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You’ve bagged the interview for the job of your dreams. Now all you have to do is nail it. Easy, right? Not for everyone.

If you find it difficult to get yourself across the way you want, here are some tips that might help you:

If you feel comfortable, you’ll act comfortable
We all want to look the part for an interview. But if heels and a trouser suit just aren’t you, you won’t feel at ease. Wear something smart and comfy – here are some perfect ideas for you! 

Prepare but don’t overthink
There’s a difference between preparing for an interview and overthinking an interview. If you have bagged the interview, you already have the qualification necessary for the job. Now, all you have to do is research the company and the role and come up with why you are the best person for the job. When it’s downtime, don’t think about the interview, you’ll get nervous and flustered and by the time D-day comes, you'll be a wreck. 

Slow and steady wins the race
You don’t have to go in there and talk as fast as you can. That’s what a nervous person does You’re not nervous, remember? Take things steady and slowly and think things through before answering. If you are someone who gets that shaky, dry voice when you’re nervous, ask for a glass of water you can sip when you need to.

Be yourself
If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times. But there’s a reason for that! Don’t be afraid to show off your personality. Employers are much more likely to remember you if you show who you are rather than a stiff, question-answering robot.  



Sometimes, even though you know in your heart you'd be perfect for a certain job or company, things don't go your way.

And while it can be easy to say it was just bad luck, there are many other factors at play when a recruiter or hiring manager is deciding on the right person.

Knowing what you might have done wrong means you're in with a better chance the next time the perfect job advertisement rolls around, so read on for reasons why you didn't make the cut…

1. Your CV was weak
Your CV is there for one reason only – to get you noticed and get you an interview. Avoid long, rambling sentences or "personal statements" about your dreams and desires and instead focus on your skills and what you can bring to that position. One huge no-no is firing out ten copies of the same CV to ten different companies. Tailor each CV and cover letter to the job and company you are applying for. Employers want to know that your skills are relevant and that you could be the right person for the role they're offering. 

2. Your application got lost in the mix
If you're applying to a large company, try to avoid sending your CV out into cyberspace with a bland "To whom it may concern" at the top. Some quick Googling will usually provide you with the name and email address of someone in a relevant role – ideally the person you'd be reporting to or a HR manager. Already you're showing initiative and are more likely to be remembered.

3. You didn't have the right experience
If all your experience is in graphic design, don't assume you'll get that restaurant job just because it's "easy work." Again, tailoring your CV is key. If your experience is  not exactly relevant, focus on skills you used in each previous role that would help in this new job. And remember, all experience counts if it's linked to the job you're applying for. 

4. You had big gaps on your CV
Maybe you were unemployed for a year or maybe you were off seeing the world, but don't just leave a whole twelve months blank on your CV. If you did any freelance or volunteering work, be sure to include it to show that you weren't just watching Netflix for a full year. Unless you were, in which case, let's hope they love Orange is the New Black too!

5. You didn't prepare for the interview
When in doubt, over-prepare! Whether that means printing three copies of your CV, having a list of references ready, or bringing a portfolio of writing samples, being organised will make you stand out. When it comes to research, don't just focus on the company and the job description, but also on the function of the job. Try to get an idea of the day-to-day roles and what it would take to become successful in that specific role. If you're not clear, ask informed questions at the interview – it'll show you're interested.

6. You spoke too negatively
Ok, so your last boss was a crazy a**hole. Rather than getting off on the wrong foot with your new prospective employer by telling her how much you hated your old job, put a positive spin on your experience. You "weren't challenged" or you "didn't feel it was a good fit." Speaking negatively in an interview is a big dealbreaker. Even if you're asked to speak about a difficult situation you overcame, be sure to end on a positive note and discuss what you learnt from the incident.

7. You didn't follow up
Where possible, send a follow-up email within 24 hours of your interview ending. This is especially important if you interviewed with just one person as you're already building up a personal interaction with them. A quick thank you is all that's necessary to make you stand out from the crowd.



College is the gateway to a great career, they said. Getting an education is like winning the lottery, they said.

They were wrong…


If you’re a science/tech/maths head, good grades may be enough to land you a cosy number . In humanities, experience is everything. Once you’ve finished crying into your Masters degree, I recommend you pay attention.

Now…let’s begin. Expect to experience the following:

1. Desperation


Once you’ve realised you’ve no hope of getting a job and life as an ‘unpaid slave’ begins to look appealing, congratulations you have reached ‘Phase Desperation’. You are now ready to begin the hunt.

2. The Hunt


Companies are getting better at  disguising exploitation in their quest for interns. Ask questions. Do your research. Linkedin-stalk the company and its employees. Find out how past interns progressed. Any respectable internship should offer wages or at least a stipend to get you by.


3. The interview


If you don’t have much experience, don’t sweat it, that’s why you’re here. Showcase your grades, projects,involvement in clubs and socs, dalliances with menial work , blogging, projects, the works. Tell them what your goals are, what you can bring to the internship and what you’d like to improve on.

4. Your first day


While inside you have no idea what to expect. Your first day is a free pass to ask all the questions and soak it all in. You can get away with pretty much anything on day 1. On day 2 however you’re screwed…because that’s when the real work begins. Be friendly, first impressions are important.

5. Adapting (Feeling Overqualified)

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You build up trust and humility by doing well at the little things. Show you’re capable and hardworking and soon you’ll get more responsibility. If you don’t, ask for it. If you’re not learning anything, consult your boss/coworkers immediately. This is your training time, remind them of that if you need to.

6. Productivity


The windows of opportunity to doss around may be endless but remember college is over and you need to get paid work fast. Everyone loves intuition. It’s great if you can take it upon yourself to generate ideas/projects you can be working on . If you’re end goal is nabbing a job at your place of internship, the more achievements you have under your belt, the better.

7. Making mistakes

We’ve all been there, sometimes you just get  thrown straight into the deep end. If this happens don’t have a meltdown.You’re there to learn and part of learning is making mistakes.


Some days will be better than others…


For bad days at least there’s coffee. *Sing it with me* Things can only get better.

9. Employment/Unemployment

Lets face it, it’ll  go either of the following ways:




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