we do receive application forms, you’ve got to bear in mind that
we’re maybe looking at fifty, sixty or a hundred application forms,
depending on the job.
So anybody’s that is well filled in and is neat and tidy, that’s
automatically going to stand out. If anybody’s is completely untidy
or hasn’t been half filled in, that again
is going to really stand out – it’s something that will really
go against you.
If you can’t fill in every section, put a ‘not
applicable’ or ‘no information required’ or something
like that, just to indicate to us that you have read it, but you haven’t
got any information to give us. If you’re not a neat writer, make
sure you print it –
everybody can print fairly well. Stick to the one colour of pen.
We will automatically know if a parent has filled in
an application form. That would sometimes indicate to us that ‘why
did that person do that? Were they lazy?’ Or was there maybe something
like numeracy and literacy problems there?
If a person has been short listed, they will have been
given a certain period of notice for the interview – at least forty-two
or seventy-two hours’ notice, so there’s no excuse if they’re
not on time. We would ask them that if they are going to attend the interview,
that they do ring. And the majority of people would ring, but some people
are downright lazy and don’t ring to say whether they’re coming
to the interview or whether they’re not.
We’re not expecting everyone to come in wearing
a three-piece suit, because young people are only out of school. But what
we are expecting is a neat and tidy appearance. Now if someone is going
to be working in an office environment, sixteen year olds, we would expect
them to put a little bit more into it. Not necessarily a suit for a girl,
but a nice skirt, a nice blouse – not something that’s just
come out of the linen basket that’s not ironed!
You’ve got to also remember that you’re
not the only person being interviewed. There’s maybe up to ten to
fifteen people being interviewed for maybe one or two positions, and at
the end of the day, you’ve got to prove to us that you’re the
best person for that. What we expect from them then, is to not just give
us one word answers – ‘yes,’ ‘no,’ ‘don’t
know,’ or shrug your shoulders. Do you know that the best thing that
you can do is to smile? Because as soon as you smile at someone on the
panel, they’re going to smile back at you.
Don’t come in being Jack the Lad. Some of them
can come in and they’re chewing chewing gum – and that just
puts anyone off straight away, because ‘I’m the guy, I’m
going to get this, I’m walking this.’ All we’re asking
is that the young people make an effort to answer the questions and that
they don’t take a fit of the giggles. I know that nerves can play
a part in that, and sometimes you can have a nervous laugh. The panel’s
not going to come down heavy on you for that, but when you have done about
six or seven interviews and are starting to get rejection letters, you
will soon stop the laughing.
What you want, when you go for interview, is to tell
the person your story. Tell them how good you are, or what your weakness
is. Be honest with them and they’ll see you making some kind of an
effort and that’s the difference between the person that gets the
job and the person who doesn’t get the job.
Don’t ask questions just for the sake of asking
questions. Think about the job you’re going for and ask them to give
you more information about the job. And you need to find out the ins and
outs of a job – I