seekers can falsify information about their qualification(s) in two ways; they claim to have a qualification that was never awarded or they alter their grades to reflect better results. We urge you not to lie about your qualification(s) as specialist recruitment agencies screen candidates and verify qualifications before presenting them to clients.

  • Skills and experience

Avoid misrepresenting your skills because, in due time, you will be asked to demonstrate your competence in these areas.  If you are not able to deliver as promised, it will become clear that you misrepresented yourself during the interview.

  • Employment gap

If you took time off in your career, regardless of the reason, it's best to share this information with your interviewer.  Explain the situation and provide clarity so that the specialist recruiter is able to provide you with the best advice and guidance.

In conclusion, don't create false expectations about your competence. Be honest during your job interview and know that you got the job based on who you truly are. As Mark Twain once said, "if you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything".

Looking for an IT job, Finance job or, Engineering job? Contact Network Recruitment, for all your specialist recruitment needs. Click here to APPLY.   

Funny job interviews REVEALED
Our specialist recruiters reveal the funniest job interviews they have had
Funny job interviews REVEALED
5/23/2017 1:06 PMInterviewsLerato Mashego5/23/2017 1:53 PM
job seeker, job interview, telephonic interview, career opportunity

job interviewIn an effort to differentiate yourself from every other job seeker, you may go about it the wrong way. According to a recent survey by CareerBuilder, one job seeker sang her response during a job interview and another flushed the toilet during a telephonic interview in the bathroom.

Whether it is nerves or you assume it might be amusing to the interviewer, it might cost you the job.  

We asked our specialist recruiters to share some of their unusual job interview experiences and this is what they said:

Interviewing for a career opportunity for one of my clients, I asked a candidate if there were any industries he wouldn't work in and he said wouldn't want to for the adult industry. Network Specialist Consultant

The candidate ate pizza he brought with him (and didn't offer to share). Outside source

One candidate (who happened to be Russian) kept informing me throughout the interview that she is not some Russian bride. Network Specialist Consultant

My candidate once brought his childhood toy to a job interview. Outside source

A candidate took off their shoes during the job interview. Network Specialist Consultant

A candidate started screaming that the job interview was taking too long. Outside source

I asked a candidate why they wanted the position, he replied, "My wife wants me to get the job." Outside source

I interviewed a candidate who only said yes and no to the job interview questions. Network Specialist Consultant

A candidate once told me that if I find him a career opportunity he would take me out for dinner. Network Specialist Consultant

A candidate turned up for a job interview with her three children. Outside source

During a Skype interview, a candidate had the interview lying in bed in her pyjamas. Outside source

Check out this video for more funny video experiences:​​


Looking for an IT job, Finance job or, Engineering job? Contact Network Recruitment, for all your specialist recruitment needs. Click here to APPLY

Unprofessional body language mistakes to avoid
Body language mistakes you need to be aware of that will cost you the job
Unprofessional body language mistakes to avoid
5/15/2017 9:59 AMInterviewsLerato Mashego5/15/2017 10:26 AM
specialist recruiter, job interview, unprofessional body language

bad body language.jpgDid you know 93% of our communication with other people is non-verbal? According to CareerBuilder, bad posture, lack of eye contact and a weak or too strong handshake leave a bad impression on the interviewer, which can hinder your chance of landing your dream job. As a result, specialist recruiters or hiring managers are taking notice of your body language in a job interview.

In this blog, we outline the body language mistakes that you can make in an interview, and how to rectify them.

1. Not having a firm handshake
The power of a handshake should not be underestimated. A weak handshake gives the impression that you feel uncertain, and a strong one gives the impression that you are overcompensating for your insecurities. Try to give a firm handshake – according to John Feldmann in Undercover Recruiter, it shows the interviewer that you are committed or determined writes.

2. Crossing your arms
Crossing your arms during a job interview makes you seem hostile and defensive. Avoid this by placing your hands on your lap or making natural gestures to appear approachable.

3. Appearing disinterested
Many candidates have a short attention span and may become bored during an interview, giving the interviewer the wrong impression. It's at this point that the body starts to engage in mindless behaviour such as playing with your hair, randomly kicking something or shrugging your shoulders. It's important to be attentive in a job interview at all times.

4. Avoiding eye contact
Interviewers may assume that you are bored or disinterested if you don't maintain eye contact during a job interview. 67% of interviewers surveyed by CareerBuilder stated that they didn't like it when an interviewee didn't make eye contact with them. Although many professionals may find maintaining eye contact uncomfortable based on cultural or social environments, make an effort to look at the interviewer to demonstrate that you are engaged in the conversation.

5. Slumping in your seat
31% of interviewers say that slouching makes a candidate look unprofessional. A confident stance conveys to the interviewer that you take yourself and your work seriously. Not only does this make you appear confident, it shows respect for the interview process.

Looking for an IT job, Finance job or, Engineering job? Contact Network Recruitment, for all your specialist recruitment needs. Click here to APPLY. ​

Signs you aced your job interview
Simple observations that you aced your job interview
Signs you aced your job interview
5/11/2017 11:15 AMInterviewsLerato Mashego5/11/2017 11:31 AM
job interview, marketing yourself, recruitment process, specialist recruiter

aced job interview.jpgPreparing for a job interview can be nerve-wrecking. You will experience one of two reactions after the interview; you either impressed the interviewer or you didn't.  Many job seekers try to get into the interviewer's mind by revisiting their experience. Needless to say, this can leave you feeling doubtful and confused.

Predicting the outcome of a job interview is difficult; however, we have noticed some common trends among candidates who were successful in their interviews:

1. The interview ran longer than originally planned
If the specialist recruiter interviewing you feels you are not the right candidate for the role, your interview will end sooner than expected. Therefore, when your job interview runs longer than planned, it is a good indication that you are marketing yourself well and that the recruiter likes what he or she is hearing.

2. Your interview was engaging
A specialist recruiter's demeanour and body language are vital during a job interview. If you have developed a rapport with the recruiter and there is a natural flow of conversation, and the discussion is relaxed and focused on you, then the interview is going well.

3. You get an introduction to the team
When the interviewer decides to give you an impromptu tour of the office and introduces you to a few employees, it means that the interview went well. Make a good first impression and get a feel for the company culture.

4. The interviewer asks about other career prospects
Another sign that your interview went well is when the interviewer enquires if you are interviewing elsewhere. This shows that they are interested in you and want to know how fast they should move to the next stage of the recruitment process.

5. The interviewer schedules your next interview
This is the best sign that you aced your initial job interview. If the interviewer is specific about when you can expect a call from him or her this is a good sign that your interview went well and that they are interested in hiring you.

While considering these observations, it is important for you not to get caught up in analysing your performance and what you think the interviewer thinks. Focus on marketing yourself in the best possible way.

Looking for an IT job, Finance job or, Engineering job? Contact Network Recruitment, for all your specialist recruitment needs. Click here to APPLY.  

Present your authentic self at a job interview
Preparing for a job interview? Follow these tips so you can present your true self to the interviewer
Present your authentic self at a job interview
job interview
5/9/2017 8:31 AMInterviewsLerato Mashego5/9/2017 8:44 AM
job interview, specialist recruiter, IT job, Finance job, Engineering job

job interview The pressure to sound as informed as possible may become overwhelming during a job interview.  As a result, you may feel the urge to mask yourself into someone you are not.  Generally, becoming the candidate that you think the specialist recruiter or hiring manager is looking for.

We see it on numerous occasions.  Candidates come for an interview and forget that a job interview is a perfect platform to sell themselves.  When you try to fit into the perfect candidate mould, you run the risk losing the job because you failed to show the interviewer what you really have to offer.

The Opportunity Index conducted a survey and discovered that job seekers not only rate a job interview as the most stressful part of the job search process, but they rate it as more stressful than getting a root canal.

Here is how to show your true self during a job interview:

Be honest

As tempting as it may be to be dishonest about your experience or salary during an interview, always be truthful because specialist recruiters will find out the truth.  According to CareerBuilder, 69% of employers consider lying during an interview a major deal breaker.  Give consideration to being sincere and answering each question honestly and showing the interviewer your most valuable traits.

Have a conversation

It is important for professionals to remember that an interview is a two-way conversation.  Not only is the specialist recruiter trying to find out if you are the right candidate for the role, you are also trying to find the perfect job for you.  When you begin to view the interview as a conversation, it will help calm your nerves.

Do not memorise your answers

Researching the common interview questions and memorising your answers has the potential to put you in a box.  Remember, it is a conversation – take your time and be yourself.  Always enter a job interview with enough knowledge about the organisation, their mission and values and company culture and opinions about why you are the best person for the role.

Be genuine

Always remember to smile and be genuine during your interview.  Allow the interviewer to see your personality but remember to be professional at all times.

Are you looking for an IT jobFinance jobEngineering job, or a Contracting assignment? Contact Network Recruitment, the centre of recruitment excellence.

Questions not to ask during your job interview
Avoid these job interview questions during an interview
Questions not to ask during your job interview
job interview questions
5/4/2017 10:29 AMInterviewsLerato Mashego5/4/2017 10:46 AM
job interview, job interview questions, IT job, Finance job, Engineering job, specialist recruiter

job interviews.jpgPreparing for a job interview can be both exciting and stressful.  To make a memorable first impression, take advantage of the opportunity by putting in as much effort asking questions, as you would answering them.  Furthermore, each question you ask the interviewer shows your interest in the IT, Finance or Engineering job as well as your interest in the company advertising the role, the level of professionalism and your work ethic.

Specialist recruiters will convey to you that the response:  "No, I have no questions" is the worst answer you can give as you will come across as being uninterested in the company and the role.

You need to be careful about what questions you ask the interviewer in a job interview. In this blog, we will discuss the job interview questions you should ask and why.

How much does this position pay?

It is best not to discuss compensation in your first interview.  Although it is a common question, we advise that you leave this for the follow-up interview as it should only be asked once an offer has been extended – unless the interviewer brings it up first.

When will I be eligible to take leave?

Asking this question gives the interviewer the impression that you are not going to be fully committed to your new role.

How many hours will I be expected to work?

Engineering.  Specialist recruiters strongly recommend that you do not ask this question as you will come across as a clock-watcher.  Questions about working hours and flexi-time might make the interviewer think that you will not put in extra hours to get the work done and as a result, you are not committing to the role.

Does your company offer any benefits?

You may possibly find the answer to this question on your own.  Organisations often have information regarding their benefits on their company website, in order to attract employees.  If they do not have the information, it is better to wait until a job offer has been extended.

The questions you ask during your job interview are designed to make the interviewer sit up and take notice of your interest in the role.  However, be careful not to ask questions already answered in the job spec.

Are you looking for an IT jobFinance jobEngineering job, or a Contracting assignment? Contact Network Recruitment, the centre of recruitment excellence.

Deal with your interview stress like a pro
Manage your job interview stress like a professional!
Deal with your interview stress like a pro
Interview stress
1/31/2017 9:01 AMInterviewsLerato Mashego1/31/2017 9:36 AM
job interview, interview, interview attire,

​​job interview.jpgJob interviews can be stressful, even if you have previously been through the process.  Thinking about future possibilities can increase your level of anxiety which may increase the level of difficulty or even sabotage your chances of landing that dream job.

Securing a job interview has a different connotation to different individuals.  You could be escaping your current employment, increasing your earnings or reducing the travelling distance between work and home.  The key is to try and keep your anxiety or stress levels under control.

Here's how to manage your stress:

  • Be thoroughly prepared

Before a job interview, a great antidote for anxiety and stress is preparation.  Spend some time understanding the role you are going to be interviewed for and study the company.  If you are not familiar with the area where the interview will be held, provide yourself with plenty of time to find the location.  Preparation will increase your comfort level, therefore, making you more relaxed and confident.

  • Take the pressure off

An interview is just that – an interview.  Don't feel that your entire future is based solely on whether you "ace" it or not.  Don't make assumptions or statements such as:  "I have to land this job or I'll once again be hopelessly unemployed".  Such negative thoughts may well influence your anxiety levels.

  • Choose the right interview attire

As menial as this might be, consider choosing appropriate interview attire before the interview, as opposed to the day of.  Wearing uncomfortable clothes can add to one's stress levels.

  • Practice your answers

The more familiar you are with interviewing procedures, the less anxious you will be during the process. Therefore, give consideration to conducting mock interviews with your specialist recruiter, friend or mentor. 

  • Focus on success

Alleviate your stress levels by visualising success. Imagine having a positive interaction with your interviewer and having a successful interview. When you visualise, you get your brain ready to behave in a positive way. Implement this technique as it is commonly used by athletes to improve their performance when they are about to compete.

  • Interview the interviewer

Once you realise that an interview is a two-way street, you will become less self-conscious about the interview. Bear in mind that you are also deciding whether this is the organisation you want to work for. 

  • Pause and think

During a job interview, it is vital that you always take your time. You don't have to answer immediately, pause and collect your thoughts before you answer.  A great technique is to make notes of questions you would like to ask during the interview, as there is a chance you might forget the questions.

Are you looking for an IT jobFinance jobEngineering job, or a Contracting assignment? Contact Network Recruitment, the centre of recruitment excellence.

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