Best Answers to Popular Interview Questions

Businesses interview countless potential employees every day, so as you can imagine asking the same questions can often lead to very similar answers. To help you stand out from the crowd and answer those very simple questions with the best possible responses we have put together some tips and tricks.

Tell me about yourself…

A commonly asked question in most interviews and not necessarily to find out more information but to see how you react on the spot. You are being given full control here to give the right impression, but not to talk about your complete life story. Try not to get carried away and lose sight of why you are there, after all they aren’t trying to become your friend but your employer. We recommend keeping your answer to around 2 minutes. Cover your education, work history and experience. You can also briefly touch on your personal interests, especially if they are in a similar field to the position that you’re going for.

What are your weaknesses?

First things first, this is not a trick question and everyone has weaknesses so being a perfectionist doesn’t count. Being honest will leave a better impression then trying to blag that you’re simply good at everything. The best way to answer this is to think of an example of a weakness, but also give ways of trying to address it. An example would be getting carried away with multiple projects and having to refer back to a list that you have made, so that you ensure all tasks have been finished before starting something new.

Why should you get this job?

This can be a difficult question especially if you don’t overly enjoy talking about yourself and your strengths, but essentially this is a way of asking for a personal sales pitch.

This is the point in the interview when you need to give examples of your work, talk about your strengths and essentially what you can bring to their team and business. To make a good impression it’s always a good idea to talk about what you think they want and how you can provide it. This shows you have been listening to everything they have been saying and that you are entirely interested in the role and their firm, not just needing the money.

These are just a few examples of the common questions that you will be asked in many interview situations. It’s always good to be prepared and to do your research which is why DYWAJ are here to help. If you’re currently on the hunt for your perfect role, send your CV to sarah@dywaj.co.uk and we can help to get you started.

 

 

Brush Up on Your Interview Techniques

After receiving a call inviting you to a job interview, mixed emotions are thrust upon you and you don’t know whether to be happy, terrified or excited.

Take these words of wisdom and you can ensure you will feel more confident.

Even if you’re the most inexperienced interviewee these top tips will help you get one step closer to the job.

  1. This may seem easy but nerves can often get the better of you and you’ll find your mind wandering. Stay an active listener by nodding your head if you agree and smiling at positive feedback. Throughout your interview stay focused and make sure you respond to everything you’re asked in the appropriate way.
  2. Preparation is KEY to an interview that flows well and you will feel so much more confident knowing information about the company. You’ll also be able to ask any questions to become more knowledgeable about the industry and the company you could be about to work for.

  3. What do I wear? Your choice of clothing can give your employer a whole new insight into your personality so make sure you look the part. If you’re really not sure what to wear then it’s best to go smart – it’s easier for them to tell you to relax your clothing choices than to criticise you for wearing something inappropriate. Get your outfit sorted the night before so you aren’t stressing about it in the morning.
  4. Food and Drink. This isn’t something that is often considered but what you eat before can often dictate your mood. We would advise that you have a light snack before you go so that your stomach doesn’t rumble. It’s also important to drink plenty of water before-hand (some employers may find it rude if you start gulping a Lucozade during an interview). Try to use the toilet before too!
  5. If this is your first ever interview or you’re new to the type of job you are going for then it doesn’t hurt to practise with a friend. Whether they’re experienced or inexperienced they can give you some feedback which could be vital for the day.
  6. Tell me about yourself. ‘Errrrrrrmmm, well I’m errmm’ does that sound like something you would say? Don’t worry, this is one of the most commonly asked questions in an interview but it can be very difficult to answer when under pressure. The night before simply note down 5 interesting things about yourself. Tell them about your personal qualities.
  7. A positive ending and a smile can go a long way, so just before you leave say something as simple as ‘Thank you for this opportunity, I look forward to hearing from you’. 

Here at DYWAJ our aim is to help you to find your perfect job. Of course, we all have to start somewhere, so use our services today to upload your CV and begin your journey to find your ideal job role today.

 

Improving Your CV: Top Tips You MUST Know!

A good CV could be the difference between getting your dream job, or losing it to the candidate who was once a “prefect”! .

Should you not want to lose out on your shot to Mr “Prefect”, it’s time to take a long, hard look at your CV. It’s okay though, you won’t be going this alone. The team at DYWAJ see hundreds of CVs each day and are here to help you improve your CV with their quick and easy tips.

From silly spelling mistakes to outright lying, DYWAJ’s team of CV experts have seen it all, meaning they know a thing or two about the worst mistakes you can make on your CV.

Here are some of DYWAJ’s top tips for improving your CV and getting your dream job:

Easy to Read – You know what it’s like reading through a report that just one long paragraph, so don’t make the same mistake with your CV! Employers will only take a quick glance at your CV – and we mean it; research by a jobsite found that employers look at CVs for a total of six seconds before choosing to chuck or keep! Bulking all your information up into one paragraph will have your CV landing in the bin before the six seconds is even up.

Tailor It – Given that it is your dream job you’re applying for, it makes sense to adapt your work experience and skills to the job description. Not only will it show your potential employer you are completely qualified for the job, it shows you took the time to read through the criteria and change your CV accordingly – employers will appreciate this!

Use Keywords – As mentioned above, employers will simply scan over your CV and pick out any key information related to the job. Words like confident, polite, organised, ambitious will stand out to the reader and keep them looking through your CV.
Keep It Short – You may feel the need to reel off lots of information in your CV but we recommend keeping your application to 2 pages maximum. If you have a degree or anything higher, the grades you got for GCES will not be important to your employer.

Unsure if your CV will win you the perfect job? Don’t stress; why not submit your CV to our experts for a FREE CV review before uploading to our site for employers to see. You may even find your dream job!

How DYWAJ Works for Employers  

Are you looking for an easy and effective way to find new employees? DYWAJ is the answer!

Standing for Do You Want A Job, DYWAJ allows job seekers to upload their CVs to our database and specify the industry they would like to work in. Said database can then become available to employers when you buy our tokens. You can ensure that the candidate selection you receive is specific to your businesses location and industry so you find the perfect person for the job!

As an employer, you will have a choice of the 650,000 CVs we have collected so far. You will have access to our sophisticated searching facilities, allowing you to specify exactly what you want from a candidate. Not only does this give you access to only the very best of the best, but you will have a candidate perfectly suited to you and your organisation’s needs.

With a special team of people who sort and manage our CV applications, we can ensure all our employers that the CVs come from potential candidates that are experts in their field. This means you no longer have to spend hours sifting through hundreds of CVs to find the best ones – let us do that for you!

New CVs are being added to our database daily and our team is regularly removing out of date CVs after a set period so they are always fresh. You can even set up alerts to get candidate’s CVs as soon as they’re sent in.

Still not convinced? DYWAJ will dramatically reduce overheads by taking the weight out of your HR Department. You can say goodbye to expensive recruitment campaigns, hours of looking through weak applications and disappointing interviews; instead choose a DYWAJ package to suit you and find the right CVs for your job vacancy.

To download your first set of CVs today, click here.

 

3 Common Mistakes People Make on Their CV

Writing your CV may seem like a laborious job to begin with but all in all it’s going to help you secure your perfect job role. That’s why we cannot stress enough the importance of a good CV with no mistakes. We often find that the same errors are continually made throughout countless CVs, so we thought we would explain what these are so you know what to look out for when updating your CV in the future.

Below are 3 common mistakes that could be prevented so that you’re fully prepared for the interview stage and are much more likely to receive a call back after application.

Poor spelling and grammar – First things first, it may seem simple enough but silly spelling mistakes and grammatical errors can have a real impact on your first impression to a potential employer, especially if the role you’re applying for involves the use of English on a daily basis. Therefore, it’s vital that you make sure you read through your CV and double or even triple check before sending it across. In some cases, it can be a good idea to get a friend to look over it for you, this way you will benefit from a fresh pair of eyes that will spot any issues.

Unnecessary elaborate design – More often than not your CV is going to be digitalised, either being sent over in a document or on email. This does not mean that you should take the opportunity to play with fancy typefaces and colours throughout your document. Stick to clear and screen friendly fonts, such as Arial or Times New Roman. Avoid fun backgrounds and borders as people may think you have something to cover up, instead let your achievements and past experience do the talking.

Rambled personal information – Think of the number of CVs that recruiters see and read every day. The average time spent looking at a CV is only 6 seconds, so it’s important to make these count. Don’t let your personal information keep them from seeing the vital content where you talk about your job experience and achievements so far.

These are just a few of the mistakes that people tend to make when writing or updating their CV. Without bombarding you with all of them it’s good to focus on a few and ensure you implement these into your CV structure. Here at DYWAJ, our aim is to help you find that dream job, where you no longer struggle to get out of bed in the morning. For more information and CV writing tips check out our website today.

 

 

 

10 Interesting Facts About CVs

Writing your CV and personal statements can get a little boring, but DYWAJ want to make the whole job-search process more fun for you!

Here are some of DYWAJ’s top 10 facts about curriculum vitaes:

  1. Did you know 76% of CVs sent to any employer are disregarded for having unprofessional email addresses?
  2. When asked, 93% of recruiters were likely to look at the candidate’s social media profile.
  3. Studies have shown that recruitment managers spend an average of 5-7 seconds looking at a CV.
  4. On average 100 – 159 people will apply for the same job vacancy so it’s imperative your CV stands out against the rest.
  5. In theory, the opening 50 words of your CV are the only ones that matter as employers will “glance” at these to see your potential.
  6. Adding a picture to your resume gives a job candidate an 88% chance of getting your application thrown out, unless your applying for a modeling or acting job.
  7. Only 35% of those applying for the job vacancy are actually qualified for the job they are applying for.
  8. Did you know 43% of job seekers have used their mobile devices to engage in a job search – with 7% of those conducting their job search in a toilet!
  9. Did you know 18,400,000 applicants have found their job on Facebook?
  10. In 2000, 22% of resumes were submitted via or posted on the internet, however in 2014, this had risen to over 90%.

Are you searching for a job? DYWAJ is a CV library that offers you the opportunity to be seen by thousands of employers!

To end your job-search, be sure to upload your CV here