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Interview Advice

Interviews: how to make a good first impression

“You’ve only got one chance to make a first impression”. Whilst this phrase has come to be a cliché nowadays, it’s a very true fact and one that we in the recruitment industry ought to stand by. You may still struggle with making the first impression you want to wh...

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Date Posted: 21-09-2017

6 must-ask interview questions to find the best candidates

If you were only allowed six questions to quiz a candidate in an interview, what would they be? Hiring managers sometimes feel the need to ask ‘creative’ questions, which only serve to discourage good candidates and could even result in a bad hire. You know the sort of questions w...

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Date Posted: 23-06-2017

Ten top tips for your next marketing interview

As if preparing for an interview wasn’t already nerve-wracking enough, marketing positions have a reputation for pushing candidates to the next level. The digital marketing industry is highly competitive, but there are opportunities out there. You just need to use all the tools at your disposa...

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Date Posted: 23-03-2017

What to say when the hiring manager asks, 'What motivates you?'

What motivates you? There's a good chance you'll have to answer this in your next job interview. According to Glassdoor, it's one of the most common interview questions hiring managers ask. "This one can easily catch you off guard," says Lynn Taylo...

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Date Posted: 17-05-2016

3 Things to Never, Ever Say to a Recruiter

It’s a recruiters job to get you to share your past experiences and show your personality to see if you’d be a good fit for the company you are interviewing with. Here’s the thing: No matter how comfortable a recruiter makes you feel, there are a few things you should ...

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Date Posted: 18-03-2016

10 questions to ask at the end of an interview

"Any questions?"  Even if you feel you already have all the information you need from your interviewer, the 'any questions?' question is a great opportunity to add to the positive impression you've already given. Before you pick and choose from the following top 10, b...

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Date Posted: 22-02-2016

6 Ways to Appear Confident (Even When You’re Sweating Bullets)

In the ultra-competitive society we inhabit, confidence is a trait that is often judged, but rarely considered. Under stressful circumstances such as a job interview or a big sales pitch, it’s easy to fall into bad habits that could put you well below other candidates. Unfortunately, we ...

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Date Posted: 30-10-2015

An introverts guide to acing an interview

As anyone seeking full time employment can attest, job-searching is a job in and of itself, and like any job, some parts are easier and more enjoyable than others. There are the administrative aspects of researching jobs, polishing up and tailoring your resume, crafting a well-written cover letter a...

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Date Posted: 15-07-2015

Tips on how to nail a Skype interview

So you’ve mastered the art of resume writing, phone screenings and job interviews. But how well do you think you’d go at a video interview? With the rise of remote work and candidates increasingly looking outside their city, state, or even country for their dream roles, many organisation...

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Date Posted: 22-05-2015

6 questions you should ask a startup CEO during a job interview

An interview is a great opportunity to learn about a company straight from the top. For the CEO, it's a chance to understand what the candidate is looking for in a job and in a company. Here are 6 questions job seekers need to ask startup CEOs. 1. What is your vision for the company? Wh...

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Date Posted: 13-05-2015

5 habits that can turn interviewers against you

What are the things that drive interviewers the most crazy? 1. You arrive super early Everybody knows that you're an idiot if you show up late for an interview. It's completely disrespectful of the interviewer's time. But showing up insanely early is also going to make...

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Date Posted: 10-12-2014

What employers really want to hear when they ask about your weaknesses

There was a time when saying you were a perfectionist or a workaholic were the only acceptable answers to the question of weakness. But unless you are a perfectionist or workaholic (and have supporting evidence), those answers are now considered insincere. We asked some employers in the tax sector t...

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Date Posted: 24-09-2014

Some of the most unusual interview questions

You can never prepare for every possible interview question — especially in today’s market. According to humanresources.about.com, many companies are turning to unusual questions because the job search advice industry is so prolific with advice on how to best answer the mo...

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Date Posted: 11-08-2014

Tell me about yourself...your 30 second elevator pitch

"Tell me about yourself…" Scary, huh? Most interviews start with an opener like this, especially in marketing jobs where the ability to articulate yourself well and convince others are often important qualities. It can be quite daunting to just start talking about yourself stra...

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Date Posted: 30-06-2014

ABC of Interview Etiquette

Interviews can be scary processes, especially if you aren’t experienced or haven’t been to one in a while. Here at Stopgap, we’re seeing interviews galore, so us Stopgrads have put together this A-Z guide to guarantee you’re fully prepared for the big day – good luck! ...

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Date Posted: 24-06-2014

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