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Hi, this Instructable comes to you from and is all about the steps to follow in preparing professionally for an interview. Good job opportunities are rare currently. Professional preparation is one of the best possible ways to stand out from the competition in your interview and give yourself the best possible chance of being short - listed and then selected.

I'll walk you through 5 easy steps to success. All it takes is a committment to 1 hour of preparation time. That's not much, if you consider what goes with being selected for that great career opportunity!

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Step 1: Identifying skills required

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Most opportunities or vacancies will come with a job description. If your opportunity does not, call up the Recruitment department and make sure you get one. At least they'll now know your name and will have an idea that you're doing some preparation. Once you have this, here's what you do:

1. Read through the job description and use the list of skills provided to identify between 5 and 8 skills required to be competent in the role. Even if you don't have much experience, you'll be able to do this without too much effort. If you need help, get a friend or family member involved. 2 or 3 heads are better than 1.
2. Try and group the skills you've identified into logical clusters (put similar skills together)
3. Without much effort, you now have an accurate picture of the skills required for the role!

Our next 2 steps tell you how you can use this information to your advantage.

Step 2: Tailoring your cover letter and CV (resume)

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Now that you know the skills required, you need to do 2 things:

1. Tailor your resume (CV) to include these skills
2. Tailor your cover letter to refer to these skills

The video will take you through this with an example.

dorthy-laws3 years ago
Wearing a nice smile on the day of interview is very helpful.
grantcrow (author) 5 years ago
There are 3 short mp4 video's attached! Isn't that sufficient? More useful than static pictures