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5 things to avoid during job interviews

​Congratulations! You've landed yourself a job interview- now on to the difficult part. Interviews can be a daunting, yet necessary, experience when on the job hunt. Sometimes, these interview mistakes can be avoided by following the correct steps and preparing correctly. To help you in your interview preparations, we've constructed a list of 5 things NOT to do at your next job interview.​Under PrepareFirstly, while you may think the interview will be all about you, often employers will ask for your opinion about company specific features. Therefore, if you don’t possess any knowledge regarding the organisation’s operations, these questions may prove difficult to answer.Start off by making sure you carry out some research before the interview. Gather a good, general understanding of the organisation, their workplace culture and main business operations. Not only does this allow you to answer questions, gathering this augmented knowledge will demonstrate a proactive attitude.Secondly, you should be preparing answers about yourself. Adequate interview preparation will reduce your nerves and increase the quality of your answers. For example, one technique you can implement is the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Response) answer structure. Preparing and structuring your answers will allow you to give detailed examples of experiences you’ve had, meaning your answers will be more relevant and impactful. This tip would be especially relevant for Telephone Interviews, allowing you to deliver a clear and concise answer.​Display Negative Body LanguageNonverbal communication can speak just as loudly to the interviewer as the words exiting your mouth. Academic research has shown that your body language can either verify your verbal claims or contradict what is being said entirely. For example, if you’re applying for a job that requires large amounts of confidence, and present your answers whilst looking at the floor with slouched shoulders slouched, it's hardly going to send the right signal of intent.To avoid this, try to be confident and purposeful in your posture by sitting upright. Another tip is to engage the interviewer, maintaining good eye contact and occasionally using your arms and hands to place emphasis on certain points.​Doubt YourselfResearch has shown that candidates who are severely anxious during an interview tend to receive lower ratings in terms of interview performance. Of course, interviews can be a nerve-wracking experience and, sometimes, a little nervousness can be a positive. However, letting these nerves grip a hold of you entirely is never a good thing.It's worth remembering that, in order to get to the interview stage, you’ve demonstrated something that the employers are impressed by. Whether this be your application strength or quality of your CV, the employer has proactively contacted you for a further chat.  What does this mean? It means you should believe in yourself. Have confidence in your ability and you will give yourself the best chance of landing that position.​Speak Negatively About Your Previous EmployerThis is another big ‘No’ when it comes to being interviewed. Positivity goes a long way in influencing the interviewer’s perception of you. If you are constantly berating your previous employer, the interviewer may begin to doubt your personality on two levels. Firstly, the employer may think you're blaming other people for your own shortcomings. Furthermore, the employer may worry that you replicate this negativity, this time about their own company, in future interviews.So, if asked why you’re changing jobs, be sure to put a positive spin on it- without straight up lying of course. Focus more on what you gained from your previous position and how this contributed to your need for change.​Turn Up LateThis point is simple, yet its importance cannot be understated. If the first impression you give to an employer is that you can’t be trusted to show up on time, it’s not a good look. Make sure you plan your journey in advance, making notes of travel times, transport methods and allowing time for any possible delays. After all, you could always go grab a coffee if you’re early.There are no promises when it comes to job interviews. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. However, if you avoid some of the above- you will be sure to give yourself the best possible chance of success.

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​Congratulations! You've landed yourself a job interview- now on to the difficult part. Interviews can be a daunting, yet necessary, experience when on the job hunt. Sometimes, these interview mistakes can be avoided by following the correct steps and preparing correctly. To help you in your interview preparations, we've constructed a list of 5 things NOT to do at your next job interview.

Under Prepare

Firstly, while you may think the interview will be all about you, often employers will ask for your opinion about company specific features. Therefore, if you don’t possess any knowledge regarding the organisation’s operations, these questions may prove difficult to answer.

Start off by making sure you carry out some research before the interview. Gather a good, general understanding of the organisation, their workplace culture and main business operations. Not only does this allow you to answer questions, gathering this augmented knowledge will demonstrate a proactive attitude.

Secondly, you should be preparing answers about yourself. Adequate interview preparation will reduce your nerves and increase the quality of your answers. For example, one technique you can implement is the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Response) answer structure. Preparing and structuring your answers will allow you to give detailed examples of experiences you’ve had, meaning your answers will be more relevant and impactful. This tip would be especially relevant for Telephone Interviews, allowing you to deliver a clear and concise answer.

Display Negative Body Language

Nonverbal communication can speak just as loudly to the interviewer as the words exiting your mouth. Academic research has shown that your body language can either verify your verbal claims or contradict what is being said entirely. For example, if you’re applying for a job that requires large amounts of confidence, and present your answers whilst looking at the floor with slouched shoulders slouched, it's hardly going to send the right signal of intent.

To avoid this, try to be confident and purposeful in your posture by sitting upright. Another tip is to engage the interviewer, maintaining good eye contact and occasionally using your arms and hands to place emphasis on certain points.

Doubt Yourself

Research has shown that candidates who are severely anxious during an interview tend to receive lower ratings in terms of interview performance. Of course, interviews can be a nerve-wracking experience and, sometimes, a little nervousness can be a positive. However, letting these nerves grip a hold of you entirely is never a good thing.

It's worth remembering that, in order to get to the interview stage, you’ve demonstrated something that the employers are impressed by. Whether this be your application strength or quality of your CV, the employer has proactively contacted you for a further chat.  What does this mean? It means you should believe in yourself. Have confidence in your ability and you will give yourself the best chance of landing that position.

Speak Negatively About Your Previous Employer

This is another big ‘No’ when it comes to being interviewed. Positivity goes a long way in influencing the interviewer’s perception of you. If you are constantly berating your previous employer, the interviewer may begin to doubt your personality on two levels. Firstly, the employer may think you're blaming other people for your own shortcomings. Furthermore, the employer may worry that you replicate this negativity, this time about their own company, in future interviews.

So, if asked why you’re changing jobs, be sure to put a positive spin on it- without straight up lying of course. Focus more on what you gained from your previous position and how this contributed to your need for change.

Turn Up Late

This point is simple, yet its importance cannot be understated. If the first impression you give to an employer is that you can’t be trusted to show up on time, it’s not a good look. Make sure you plan your journey in advance, making notes of travel times, transport methods and allowing time for any possible delays. After all, you could always go grab a coffee if you’re early.

There are no promises when it comes to job interviews. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. However, if you avoid some of the above- you will be sure to give yourself the best possible chance of success.

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Benefits or securing a temp job over the festive season
Benefits or securing a temp job over the festive season

​Looking to secure a temporary role over the Christmas period?From meeting new people and gaining additional experience, to exploring your career path and earning a little extra cash over the Christmas holidays, there are plenty of perks surrounding temp jobs, especially over the festive season.Explore our blog to find out the many advantages of securing a temporary position over the Christmas period.​Earn extra money for the festive seasonOne of the biggest advantages of securing a temp role across the festive season is gaining that extra cash just when you need it! Christmas is undoubtedly the most cash-strapped time of year for many of us, so of course a seasonal job would help and take a bit of pressure off your pocket. Whether you can only fit in a few shifts in between your busy schedule, or looking to make the most of your spare time over the holidays, any shifts you manage to pick up can make a difference!​Enjoy a flexible working scheduleA temporary role means that you can plan your work around YOU, rather than the other way around. Maybe you are studying and need that extra bit of money to pay your rent, or perhaps you are looking after family members and require a flexible shift pattern. Having this flexibility not only improves your work-life balance but can also bring a great sense of freedom, despite how scary a non-fixed contract can seem at first.​Meet new people and networkYou’ve probably heard the saying ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’, and temping will provide you with a lot of ‘who’. You’re bound to meet a variety of new people when working in a Christmas job, making it the perfect chance to add to your contacts – both professionally and socially. As you work your way through temp roles, take the opportunity to make a good impression on those you encounter along the way, and subsequently expand your network.​Gain additional experienceIf your CV is looking a little bit tired, a Christmas job is the perfect way to spruce it up. Temping allows you to build invaluable experience and boost those interpersonal skills every employer looks for. Through temp roles, you’ll pick up a vast amount of new skills, which all go towards building an even stronger CV for future full-time, permanent jobs. Every new workplace brings new settings and, most importantly, new opportunities.​Enhanced career opportunitiesAs with any temporary job, there is always the possibility of it leading to something for long-term. Work to the best of your ability, show off your skills, and make a good impression – you never know where it could lead! Even if they have nothing available at the time, it might lead to another opportunity at some point in the future. It is also a clever way of finding out what job or industry you would ideally like to work for in the future, especially if you are unsure what kind of role you would like to end up in.Interested in a temp role in Paisley, Glasgow, Edinburgh or beyond? Stafffinders have plenty of tips and advice for temp workers looking to secure a new position:Temping is the gateway to a long-term careerThe benefits of temporary work for the employeeKeeping motivated during your job hunt

The benefits of students securing part-time work
The benefits of students securing part-time work

​Get ahead of the game with a part-time job for that added competitive advantage to stand out from the crowd!Here at Stafffinders, we understand that commencing a part-time job whilst studying can seem extremely daunting, especially if you are attending multiple classes throughout the week and trying to keep up with study requirements. The last thing you want to do is hinder your chances of securing a top grade or be so busy you have no extra time for yourself. However, there are plenty of part-time jobs out there that will suit your lifestyle, fit around your busy schedule to ensure you are still enjoying student life. The team at Stafffinders can make this process a lot less stressful and are proud to have the expertise and knowledge of placing many jobs for students for many years.​The advantages of securing a part-time job whilst studying are endless, but here are a few of the main benefits that will surely sway your mind into looking for your next venture:​Work experienceThese days, work experience is essential to give you a head start into the world of work. You will probably have heard from fellow peers and family members that all employers look for someone with experience, but how can you secure a job in the first place? Whilst the job maybe isn’t what you would ideally like to pursue in the future, employers look for motivated, hardworking and dedicated individuals that have the determination to gain experience that could benefit them in the long run. If you’ve worked a part-time job and added this experience to your CV, you will really stand out against the rest. Employers then know that you are the type of person that can juggle many commitments, prioritise tasks and show your dedication to your future career prospects.​Personal developmentGaining transferable and interpersonal skills through a part-time job is extremely invaluable and will stay with you for the rest of your life. From great communication skills and customer service experience, to fantastic teamwork and being dependable, these skills are what employers look for in a person. Being able to demonstrate the responsibilities you had to secure these skills is a fantastic way of showing potential employers that you are a worthy candidate for the job. Even if you are unsuccessful in your first few applications, remember to trust the process; all of the hard work you put into getting a part-time job will be vital for when you end up looking for a full-time job after your studies.​Extra moneyThis is probably one of the key reasons that students invest in a part-time job, to gain that extra bit of income whether that be to pay towards monthly rent, build up future savings or even just to enjoy the bustling social life of a student! Some of the highest paid part-time jobs include catering, sales positions and office support assistants, all of which Stafffinders offer all over Scotland. Gaining extra cash will also help you learn to budget your finances and give an insight into the value of money, setting you up for post-grad life. We also understand that most students require a student loan just to attend secondary education, therefore picking up a part-time role is a great way to start putting away some money without the stress of paying off a weighty bill down the line.​NetworkingEver heard the phrase ‘It’s not what you know it’s who you know’? Getting to know fellow co-workers on a professional level can make all the different when it comes to commencing your post-graduate job search, they may even know of upcoming positions and can even give you references which is a fantastic advantage against the competition. Networking is also a fantastic way of exploring career advice from your colleagues and having the chance to be mentored to ensure you are getting the most out of your part-time role. Meeting new friends at work can also provide a lot more benefits than you think. Maybe they are also studying, and you can share tips for working around your workload whilst studying? Maybe they can help you cover a shift when you have a big test coming up? Overall, the power of networking is extremely strong, you never know who you could meet along the way to help you get on that career ladder.​​How can Stafffinders help you land your ideal job to fit around your studies?​Stafffinders have dedicated teams that take care of many temp roles across Scotland, who are experts in finding you the ideal role to fit around your school, work or university life. Our consultants understand the strains involved in full-time education and know better than anyone the opportunities there are out there for prosperous students. We also have many reputable clients at our fingertips that look for dedicated, hardworking individuals to take on key roles on a regular basis, therefore what are you waiting for? Get in touch with our specialist teams today to discover your next role.Step out of your comfort zone, take on a new challenge and get ahead of the competition!Keen to learn more about securing a part-time role during your studies? Explore our articles below:Balancing a job with universityThe benefits of temporary work for the employeeBenefits of securing a temp job over the festive season