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Things to Remember When Applying for Work



First Impression - Employers base 80 percent of their reason for hiring an employee because of their personality. Only 20 percent of their decision is based on the applicant skills.


Be on time or a few minutes early for your interview or appointment. This is probably the most important factor in not getting a job. The employer does not want to hear excuses like your car broke down. His time has value and showing up late is insulting to him.


Leave early to get to your appointment. Allow yourself plenty of time to arrive there on time.


Dress appropriately for your interview. Make sure your clothes are clean, your hair is neat, you have shaved and bathed. If you are going for a semi professional job, do not wear a mini skirt, shirt that is revealing, to much jewelry, chew gum, etc..


Look directly at the person who is interviewing you. This shows that you are interested in what he has to say and that you are confident.


Pay attention and be alert. If you do this you should be able to answer must questions the employer asks.


Ask the person who is interviewing you questions about the job and company. This shows that you have interest in the company and may help you decide if you really would like to work there.


Be happy. Would you want to hire someone who is always unhappy and never smiles?.


If you do not understand a question, ask the person interviewing you to ask the question in another way. Never answer questions by nodding your head or saying, "yes I think so". Do not be embarrassed if you do not know an answer to a question.


Always bring any documents you have to the interview. This includes your state drivers licence, social security card or any other document that proves who you are and where you live.


Get a good nights sleep the day before the interview. This way you will be rested and alert.


These are just a few tricks that will help you show the company that is thinking of hiring you, that you would be a good employee. Remember, being bilingual is an advantage not an embarrassment. Good luck finding a job that you enjoy!!!




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